There are two types of taxi vehicle in Cardiff – Hackney Carriages and Private Hire Vehicles. Hackney Carriages can be hailed from the roadside and are black in colour with a white bonnet. Private Hire Vehicles can only pick up passengers if they have been pre-booked over the phone. Private Hire Vehicles can be any colour apart from black and white.
Both types of taxis have plates fitted to the back of the vehicle showing their plate number. Drivers of both also wear identification badges with a licence number. These are usually displayed on the front and back windscreens of the vehicle. Taxi laws For journeys that start and finish within the Cardiff city boundary, it is a criminal offence for a Hackney Carriage driver to:
- Refuse a fare (without a reasonable excuse)
- Not use the fitted meter
- Charge more than the metered fare
The driver should show that they are for hire with the roof light illuminated. If a Hackney Carraige driver is in a registered rank with their roof light illuminated, they are required by law to take you to the destination of your choice using the fitted meter. The driver can ask for a small deposit up front but this should not be excessive eg. £15 up front to go to Cathays.
For journeys that start in Cardiff but finish outside the Cardiff city boundary, a fare can be agreed between the driver and the passenger prior to starting the journey. Making a complaint If a Hackney Carriage driver has refused to take you because your fare is too short, or for any other reason, you can report this to the Licensing department of Cardiff Council. Take a photo of the driver number/cab number/license plate number with the date, time and where the incident happened and report it to firstname.lastname@example.org . If the Council do not receive this information they are unable to take any action, so please report these incidents as soon as possible.
Cycling is a great way to relax, have fun and is an easy way to keep fit and healthy. You can bring your own bike to University or buy one from one of the many bike shops in Cardiff.
Local bike shops
If you would like your business to appear on this list please contact Emma.Robson@cardiff.gov.uk
Bikes are also available for hire for half a day or one day slots from Cardiff Cycle Tours.
Cardiff Council has placed cycle stands in prominent cycling places across the city, so wherever you want to cycle to, make sure you park up and lock your bike securely to the stand! If you’d like cycle stands to be in an area where there currently aren’t any, contact email@example.com
Cardiff has a growing cycling network with many off-road shared pedestrian and cycle routes that run through beautiful parks and scenery. Cardiff’s cycle network is called Enfys – which is Welsh for Rainbow.
The Taff trail (PDF) runs through many of Cardiff’s main attractions, such as the Millennium Stadium and Cardiff Castle, and is closely accessible from the student areas of Cathays, Plasnewydd and Gabalfa.
You can plan your route online or by looking at a map. Maps are also available at locations across the city, such as libraries and community centres.
Safety and security tips
Cycling can be an enjoyable and safe experience, but like other activities, there are some safety measures and precautions you can put in place before you get on your bike!
- Wear a helmet. It’s probably the first bit of advice you are told when you first learned to ride a bike but surprisingly some people don’t wear a helmet. Wearing a helmet can dramatically reduce your risk of getting hurt if an accident occurs. Don’t take the risk – wear a helmet.
- Buy an appropriate bike lock. Use a Sold Secure bike lock and lock your bike to a secure cycle stand. Bike locks can be bought at a reduced price at the Cardiff University Security Centre on Park Place.
- Attach lights to the front and back of your bike. Fit a white light to the front and a red rear lights and reflectors.
- Wear reflective and light coloured clothing at night and whenever possible.
- Follow the Highway Code. Riding a bike is like driving a car, it’s just a lot cheaper, quicker and more enjoyable! When cycling on the road you must obey signs, traffic light signals and the rules of the Highway Code.
- Don’t cycle on the pavement unless there is a shared or segregated sign there. South Wales Police can present you with a fixed penalty notice for cycling on the pavement!
- Attend a cycle training course. Not everyone feels confident enough to cycle on the road. Cardiff Council provides free cycle courses to students, so whether you haven’t ridden a bike in years (PDF) or you are an advanced cyclist (PDF) just wanting to hone those skills, you can attend a cycling course. For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org
Please note training is also available through Cycle Training Wales and Pedal Power
Your University works in partnership with Cardiff Digs, Cardiff Council and South Wales Police to put on Cycling events throughout the academic year where we fit lights and security mark your bike. You can also learn about cycle routes and cycle training courses in the area at our events. Follow us on twitter to find out when your next event is taking place!
Cardiff Cycle Workshop is a not-for-profit bicycle recycling project based at Unit 9 Gabalfa Workshops, CF14 3AY (just behind the large Staples off Western Avenue). People can donate unwanted bicycles Mon-Fri between 10am-4pm. Donated bicycles are refurbished by a dedicated team of volunteers and are then available for sale every Friday afternoon 1-5pm and the first Saturday of the month 10-12am. For more details ring 02920 616783 or visit www.cycletrainingwales.org.uk
Information about routes in and around Cardiff, organised cycle rides, the health benefits of cycling and events promoting and celebrating cycling.
Walking is a fantastic way to exploring the wonderful city of Cardiff. It helps to keep you healthy, and is completely free. Walking routes are right on your doorstep, and most of us use them every day of the week. Cardiff has lots of parks and green spaces that you can enjoy exploring.
Just 30 minutes of brisk walking five days a week is all you need to help set you on your way to achieving a healthier lifestyle. You don’t even have to do it all at once!
- Cardiff University Talybont Halls to the Students Union
on foot = 23 minutes
- Cardiff Metropolitan Llandaff Campus to Albany Road
on foot = 40 minutes
- University of South Wales Atrium to Newport Road
on foot = 7 minutes
- University of South Wales Atrium to Albany Road
on foot = 29 minutes
- Albany Road to Cathays Train Station on foot = 13 minutes
- Crwys Road to Cathays train station on foot = 10 minutes
If you want something a little more organised, you could try one of the many walking groups throughout Cardiff e.g. Walking for Health or The Ramblers.
There are many parks and open green spaces in Cardiff that attract lots of people, especially when the sun is shining! Have a look for your local park here. You can also have a look at the Outdoor Cardiff website for an A-Z list of outdoor activities and places to visit.
Travelling by public transport rather than by a private car brings a raft of benefits.
- lower costs than driving
- a safe form of travel,
- is less polluting and
- removes the hassle of finding and paying for that parking space!
Finding out which buses to use is easy – Traveline Cymru is a one stop shop for public transport information.
Cardiff Bus runs many services in Cardiff. Day, week or month tickets for travel either within the city limits or the wider region are available. Tickets are available for purchase on the bus or from the Cardiff Bus office.
Cardiff Met Rider Pass is the ideal choice for Cardiff Metropolitan students. The service is provided by Cardiff Metropolitan University in partnership with Cardiff Bus and connects all three Cardiff Met University campuses, student halls and residential areas, and the city centre.
Students and staff can purchase a Met Rider pass, subsidised by the University, allowing unlimited travel throughout the academic year on the entire Cardiff Bus network.
The Met Rider runs Monday to Friday from 8am to 10pm during term time and allows students and staff to travel safely throughout the city.
Iff Cardiff Bus Smartcard is a card that allows you to go by bus without having to pay with change each time, whether you travel regularly or just now and again. It’s a smartcard that you simply ‘load’ money on to – either when you first get on the bus or, if more convenient, in town at the customer service centre in Wood Street. It means an end to worrying about having the right change with you – all you do is place the card on the reader when you get on the bus. It’s also the future of paying for travel.
Arriva Trains Wales operate services across Wales with local and valley lines running around 5am to 11.30pm on weekdays, starting later at the weekend and on public holidays. In addition to Cardiff Central , there are several local rail stations, including Cardiff Queen Street, Cardiff Bay and Cathays. Tickets are available for purchase at the station or on board. Most local stations in Cardiff now have ticket machines on their platforms so you can buy in advance on the station.
Tel: 0870 9000 773
16-25 Railcard Costs just £30 and it’ll save you 1/3 on rail fares throughout Great Britain for a whole year.
Car sharing schemes
If you do need to drive, there are car sharing schemes available that you can take advantage of. These can save you money and can help the environment at the same time!
As simple as it sounds, Car or Journey sharing refers to two or more people travelling together rather than separately, either in one car or by other methods such as walking, cycling, bus, taxi, etc.
- saves you money
- helps the environment and
- delivers you stress free to work
It also a great way for new students in Cardiff to meet their colleagues and familiarise themselves with the city.
A car sharing scheme offers its members the opportunity to find a potential travelling companion for all or part of their journey. Schemes encourage registered members to minimise their car usage, and take advantage of sustainable travel options.
Car share users also have the benefit of dedicated parking spaces in Cardiff. The more people that sign up, the more spaces will be created. Some Institutions have on-site parking restricted only to registered car sharers, e.g. Cardiff Metropolitan University’s School of Management building on Llandaff campus.
There are dedicated car share parking spaces for Cardiff Metropolitan students at Cyncoed campus and at Plas Gwyn halls of residence, which is just a short walk away from Llandaff campus.
SharetoCardiff is a subscription based car share scheme for employers that allows you to look for potential car sharing opportunities. You can also set up your own car sharing group. Make sure you read their ‘Safety Tips’ before looking for car sharing partners! You may find your university is already a part of the scheme so have a look.
Cardiff University students can take advantage of the Liftshare Scheme
www.sewtacarshare.com is an open group, available for any journey.
City Car Club is ideal for students who need a car in Cardiff but do not use it enough. City Car Club gives you access to a car on demand when you need one, and means you don’t have to pay for the car sitting outside your house that’s not being used. Membership to City Car Club is convenient and will save those students who drive less than 6,000 miles a year a lot of money.
Check out the How It works video to see how easy it is yourself!