Travel to Wales
Flying to Wales
From London flights take around 4 hours, with most indirect via Jersey. Flights to Cardiff from Dublin take 1 hour and 10 minutes, and from Paris 1 hour 30 minutes. Indirect flights from New York, via Dublin with Aer Lingus, take from around 9 hours 40 minutes.
Travel by rail
There are two mainline routes into Wales. One runs from London Paddington to Fishguard along the south Wales coast (branching at Whitland to serve Haverford West and Milford Haven), while the other links Holyhead with Chester and northwest England before connecting with London Euston. In addition, the line from Cardiff to Chester (via Newport, Hereford and Shrewsbury) links the south Wales cities with Abergavenny in Gwent and Wrexham in Clwyd.
There are also two smaller cross-country lines. These run from Shrewsbury to Welshpool, Barmouth, Harlech, Porthmadog and Pwllheli; from Shrewsbury via Welshpool to Aberystwyth; and from Craven Arms (on the Shrewsbury-Ludlow line) through Llandrindod Wells and Llandovery down to Swansea. For details, contact National Rail Enquiries (tel: 0845 748 4950; www.nationalrail.co.uk).
A BritRail pass (www.britrail.com/uk)allows unlimited rail travel around the UK for a set number of days and within a set time period. Various options are available. These passes are not available to UK residents.
Driving to Wales
Once in the UK, driving to Wales is one of the easiest and most accessible ways to get to the country.. If driving from mainland Europe, the Channel Tunnel is the best way to get to the UK. From here on the south coast, the most direct route passes via London and then westwards onto the M4 motorway which crosses into South Wales. The A470 is one of the main roads leading north from Cardiff towards Snowdonia and Llandudno.
Getting to Wales by boat