If your trip to Cardiff is all organized but your travel itinerary is a bit on the empty side, we can give you a helping hand.You’ll have to roll out of bed early if you want to see all the fascinating sights that this place has to offer. Principality Stadium and Cardiff Castle are must-sees. National Museum Cardiff and Wales Millennium Centre shouldn’t be forgotten either.Stop by Cardiff Bay. It’s one attraction you’ll find on travelers’ must-do lists. Cardiff City Stadium and St. David’s Hall are also a stone’s throw away and worth a detour.
We know you can’t wait to test out your new wheels. How about taking a day trip out to Aberdare? Just 20 miles away, roll down your windows and let the wind rustle your hair on the way there. Among the first stops you make here ought to be Rhondda Valley, BikePark Wales and Brecon Mountain Railway. Locals will also likely point you in the direction of Merthyr Tydfil, 25 miles away. If you only have time for one attraction here, make sure it’s BikePark Wales. (But we’re also big fans of Brecon Mountain Railway and Aberdare Park.)
There’s nothing quite like opening the car window and feeling the fresh, salty air on your face while you’re cruising by the sea. Pack some yummy food and spend a couple of hours relaxing at one of the wonderful beaches near Cardiff. Top options include:
Barry Island Beach (7 miles away).
Whitmore Bay (8 miles away).
Pebble Beach (8 miles away).
Having your own wheels in Cardiff will give you more flexibility to squeeze in as many attractions as you can. Maybe you can’t wait to leave the city behind, explore the country laneways, and see where the wind takes you. If that’s the case, grab the keys to one of our full-size or mid-size SUVs and explore the rocky coastlines in the area. If you just want to experience the bright city lights, opt for something small. Zipping around busy streets will be a lot easier with a compact or mini car.
There’s more than enough choice when it comes to rental cars in Cardiff. From swish SUVs with loads of space for luggage to agile compacts, you’ll find it all here. Deciding on your perfect match of course depends on your budget and where you plan to go. Some road trips are just begging you to splurge on your dream ride, whereas others don’t need anything more than a bargain, no-frills type model. Which car will you be sliding behind the wheel of this trip?
Cardiff is where your next unforgettable adventure is waiting. No matter where the road may lead you, here’s a little advice that’ll help make your journey through this national capital less stressful:
The left-hand side of the road is where you’ll be motoring along in Cardiff. Be aware that the controls of your rental car here, such as the steering wheel and stick shift (if your car has manual transmission), will be on the other side of what you’re used to.
If you’re planning to leave your car in the heart of town and explore the area on foot, you’re unlikely to have too many problems securing a spot. Just be sure to pay attention to the parking signs and follow the rules. You don’t want to spoil an exciting day of adventuring with a fine.
As with most places, you can expect more traffic in the morning and afternoon rush hours. However, thanks to its smaller population of around 447,300, traffic gridlock isn’t a big concern in Cardiff.
Normally, your chosen rental car company will charge the amount fined to your credit card. Alternatively, the company may provide your contact information to the relevant local authority so they can send a fine straight to you.