City and suburban bus routes are operated by Cardiff Bus (2066 6444; www.cardiffbus.com; St David’s House, Wood St); for timetable enquiries call Traveline (0870 608 2 608). Fares range from 90p to £1.80 depending on distance; buy your ticket from the driver, and have the exact fare ready (no change given). A free transport map showing bus routes is available from the Cardiff Bus office and the tourist office.
There is a range of travel passes that work out cheaper than a single ticket to some of the destinations they cover. A Day To Go ticket (adult £3, child £2) is valid until midnight on the day of purchase, on all buses run by Cardiff Bus in the Cardiff, Penarth and Barry area.
A Network Day Rider (adult/child £6/£4) covers destinations as far-flung as Merthyr Tydfil, Blaenavon, Newport, Abergavenny, Monmouth and Chepstow on buses operated by Cardiff Bus, Stagecoach and several other local companies.
Both of the above tickets can be bought from the driver. For full details see the Cardiff Bus website.
Parking in the city centre can be a problem. There are convenient car parks at Castle Mews (on North Rd, just north of the castle) and Sophia Gardens (off Cathedral Rd, west of the city centre); charges are around £3 for up to two hours, £6 for up to six hours. There is free, unrestricted, on-street parking further out on Cathedral Rd, about 20 minutes walk from the city centre.
Official black cabs can be hailed in the street, ordered by phone, or picked up at taxi ranks outside the train station, in Duke St opposite the castle, and at the corner of Greyfriars Rd and Park Pl.
Reliable taxi companies include Capital Cars (2077 7777) and Dragon Taxis (2033 3333).
Cyclists rejoice: Cardiff is one of Britain’s flattest cities. The Taff Trail starts here and offers a pleasant route to Castell Coch and other sights. At Pedal Power Cycle Hire(02920 390713; off Cathedral Rd), in Cardiff Caravan Park, you can hire bikes per hour or for a whole day. It has some bikes adapted for disabled cyclists.