Mid Wales Travel & Transport

The transport system in Mid Wales offers visitors a number of ways to get around from public transport such as buses and trains to using the road with car hire, coaches and ferries.

Local bus services in Mid Wales provide services to local areas and across the region, with a number of routes covering Aberystwyth and through Ceredigion and Powys including Newtown, Machynlleth, Builth Wells, Tregaron and Builth Wells.

Details of local bus services and timetables can be found at Mid Wales Buses

Trains in Mid Wales serve a number of routes across the region and to other areas. There are several mainline rail routes offering local and regional services. Aberystwyth Station has services to Birmingham New Street and Birmingham International stations with a journey time of 3 hours.

There are currently no direct trains to London, from London Euston there are services to Birmingham New Street And Birmingham International and from Birmingham there are services to Aberystwyth, the total journey time is between 4 hours 45 minutes to 5 hours. There are services to Newtown on Powys, Welshpool, Shrewsbury, Telford and Wolverhampton.

Train services are provided by Arriva Trains Wales

Other railway stations in Mid Wales include Llandrindod Wells, Knighton, Caersws and Machynlleth.

For more information please see National Rail Enquiries

Public Transport Safety Tips
Most journeys on public transport go ahead without incident, in order to minimise the chances of any incidents, passengers may wish to consider the following safety tips:

- Be aware of your belongings at all times.
- Do not leave your bags and belongings unattended at any time.
- Stay alert and aware of your environment and those around you.
- Do not show valuables including money and jewellery in public.
- If you are carrying a bag/handbag, ensure you use a bag that has a strong good quality strap and wear it across your shoulder (not on your shoulder), with the pockets closed facing towards your waist. Carrying the bag on your shoulder makes it much easier for criminals to snatch the bag or cut the strap.
- Be careful and cautious in crowds and beware of pickpockets, do not leave anything valuable showing in public including wallets in back trouser pockets.
- Sit in carriages with other passengers do not sit in carriages with no/fewer passengers.
- Try not to use smaller/isolated stations especially at night.
- When waiting for buses, trains, boats and taxis stand with other passengers in an area that is well lit, do not stand/wait in isolated areas.

There are a number of car hire firms in Mid Wales that offer car rental services for both short and longer term car hire offering a range of vehicles from small budget cars to family cars to larger mini-buses and luxury cars.

Mid Wales is connected to the road network via the A44 and A483. London to Aberystwyth by car via the M4, A4042, A470 and A44 is a drive of approx 4 hours to 5 hours depending on traffic and time of day. Other major roads around the region include the A487.

Parking in Aberystwyth town centre includes a number of pay and display and pay on exit car parks. Car parks in Aberystwyth town centre include Bath Street, Mill Street, Maesyrafon and Lower Park Avenue.

There are Park & Ride schemes in operation in Aberystwyth at Boulevard St. Brieuc car park, where drivers can park in and get a bus in to Aberystwyth town centre. For more information please see: Aberystwyth Park & Ride

Drivers should note there may be driving restrictions in and around the city and town centres. It is recommended visitors ensure they fully understand the local parking rules before parking and help avoid unnecessary fines and worry.

The ports of Holyhead in North Wales and Fishguard in South Wales offer ferry access to Wales. Aberystwyth is located approx a 1 hour drive from Fishguard and 2 hours drive from Holyhead. There are ferry services to and from Ireland available with routes including Dublin in Ireland to Holyhead in Wales and Rosslare to Fishguard. Journey times vary between 2 hours and 4 hours. Ferry services are provided by Stena Line Ferries

Mid Wales is accessible by coach with regular coach services available to Mid Wales from London Victoria coach station; the journey time from London to Aberystwyth is approx 7 hours depending on the service, time of day & traffic. There are also services from London to Newtown and Welshpool in the region. Coach services are provided by National Express.

Whilst travelling by coach to Mid Wales is usually more time consuming than using rail and road, it is usually more cost effective.

Cardiff Airport is located approx 2 to 3 hours drive from most parts of Mid Wales, the airport has both domestic and international flights.

Both Liverpool Airport and Birmingham Airport are within 3 hours drive of most places in the Mid Wales region, both airports have domestic and international flights.

For more information on public transport in Mid Wales including information on public transport and timetables please see: Mid Wales Transport from Traveline Cymru.

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