Travelling to Swansea

Mon, 22 Apr
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About Swansea

Wales' second city used to be an industrial port, serving the mines and factories of the region. However, that's all changed in recent years as the city has successfully reinvented itself as a city of football, students, nightlife and even international culture, thanks to the Swansea International Festival. It's close to some of the UK's most beautiful coastline, while the Black Mountains offer sublime locations for hikers and climbers. So whether you love urban culture or wild nature, travelling to Swansea is a fantastic travel destination.


Swansea Train Station has good links to the rest of the UK, so travelling to Swansea by rail should be simple. The station itself is located about 800 metres north of the city centre, but plenty of buses stop on High Street, right outside to station doors. Taking the 4 bus towards Singleton is a good option, which gets you into the city centre within 5 minutes. Train companies serving Swansea include Great Western (to London) and Arriva Trains Wales (to Cardiff and Manchester). You can also catch train services travelling in a western direction, a good option for anyone heading to the beaches of Pembrokeshire or ferries from Fishguard to Ireland


Although there are plans to open Swansea Airport for commercial services, the nearest airport is currently Cardiff International, around 67 kilometres away. To get from the airport to Swansea city centre, take the free X95 bus to Cardiff Rhoose Station. From there you can catch a train straight to Swansea, which takes around 1 hour 20 minutes. Airlines flying into Cardiff include British Airways, Air France, FlyBe, Aer Lingus and KLM, so most European countries are covered.


Buses are a reliable and affordable way of travelling to Swansea and you should be able to find a service from all parts of the UK (although some changes may be needed). Inter-city bus services start and finish at Swansea Bus Station, which can be found in the southern part of the city, not far from the seafront. You can easily walk there from city centre hotels, or catch buses 110, 111, 34, 145, 20, X1 or X3. If you are trying to reach the University, take bus routes 3 or 4 from the city centre (around a 5-minute walk to the north from the bus station). For longer journeys, Megabus and National Express run buses that connect Swansea to Cardiff, Manchester and London, while First Cymru provides a service to the Gower Peninsula and other destinations to the west of the city.

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