Travel & Parking Advice
TOP TRAVEL TIPS
- LEAVE YOUR CAR AT HOME! TRAVEL SUSTAINABLY AND CONSIDER CAR SHARING OR PUBLIC TRANSPORT VIA TRAIN OR BUS.
- AVOID DRIVING INTO THE CITY CENTRE TO AVOID CONGESTION; TAKE A TRAIN FROM A VALLEYS LINE STATION.
- TRAVEL TO THE EVENT BY BIKE FOR THE PERFECT WARM-UP.
- CONSIDER TRAVELLING THE DAY BEFORE AND ALLOW PLENTY OF TIME TO ARRIVE BEFORE THE RACE START; LATE STARTERS WILL NOT BE PERMITTED TO TAKE PART.
- AVOID PICKING UP YOUR RACE PACK AND NUMBER FROM THE EXPO ON THE MORNING OF THE RACE TO ESCAPE POTENTIAL QUEUES. RACE PACK COLLECTION IS OPEN THURS 24th AND FRI 25th MARCH (BETWEEN 10AM-8PM) AND BETWEEN 9AM AND 11AM ON SAT 26TH.
COLLECTING YOUR RACE PACK
All race packs are to be collected from the Cardiff Sports Expo (www.cardiffsportexpo.org) between the following times. The expo is held at the Motorpoint Arena, Mary Ann St, Cardiff, CF10 2EQ.
We encourage runners to pick up their packs before the morning of the race to avoid queues and ensure that you have your race number before the day. Parking is limited nearby so consider travelling by public transport. The Motorpoint Arena is easily accessible by foot from the city centre.
|Expo Opening Days||Public Access Times|
|Thursday 24th March||10:00-20:00|
|Friday 25th March||10:00-20:00|
|Saturday 26th March||09:00-19:00 (race pack collection until 11am only)|
Parking on race day will be extremely limited with City Centre car parking likely to be full with shoppers.
We strongly advise you to travel by public transport if possible or share a lift. If you have to drive, use our park and walk facility.
Pre-book now to secure a space!
PARK AND WALK
Location: Cardiff City Stadium, Leckwith (1.8Miles from Cardiff City Centre)
Pre-booking deadline: Tues 15th March 2016.
Due to the high profile of the event and the expected traffic on race day, participants will need to arrive before the car park closes at 11am. A parking pass will be emailed in advance of the race.
There are no other official event car parks for the IAAF/Cardiff University World Half Marathon Championships.
Traffic congestion on race day will be heavy, please allow extra travel time (50% extra).
There are no other official event car parks for the IAAF/Cardiff University World Half Marathon Championships and we advise all runners to explore the parking options HERE or at www.en.parkopedia.co.uk/parking/cardiff.
GETTING TO CARDIFF
With so many participants and spectators travelling to Cardiff over the Easter Bank Holiday race weekend, one of the most reliable, stress-free and cost effective ways to get to Cardiff and avoid road congestion is by train.
Cardiff Central train station enjoys excellent rail connections between a number of major cities and regions within 3-4 hours travel. Check www.arrivatrainswales.co.uk for timetables and prices from around the UK.
If you live locally, Network Rail is carrying out improvement work on the Cardiff and Valleys network over the Easter weekend (Saturday 26 March to Tuesday 29 March inclusive) but due to this event, work has been delayed until 21:00 on Saturday 26 March. Information about timetable amendments as a result of this improvement work can be found at www.arrivatrainswales.co.uk/easter2016
If driving to Cardiff is your only option, why not consider leaving your car at home and share a lift – and the cost of travel – with a fellow competitor.
Go Car Share has a dedicated service for anyone looking to share transport to the event with rewards and incentives for those who use the service.
Register to Go Car Share at www.gocarshare.com where you can find others driving to the event or request a lift. It takes two minutes to sign-up and could save you money and time whilst also remaining a sustainable way to travel.
Cardiff is easily accessible by foot with a number of key destinations within a short walk of each other. Getting across the city and to locations around the city can be achieved easily with a number of pedestrianised streets allowing pedestrians to beat the traffic.
Travelling to Cardiff by bus is cheap and easy from a number of major cities and regions. You can travel by National Express Coach from most UK cities. There are also Megabus routes into Cardiff from London, Swansea, Birmingham Airport, Manchester and Newcastle. The Megabus stops at Kingsway, just opposite the Hilton Hotel.
Due to road closures in place for the race, travelling by bus within Cardiff will in some cases be a little trickier than normal if you aim to arrive just before the start of the race. Allow extra time and travel well before the start of the race to avoid being dropped off further from the city centre. Visit www.cardiffbus.com for more information closer to race day.
Travelling by bike to the start of the race is easy, sustainable and practical if you live within a reasonable distance from Cardiff City Centre.
A bike park will be available in Gorsedd Gardens outside the front of the National Museum of Wales on the day of the race. You will be able to lock your bikes within this bike park for the duration of race day.
You could also cycle to your nearest Valley Lines network in order to take the train the rest of the way and avoid any traffic.
Sustrans Cymru have a number of maps, routes and advice on their website for anyone unsure of the best route into Cardiff.
Cardiff International Airport
The airport is situated 15km South West of Cardiff city centre. Once you’ve arrived you can travel to the city centre by taxi, train or bus. Taxis are located just outside the arrival hall. For train tickets and times, please check www.arrivatrainswales.co.uk. If you’re travelling by bus the T9 will take you to and from the airport to the Centre of Cardiff and Cardiff Bay (www.trawscymru.info/t9/).
The following airlines offer flights to Cardiff: Aer Lingus, Air Malta, Eastern Airways, Flybe, KLM, Ryanair, Thomas Cook Airlines, Thomson Airways and Vueling.
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Bristol airport is a 45 minute drive from Cardiff or an hour on the train or bus. With regular links to Cardiff and a variety of European airlines flying to Bristol, the airport is a convenient and closely located option for many.
For more information on getting to and from the airport, CLICK HERE
The following airlines offer flights to Bristol: Aer Lingus, Aurigny, Blue Islands, BMI Regional, Brussels Airlines, Easy Jet, KLM, Ryan Air, Thomas Cook Airlines, Wizz Air, Wow Air.
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Other Airports within two-three hours of Cardiff include London Gatwick, London Heathrow, Birmingham and Manchester.
When travelling by car please be aware that congestion will be heavy on the day of the race and during road closures. Please leave extra time (50% more) to arrive well before the race to avoid congestion and find suitable parking.
From the East: Leave the M4 at junction 32 and follow the A470 (1st exit at roundabout) into the centre of Cardiff.
From the West: Leave the M4 at junction 33 and join the A4232 (3rd exit at roundabout). You can then either exit the A4232 at the next roundabout and follow signs for Cardiff city centre, or alternatively, there will be a diversion on the A4232 due to race road closures.
From the South West: Drive North along the M5 motorway and then follow signs for South Wales and the M4.
From the Midlands and North: Head for the M50 motorway (junction 8 on the M5 motorway) and then onto the A40 (signposted South Wales, Monmouth). Continue along the A40 until you reach Monmouth when the road becomes the A449. Continue along the A449 until you reach the Coldra roundabout. Here you should take the 5th exit to join the M4.