Travelling to Wales

Getting to and around Wales

Before any holiday, you need to figure out how to get there. All of our properties in Wales have very detailed information about how to reach our cottages, but we know how important it is to have a smooth journey and that extra information about travelling around the place you’re visiting is essential. That’s why we’ve compiled this travel guide to help you navigate Wales in all kinds of ways.

By Car

If you are entering Wales from England or Scotland via car, it is important to note the main routes you should take, in case the trusty SatNav stops working, or the map gets left behind. There are many routes into Wales, but these are the main ones depending on where you are coming from: 

If you’re coming from Bristol or the South West of England, you will most likely enter Wales from the south, via the M4 and M48, but if you are travelling from the middle of England, the South East, or from the North heading towards South Wales, you’ll need to head towards Birmingham and aim for the M5. If you are travelling from the North of England or entering North Wales, you’ll be looking for the M53 which follows on from the M60 in the North West of England.  

By Train

It is very easy to book a train journey from the rest of the UK into Wales, but do expect various changes at stations. We recommend that you take a look at Transport For Wales’ guide to popular routes from different places into Wales to plan your journey.

Our local team do recommend travelling by bus or car if you are journeying to Aberystwyth or the mid-Wales area if you are travelling from South Wales, as you have to travel into England (Shrewsbury) first and then back into Wales.

Alternative Ways to Travel Around Wales

TrawsCymru offers free bus services running across parts of the country. It had been running for four years prior to the pandemic and is funded by the government to promote tourism in rural areas of Wales.  This service usually covers Aberystwyth, Lampeter, Carmarthen, Swansea and Cardiff. There is also another service that runs from Cardiff, Merthyr Tydfil, Brecon, to Newtown. Be sure to check the TrawsCynru website for all the latest travel information.  

Explore everything Swansea to Mumbles has to offer by using the open-top bus! Running from Swansea City Centre, with multiple stops all the way through to Bracelet Bay in Mumbles. Use the bus as many times as you like to get the ultimate day out!

For even more interesting routes around Wales, including various boat trips that occur across the country, take a look at our other guides to Wales. As aforementioned, all of our cottages in Wales offer customers extensive travel information and our local teams are always happy to help you out with any transport queries.