Travel information: getting to Swansea Bay
Swansea Bay is in south-west Wales, in the west of the United Kingdom, and is easy to reach by car, train, coach, sea, or air. Just a 3½ hour drive from London, and 2¾ hours from Birmingham, 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 major UK cities to Swansea Bay. If you’re travelling from further afield, it’s straightforward to reach us by sea or air – choose an option below for further information on each method of transport.
Coming by Car
The M4 Motorway from the east gives direct access to all parts of Swansea Bay.
- For Port Talbot and the Afan Forest Park, leave the motorway at Junction 40
- For Swansea city, Mumbles and south Gower, leave the motorway at Junction 42
- For Neath and the Vale of Neath, leave the motorway at Junction 43
- For the Swansea Valley and north Swansea, leave the motorway at Junction 46
- For north Gower, leave the motorway at Junction 47
- Coming on the M4 Motorway from the ferry ports and the west, leave at Junction 47 for Swansea, Mumbles and Gower; leave at
- Junction 43 for Neath and the Vale of Neath; leave at Junction 41 for Port Talbot and Afan Forest Park
For more information on where to park, parking charges, Park & Ride, etc. go to the Council’s Car Parks pages.
Swansea Park and Ride
To avoid parking problems in Swansea, you may wish to use one of two Park and Ride sites on the periphery of the city:
- Fabian Way: come off M4 at Junction 42 then on A483 (1.5 miles from city centre)
- Landore: come off M4 at Junction 45 then on A4067 (1.5 miles from city centre)
- At both Park & Ride sites, it costs just £2.50 for a car and up to 5 people
- *Discount offer* Park and ride users can purchase an add-on ticket for £1.50 which will cover all-day bus travel (First Cymru services – pay on the bus) around Swansea and Mumbles. Up to 5 people can park and travel on to Mumbles from just 80p each!
Travelling to Swansea Bay by train
Travel by train from within the UK
Fast and frequent train services link all regions of the UK to Swansea Bay either direct or with one easy interchange. Direct trains run from London Paddington, Bristol Parkway, Cardiff, Newport, Hereford, Shrewsbury, Crewe and Manchester to the Swansea Bay area, and there are good connections from the Midlands, north-east, south, and south west England at Bristol Parkway. For travellers arriving by air, there are fast rail/air links to Swansea Bay from London (Gatwick and Heathrow), Bristol and Cardiff International Airports. The scenic Heart of Wales line also gets you direct from Shrewsbury to Swansea. For train times and information, contact National Rail Enquiries on 08457 48 49 50 or visit www.arrivatrainswales.co.uk or www.nationalrail.co.uk.
Travel by train from mainland Europe
Frequent Eurostar trains link Paris, Lille and Brussels directly with London St Pancras International then via Underground or taxi link to London Paddington for onward train travel to Swansea Bay. Eurostar runs frequently between 0600 and 2100 daily and is for foot passengers only.
Travel by train from the Republic of Ireland
Trains to Swansea connect with the Stena Line morning sailing from Rosslare at Fishguard
Through trains to Cardiff (with onward service to Swansea) connect with Stena Line and Irish Ferries at Holyhead
Travelling on to Gower, Mumbles and the Valleys
You can buy your bus ticket for onward travel from your destination station when you buy your train ticket at principal National Rail stations. Plus Bus tickets give unlimited travel for one day by bus in Swansea city and Mumbles, Neath or Port Talbot and valleys and cost £2.50*. Explore Gower tickets give unlimited travel by bus in Gower, Mumbles and Swansea for just £5.40** (one day) or £13.00** (three days). At Swansea, the frequent Metro buses link the train and bus stations for connections to all other points
*prices as at Easter 2016; subject to change ** prices from 15 May 2016; lower prices prior to May
Frequent bus services from Swansea to south and north Gower including Rhossili run from Mondays to Saturdays. A comprehensive Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday service will run from 28th May to 1st October 2017.
Travelling to Swansea Bay by Bus and Coach
There are frequent coach services to Swansea Bay from all regions of the UK, either direct or with one easy interchange
National Express runs direct to Swansea and Port Talbot from Central London, Gatwick and Heathrow Airports, West and South Yorkshire, the West Midlands, Bristol and Cardiff
Megabus runs direct to Swansea from London, Bristol and Birmingham. There is also a daily direct service from Rosslare to Swansea
First Cymru X10 runs direct to Swansea from Cardiff every hour, daytime
Local bus services leave from stops adjacent to the coach station at Swansea for all parts of the city and region including Gower and Mumbles; and from adjacent stops in Port Talbot bus station to Aberavon, the Afan Valley and Neath
For comprehensive information on travel to local attractions, accommodation, beaches walks and other points of visitor interest, visit www.swanseabaywithoutacar.com.
Travelling to Swansea Bay by air
From outside the UK
There are excellent train and coach links to Swansea from London Gatwick and Heathrow Airports and good train links from Bristol International and Cardiff International. The nearest international airport to Swansea is at Cardiff – a little over an hour away from Swansea Bay by road or rail – and offers scheduled flights from several European cities.
From within the UK
Internal flights to Cardiff are available from UK airports at Aberdeen, Anglesey, Belfast, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Newcastle. Alternatively, Swansea has its own airport, which is suitable for small aircraft. The airport is located in Fairwood on the Gower Peninsula.
Travelling to Swansea Bay by sea
Swansea, Wales’ Waterfront City, has a Blue Flag Marina and docks at the heart of a new, multi-million pound development. Ferry services arrive at the West Wales ports of Fishguard and Pembroke Dock and at the North Wales port of Holyhead.
Rosslare – Pembrokeshire ferries
Ferries travel between Rosslare (south-east Ireland) and ports in Pembrokeshire (south-west Wales). These ports are approximately 1½ hours’ drive from Swansea Bay. Fishguard has a train link to Swansea connecting out of the daytime ferry and Pembroke Dock has a direct Megabus service to Swansea (from Rosslare).
Rosslare – Pembroke Dock
Operator: Irish Ferries Journey time: from 3¾ hours tel: 0871 7300400 web: www.irishferries.com.
Rosslare – Fishguard
Operator: Stena Line Journey time: from 3½ hours tel: 0844 7707070 web: www.stenaline.co.uk.
Useful contact information
Cardiff International Airport
- Tel: 01446 711 111
- Tel: 01792 204 063