Cardiff has a reliable and extensive bus service that usually operates between 5.30am and 11.30pm, with limited weekend and public holiday services. Fare zones are colour-coded, and exact change is required. Many discount passes are available. The train services are also dependable, and taxis are easily hailed or ordered by phone. Hiring a car in Cardiff is easy, with most companies requiring a license in English with a photograph, or an International Drivers Permit. A minimum age requirement may apply. The city is relatively easy to negotiate, but parking is often a problem, as many spaces downtown are for permit-holders only. However, Cardiff is compact and easily explored on foot. It is also flat, making it well-suited to cycling. The Taff Trail for walking and cycling runs right through the city.
Getting around in Wales is generally relatively easy thanks to its small size. There are three major railways lines, running to Holyhead in the north, Aberystwyth in central Wales, and South Wales. The rail lines link to the British system, which means that you can take the train all the way to London. There are also railways linking Cardiff, Swansea and Newport, running every half hour or more. Coach bus company Traws Cambria operates buses that crisscross all of Wales.
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