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Most of Cardiff’s international students arrive at Heathrow Airport, which is around 18miles/29 km southwest of London.
The airport is around 4 hours travel time from Cardiff.
There are also a lot of European flights that arrive into Bristol airport. So if you are coming from Mainland Europe, you may find this Bristol airport convenient, as it is 50 miles or 80 Km from Cardiff. If you are arriving during the day, it will take around 2 hours to get from Bristol airport to Cardiff University.
Bristol International Flyer bus service is a dedicated bus service that runs every 10 minutes from the airport to Bristol Temple Meads train station, the fare for this journey is £6.
Once at Bristol Temple Meads, the train service to Cardiff Central runs every 30 minutes. A one-way ticket costs around £15.
Coaches run far less frequently than trains, around every two hours and tickets cost around £10.
You can also arrive at Cardiff Airport if you fly with KLM airlines via Amsterdam Schipol Airport.
Cardiff Airport is only 30 minutes travel time from the University.
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Guide for International Students 2013
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