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If you’re planning to jump in the car at Cardiff Airport, Swansea is just 45 miles away via the M4 motorway and can be reached in just an hour’s drive.
For those looking to avoid getting behind the wheel, there are also plenty of public transport options. With regular rail and bus connections from the airport to Cardiff Central station, it will feel like almost no time at all before you have made it from your flight onto a train carrying you headlong into the energy and welcoming charm of Swansea, Wales’s second largest, known affectionately as “the Brighton of Wales”.
As Wales’s only main airport, Cardiff Airport offers plenty of daily inbound and outbound flights to a wide variety of destinations. The airport has two ATM machines and provides a selection of food and drink options, including a coffee shop, bar and cafeteria.
As you might expect the airport also houses a Tax and Duty Free shop that offers great savings on drink, fragrance, clothing and accessories to those taking a flight, whilst two well stocked shops provide a wide selection of newspapers, sweets, books, snacks and tobacco to all.
A number of car rental options are also available at Cardiff, and you can arrange your car hire through Expedia, picking yourself up a great deal and saving yourself time when your flight lands.
6 airlines fly year-round to Cardiff, and a further 8 more fly seasonally, offering flights to over 50 direct destinations and more than 900 connections. And with connections to Cardiff from airports across the British Isles such as Cork, Dublin and Newcastle, connecting flights to and from Cardiff can be as short as around an hour. Meanwhile connecting flights via European airports such as Paris and Amsterdam clock in at around the 2-hour mark.
Among the main scheduled flights to Cardiff for UK passengers there is the choice of using airports at Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Glasgow (International), Newcastle and Norwich, with these internal flights take anything between an hour and an hour and a half.
Swansea’s lively nightlife and student scene is an all year round attraction, as are the beautiful landscapes and coastlines on Swansea’s doorstep.
Nonetheless, for those with a taste for the spectacular, in early July Swansea plays host to the Wales National Airshow which features the world-famous Red Arrows, the Tigers Parachute Team, helicopter displays by the Royal Navy's Wild Cat and a Sea King search and rescue demonstration, to name just a few of the exhilarating displays.
For those looking to enjoy a more cultural experience however, October sees Swansea unveil its annual Festival of Music and the Arts, with highlights that include music, film, lectures, visual arts and outreach projects.