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Frequently asked questions

What are the major attractions in Cardiff?
If your trip to Cardiff is all organized but your travel itinerary is a little on the empty side, let us give you a few hints and tips.Explore the best that this place has to offer by adding Principality Stadium and Cardiff Castle to your travel schedule. If you’ve got some spare time, take a look at National Museum Cardiff and Wales Millennium Centre too.Not far from the heart of the city, Cardiff Bay is one spot you might like to consider adding to your must-see list. Cardiff City Stadium and St. David’s Hall are also close by and worth checking out.
What are the best road trip destinations near Cardiff?
If you’re searching for a day-trip destination, we’ve got some suggestions. Located 20 miles away, Aberdare is worth jumping in the car for. Rhondda Valley should be at the top of your to-do list here. BikePark Wales and Brecon Mountain Railway are awesome attractions too. Don’t forget about Merthyr Tydfil either! Just 25 miles away, BikePark Wales, Brecon Mountain Railway and Aberdare Park are must-sees here.
Where are the best beaches near Cardiff?
No matter the weather, you’ll be able to get a glimpse of some of the beautiful beaches near Cardiff from the comfort of your own rental car. As you drive along, keep your eyes open for seabirds soaring over these beautiful stretches of coastline:

  • Barry Island Beach (7 miles away).
  • Whitmore Bay (8 miles away).
  • Pebble Beach (8 miles away).

What kind of rental car should I get for Cardiff?
Some people find ducking in and out of traffic in big cities a little daunting. But in a small ride like an economy or compact car, getting around Cardiff will be a snap. Rather spend your time exploring the surrounding rocky coastlines? Take a look at our awesome range of full-size and mid-size SUVs. With room to move and oomph under the hood, these larger vehicles will make that road trip even more unforgettable. Crossing off all the activities and sights that Cardiff is famous for has never been easier with your own wheels.
Should I get a luxury rental car in Cardiff?
You’re spoiled for choice when it comes to rental cars in Cardiff. From swish SUVs with loads of space for luggage to zippy compacts that make parking a cinch, you’ll find it all here. Choosing your ride of course depends on your budget and what activities you’ve got planned. There are some road trips that are just begging you to splurge on your dream ride, whereas other adventures don’t need more than an engine and four wheels. Which car will you be sliding behind the wheel of this time?
What side of the road do they drive on in Cardiff?
The left side is where you’ll be motoring along in Cardiff. Be aware that the controls of your rental vehicle here, like the steering wheel and stick shift (if your car has manual transmission), will be on the opposite side of what you’re used to.
Is it difficult to park in Cardiff?
It’s relatively easy to find somewhere to park in Cardiff, though you might find it difficult to secure a spot in the busiest areas. Booking a hotel that provides guests with on-site parking will make things easier.
Does Cardiff have peak-hour traffic?
As with many destinations, you can expect slightly heavier traffic in the rush hours before and after work. However, thanks to its smaller population of approximately 447,300, traffic congestion isn’t a huge concern in Cardiff.
Are there speed limits in Cardiff?
Speed limits vary throughout the city of Cardiff, but generally range from 30mph to 70mph. Most residential zones have a maximum speed of 30mph unless signed otherwise.
What happens if I get a speeding fine while driving a rental car in Wales?
Normally, one of two things will happen. Your chosen rental car company may charge the amount stated on the fine to your credit card. This is the usual practice. Or it may supply your contact details to local law enforcement agencies so the fine is sent to you directly.
Is it illegal to use a cell phone while driving in Cardiff?
It is against the law to use your cell phone while driving a car in Cardiff, and you may even receive a fine for just holding your phone when you’re in control of a vehicle. That being said, using hands-free or Bluetooth functions is allowed, as long as you stay focused on the road.
What are the rules around drink driving in Cardiff?
The legal BAC (blood alcohol content) limit while driving in Cardiff is 0.08%. If you’re planning on partying, leave your rental car behind and organize a different way of getting home instead.
Is turning on a red light allowed in Cardiff?
Turning on a red light is illegal in Cardiff. Be on the lookout for traffic signs and lights so you don’t break any road rules.
Are seat belts compulsory in Wales?
Yes. However, there are some exceptions for certain vehicles run by public transportation systems.

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