Transport in Wales: A Quick Guide to Getting Around on Your Next Visit

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With its extensive road, cycle, and rail networks, it’s easy to get around Wales by car, bus, train, bike, or on foot. But with so many options, planning a trip can be difficult. You’ll want to make the most of your trip, efficiently moving from one place to another whilst enjoying the journey. Luckily in Wales, this is very easy to do. Please keep reading for our top travel tips so you can make the most out of your next trip to Wales.

By Car

Travelling around Wales by car is the easiest way to explore the country. With a little bit of research, you can uncover some incredible routes, as well as some amazing places to stop along the way. The A487 is one such road that runs along Cardigan Bay, through the coastal town of Aberystwyth. You’ll be treated to sweeping vistas as you bob along the coast. 

Make sure you have a good map and know how to use it. If your car doesn’t have a built-in sat-nav, Google Maps on your phone is an excellent option for navigation. There are plenty of petrol stations and electric charging points across Wales, so you’ll be able to reach almost everywhere in your car. 


If you don’t have a car, or you are planning a longer trip, the train is a great way to travel around Wales. There are two major train lines through Wales. A south and west Wales line runs parallel to the west coast and connects the likes of Cardiff and Swansea to Pembrokeshire. The north Wales Coast Railway hugs the north coast and travels through the likes of Conwy and Bangor.


Additionally, there are several scenic railway lines in mid-Wales; the Cambrian Coast line is one example, connecting inland Wales to Aberystwyth, situated in the picturesque Cardigan Bay.


In essence, all major towns and cities will have their own train station, with most lines making plenty of stops in the more rural villages. When travelling by train, you’ll be able to see the majority of what Wales has to offer. 


Bus travel is a great way to explore Wales at a low cost. Bwcabus provides bus services in Pembrokeshire and parts of Carmarthenshire and Ceredigion. You can easily create an account and then book a bus in advance for local trips along major public transit routes.


If you’re looking to see all of Wales, then the Long-distance TrawsCymru buses are the perfect method to get around at a low cost. A TrawsCymru weekend saver return ticket allows you to travel on any two days between the first bus on a Friday and the last bus on a Monday, on select routes throughout Wales – an excellent option for low-cost and flexible travel through the country.

Cycle Touring and Hiking

Cycling and hiking are two great ways to explore Wales. The country boasts a vast network of both walking paths and cycling routes – travelling out in the fresh open air can be the best way to experience the majesty of the Welsh countryside. You’ll also be able to get to areas that are inaccessible to car, bus, or train, allowing you to see every inch of Wales. 


Travelling around Wales can be both exciting and enriching. There is so much to see, and by carefully planning your travel, you’ll be able to save time on your trip and see everything Wales has to offer. You can explore the country by car, train, bus, bike or on foot. However you choose to explore Wales, we’re sure you’ll have a great time when you next decide to visit!

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