Opened in 1850 Cardiff Central Station is a Grade II listed building and one of the city's architectural heritage sites. It was designed by the much lauded mechanical and civil engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel, who diverted the River Taff in order to create a safe space for the stations constructed.
The station is the largest and busiest in Wales, welcoming over ten million passengers yearly. Cardiff Central Station offers both regional and national services but does not have any underground facilities. Some of the main train operators using the station include; Arriva Trains, First Great Western, Virgin Trains as well as CrossCountry. National services are available to all major mainland UK destinations, whilst local lines run across the region.
The station is a short walk from the city centre and offers good public transport access. Buses and taxis are available directly outside the station and a secure car park is available for use 24 hours a day.
Cardiff Central Station is well equipped and offers a comfortable place to prepare for, or complete your journey, boasting the only first class lounge in Wales. A number of cafes and bars are available to purchase refreshments and cash points are spread throughout the station. A number of high street chains have outlets on the concourse and disabled toilets and parking facilities are available for travellers with limited mobility.