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Cardiff, Wales, United Kingdom

How much does it cost to travel to Cardiff?

You should plan to spend around $194 (£156) per day on your vacation in Cardiff. This is the average daily price based on the expenses of other visitors.

Past travelers have spent, on average for one day:

  • $55 (£44) on meals
  • $26 (£21) on local transportation
  • $232 (£186) on hotels

A one week trip to Cardiff for two people costs, on average, $2,718 (£2,182). This includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

All of 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
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How much does a one week, two week, or one month trip to Cardiff cost?

A one week trip to Cardiff usually costs around $1,359 (£1,091) for one person and $2,718 (£2,182) for two people. This includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

A two week trip to Cardiff on average costs around $2,718 (£2,182) for one person and $5,436 (£4,364) for two people. This cost includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

Please note, prices can vary based on your travel style, speed, and other variables. If you're traveling as a family of three or four people, the price per person often goes down because kid's tickets are cheaper and hotel rooms can be shared. If you travel slower over a longer period of time then your daily budget will also go down. Two people traveling together for one month in Cardiff will often have a lower daily budget per person than one person traveling alone for one week.

A one month trip to Cardiff on average costs around $5,824 (£4,676) for one person and $11,649 (£9,351) for two people. The more places you visit, the higher the daily price will become due to increased transportation costs.

Independent Travel

Traveling Independently to Cardiff has many benefits including affordabilty, freedom, flexibility, and the opportunity to control your own experiences.

All of the travel costs below are based on the experiences of other independent travelers.

Is Cardiff expensive to visit?

Prices in Cardiff are reasonable and comparable to your average travel destination. Hotels, food, and sightseeing are generally within normal price ranges.

Within Europe, which is known to be an expensive region, Cardiff is a moderately priced destination compared to other places. The overall cost of travel here is fair for the region and comparable to Playa del Ingles or Dusseldorf.

For more details, and to find out if it's within your travel budget, see Is Cardiff Expensive?

How much money do I need for a trip to Cardiff?

The average Cardiff trip cost is broken down by category here for independent travelers. All of these Cardiff travel prices are calculated from the budgets of real travelers.

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Category Cost
Accommodation 1 (Double Occupancy) £186 ($232)
Local Transportation 1 £21 ($26)
Food 2 £44 ($55)
Entertainment 1 £25 ($31)
Alcohol 2 £6 - 19 ($8 - 24)
Accommodation Budget in Cardiff
Average Daily Costs

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The average price paid for one person for accommodation in Cardiff is $116 (£93). For two people sharing a typical double-occupancy hotel room, the average price paid for a hotel room in Cardiff is $232 (£186). This cost is from the reported spending of actual travelers.

  • Accommodation1 Hotel or hostel for one person
  • Accommodation1 Typical double-occupancy room

Hotel Prices in Cardiff

Looking for a hotel in Cardiff? Prices vary by location, date, season, and the level of luxury. See below for options.

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Actual Hotel Prices
The average hotel room price in Cardiff based on data provided by Kayak for actual hotel rooms is $83. (Prices in U.S. Dollars, before taxes & fees.)

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Transportation Budget in Cardiff
Average Daily Costs

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  • The cost of a taxi ride in Cardiff is significantly more than public transportation. On average, past travelers have spent $26 (£21) per person, per day, on local transportation in Cardiff.

  • Transportation1 Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.

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Flights to Cardiff
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Rental Cars in Cardiff
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Food Budget in Cardiff
Average Daily Costs

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  • While meal prices in Cardiff can vary, the average cost of food in Cardiff is $55 (£44) per day. Based on the spending habits of previous travelers, when dining out an average meal in Cardiff should cost around $22 (£18) per person. Breakfast prices are usually a little cheaper than lunch or dinner. The price of food in sit-down restaurants in Cardiff is often higher than fast food prices or street food prices.

  • Food2 Meals for one day

Entertainment Budget in Cardiff
Average Daily Costs

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  • Entertainment and activities in Cardiff typically cost an average of $31 (£25) per person, per day based on the spending of previous travelers. This includes fees paid for admission tickets to museums and attractions, day tours, and other sightseeing expenses.

  • Entertainment1 Entrance tickets, shows, etc.

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Alcohol Budget in Cardiff
Average Daily Costs

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  • The average person spends about $16 (£13) on alcoholic beverages in Cardiff per day. The more you spend on alcohol, the more fun you might be having despite your higher budget.

  • Alcohol2 Drinks for one day


Cardiff On a Budget
Cardiff Cardiff
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.

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.

We've been gathering travel costs from tens of thousands of actual travelers since 2010, and we use the data to calculate average daily travel costs for destinations around the world. We also systematically analyze the prices of hotels, hostels, and tours from travel providers such as Kayak, HostelWorld, TourRadar, Viator, and others. This combination of expenses from actual travelers, combined with pricing data from major travel companies, gives us a uniqe insight into the overall cost of travel for thousands of cities in countries around the world. You can see more here: How it Works.

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. Thus, the overall daily average cost is not a summation of the individual categories.