12 April 2017

The UEFA Champions League Final in Cardiff is coming soon

UEFA Champions League football on pitch

UEFA Champions League football

 by Football Association of Wales

There are less than 50 days to go until the big kick-off between the two finalists in this year's epic UEFA Champions League Final on 3 June 2017. Hosted in Wales' biggest sports stadium, it is expected to bring over 200,000 football fans to Cardiff. To make sure you get the most out of your visit to Wales' capital city, here are some tips from our Cardiff experts.

Travel to Cardiff

You can get to Cardiff by car, bus, coach, rail, bike, air and even by sea. The M4 motorway and the surrounding network of A-roads make it easy to access for drivers. For those being driven, coaches and buses stop in the city centre and Cardiff Airport is only a 30 minute bus ride away.

Travel in and around Cardiff

It doesn't take long to feel at home in Cardiff. The city is relatively compact, so you can usually get from one side of the centre to the other quite quickly. Much of the heart of the city is pedestrianised or has limited vehicular access, making it pleasant to walk and cycle around.

For travelling outside the centre, there are many bus routes, train services and taxis to help you out. Visit Traveline Cymru for more details and updates.

It's worth noting that no traffic will be allowed in Cardiff Bay for four days, and there will be 24-hour road closures stretching across the city on match day.

Where to watch

Only fans with tickets will be able to get near the stadium on final day. There is no official fanzone as such for watching the match, but the entire city will be awash with excitement - almost like a huge city-wide fan zone! As for where to grab a pint, The Gatekeeper on Westgate Street is extremely close to the stadium, with plenty of screens and reasonably priced drinks. The Prince of Wales on St Mary Street has lots of seating and a 20ft (6 metres) screen suspended from the ceiling, so you'll definitely catch the action. Y Mochyn Du off Cathedral Road has a good number of screens, great drinks choice and lots of football memorabilia.

UEFA Champions Festival

Boy playing football outside Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff Bay

Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff Bay

For four days from 1 June, the UEFA Champions Festival will run at Cardiff Bay. In Roald Dahl Plass, there will be a stage with performances from local and global artists, bands and DJs, with family entertainment running alongside.

A floating pitch will host the Ultimate Champions Match with football legends on 2 June, plus walking football, local refugee teams, a deaf football friendly international and more. Also, Wales Millennium Centre will have a Champions Gallery from 31 May, celebrating Welsh grassroots football, communities and elite stars.