Fly from Belfast International Airport
Belfast International Airport can serve as your gateway to the rest of the world. With a variety of internal and international flights from Belfast each day, it is easy to leave the rain of Northern Ireland behind and jet off to catch some sun. The airport is located approximately 15 miles out of the city, and offers regular flights to many major European destinations. It is not to be confused with the smaller George Best Belfast City Airport.
Plenty of parking spaces are available, and it is much cheaper if you book online before travelling. If you would rather leave the car behind, there are bus links to the rest of Northern Ireland and dedicated services from Londonderry and Lisburn that ferry travellers to the flights Belfast offers. If you are travelling light, you can even park a bicycle securely at the airport.
If you have a little time in to spend in Belfast before your departure, it would be a shame to miss out on the sights of the city. Belfast is packed with history, and was the birthplace of the Titanic. The city is awash with beautiful buildings and places of interest. Visitors should ensure that they take the time to see Belfast City Hall, the Grand Opera House and the recently restored Albert Clock.
Once you arrive at the airport, it is easy to kill a few hours in the terminal. There are plenty of places to sit down, have a meal, or enjoy a coffee. Duty free shopping is also available, so you can browse for a book to keep you entertained. Log on to ebookers.com for more information and great deals on flights from Belfast to Cardiff.
The Airport in Cardiff
Cardiff Airport (CWL) is the primary international hub serving Cardiff, the ancient capital of Wales. From its location in the Vale of Glamorgan, the airport is only twelve miles west of downtown. Cardiff Airport welcomes flights on several major carriers, including Aer Lingus, Helvetic, and Eastern Airways, and great fares can often be found on ebookers.
Leaving the Airport
A good way to get around in Cardiff is to take the bus for a fare of £3.90. From the airport, embark on bus route X91 from its stop to the left of the Departures entrance. Alternately, a shuttle bus runs from the airport to the Rhoose train station, where you may connect with a city-bound train. Cardiff currently has 400 taxis in service that can be hailed from the street, and another 600 private-hire cars that must be reserved in advance.
The Climate in Wales
Despite its many charms, Wales is a part of the British Isles, which might mean you're in for showers when you get there. Cardiff's proximity to the water keeps the winters from getting too cold, with an average range of 0-7°C in January, and a summer range of 12 to 20°C in July. Rainfall is most common between October and January and declines somewhat in the summer.
Attractions in Cardiff
Cardiff is an ancient land with a rich history stretching back over thousands of years. It makes sense that some of its major attractions will be sites of historical interest. The heritage of Wales is perhaps best seen at St. Fagan's Natural History Museum, where you'll find a grand 100-acre park dedicated to the preservation and restoration of historically important Welsh architecture. Of course, any visit to Wales must include a stop at Cardiff Castle, where you can take a fifty-minute tour through over 2,000 years of Welsh history. Sights such as these are easier to schedule when you arrange your trip in advance through ebookers.
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