Getting to Cardiff
Cardiff International airport is 11 miles from the city centre. There is a half-hourly bus service from the airport to the city centre: a single journey costs around £5. Taxis normally cost £30. It is possible to pre-book a taxi for your arrival at Cardiff Airport online. If you are arriving at Heathrow or Gatwick, you can either take the Flightlink coaches or RailAir (combines coach up to Reading and then train up to Cardiff). The journey time from Heathrow/Gatwick to Cardiff will be around 3 hours. The Cardiff rail station and the bus station are next to each other.
High-speed Intercity trains provide frequent services between all major British cities. The 2-hour Cardiff to London service (from London Paddington) is operated by First Great Western and run 17 times a day. Frequent regional network trains connect Cardiff with Bristol (50mins), Birmingham (2h10), Southampton (2h30), Manchester and Liverpool (3h). You can book your tickets via the Trainline website or National Rail Enquiries. Please note that, when buying tickets on the day, singles cost approximately as much as returns. Therefore, we advise everyone to buy return tickets wherever possible. If you are able to pre-book rail tickets, singles can cost less than returns although you are restricted to a particular train and time.
Transfer to the conference venue
Colum Road is approximately 25 minutes’ walk from Cardiff Central Station.
A regular train service runs from Central Station (generally Platform 6) to Cathays Station (next to building no. 31 on the map below), six times per hour: ticket prices are about £2.20 for a Single.
There are also regular bus services between the city centre and the conference venue: you can find out more by visiting the Cardiff Bus site. The No. 36 will take you from Westgate Street (a few minutes’ walk from Central Station) to Colum Road: a Single costs £1.80; an Day-to-Go travel pass is £3.60.
Alternatively, taxis will cost around £6–7 and are available outside the station. Ask them to take you to the John Percival Building on Colum Drive.
From the West: Exit M4 at junction 32 and follow the A470 signs towards the city centre. As you near the city centre you will reach the Gabalfa Interchange/flyover. Continue over this onto North Road (still A470). After about a mile take the left fork in the road just after the Blackweir Tavern pub (which you will see on the right-hand side of the road). This is Colum Road. Continue along Colum Road and turn left into Colum Drive.
From the East: Exit M4 at junction 29 posted Port Talbot, Merthyr Tydfil and Cardiff. Follow the A48(M)/A48, signposted Cardiff East and South, to the A470. Follow the A470, and take the 2nd exit off the roundabout marked city centre. This is North Road. After about a mile take the left fork in the road just after the Blackweir Tavern pub (which you will see on the right-hand side of the road). This is Colum Road. Continue along Colum Road and turn left into Colum Drive.
Road maps and route planners are available at the AA website. Maps of Cardiff and directions are available on the University Locations website, where you can download maps of the university and city centre in PDF format (also available at the bottom of this page). For those using SatNav devices, the postcode you require is CF10 3EU.
The map below shows the main parts of Cardiff University’s Cathays campus, in which the conference venue (no. 16) is to be found. Click here to download a full map of the campus and the city centre.