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 Asia, 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. 

For international visitors, please check the UK Government's guidance on visiting the UK after Brexit.

By air

Cardiff Airport has over 50 direct routes and more than 900 connecting destinations worldwide through hubs including Doha, Amsterdam Schiphol, Dublin, and Barcelona.

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.

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 (2hrs)

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 Royal Caribbean, Viking, Ponant, Windstar, FTI cruise line, Princess, Holland America, TUI, Silverseas, Saga and NCL

Find out more at Cruise Wales.

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