Taylor Swift's Eras Tour arrives at Cardiff's Holy Ground

1 month ago Fri 7th Jun 2024

Travel Advice

Our services will be running through the day and into the evening to help you get around, whether you're doing nothing new or going out in style for a night of your wildest dreams.

There's no doubt Cardiff will be full of busy streets and busy lives, but there's no need for it to be touch and go, our masterminds have been working hard in the background to make sure you can have the best day. As traffic on event days can be busy and unpredictable, we advise you to take this into account and allow extra time for your journey, but we've also got extra staff in the city centre to help keep you on the move, look out for our supervisors in the orange hi-vis vests if you need a hand.

We've also reworked things to keep larger vehicles out later into the evening, particularly for the last trip on busier services and for the evening peak. As the Eras Tour is a much longer and much bigger show than others you may have been used to, make sure to know you post-gig plans in advance - what time you need to have left by, which way you need to go and where the bus stop is - otherwise you risk getting stranded in the midnight rain! 

Due to the size of the event, some city centre roads will be closed earlier than usual, and some will be kept open later to try to balance traffic flow. This means buses will need to do a phased diversion for all routes to the north of the city, and some routes to the east, initially diverting to Greyfriars Road and stopping outside the New Theatre, and then changing to either stop opposite the New Theatre, or further down at Kingsway. Please check timetables (make sure to set the date forward to the 18th!) and our events summary carefully. 

Update 14/06/2024 - timetables have been updated for routes serving Greyfriars and Kingsway, as the council have made a last minute change to the road closure timings.

Here's some tips to help you make the most of the day...

If you're feeling delicate and want to avoid the busiest parts of the city, Cardiff Bay is home to gorgeous scenery, a wide selection of food & drink options, and some arts & culture too. It's less than a 10 minute ride from the city centre on the Baycar, or a scenic 20 minute ride on the open top Skycar (special fares apply) which goes into the heart of the bay, including to the trendy Tiger Yard.

Whilst you're in the city centre too, there's a whole host of great place to go for a bite to eat or drink to get you in the spirit, but avoid champagne problems by picking your spots ahead of time. Our favourites are Cardiff Market for street food and cute cafes, St David's for variety and ease, or perhaps some of the many independant pubs & restaurants dotted around the city but particularly around The Hayes, Church Street and around the front of the Castle.

On the Cardiff Bus app, you can also use our journey planner and see our buses in real time, and you can buy your tickets in advance so all you need to do on the day is activate the tickets as you're about to hop on board. We offer discounted Family and Group tickets if you're travelling together, and our Skycar tickets are valid on all Cardiff Bus services in Cardiff and Penarth so offer great value to add in an open top trip to your visit to the city.

There's a whole host of wonderful attractions to visit and experiences to try while you're in Cardiff, and if you're begging for someone to take your hand and make some plans to visit them then this could be the perfect opportunity. Check out our things to do pages for some good options, with many connected brilliantly by our open top Skycar (special fares apply) including the free to enter National Museum, the historic Cardiff Castle, the artsy Norwegian Church and the iconic Wales Millennium Centre. Unlimited travel on the Skycar, and any Cardiff Bus service in Cardiff and Penarth costs as low as £5 per adult, £3.30 per child, or £16 for a group of up to 5, making a great value addition to your visit to the city. 

If you're staying a little longer and want to explore further afield (or you're not a Swiftie and you're looking for alternative plans away from the gig!) how about a day trip to the seaside? Penarth offers a glorious traditional seaside experience, with the ornate art deco pier and classy little cafes and delis in the town (and stunning views back across to the city from the headland), it's just under a 30 minute ride on the 92/92B/93/94 and buses leave the city centre up to every 10 minutes.