Submitted by admin on Wed, 26/09/2018 - 14:13

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Amendments to car parking arrangements

The lifts are out of order between Platforms 1 & 2 and Concourse at Cardiff Central station.

Car parking at Cardiff Central update

There is no parking available to the public at the Riverside car park (Wood Street) to allow for operational staff car parking only. However, the public will still be able to drop off / pick up customers and accessible parking bays will also still be available.

The Central Quay development on the old Brains Brewery site behind the station has started. A section of the Penarth Road car park ( 55 parking spaces) is in the process of being removed to facilitate the works .

We're working with our partners to explore options to help improve parking for station users during this time of redevelopment and we hope to share an update on this soon. Sorry for any inconvenience caused during the works. Please allow extra time for parking and consider alternative city centre parking options where possible

Station facilities

  • Parking
  • Shops
  • Step-free access
  • Ticket machine
  • Ticket office
  • Toilets
  • Wifi

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  • General service information
    • Staffing Level
    • Closed Circuit Television
    • Information Available From Staff
    • CIS
    • Customer Help Points
  • Ticket buying and collection
    • Ticket Office
    • Prepurchase Collection
    • Ticket Machine
    • Oystercard Issued
    • Use Oystercard
    • Always Show Oyster Card Fields
    • Smartcard Issued
    • Smartcard Topup
    • Smartcard Validator
    • Penalty Fares
  • All station facilities
    • First Class Lounge
    • Seated Area
    • Waiting Room
    • Station Buffet
    • Toilets
    • Baby Change
    • Telephones
    • Wi Fi
    • Post Box
    • Atm Machine
    • Shops
  • Accessibility and mobility access
    • Helpline
    • Staff Help Available
    • Induction Loop
    • Accessible Ticket Machines
    • Height Adjusted Ticket Office Counter
    • Ramp For Train Access
    • Accessible Taxis
    • Accessible Public Telephones
    • National Key Toilets
    • Step Free Access
    • Ticket Gates
    • Impaired Mobility Set Down
    • Wheelchairs Available
    • Assisted Travel
  • Parking information
    • Cycle Storage
    • CarPark
    • Rail Replacement Services
    • Taxi Rank
    • Onward Travel
    • Airport
    • Cycle Hire
  • Passenger services
Live departures and arrivals
  • Car parking restrictions
    • Car parking at Cardiff Central Station car parks will be restricted/closed:

      • Rear station Penarth Road carpark will be closed from 06:00 Thursday 2 November 2023 - 04:00 Sunday 5 November 2023.

      • Riverside/Fish jetty car park will be closed from 20:00 Friday 3 November 2023 - 04:00 Sunday 5 November 2023.

    • This is due to a rugby game at the Principality Stadium, Cardiff.



As one of the major stations on the South Wales Main Line, Cardiff Central station carries a lot of responsibility, and with its grand halls reflecting the golden age of train travel, the glorious Art Deco architecture feels more than capable. However, it nearly didn’t happen. 

The site of Cardiff Central was part of the River Taff’s floodplain, and it was up to the great man himself, Isambard Kingdom Brunel, to come up with a workable solution. His idea was to re-route the River, creating a safe and stable location for the station, and thus, in 1850 the original station was opened for business. With several rebuilds and additions throughout the ensuing years, the glamourous Art Deco style was incorporated in the early 1930s, and today the Grade II listed Cardiff Central is the busiest station in Wales.

It’s just a short ten-minute walk to the home of Welsh rugby - the Principality Stadium, the Millennium Centre, and everything the city has to offer. 

If you'd like to find out more fascinating facts about this wonderful city, as well as reveal a couple of new places to visit while you're there, take a look at this great list of things to do in Cardiff City Centre prepared by the Transport for Wales team.


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  • How long does it take to get from Cardiff Central station to Cardiff airport?

    • To travel from Cardiff Central station to Cardiff airport, you need to hop on the train to Rhoose Cardiff International Airport station, and from there catch the convenient shuttle bus service to the airport. 
  • How long does it take to walk from Cardiff Central station to Cardiff city centre?

    • The walk to Cardiff city centre, via St. Mary Street, takes an easy five minutes.
  • What car parking facilities are available at Cardiff Central station?

    • The 24-hour car park has 402 spaces, including Blue Badge spaces.
  • What facilities are there for bike storage at Cardiff Central station?

    • With 90 available bike spaces, including sheltered storage, there’s plenty of space, and it’s all overlooked by CCTV.
  • What other facilities are available at Cardiff Central station? 

    • Toilets, including baby changing facilities
    • Station buffet
    • Shops
    • Coin and card telephones
    • ATM
    • Wi-Fi
    • First-class lounge
    • Disabled access - step-free throughout the station, ramps and induction loop available
  • Which popular destinations can be reached from Cardiff Central Station?

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