Summer Days Out

2 months ago Wed 2nd Jun 2021

After the winter we’ve all just had, isn’t it great to get out and about now the days are warmer and the daylight longer.

At Cardiff Bus we’ve added summer specials to our regular services to get you to Cardiff Bay, Penarth Pier and Barry Island. 
Download our summer leaflet here.

Penarth Pier on an open-top double decker
Daily from 26 June – 30 August

Penarth Pier Pavilion

Hop on our open-top* bus from St Mary Street (Wyndham Arcade) in the city centre to Penarth Pier. 

Our summer bus stops outside Penarth Pier Pavilion so you can enjoy a stroll along the promenade or wander up the hill to discover the tranquility of the flower gardens of Alexandra Park and Windsor Gardens.

You can also alight at Mermaid Quay in Cardiff Bay if that takes your fancy instead.

Day tickets
Adult - £4 on the bus or £3.80 on our app
Under 16 or mytravelpass - £2.60 on the bus or £2.50 on our app
Group (up to 5 people) - £10
Family (up to 5 people, max 2 adults and minimum 1 child) £5.50 on weekends and school holidays or £8.60 during school term

Click here to view our timetable for an open-top bus service to Penarth and Penarth Seafront.

*occasionally in inclement weather or for operational reasons we may substitute a closed-top bus.

Cardiff Bay
Additional baycars from 26 June - 30 August 
extra baycar buses over the summer


We’re adding extra journeys to our baycar service so you can enjoy the delights of Cardiff Bay without hanging around for a bus.  Our frequent service runs between the city centre and Cardiff Bay every 15 minutes during the day, 7 days a week from the 26th June.  From this date, the baycar's route in the city centre will extend to Kingsway stop GR outside the Hilton hotel, providing easier connections with other bus routes. 

In Cardiff Bay, take a boat trip, get all scientific at Techniquest or enjoy a nice meal and drink in one of the great cafés and restaurants.  There are plenty of other things to enjoy including the Wales Millennium Centre, World of Boats, the Norwegian Church, the Senedd and more.  Visit Cardiff Bay's website has more information about events and attractions. 

If you're hopping on board to the city centre, our extended route makes it easier to visit Cardiff Castle.  Entry to the Public Square is currently free, and their admission tickets to the rest of the castle, including the Norman Keep and Firing Line Military Museum is reduced for the summer.  There are plenty of other places to visit while you're in the city centre such as the National Museum Cardiff, Principality Stadium Tours, Bute Park, Cathays Park, Cardiff Market, St David's Shopping Centre and Cardiff's famous arcades to name a few. 

Day tickets
Adult - £4 on the bus or £3.80 on our app
Under 16 or mytravelpass - £2.60 on the bus or £2.50 on our app
Group (up to 5 people) - £10
Family (up to 5 people, max 2 adults and minimum 1 child) £5.50 on weekends and school holidays or £8.60 during school term

Click here to view our baycar summer timetable.

Barry Island – Island Flyer
Daily from 26 July – 30 August
St Mellons, Llanrumney and Tremorfa to Barry Island

image of a couple paddling in the sea

Barry Island is firm favourite with families and those who enjoy the beach.

Enjoy sandy beaches and family amusements, discover the places featured in the hit TV show Gavin and Stacey or relax in one of the many cafés and restaurants.

Our double deck Island Flyer runs from St Mellons, Llanrumney and Tremorfa to Barry Island 7 days a week throughout the summer.

Day tickets
Adult - £5.50
Under 16 or mytravelpass - £3.60
Family (up to 5 people, max 2 adults and minimum 1 child) £8 on weekends and school holidays

Click here to view our Island Flyer timetable.

Other places to explore with your day ticket

image of three women enjoying an ice cream together

There are plenty of other areas and attractions to visit across our network.  Why not try the places below?  Click the location to find out how to get there by bus.

Roath Park
Cardiff Castle
Bute Park
National Museum Wales
Victoria Park & Splash pad
Sophia Gardens and Pontcanna Fields
Sports Village
Tredegar House and Gardens

Fancy travelling a bit further? 

Purchase a network rider ticket on your local Cardiff Bus and change buses in the city centre to visit some of these other great places just outside our network.

Visit Traveline Cymru for bus times to the locations below.

Rhondda Heritage Park

Rhondda Heritage Park

Connect to service 132 in the city centre.
Right in the heart of the Rhondda Valley you can following the footsteps of miners who once worked at the Lewis Merthyr Colliery.

Find out more by visiting the Rhondda Heritage Park website here.

Castell Coch

Connect to service 132 in the city centre.
Rising up from the ancient beech woods, Castell Coch appears like a vision from a fairy tale.  But these solid towers with their unmistakable conical roofs only hint at the splendor within.

Find out more by visiting the Castell Coch website here.

St Fagans

Connect to service 32A in the city centre.
Not only are there extensive gardens to enjoy in the grounds of St Fagans Castle, there’s the open-air St Fagans National Museum of History, which has a collection of significant and historic buildings relocated from across Wales, including a farm, a tannery, mills and a chapel.

Each building opens a door into Welsh history through an understanding of ordinary people’s everyday lives.

Find out more by visiting the St Fagans website here.

Caerphilly Castle

Connect to service 26 in the city centre.
Admire one of the truly great fortresses of medieval Europe.  You can see replicas of four types of siege engine, all in perfect working order, and walk the dam platform where jousts and tournaments were held.

It even has Wales’ very own Leaning Tower, wonkier than that of Pisa and probably the castle’s best-loved feature.

Find out more by visiting the Caerphilly Castle website here.

Caerphilly Castle

Find out more about attractions and locations in Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan by visiting the external sites below

Visit Cardiff
Visit the Vale