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Buying your Monthly Bus Pass – A Step-by-Step Guide!

20th June 2014

Celtic School welcomes students from all over the world every Monday. We know that everyone who arrives will feel excited as well as a little nervous when coming to Cardiff for the first time. For this reason, Celtic staff are always very friendly and are here to make sure you have an unforgettable experience!

Last Monday, I took one of our new starters to buy a monthly bus pass. She wasn’t sure where to go and I was more than happy to help! Cardiff busses are a very convenient and reasonable way to travel around the city. Most of the students who stay with homestay providers in Cardiff use the bus to come to the school everyday.

You can buy a weekly or monthly bus pass on the ground floor of Cardiff Central Library on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, or Saturday from 11am – 5pm. A monthly bus pass is £53 and weekly bus pass is £15.

For this reason, I thought it would be useful to share details about how to get to Cardiff Central Library from Celtic. It takes approximately 10 – 15 minutes from the the school on foot.

First, you come out from the main door of Celtic, turn left and walk toward Cardiff city centre. As you start walking, you will see our local pub “Pen & Wig” on your right.

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“Pen & Wig Pub”

At the bottom of Park Grove, you will cross the road to St. Andrew Square. (Please be careful when you cross the road – there is no pedestrian crossing! ) At the middle of St. Andrew Square, you will see the beautiful St. Andrew’s Church.

Walk through St. Andrew Square and you will see a pedestrian crossing toward Windsor Place. Cross this walkway at the lights.

At Winsor Place, you can find some nice bars and pubs such as “Buffalo”.
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“Street view of Windsor Place”

At the bottom of Windsor Place, please turn right onto Queen Street. Queen Street is one of the main shopping streets in Cardiff city centre and you can find many High Street shops such as Top Shop, Zara, Marks & Spencer, Next, Primark and many more! Please walk straight through Queen Street.

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“Views of Queen Street”

At the bottom of Queen Street, you can see the famous Cardiff Castle!

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“View of Cardiff Castle from the end of Queen Street”

Please turn left onto St. John Street. When you walk through St. John Street, you will pass Burger King on the right, and then the entrance of Queens Arcade. St. Davids Hall on your left hand side a little further down while the Cardiff Tourist Information Centre will sit on your right hand side.

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“Burger King”

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“Entrance of Queens Arcade”

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“St. Davids Hall”

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“Cardiff Tourist Information Centre”

St. John Street continues onto Working Street and then turns into The Hayes. At the bottom of The Hayes, you will see a modern blue building, and this is the Cardiff Central Library!

Outside the library you can also find our modern shopping centre called “St. Davids” and the department store “John Lewis” – Cardiff is one of the best shopping destination in Europe. so do stop in some stores if you can!

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“Cardiff Central Library”

When you go inside of the library, you will see the main desk on the ground floor. This is where you can buy your monthly bus passes. When you buy a monthly bus pass, you will be given an “Iff Card” which is the travel card used for all Cardiff buses.

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“Cardiff Bus Desk at the Cardiff Central Library”

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“Iff card”

You can also buy daily and weekly passes on the buses yourself.

Finally, in case if you have lost property on the bus (i.e. clothes, notebooks, etc) you will need to go to the Cardiff Bus Head Office at Sloper Road, Leckwith, Cardiff, CF11 8TB. This is open between 8:30am – 5:00pm Monday to Friday and routes 1, 2 , 92, 93 & 94 all stop nearby.

For more information, please visit http://www.cardiffbus.com or ask a member of Celtic staff if you need any further assistance!

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