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Neath is a 38 mile drive via the M4 motorway from Cardiff Airport. This means that if you are planning to travel on after your flight by car, you can expect to arrive in Neath just short of an hour’s drive from the airport.
If however you’re hoping to take a break from driving, there are a number of public transport options. Regular rail and bus connections from the airport to Cardiff Central station mean that in next to no time you’ll be on a train carrying you directly into the heart of the historical market town of Neath and its archetypal rural Welsh charm.
With a large selection of daily inbound and outbound flights to international destinations far and wide, it should come as no surprise that Cardiff Airport houses a Tax and Duty Free shop that offers great savings on drink, fragrance, clothing and accessories to those taking a flight.
There are also two ATM machines on-site and shops where you will find a wide selection of newspapers, sweets, books, snacks and tobacco, not to mention a selection of food and drink options, including a coffee shop, bar and cafeteria.
The range of car rental options available at Cardiff is also extensive. What’s more, if you pre-arrange your car rental through Expedia, you can ensure you get the best deal, and that no time is wasted when your flight lands.
Cardiff Airport is very well connected, with 6 airlines offering flights all year round, and a further 8 airlines offering seasonal options. That means Cardiff offers flights to and from 50 direct destinations and more than 900 connections. Connecting flights can be as quick as just one hour from UK and Ireland connections, such as Cork, Dublin, and Newcastle, and around the 2 hours from European locations, such as Paris and Amsterdam.
UK passengers can fly direct to Cardiff from Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Glasgow (International), Newcastle and Norwich on flights that take anything between an hour and an hour and a half.
The year-round rural charm of the beautiful landscapes and coastlines on Neath’s doorstep, coupled with the town’s proximity to the lively nightlife and student scene in nearby Swansea, means that it’s never a bad time to visit Neath.
However, if you’re a foodie, you might want to make a space in your diary for October’s annual Neath Food and Drink Festival, which serves up a plethora of delicious local produce as well as offering cookery demonstrations, ale tasting, talks, live music and much more.
With Swansea so close by, it’s also worth bearing in mind the Wales National Airshow which takes place in the city in July, and the Swansea Festival of Music and the Arts, which takes place in October.