Travel Wales

Getting to Wales

If you are traveling from the other side of the border or the other side of the world, Wales is closer than you might think and easier than ever to get to. 

Air Travel

Wales is well connected by air and it is easy to get here from overseas via a major UK hub or directly to Cardiff.

Cardiff Airport has over 50 direct routes and is connected by more than 900 other destinations through major hubs including Amsterdam Schiphol, the Middle East via Qatar airways, Dublin and Barcelona. There are a number of direct and scheduled flights to Cardiff airport from many European countries. There are direct flights too from Aberdeen, Birmingham, Newcastle, Belfast, Edinburgh, London, Glasgow, Norwich and Jersey. 

There is a direct scheduled flight between Cardiff airport in South Wales and Anglesey in North Wales operated by Flybe.

For more information about Cardiff Airport click here

Alternatively, Wales is very easy to get to from other UK airports such as London, Manchester and Liverpool. View our Rail travel and Road travel sections for more information.

Rail Travel

The Eurostar links Paris, Lille and Brussels with London St Pancras. From London St Pancras is has connecting services to London Euston and London Paddington where there are direct trains to North and South Wales and Mid Wales via connecting travel.

Wales is very easy to get to from UK airports; London Heathrow Airport and London Gatwick Airport are less than three hours from Wales by train. Liverpool John Lennon Airport, Manchester Airports and Birmingham airport are all less than 2 hours to Wales. 

Wales is serviced by frequent direct train services from the whole of the UK. National Rail Enquiries is a source of information for all passenger rail services in the UK. 

Train Services

From London:

Great Western Railway operates direct services from London Paddington to Cardiff, Swansea and Newport. Arriva Trains Wales operate a service onwards along the South Wales coast calling at major stops to Pembrokeshire. 

Virgin West Coast operates services from London Euston to Holyhead in North Wales with stops along the North Wales coast, Bangor and Holyhead. Arriva Trains Wales also operate the North Wales Coast with services which include Wrexham and Llandudno.  

Mid Wales is serviced by Arriva Trains Wales via Birmingham with stops in Newtown, Machynlleth and Aberystwyth.  

From other areas:

Arriva Trains Wales operates services throughout Wales and its major cities and the border countries of England providing local and long distance services in to Wales from Chester, Birmingham and Manchester. 

Virgin Trains Services runs from Glasgow, Edinburgh, Manchester, Liverpool and Birmingham all offering connections in to Wales with the Super Voyager service going directly to Holyhead.  

Great Western Railway runs services from destinations such as Bristol, Cornwall, Devon, The Cotswolds, Bath, Plymouth and Exeter to the South of Wales.

Cross Country and Merseyrail offer routes to major connecting train stations in to Wales. 

National Rail Enquiries is a one stop website for train journeys in the UK. 

Train Station Information

Cardiff Central Train Station
Central Square
CF10 1EP
First Class Lounge Available
Tel: +44 (0)333 005 0501

Swansea Train Station
High Street
Tel: +44 (0)333 005 0501

Newport (South Wales) Train Station
High Street
NP20 4AX
Tel: +44 (0)333 005 0501

Llandudno Train Station
Augusta Street
LL30 2AF
Tel: +44 (0)333 005 0501

Bangor Train Station
Holyhead Road
LL57 1LZ
Tel: +44 (0)333 005 0501

Wrexham General Train Station
Station Approach, Regent Street
LL11 1EL
Tel: +44 (0)333 005 0501

Aberystwyth Train Station
Alexandra Road
SY23 1LH
Tel: +44 (0)333 005 0501

Pembroke Train Station
Station Road
SA71 4AH
Tel: +44 (0)333 005 0501

Road Travel

By Car

The 3 fastest roads in to Wales are:

M56 – which enters in to North Wales
M54 – which enters in to Mid Wales
M4 – Which enters in to South Wales. Note there is a toll charge when travelling westbound ( into Wales) on Severn Bridge until the end of 2018. 

By Coach

The National Express coach network links major towns and cities in the UK. Direct routes to Wales include:

- London Victoria Coach Station > Cardiff, Swansea, Pembrokeshire
- London Victoria Coach Station, Birmingham > Wrexham, Llangollen, Newtown, Aberystwyth
- London Gatwick Airport, London Heathrow Airport, Bristol > Cardiff, Swansea
- Hull, Nottingham, Leicester, Birmingham > Cardiff, Swansea, Pembrokeshire
- Newcastle-upon-Tyne, York, Leeds, Manchester, Liverpool, Chester > North Wales

Sea Travel

Wales has excellent ferry crossings from Ireland to Wales each day:
Irish Ferries

Dublin Port to Holyhead
Journey time: 1hr 49mins (Fast ferry)
Journey time: 3hrs 15mins (Cruise ferry)
Rosslare to Pembroke
Journey time: 4hrs (Cruise ferry)   

Stena Line

Dublin Port to Holyhead
Journey time: 3hrs 15mins (Superferry)
Rosslare to Fishguard
Journey time: 3hrs 30mins (Superferry)

There are a number of ferry crossings from mainland Europe to Great Britain with easy onward journeys to Wales by road or rail:

Brittany Ferries
Condor Ferries
DFDS Seaways
LD Lines
Stena Line

Travel around Wales

Wales is easy to get around by train, bus, car and plane. 

By Train

There are 3 main train companies that operate in Wales; Arriva Trains Wales, Virgin Trains and Great Western Railway. 
National Rail Enquiries is a one stop website for train journeys in the UK.

By Air

Eastern Airways in conjunction with Flybe operates scheduled flights between Cardiff and Anglesey.

By Road

The M4 is the main motorway which connects South Wales and the A55 is the main dual carriageway through North Wales. The A470 is the backbone road of Wales which connect the South and North. It is a picturesque route that includes Snowdonia, the Cambrian Mountains and the Brecon Beacons. Wales does have some of the most scenic drives in the Britain. 

Hire cars are available in the main towns and cities of Wales and a number of companies offering chauffeur-drive limousines for hire and private coaches.