撰寫 Written by Lawrence Chung
編輯 Edited by Team Hk-Brits
威爾斯的醫療系統很像英格蘭，但最大的差別為免費藥物。卡迪夫有一些良好學校與幾間大學，卡迪夫大學 (Cardiff University) 更納入2020年《泰晤士報》高等教育排名全球首200位內。
Cardiff is the capital of Wales, the UK's 7th largest city and one of the eleven "Core Cities" in the UK. It is home to 364,200 people as of mid-2018. The difference of Wales is noticeable straight away once you set foot here. All the road signs are marked in both Welsh and English. Welsh people are also very friendly with a strong sense of national pride (some Welsh might be offended by being called English).
Cardiff has excellent transport links with other English cities like Bristol and London, taking only 50 mins and 2 hours respectively. Although Cardiff is smaller than London, it offers all the perks of living in a Capital (e.g. National Theatre, Principality Stadium, Senedd) while providing some affordable housing, for example, a 2-bedroom terraced house starting at 150,000.
Not only can Cardiff offers most popular shops that you can find in England, but it also has a great local business network e.g Cardiff market, Welsh pubs. Rugby is the national sport in Wales, so head down to a Welsh pub and feel of local atmosphere!
For nature long hikes, it is only an hour drive into the valleys. Cardiff also has a small Chinese community, with a few Chinese grocery shops spread over the city and a Chinese Catholic Church.
The Welsh healthcare system is very similar to England’s, although with one major difference, it provides free prescription medicines. Cardiff also has some very good schools and universities. Cardiff University is ranked within the top 200th in the world on the Times Higher Education as of 2020.
Buses will be your main means of transportation to navigate around the city, with bus frequencies ranging from around every 15-30 minutes.
成人單程票值 £2，「全日任坐」票為 £4
小童 (5至15歲) 擁有6.5折，單程票價為 £1.30，「全日任坐」票為 £2.60
A single adult ticket will cost you £2, whilst a day ticket costs £4
A youth discount (5 – 15 years old), a single ticket for youth costs £1.30, a day ticket costs £2.60
A mobile app is available for buying and presenting bus tickets on-the-go with extra perks like fare discounts. https://www.cardiffbus.com/app
Cardiff hosts many train stations throughout the city. Trains from central station brings you to London and Bristol quickly with comfort and convenience.
Cardiff to Bristol
Bristol is one of the nominated commuter cities
To Bristol by train takes about 45 - 50 minutes each way.
Prices are sought on trainline.com, as of 26.11.2020
**Off-Peak hour: Monday to Friday 0930 – 1600 and any time after 1900
非繁忙時段: 星期一至五 0930 – 1600及1900小時以後
***Fares and peak hours may vary across different train companies
Cardiff to London
Train services usually takes about 2 hours.
But the price may deter you from taking a day trip as it costs £110.80 for an off-peak return!
How to get to Bristol on a budget?
National Express (長途巴士公司): 是英國最著名的長途巴士公司之一
National Express: one of the most well-known coach companies in the UK
From Cardiff city centre straight to the heart of Bristol
Around 1.5 hours
£7.60 one way
Don’t expect to commute via coaches from Cardiff to Bristol as traffic can be unpredictable during peak hours i.e. morning times.
卡迪夫有一個飛往歐洲各地的機場，但因近期Flybe 倒閉後，卡迪夫機場的航班數量比以前減少了很多。你可選擇乘坐National Express的長途巴士到達布里斯托機場，車程需要約2小時。
Cardiff has an airport that serves flights to various European destinations. Although since the closure of Flybe, Cardiff airport is now running less flights than they were before, your closest bet to travel overseas is via Bristol airport. A National Express coach can take you there in around 2 hours one-way.
Cardiff airport (卡迪夫機場):
Bristol airport (布里斯托機場):
House Prices 樓價
Average House Price 平均樓價 (2020年11月)
Below is a map of Cardiff with different areas
is one of the most exclusive areas, quiet and nice to live, although also being one of the most expensive areas to buy
The average house price of a 2-bedroom to 4-bedroom terraced house is shown below:
*Prices obtained from Zoopla (價格由Zoopla取得) –November 2020
Splott and Grangetown
Both have one of the lowest house prices in Cardiff
They are historically ‘no go’ areas,
But this has started to change in recent years due to gentrification
The average house price in Splott is shown below:
*Prices obtained from Zoopla (價格由Zoopla取得) – November 2020
Personal experience and opinions:
Adamsdown 在Splott 旁邊，是另一個聲譽較差的地區。我個人建議盡量避免到訪該處。
Heath 是另一個好地區，很多醫護人員住在該區，因為靠近威爾士大學醫院，該區亦擁有一間大型超級市場(Tesco Extra) 。
Personally, I have lived in Splott for 6 months, safety was excellent. Although the high street wouldn’t be as vibrant as other areas.
Adamsdown is next to Splott, another area with poor reputation. I would suggest avoiding that area if possible.
Cathays is a university area with lots of students; therefore, it can get a bit noisy at night. If you prefer some peace and quiet, living in the university area may not be a good choice.
Heath is another area of choice. Many healthcare professionals live there for the nearby University Hospital of Wales. There is also a Tesco Extra for your daily necessity needs.
Cardiff Bay is an area to consider and is next to the sea. It is not only safe and quiet, but also has many new modern high-rise buildings.
Canton is located next to Pontcanna, it has an excellent high street with lots of shops and bars. Canton also has a Chinese Catholic Church, Chinese supermarket and a few Chinese restaurants. When compared with Pontcanna, Canton’s houses are relatively cheaper and this area is as safe as Pontcanna.