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Getting to Wales

Getting to WalesWales is conveniently located along the Western border of England and across the Irish Sea, which makes it easy to combine a Wales vacation with other places in Britain that you might want to visit. Less than three hours from London and less than one hour from Manchester are regions that offer plenty to see and do. Connecting flights are also available into Cardiff from most major US cities, and you can even include a stop-over in Ireland before heading into Wales. We have easy rail and bus connections from hubs all across Britain, or you can rent a car and travel our country roads at your leisure. See below to find out how to reach us if you need more help, or use the tour operator and travel agent buttons on this page to find a travel professional who will be happy to help plan your trip.

Flying into Cardiff: Cardiff Airport offers flights from the US via Ireland (Aer Lingus) and Holland (Delta - KLM) and also provides a twice-daily connection to the island of Anglesey in North Wales on weekdays.

Flying into London: London is Britain’s best-known arrival point. Wales is less than two hours from London by train or car. Train routes from London to South Wales stop at the cities of Newport, Cardiff and Swansea, then on to Carmarthenshire and Pembrokeshire. Trains head from London across Mid Wales to Aberystwyth and up to the Llŷn Peninsula. And also from London through North Wales to Llandudno, Conwy, Bangor and Holyhead on the island of Anglesey.

Flying into Manchester: Manchester Airport is less than an hour from North Wales by car. Because the airport is south-west of Manchester, it’s a relatively easy drive into Wales. Trains connect into North Wales.

Flying to Birmingham: Birmingham is a great entry point to combine Wales with the English countryside. In just an hour and a half you can take the train from Birmingham to Welshpool to enjoy the scenic delights of mid Wales. American Airlines offers a non-stop flight from New York to Birmingham.

Ferries from Ireland: High-speed ferries connect Holyhead in North Wales to Dublin in 90-minutes. There are longer ferry crossings connecting Swansea with Cork and Fishguard with Rosslare.

Bus service throughout Britain: National Express provides bus service from most airports to Wales and from London and other major towns and cities to Wales. Megabus offers low-cost intercity bus travel in Britain, serving the cities of Cwmbran, Newport and Cardiff in Wales. Once in Wales, there are plenty of local bus and train services.

Getting Around Wales

To find out more about getting around Wales check out our UK site here. If you're not up to driving on the 'opposite' side of the road, you can travel by train and catch the scenic views of the Welsh countryside. Or base your stay in Cardiff and take scheduled day tours with See Wales or Where When Wales to visit the Gower Peninsula, the Wye Valley, and the Brecon Beacons. In the north, base your stay in Llandudno or Conwy and take a day tour with Great Excursions North Wales; you can discover medieval castles, Snowdonia National Park, and the Italianate style village of Portmeirion. For a complete list of tour operators from North America and Wales click here.

More help

castle-caerphillyThere’s plenty more information on our international Visit Wales website. There you’ll find details on transportation, tour guides, accommodations, and even major events, festivals, and food and drink. And don’t worry about our promotion there of “proper holidays…” we’re not talking rules and regulations or Christmas time! Think: authentic vacations and you’ll see through our quirky Britishisms!

Tweet us @visitwales and be sure to join the conversation on the Visit Wales Facebook Page with like-minded travelers.

We’re a very small team here in North America, but don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions. Email us at and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can (maybe a few days if we’re traveling). And don't forget to take a look at our tours or try working with a professional travel agent to design your very own personalized trip.