Travelling to Wales from outside the UK

Wales is well connected by air and sea. It’s easy to get here from overseas, either direct or via one of the UK’s major hubs. You can fly to Cardiff from several European cities or cross to North or West Wales by ferry from Ireland. And we’re not far from the main London airports either.

By air

Cardiff Airport has over 50 direct routes and more than 900 connecting destinations worldwide through hubs including Amsterdam Schiphol, Dublin and Barcelona. There are direct, scheduled flights to Cardiff Airport, from Dusseldorf, Munich, Milan, Paris, Dublin, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Faro and Jersey with Flybe, from Dublin with Aer Lingus, from Amsterdam with KLM and from Barcelona, Malaga, Alicante and Palma Majorca with Vueling Airlines.

Alternatively, you could fly to London or one of the UK's regional international airports, continuing your journey by road or rail. London Heathrow Airport and London Gatwick Airport are less than three hours from Wales by car, coach or train. Liverpool John Lennon Airport, Manchester Airport and Birmingham Airport are all very handy for North and Mid Wales. Bristol Airport is around an hour and a half from Cardiff by bus and train or by car.

If you have arrived at Heathrow or Gatwick airport, you can travel to Wales via rail on the London services mentioned below.

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By rail from mainland Europe

The Eurostar links Paris, Lille and Brussels with London St Pancras. From London St Pancras you can travel to the south of the country via the London Paddington services. For North and Mid Wales depart from London Euston.

Visitors travelling to South Wales by train between 12th September and 21st October 2016 are advised to check travel details prior to travel, due to essential modernisation work of the Severn Tunnel.  To check if your journey will be affected, check journey planner via National Rail Enquiries.

National Rail Enquiries is a source of information for all passenger rail services in the UK.

By ferry 

There are several ferry crossings from Ireland to Wales each day, taking less time than you might expect.

Irish Ferries

Dublin > Holyhead (1hr 49mins)

Rosslare > Pembroke (4hrs)

Stena Line

Dublin > Holyhead (3hrs 15mins)

Rosslare > Fishguard (3hrs 30mins)

By cruise ship

Cruise ships dock at the Port of Holyhead on Anglesey almost every week between May and September. Cruise lines calling in include Crystal, Hapag Lloyd, Oceania, P&O, Silversea, Swan Hellenic, Thomson, Tui, Voyages of Discovery and Windstar.

Find out more at Cruise Wales.