Travelling to Wales: How to get there

Wales is a small country that forms part of the UK. It is a historical country that borders England to the East and the sea to West.

The Irish Sea borders much of the north of Wales, while St George’s Channel and Bristol Channel surround the southern coastline.

Thanks to its position, Wales is not a difficult place to reach. By car, plane, train or boat, there are plenty of ways to reach the beautiful and diverse country.

By Car

The quickest way to Wales by car is by travelling along the motorway. The main motorways that enter Wales are the M4, M5, M6 and M56, although some routes may occur tolls for passing over the borderline. You won’t have to show your passport if you are driving into Wales from England.

The time it takes to get to Wales will depend on which direction you’re coming from and where your final destination is. Although the country is relatively small, it is still sizeable enough to take a fair while to get to opposite ends. Average journey times from London can vary between three and five hours.

By Train

The main rail route into Wales is the virgin service from London Paddington, which takes about two hours to get into Cardiff. From there, you can reach other popular destinations like Swansea and Pembrokeshire with other rail service providers.

Other major cities in the UK also provide services that allow you to access Wales. Manchester and Birmingham run frequent trains to North and South Wales. Check the national rail website for the easiest way to get a train into Wales and to your destination.

By Air

Wales has some really great international connections that are all connected to Cardiff Airport. There are regular flights to and from world-class destinations like Milan, Dusseldorf, Faro, Amsterdam and many big airports in Spain.

Or, you can fly to a neighbouring city’s airport and travel by train or car to your destination in Wales. London Heathrow and Gatwick are less than three hours drive away and northern airports such as Liverpool, Manchester and Birmingham are really close to North and Mid-wales.

Of course, one of the most important things to think about when you’re planning on getting to Wales is where you’re going to stay when you arrive! As a wonderful mix of historic and metropolitan, there are options for everyone and every taste.

Why not look at some of the holiday cottage options in rural Wales, or book into a luxurious aparthotel in the centre of one of the thriving towns or cities. Wherever you choose to stay, make sure you plan ahead for your trip and don’t miss out on having an unforgettable holiday in Wales. Check out this page to begin your journey to Wales!

Krissy Georgiadis

Written by Krissy Georgiadis

Law graduate and wanderlust sufferer. I like rum and beaches.