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Why hire a car in Cardiff?

The capital city of Wales, Cardiff started life as a small town before evolving into a major port during the early 19th century. After the shipping industry faded away, Cardiff undertook a spectacular period of regeneration, which has seen the birth of a new waterfront area at Cardiff Bay, as well as an explosion of arts and culture output. From the historic Cardiff castle to the modern Wales Millennium Centre (home to opera, ballet, and theatre performances throughout the year), Cardiff is a dynamic city with plenty to see and do, the perfect destination for a city break.

With cardiff car hire at your disposal, you will be able to fully explore this vibrant city, as well as venture beyond to destinations such as Swansea (a 50-minute drive), where the National Waterfront Museum provides a fascinating insight into the industry that heavily shaped this area. The Dylan Thomas Centre is also a great visit, housed in the city’s former Guildhall building, celebrating the life and work of the famous Welsh writer.

How to get to and around Cardiff?

Fly into Cardiff Airport and from there it’s an easy half-hour drive into the centre of Cardiff. Nearby Bristol Airport is also just over an hour’s drive.

Beyond Cardiff, a hire car can help you explore nearby Newport (a 20-minute drive), home to the Caerleon Roman Baths, where you can learn about the Roman influence in Wales. Although Wales was the farthest point west that the Roman empire extended to, the territory was occupied for more than 200 years, meaning that a considerable legacy including a Roman amphitheatre and the remains of a legionary barracks has been left behind.

What brands are available?

Choose from a wide selection of hire car providers in Cardiff to suit every budget and requirement, from Alamo and Hertz to Avis and Enterprise.

Must-sees within an easy drive of Cardiff

Doctor Who fans will relish the Doctor Who Experience, an interactive, multi-sensory journey through the iconic television programme, shot in and around the Cardiff area. The exhibition includes a complete collection of the Doctor’s costumes, ranging from 1963 to the present day, as well as three full TARDIS sets, providing a chance to glimpse behind the scenes of the filming process. Elsewhere, a visit to the Principality Stadium during rugby season is a must for any visitor, where you can soak in the atmosphere of an impassioned Welsh crowd cheering on the home team.

Beyond Cardiff, your hire car is the perfect way to explore the rest of Wales, as well as across the border into England to destinations such as Bristol (an hour’s drive). There, you can view the iconic Clifton Suspension Bridge, a remarkable feat of Victorian engineering designed by Isambard Kingdom Brunel, as well as explore the SS Great Britain – Brunel’s restored 1843 passenger liner.

Tips and tricks for driving in Cardiff

The national UK speed limit is set to 60mph on single carriageway roads and 70mph on dual carriageways and motorways. British cars drive on the left-hand side, with the steering wheel positioned on the right of the car. Roundabouts appear frequently on British roads so remember to give way to the right to all traffic on a roundabout.

Ready to plan your Cardiff city break?

Feeling inspired to start exploring Cardiff and other parts of Wales? Check out this city guide and use the Expedia search tool to help you find the best car hire in Cardiff, as well as flight and hotel deals and research the best attractions and activities.

The Vale of Glamorgan, to the southwest of Cardiff, contains the Victorian seaside towns of Penarth and Barry. Here you can enjoy the seascapes, have a day at the seaside and relax as you feel the sand between your toes.

Nearby the picturesque town of Cowbridge can be visited as you drive to evocative historic places such as Saint Donat's or Fonmon castle.

Also in the Vale of Glamorgan is Comeston Lakes, whose setting in a country park makes the ideal location for a lazy picnic or a strenuous walk.

A drive along the majestic Glamorgan Heritage Coast between Llantwit Major and Ogmore-by-Sea takes you to dramatic cliffs that afford spectacular views across the Bristol Channel. Head off onto the back roads around Ogmore-by-Sea to enjoy one of the most spectacular scenic drives that Wales can offer.

With the Brecon Beacons and its mountains, moorland, waterfalls and vibrant communities an easy drive to the north there is just one problem with hiring a car in Cardiff: knowing which direction to first head off in!



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