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Transport in Wales

Getting There:

By air: There are no regular scheduled intercontinental flights direct into Wales. The best way is to fly into one of the UK’s larger airports and get a bus/rail transfer to Cardiff from there. Otherwise, if you are travelling there from Europe you can fly to direct to Cardiff International Airport which has direct links with Dublin, Amsterdam, Prague, London, Edinburgh and other European destinations.

By rail: There are 2 main lines that provide a fast service from London to Cardiff. The first of these is the South Wales line between London Paddington-Swansea and the second is the North Wales line between Bangor and Holyhead.

From any other cities in England & Scotland you need to change at Bristol or Bath for South Wales, and Crewe for North Wales. Mid Wales can be reached via Birmingham or Shrewsbury.

By bus: The main National Express bus routes into Wales are as follows:
London – Milford Haven via Cardiff & Swansea
London – Wrexham
London – Aberystwyth
London – Holyhead/Pwllheli via Birmingham
Birmingham – Swansea via Cardiff
Birmingham – Haverfordwest
Chester – Llandudno, Bangor & Holyhead
Cardiff – Edinburgh & Glasgow

By road: Travelling on the M4 Motorway from London to Cardiff, the journey takes approximately 2 hours by car.


Getting Around:

By air: There are no regular scheduled intercontinental flights direct into Wales. The best way is to fly into one of the UK’s larger airports and get a bus/rail transfer to Cardiff from there. Otherwise, if you are travelling there from Europe you can fly to direct to Cardiff International Airport which has direct links with Dublin, Amsterdam, Prague, London, Edinburgh and other European destinations.

By rail: There are 2 main lines that provide a fast service from London to Cardiff. The first of these is the South Wales line between London Paddington-Swansea and the second is the North Wales line between Bangor and Holyhead.

From any other cities in England & Scotland you need to change at Bristol or Bath for South Wales, and Crewe for North Wales. Mid Wales can be reached via Birmingham or Shrewsbury.

By bus: The main National Express bus routes into Wales are as follows:
London – Milford Haven via Cardiff & Swansea
London – Wrexham
London – Aberystwyth
London – Holyhead/Pwllheli via Birmingham
Birmingham – Swansea via Cardiff
Birmingham – Haverfordwest
Chester – Llandudno, Bangor & Holyhead
Cardiff – Edinburgh & Glasgow

By road: Travelling on the M4 Motorway from London to Cardiff, the journey takes approximately 2 hours by car.


Getting Around:

By bus: A comprehensive network of buses covers most of Wales, the 3 main companies are – Arriva Cymru, Stagecoach and First Cymru.

In areas that are less well served there are more unconventional modes of transport available such as Postbuses which started in 1967 operate 14 routes in Wales which are generally off the beaten track. Another is the ‘Great Little Trains of Wales’ which is a narrow gauge steam railway system. 9 railways throughout Wales have adopted a scheme whereby the traveller can purchase a ticket that allows unlimited travel on these railways for specified amount of time.

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