World famous travel guide Lonely Planet has named the Heart of Wales railway line as one of the best rail journeys in Europe.

Described as ‘a spectrum of scenery’ that alternates ‘from the sand-edged estuaries of South Wales’ to ‘one of England’s prettiest medieval cities’, the line has been ranked amongst the top ten train rides in Europe for 2024, and could make an ideal sustainable experience fro business events..

Others on the prestigious list include the Le Petit Train Juane in the French Pyrenees, The Berina Express in Switzerland and The Brenner Railway passing through Germany, Austria and Italy.

A full trip on the line takes 4 hours and covers nearly 200km. Enjoy railway heritage whilst taking in the beauty of vibrant towns and quaint villages, independent eateries, small B&Bs and the glorious countryside, passing by  the rivers and forestry of Mid Wales and the borders. 

We are very proud of the railway and to see it gaining global recognition as one of the most scenic routes in Europe is something we can celebrate."

It’s great to be recognised internationally by Lonely Planet and I’d encourage visitors to enjoy the experience of dramatic mountains, forests, wild rivers and the quaint towns and villages of Shropshire, Powys, Carmarthenshire and Swansea. At TfW (Transport for Wales) we’re on a journey to improve public transport and also to encourage people to choose sustainable travel." 

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Visit the Heart of Wales website for more information. Wales on Rails also provide information on the Heart of Wales line, which includes helpful, downloadable route cards of the stations and attractions to visit. 

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