Travel Budget for Cardiff

Wales, United Kingdom

How much does it cost to travel to Cardiff?

How much money will you need in Cardiff? £84 ($105) is the average daily price for traveling in Cardiff. The average price of meals in Cardiff for one day is £16 ($20). The average price of a hotel in Cardiff for a couple is £126 ($157). Additional pricing is in the table below. These average travel prices have been collected from other travelers to help you plan your own travel budget.

  • Average Daily Cost Per person, per day
  • One Week Per person
  • 2 Weeks Per person
  • One Month Per person
  • One Week For a couple
  • 2 Weeks For a couple
  • One Month For a couple

How expensive is Cardiff?

How much does a trip to Cardiff cost? Is Cardiff expensive? The average Cardiff trip cost is broken down by category here. All of these Cardiff prices are calculated from the budgets of real travelers.

  • Accommodation1 Hotel or hostel for one person
  • Accommodation1 Typical double-occupancy room
  • Food2 Meals for one day
  • Local Transportation1 Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
  • Entertainment1 Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
  • Alcohol2 Drinks for one day
Last Updated: Sep 19, 2019
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Flights to Cardiff

How much does it cost to go to Cardiff? Naturally, it depends on the dates. We recommend SkyScanner because they can find the best deals across all of the airlines.

Typical tour prices for Cardiff

How much do tours to Cardiff cost? Multi-day tours can often be an effecient way to see the highlights of a country or region.

  • Contiki Tours for 18-35 year olds
    10 days
    $ 1370
  • Trafalgar Award-winning tours
    9 days
    $ 1500
  • G Adventures Adventure and cultural tours
    6 days
    $ 950
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Cardiff On a Budget
Cardiff is the capital city of Wales, and a major port on the country's southern coast. Though Cardiff boomed with the coal industry during the Industrial Revolution, the city began its history as a Roman fort on the River Taff-perhaps taking its name from a combination of the Welsh word for fort (caer) and the name of the river (Taff). The fort still stands today along with many other landmarks that attract tourists each year.
The fort where Cardiff takes its roots is at the heart of the city and is now known as Cardiff Castle. It features many interesting elements, including a Norman fort at its center, the Welsh regimental museum, excavated Roman ruins, and tours of a part of the castle that was once the household of the Marquis of Bute. Visitors can also learn much about the history of the area and greater Wales at the National Museum Cardiff, which showcases a vast collection of paintings, as well as archaeological and geological exhibits charting the history of the country. Another unique way to learn Welsh history is to visit St. Fagan's National Museum of History, an open-air history of Welsh life featuring reconstructed ancient buildings, beautiful gardens, and traditional crafters.

There are also plenty of modern landmarks around Cardiff. The Millennium Stadium, for example, (a.k.a. Principality Stadium) is the riverside home of Welsh rugby union, and hosts football, speedway, and concerts, with daily tours. The Wales Millennium Centre is another landmark of modern architecture, hosting free entrance to theatre, opera, ballet and music shows, and also features bars and dining.
Cardiff is divided into many districts, however, the main areas of interest include Cardiff city center, The Hayes, Cathays Park, Cardiff Bay, and Mermaid Quay. Cardiff city center is the central business district, home to the main railway stations as well as large shopping centers, arcades, smaller shops, and boutiques. Queen Street, St. Mary Street, and The Hayes are the main shopping thoroughfares here. The area around The Hayes is mostly pedestrianized and has an open-air snack bar. Cathays Park is also in the general vicinity and serves as the civic center of Cardiff, featuring Edwardian landmarks like the Temple of Peace, City Hall, the National Museum, and Gallery of Wales, as well as a central park area called Alexandra Gardens. Closer to the water, Cardiff Bay is home to icons like the Pierhead Building and encompasses the area known as Mermaid Quay, which is Cardiff's waterfront shopping and leisure district. Here visitors can enjoy a vast array of restaurants, bars, cafes, and shops.

Most visitors to Cardiff have three things on their to-do list: Cardiff Castle, Cardiff Bay, and City Centre shopping. The activities in these three locations encompasses a vast range of themes from historical sightseeing to waterfront enjoyment to commercial satisfaction. The city also offers cultural entertainment in the forms of theatre, dance, opera, music, art, as well as festivals mostly held during the summer months. Additionally, Cardiff features a large amount of green space both in and around the city. One of these beautiful natural escapes includes Bute Park, located along the riverside with an arboretum, Victorian gardens, and friary ruins. There are also opportunities to cruise the Bristol Channel, or enjoy boat rides in the Bay.
Food and Dining
Being a modern city, Cardiff's dining scene is rich and varied. There are plenty of pubs, serving classic pub fare that you would find in the UK-fish and chips, bangers and mash (sausages and mashed potatoes), stews, soups, and just about any kind of meat pie you could ask for. Wales also has a selection of traditional fare of its own. Any soup or broth is referred to as cawl, while Welsh rarebit involves a savory cheese sauce served over toasted bread or in a dish like fondue. Welsh cakes are a kind of flat-bread cooked on a griddle (sometimes including dried fruits and sugar), bara brith or speckled bread is a yeast bread (often flavored with dried fruits, tea, and mixes spices), and Glamorgan sausage is a traditional vegetarian sausage consisting of cheese, leeks, and breadcrumbs. Cardiff also has plenty of options for international cuisine as well, including anything from French, Italian, and Middle Eastern to Indian, Japanese, or Mexican.

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Cardiff International Airport is the main way of flight entry serving the city. It is located about 12 miles to the south-west of the city in the Vale of Glamorgan. The range of international flights, however, is fairly limited, so it might be best to fly to England and then travel to Wales by car, coach, or train. There are direct coach services to Cardiff via National Express from Heathrow, Gatwick, and Bristol Airports.

Cardiff Central railway station is also a hub for transport services. By train, it is about two hours from London Paddington station.
1 Categories averaged on a per-item basis.
2 Categories averaged on a per-day basis.
For example, the Food2 daily average is for all meals for an entire day, while Entertainment1 is for each individual purchase.

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