If you are living outside of the UK you may need a UK visa to visit Wales. Wales is part of the United Kingdom and the UK wide visa and immigration system. To find out more visit the UK Government Visas and Immigration website, where you can find specific guidance on visiting the UK after Brexit.

Air travel

Wales is well connected by air and it is easy to get here from the UK or overseas. Travel directly into Cardiff Airport, just 20 minutes outside the capital city in South Wales,  and Bristol airport just 45 minutes from South Wales. For North Wales  Manchester and Liverpool airport are just over one hour travel time into Wales, whilst Birmingham Airport is just under two hours and services Mid Wales. London airports are also  two hours with good links by road and rail for visitors wishing to travel to Wales.  

Cardiff Airport has over 25 direct routes and is connected to hundreds of other destinations through major hubs including Amsterdam Schiphol via KLM. Cardiff Airport has a number of direct and indirect flights to both UK and European destinations.

Chartered flights and other welcome services for delegates can be arranged at Cardiff Airport

Sea travel

Wales has excellent ferry crossings from Ireland to Wales each day:


Irish Ferries

Dublin Port to Holyhead (Caergybi)

Journey time: 1 hour 49 minutes (Fast ferry)

Journey time: 3 hours 15 minutes (Cruise ferry)

Rosslare to Pembroke (Penfro)

Journey time: 4 hours (Cruise ferry)   

Stena Line

Dublin Port to Holyhead

Journey time: 3 hours 15 minutes (Superferry)

Rosslare to Fishguard (Abergwaun)

Journey time: 3.5 hours (Superferry)

There are a number of ferry crossings from mainland Europe to Great Britain with easy onward journeys to Wales by road or rail these are;

Cruise ship in the sea with smaller boats also in view.

Cruise Ship at Holyhead, North Wales

Rail travel

The Eurostar links Paris, Lille and Brussels with London St Pancras International. The station has connecting services to London Paddington and London Euston where there are direct trains to North and South Wales and Mid Wales via connecting travel. 

Wales is serviced by frequent direct train services from the whole of the UK. National Rail Enquiries is a source of information for all passenger rail services and fares in the UK. 

Trainline provides rail information, timetables and ticket sales. 

Great Western Railway (GWR) and Transport for Wales both offer special rates for group travel.

Train Services from London: 

Avanti West Coast offer services from London Euston to Llandudno Junction (Cyffordd Llandudno) and Holyhead.

Great Western Railway operate direct services from London Paddington to Cardiff (Caerdydd), Swansea (Abertawe) and Newport (Casnewydd). Transport for Wales operate a service onwards along the South Wales coast calling at major stops to Pembrokeshire. 

Mid Wales is serviced by Transport for Wales via Birmingham with stops in Newtown (Y Drenewydd), Machynlleth and Aberystwyth.  

Train services from other areas:

Avanti West Coast offer services from Birmingham, Manchester and Liverpool to Crewe where interconnecting services are available for onward journeys to Llandudno Junction and Holyhead.

Cross Country and Merseyrail offer routes to major connecting train stations in to Wales. 

Great Western Railway run services from destinations such as Bristol, Cornwall, Devon, The Cotswolds, Bath, Plymouth and Exeter to the South of Wales.

National Rail Enquiries is a one stop website for train journeys in the UK. 

Transport for Wales operate services throughout Wales and its major cities and the border countries of England providing local and long distance services in to Wales from Chester, Birmingham and Manchester. 

Railway station information

Aberystwyth Train Station

Alexandra Road

SY23 1LH

Tel: +44 (0)333 005 0501

Bangor Train Station

Holyhead Road

LL57 1LZ

Tel: +44 (0)333 005 0501

Cardiff Central Train Station

Central Square

CF10 1EP

First Class Lounge Available

Tel: +44 (0)333 005 0501

Llandudno Train Station

Augusta Street

LL30 2AF

Tel: +44 (0)333 005 0501

Newport (South Wales) Train Station

High Street

NP20 4AX

Tel: +44 (0)333 005 0501

Pembroke Train Station

Station Road

SA71 4AH

Tel: +44 (0)333 005 0501

Swansea Train Station

High Street


Tel: +44 (0)333 005 0501

Wrexham (Wrecsam) General Train Station

Station Approach, Regent Street

LL11 1EL

Tel: +44 (0)333 005 0501

Train going passed Conwy Castle on a sunny day.

Train travelling by Conwy Castle, North Wales

Road travel

By car

The three fastest roads in to Wales are;

  • M56 – which enters in to North Wales;
  • M54 – which enters in to Mid Wales;
  • M4 – which enters in to South Wales. 

The M4 is the main motorway which connects South Wales. The A55 is the main dual carriageway through North Wales. The A470 is the backbone road of Wales which connects the South and North. It is a picturesque route that includes Eryri (Snowdonia), the Cambrian Mountains and the Brecon Beacons. Wales does have some of the most scenic drives in Great Britain. 

Hire cars are available in the main towns and cities of Wales and a number of companies offer chauffeur drive limousines for hire and private coaches. 

An Aston Martin driving along a coast road.

Aston Martin on the Great Orme, Llandudno, North Wales

By coach

The National Express coach network links major towns and cities in the UK. Direct routes to Wales include;

  • London Victoria Coach Station > Cardiff, Swansea, Pembrokeshire;
  • London Victoria Coach Station and Birmingham > Wrexham, Llangollen, Newtown, Aberystwyth;
  • London Gatwick Airport, London Heathrow Airport and Bristol > Cardiff, Swansea;
  • Hull, Nottingham, Leicester and Birmingham > Cardiff, Swansea, Pembrokeshire;
  • Newcastle-upon-Tyne, York, Leeds, Manchester, Liverpool and Chester > North Wales.

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