A visa procedure has been put in place by the LOC and will be managed at all times in order to ensure a smooth visa application process for all non-EU nationals. Citizens of the European Union (EU) do not require a visa to enter the United Kingdom.

The visa application procedure has been sent to all teams as part of the official invitation from the IAAF. The LOC will be on hand to answer any visa-related queries.



By air:


Cardiff Airport CWL


T: 0871 700 2000



Individuals call t: +44 (0)871 700 2000

Groups of 9 or more call t: +44 (0)871 700 2223 between 1000-1600 or by clicking on Groups on ‘Flying Flybe’ and fill out an online requests form.  Full details of routes can also be found by accessing route maps via Flying Flybe on the website

Aer Lingus

t: 0208 234 4382



From  other airports

Airport codes:

BRS – Bristol Airport

LHR – London Heathrow

LGW – London Gatwick

MAN – Manchester Airport

STN – London Stansted

LTN – London Luton


London Gatwick LGW –

  • By car from LGW – M23, M25, M4 direct to Cardiff.  Approx 3 hrs drive time
  • By bus from LGW –
  • By rail from LGW – Gatwick Express train to London Victoria train station, tube to London Paddington, then FGW train direct to Cardiff (2hrs) – total journey time = up to 3hrs.


London Heathrow LHR –

  • By car from LHR – M4 direct to Cardiff. Approx 2 hrs drive time.
  • By bus from LHR
  • By rail from LHR – Heathrow Express train to London Paddington then FGW train direct to Cardiff (2hrs) – total journey time approx 2hrs 20 mins


Bristol BRS

  • By car from BRS – M4 direct to Cardiff. Approx 50 mins drive time.
  • By bus from BRS – take the A1 Airpot Flyer Expresss (A1) to Bristol Temple Meads train station. Take a train from the railway station on FGW to Cardiff Central.
  • By National Express bus (direct service) Passengers travelling between Bristol Airport and South Wales now have the option of a direct coach link via National Express.
  • By rail from BRS – Bus (A1) to Bristol Temple Meads then a FGW train to Cardiff Central.


Manchester Airport MAN –

  • The Station, Manchester Airport’s integrated transport hub, offers fast and frequent train services linking the airport with over 100 destinations across the North of England and beyond. Frequent direct services run to and from MAN with TransPennine Express and Northern Rail, run 24 hours a day, 7 days a week . (Sheffield, York, Newcastle, Leeds, Liverpool, Huddersfield, Bolton, Preston, Blackpool, The Lake District, Chester – with Arriva Train Wales – requires a interchange at Manchester Piccadilly as will North Wales – with Arriva Train Wales – requires a interchange at Manchester Piccadilly)
  • Trains To/From Manchester – Trains run every 10 minutes to/from Manchester Piccadilly station in the city centre, taking around 20 minutes.


Stansted Airport STN –


London Luton LTN –


By Rail/ train:


First Great Western –

From London area/ South East/ South West to Cardiff


Arriva –

From Manchester/ Birmingham/ northern England to Cardiff


By Coach/Bus:


National Express

Daily services offered from London Gatwick (LGW), London Heathrow (LHR), Standsted (STN) and Luton (LTN) to Cardiff coach station.


Mega Bus –

Daily service offered from various London locations to Cardiff city centre.


Once in Cardiff:


Cardiff Bus

Cardiff Bus   +44 (0)29 2066 6444



Premier Cars   +44(0)29 20 555 555

Dragon            Cars    +44(0)29 20 333 333

Capital Cars    +44(0)29 20 777 777


Executive Cars

Cardiff Executive Cars               +44 (0)29 2099 0129


By bike:

Cardiff Cycle Tours

t: +44 (0)7500 564389



Pedal Power

t: +44 (0)29 2039 0713



By boat:

Cardiff Boat Tours

t: +44 (0)7445 440874




Cardiff Aquabus

t: +44 (0)29 2034 5163



By foot: Cardiff is an accessible city and we pride ourselves by saying you can walk from one side of the city to the other in 900 seconds (or 15 minutes) paced at a brisk walk!