About The City Sightseeing Cardiff Bus Tour:
Croeso i Gymru! So many things worth seeing and doing within the nation's capital can be found aboard the City Sightseeing Cardiff open-top bus tour. This hop-on hop-off service operates all year round and features an 11 stop route spanning from Mermaid Quay to the National Museum of Wales and Cardiff Castle.
Tickets are valid for 24 hours (from the point of first use), making them ideal for a short weekend journey around top city centre attractions. Come and go as much as you please within this space of time, enjoying live English-language commentary as you travel. Digital audio guides are also available in a choice of 7 additional languages. Discounts included with all bus tickets are listed below.
- All Year Round, Daily.
Except December 25-26 and January 1.
- Live English commentary.
- Digital Audio: English, Welsh, Polish, French, Spanish, German and Italian.
Tour Times / Frequencies:
- 10:00 to 15:30, every 30 minutes.
- Various, see Map Download or Itinerary List below.
- 50 minutes.
Cardiff's hop-on hop-off buses are the easiest way to unlock the city whether you arrive by train or cruise ship. Roll in by rail and you'll be able to catch the next bus just a short walk away at stop 10 (Custom House Street), or at stop 6 (Mermaid Quay) if you're visiting as part of a shore excursion. These are only suggestions, however, as you can embark on your sightseeing journey from any of the 9 additional stops.
A few unmissable locations along the tour route include Cardiff Castle, the National Museum, Techniquest Science Centre and The Doctor Who Experience on Discovery Quay. Entry to The Doctor Who Experience comes at a 10% discount for each holder of a City Sightseeing Cardiff bus ticket. Discounts are also available for Cardiff Castle (10% off daytime admission), Techniquest (2 for 1 entry), and the National Museum/St Fagans History Museum (2 for 1 on hot drinks).
Hop-off at stop 5 if you plan on doing a bit of indoor entertainment seeking. This is where you'll find the nearby Red Dragon Centre, a vast covered venue boasting its own Odeon Cinema, Bowling Alley, Casino and eclectic restaurant selection.
For shopping disembark at any of the stops close to St Mary Street/High Street (1, 10, 11). This is Cardiff's major commercial centre holding all the usual brand name stores. For a selection of smaller independent shops wander down the adjoining arcades, where most of the speciality restaurants, cafes, boutiques and other interesting businesses lie. Wyndham and the Royal Arcade are the main ones, and these are surrounded by the likes of Mill Lane, St. David's Shopping Centre, and the brewery quarter along Caroline Street.
The bus route's itinerary is also ideal for culture vultures. Stop 2 rests within easy walking distance of the Sherman Cymru Theatre, while stop 5 is positioned right outside the striking Wales Millennium Centre. Finally, who could forget the Dragon's Lair itself, Millennium Stadium (now known as Principality Stadium). Take a tour of Wales' most iconic sporting venue by stepping off at stop 11.