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Getting to Swansea Bay

SwanseaBayis in south-westWales, in the west of theUnited Kingdom, and is easy to reach by car, train, coach, sea, or air.

Just a 3½ hour drive fromLondon, and 2¾ hours fromBirmingham, it’s the ideal place to escape to for a relaxing short break, or longer holiday, in peaceful surroundings. In addition, fast and frequent train and coach services link majorUKcities toSwanseaBay.


By train…

Travel by train from within theUK

Fast and frequent train services link majorUKcities toSwanseaBay

Frequent trains run direct from London Paddington, Bristol, Cardiff, Newport, Hereford, Shrewsbury, Crewe and Manchester to the Swansea Bay area, and there are good connections from north-east, south, and south west England.

For travellers arriving by air, there are fast rail/air links toSwanseaBayfromLondon(Gatwick and Heathrow),BristolandCardiffInternationalAirports.

The scenic Heart of Wales line also runs direct toSwansea.

For train times and information, contact National Rail Enquiries on 08457 484 950 or visit www.nationalrail.co.uk. Alternatively, visit www.mytrainticket.co.uk.

Swanseatrain station is in the heart of the City Centre – only a 15-minute walk from the 5-mile sweep ofSwanseaBay.

Buses leave from outside the train station, which will connect you to the main Quadrant Bus Station. At the Quadrant you can link up with buses for the wholeSwanseaBayarea.

Travel by train from outside theUK

Advice on rail travel toSwanseaBay, Mumbles and theGowerPeninsulafrom mainlandEurope

Eurostar trains linkParis,LilleandBrusselsdirectly withLondon(St Pancras International).

FromLondonyou can connect with theUK’s domestic rail network, for onward train travel toSwansea.

The Eurostar service is for foot passengers only, and runs frequently (roughly one service per hour between 0600 and 2100). A journey fromParistoLondonon Eurostar takes as little as 2¼ hours.

For further information, visit the Eurostar website: http://www.eurostar.com.


By bus and coach…

Advice on getting toSwanseaBay, Mumbles and Gower by bus or coach

Express coaches run direct toSwanseaBayfrom Central London, Gatwick andHeathrowAirports, West and South Yorkshire, the West Midlands,BristolandCardiff.

National Express

Enquiry line: 08717 818181



Run every hour weekdays, every 2 hours Sunday betweenCardiffandSwansea.

Ticket Line: 0900 096 0000



By air…

Advice for travellers arriving by air from abroad

There are good rail and bus links toSwanseafrom London Gatwick andHeathrowAirports,BristolAirportandCardiffInternationalAirport.

The nearest international airport toSwansea–Cardiff– is only 50 minutes away fromSwanseaBayby road or rail, and offers scheduled flights from major European cities. Airlines operating from CIA include KLM, Ryanair, bmibaby and other low-cost airlines (contact details below).

Internal flights toCardiffare also available from certainUKairports, includingAberdeen, Anglesey,Edinburgh,GlasgowandNewcastle(at the time of writing). Transport Direct will help you find domestic flights withinGreat Britain.

Alternatively,Swanseahas its own airport, which is suitable for small aircraft. The airport is located in Fairwood on theGowerPeninsula.


By sea…

Advice on getting toSwanseaBay, Mumbles and Gower by sea

Swansea,Wales’WaterfrontCity, has a Blue Flag Marina and docks at the heart of a new, multi-million pound development.

Rosslare – Pembrokeshire ferries

Ferry travel between Rosslare (south-eastIreland) and ports in Pembrokeshire (south-westWales)

Irish Ferries

The following ferries travel between Rosslare (south-eastIreland) and ports in Pembrokeshire (south-westWales). These Pembrokeshire ports are approximately 1½ hours’ drive fromSwanseaBay:

Rosslare – Pembroke Dock

Operator: Irish Ferries

Journey time: from 3¾ hours

tel: 0871 7300400

web: www.irishferries.com

Rosslare – Fishguard

Operator: Stena Lines

Journey time: from 2 hours

tel: 0844 7707070

web: www.stenaline.co.uk

Information courtesy of www.visitswanseabay.com

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