Before travelling to Wales, please read the latest travel advice as we have different COVID-19 restrictions to other parts of the UK. For more information, check the Welsh Government coronavirus FAQ and details provided by Transport for Wales.

If you are living outside of the UK you may need a UK visa to visit Wales. Wales is part of the United Kingdom and the UK-wide visa and immigration system. To find out more visit the UK Government Visas and Immigration website, where you can find specific guidance on visiting the UK after Brexit.

Air Travel

Wales is well connected by air and it is easy to get here from the UK or overseas directly into Cardiff Airport,  just 20 minutes outside the capital city in South Wales, or through a major UK hub such as Manchester and Liverpool, just over 1 hour, which service North Wales, Birmingham just under 2 hours, which services Mid Wales and Bristol  45 minutes, whilst London airports  just over 2 hours with good links by road and rail for visitors wishing to travel further to  North Wales.  

Cardiff Airport has over 50 direct routes and is connected by more than 900 other destinations through major hubs including Amsterdam Schiphol via KLM,  the Middle East via Qatar airways. Cardiff airport has a number of direct and indirect flights to both UK and European destinations .

A direct scheduled flight operating weekdays between Cardiff Airport in South Wales and Anglesey in North Wales  is operated by Eastern Airways.

Chartered flights and other welcome services for delegates can also be arranged at Cardiff airport. To find out more about Cardiff airport and the services offered for business events please contact the MeetInWales team 

Book flights and find out more about Cardiff Airport.


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
P&O Ferries
Stena Line

Cruise ship arriving at Milford Haven dock

Cruise Ship arriving at Milford Haven Dock, Pembrokeshire

Rail Travel

The Eurostar links Paris, Lille and Brussels with London St Pancras International. The station has connecting services to London Paddington and London Euston 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 and fares in the UK. 

Some train companies in the UK also offer something extra for groups / business events:

Hire out a private carriage with the Virgin Trains 'Red Carpet' Service which offers bespoke VIP corporate train travel, ideal for an incentive trip to reward staff or if you have a meeting in Wales the red carpet service with Virgin Trains can offer the wow factor. 

Great Western Railway (GWR) and Transport for Wales both offer special rates for group travel.

Train Services

From London: 

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

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

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

From other areas:

Transport for Wales operate 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 run 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 run 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. 

There are 3 main train companies that operate in Wales; Transport for Wales, Virgin Trains and Great Western Railway. 

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

Railway station information

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Train going passed Conwy Castle

Train travelling by Conwy Castle, North Wales

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. 

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 Great 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. 

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

Aston Martin on the Great Orme.

Aston Martin on the Great Orme, Llandudno, North Wales

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