Moving to Cardiff

Are you considering moving to Cardiff?

What are the factors influencing the price?

The cost of moving goods depends on several factors: the nature, volume and the weight of course, the distance between pickup and delivery, the level of service you require and sometimes your flexibility with the timing of the operation. A Man and Van trader is usually the most efficient and cost-effective way to move to Cardiff.

How do I choose my Man and Van contractor?

When you post your transport request on App A Van, it will display to all the Man and Van traders who said they covered the area between your current residence and Cardiff, and were qualified to transport your type of goods. You can choose between the quotes you receive, based on price and on the reputation they gained from previous customers like you.

Can I receive additional services?

Yes. Some of our Man and Van operators will only load and drive, but others can offer additional services like storage or packing/unpacking. Make sure your transport request is precise as to what you expect exactly from your chosen trader. If you receive no answer, you can always split your request so 2 independent contractors fulfill your demand.

Removals to Cardiff made easy

We have built up a network of experienced and carefully selected Man and Van contractors across the United Kingdom that can help you with your removals to Cardiff. The only thing you need to do is to register on our platform, fill in the details of your request in our online form, and all interested contractors will quote you for your custom. Whether you move to Cardiff from afar or from within the city itself, or you have any transport need in the area, App A Van wants to be your one-stop solution.

Furthermore, by getting in touch with small Man and Van operations, it gives you a chance to use local tradesmen rather than big corporate companies. We strive to be environmentally friendly within your area – creating more jobs for the local people.

Essential links
when you’re moving to Cardiff

City council

The Cardiff City Council website is an essential source of information. It will be your go-to site for all matters regarding the council, from planning and building to bins and recycling and roads and parking. A special mention for the walking and cycling page, with a downloadable pdf map.

Public transport

The bus service within the city is good. Cardiff Bus is the dominant operator with its hub in Cardiff central bus station. Cymru allows you to plan your journeys across Cardiff and Wales.

For the environmentally conscious, Cardiff has recently installed an excellent series of subscription-based bikes. At the moment there are over 500 bikes available, with over 50 stations for collecting or dropping them off.


Cardiff University on its own attracts over 30,000 students, and you also have Cardiff Metropolitan University, the University of South Wales and the University of Wales Trinity Saint David. Not only do they offer high teaching standards, but living expenses are much lower in comparison to other UK cities.

Cardiff at a glance

  • Cardiff is the capital of Wales. The city is located in the south of the country at the mouth of the River Severn, about 300 km from London. Although it is the UK’s 10th largest city, with a population of about 346,000, it is one of the smallest European capitals. It became the capital in 1955, making it one of the newest capital cities.
  • Henry Morgan, better known as Captain Morgan, was born in Llanrumney, Cardiff, in 1635. Yes! In Cardiff, not the Caribbean.
  • Polar explorer Captain Robert Falcon Scott set sail from the city in the Terra Nova in June 1910 for his doomed expedition to the South Pole. Scott was aiming to become the first person to reach the South Pole and arrived there in 1912, only to find the explorer Roald Amundsen had beaten him to it.
  • Cardiff is one of the flattest cities in Britain and has more hours of sunlight than Milan, so anyone who complains that it’s always cloudy and raining in Wales is mistaken! It also has more green space per person than any other UK core city.
  • Cardiff has its very own island. The island of Flat Holm (or Ynys Echni in Welsh) lies five miles off the Cardiff coast. Visiting the island, which is a Site of Special Scientific Interest, is dependent on the tides, but once there you can explore the sea bird colonies and old buildings, which include war time barracks and a ruined cholera hospital. It’s also where the world’s first radio signal was sent over sea when the Italian inventor Marconi successfully transmitted a message via Morse code from the island to nearby Lavernock Point on 13 May 1897 that said “Are you ready?”
  • All this talk of modernising the city with a new metro/ tram system is actually a throwback to bygone times. Until the mid-1900s, there were tramlines connecting Cardiff to the rest of South Wales. The trams were replaced by buses, but who knows – we may see a return to them yet.

At the heart of Cardiff’s city centre sits its historical and now iconic market and is home to some of the city’s most popular and loved source providers. Whilst it’s current glass-roofed home has only been around for about 100 years, the market has actually existed in some form or another since around the 1700s. Inside its striking building, there is an array of different stalls, from fishmongering and butchers to sweets, cakes and so much more.

Yet whilst it’s market is undoubtedly one of it’s most famous locations, it’s the cities quirky and unique arcades that really attract attention. Set a short distance from the city centre and within walking distance of the aforementioned market, Cardiff’s arcades are almost maze-like in their sprawling and captivating layout. Whilst the high street contains the standard stores that you’ll find anywhere, the arcades are home to some of Cardiff’s smallest and most personal businesses. Inside one there’s an entire shop dedicated solely to board games, with a Harry Potter-themed store only a few doors down. Spoiler alert for the true Harry Potter fans, there’s even a cupboard under the stairs.

But personally, we suggest paying a visit to Wally’s; it’s Cardiff’s most famous cafe and delicatessen. In here you will find an array of interesting foods and it even has an amazing cellar for beers, gins, whiskies, wines… You name it: If they don’t have it yet, they will.

Students make up 20% of Cardiff’s population. This usually translates into a lively nightlife. The following is, therefore, a short selection, but do not hesitate to explore further: it’s worth it

  • Fuel Rock Club is Cardiff’s rock/metal bar, and a good one too! Great atmosphere; nice decor. A solid mix of alternative music played until very late. Decent selection of drinks at decent prices.
  • Clwb Ifor Bach (aka ‘The Welsh Club’) opened in 1983. Bands like Super Furry Animals and Stereophonics started small here and went on to make it big everywhere.
  • Porter’s offers regular comedy nights, “Bandeoke” (aka – karaoke with a live band), live music and, most recently, its very own theatre. A great place for craft beer, too!
  • The Live lounge was rated the best bar in Cardiff by students. Great prices, live music until midnight and DJs until 4 am. As one of the most popular free venues in Cardiff, queues build quickly. Get there early, beat the line and enjoy the music before the place fills!

Useful information for
Relocating to Cardiff

Set at the mouth of the River Severn, on the south side of the Welsh landscape, Cardiff is one of the UK’s most beautiful and well-visited cities. Whilst it’s iconic and renowned buildings dominate it’s ever growing and modernising skyline, it happens to have more green space than any other city in the UK, with plenty of places for outdoor recreation.

As that capital of Wales, it is the country’s largest city and also manages to find itself as one of the top ten largest cities in the UK.

Alongside its welcoming atmosphere, quirky shopping establishments, and cultural attractions, Cardiff is also one of the UK’s most accessible cities, able to declare it’s self as the flattest city in Britain. Despite it’s often questionable and wet climate, it does, in fact, receive more hours of sunlight than Milan. A fact that perhaps Cardiff should start putting on a postcard, although I am sure no one would believe it. It also happens to be the wettest city in the UK, so we’ll let you work that one out.

So, all things considered, perhaps it’s little surprise that Cardiff has fast become one of the UK’s fastest-growing cities and over recent years it has found its streets being pounded by a steady progression of tourists

If the next step in your life means you’re moving to Cardiff, you are not alone: the population of the city is growing at a faster rate than any other city in the UK. Cardiff has moved up the rankings to become Europe’s ‘third-best’ capital city to live in, a European Union survey revealed in Feb 2016. The Welsh capital had climbed from sixth place to joint third, which it shared with Copenhagen and Stockholm. Meanwhile, Oslo, the capital of Norway, had taken 1st place, and Belfast 2nd. This quality of life survey focused on employment opportunities, public transport, education, health, house prices, etc.

In other words, you have every reason to take a positive view of your new hometown. You can even dismiss the fact that according to the Met Office it is the UK’s wettest city.

Cardiff boasts a total of 98 primary schools and 19 secondary schools. The Cardiff Sixth Form College came top of the independent senior schools in the UK in 2013, and the International Baccalaureate Organisation chose Cardiff for its largest regional office. As always, if you have children please check the catchment area of the school you want before deciding on where to live.

The city centre is quite affordable, especially if you come from London. However, living in the centre isn’t as crucial as it may be for other cities, as Cardiff is quite compact. Students often choose Cathays for its cheap prices and its proximity to the university; Families will thrive in Roath, and the Bay area is up and coming yet can suit a wide range of budgets. If your income allows it, you’ll find large houses on tree-lined roads in either Pontcanna or Llandaff.

With its easy gradients and large parks, and a cycle network that should exceed 60 miles this summer -and growing, Cardiff could be an ideal place to cycle if it wasn’t for the traffic in the absence of dedicated lanes. Cardiff is a city that you can cycle across in 20 minutes, and you can walk to almost anywhere. But then you have the weather… If you need to drive, the scourge of modern towns, congestion, also affects Cardiff. Although it’s only 15th in Tom Tom’s list of the UK’s most congested cities, you will still see your commuting time increase by over 50% if you hit morning and evening peak times. And when you get there, you still need to park!