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Once the largest city in Wales and a powerhouse of the Industrial Revolution, today Merthyr Tydfil has lost some of its importance to nearby Cardiff, so it is in the capital that your flight will land in.
Perfectly poised half-way between Cardiff and the natural beauty of the Brecon Beacons National Park, Merthyr Tydfil is easy enough to get to after your flight and offers an ideal base to explore all that South Wales has to offer.
Cardiff International Airport is situated just 12 miles from central Cardiff, in the Vale of Glamorgan at Rhoose. This major international airport offers a wide variety of inbound and outbound flights. It records more than a million passengers passing through its terminals every year.
There are more than 14 airlines offering flights to destinations around the world from Cardiff Airport, and additional ones are available during the peak summer season, so you should have plenty of carriers, departure cities and flight times available to you.
Direct flights are available both within Europe and internationally. The most popular flights within the UK are those from Edinburgh, Glasgow International, Belfast, Aberdeen and Newcastle. UK flights to Cardiff Airport generally take an hour.
On arrival after your flight to Cardiff you will find that the airport offers you everything you will need, whether it is a hotel next to the airport, ATMs, places to freshen up, meals, snacks, shops and a good choice of car hire desks.
If you are going to need a car for your holiday in South Wales your car rental can be arranged along with your flights through Expedia, allowing you to save all that form-filling after your flight and be on the road in no time.
The drive to Merthyr Tydfil from Cardiff Airport will be over before you even realise it has begun: it takes under an hour to cruise the 30 miles through South Wales. From the airport you should head out on the A470 for a direct route to the edge of the Brecon Beacon National Park.
Taxis are available just outside the terminal should you need them and the T9 bus from the airport will drop you at Cardiff Central train station from where regular trains are available for Merthyr Tydfil. The whole transfer should take little more than 2 hours.
Of course, the fun really starts when you get there, so start planning your walks, water sports on the reservoirs, bike rides, forays into nature and steam train journeys on the flight so you don’t miss out on anything on the holiday!