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Information on how to get to Aberystwyth from the main UK international airports and nearby ferry ports.
Birmingham International is the most convenient airport for Aberystwyth, if you're relying on public transport. London's airports are also fairly accessible and benefit from a wider choice of flights and prices. Cardiff's airport is reasonably convenient if travelling onward by car.
The airport has its own railway station with regular direct trains to Aberystwyth. Shortest journey time is about 3 hours and 20 minutes.
Either catch the X91 or X5 bus direct to Cardiff's bus station (approximately every two hours), or take the hourly 905 shuttle bus to the nearby station for a train into the city centre. You can then:
The Airlink 501 bus to Liverpool South Parkway railway station is available most of the day - a ten minute journey, operated up to four times an hour. At other times, local buses or taxis are available.
From the railway station, direct trains run to Wolverhampton, from where you can catch an onward train to Aberystwyth.
By train will take about 6 hours. Catch the direct train to London Victoria, then use the Underground's Victoria Line to reach London Euston for connecting services to Aberystwyth via Birmingham New Street. The ticket office at Gatwick Airport railway station can sell you a through ticket to Aberystwyth, but if you're arriving later in the day you will probably need to stay overnight in London and continue your journey the next day.
If you wish to travel by coach, there is one daily National Express journey which takes about 8 hours 30 minutes and requires a change of coaches in Birmingham.
Travelling via London takes between 6 and 7 hours. The London Underground will take you from Heathrow Airport to Euston for regular onward trains to Aberystwyth, or to Victoria for the daily coach, for £5.50 and within an hour. The Heathrow Express train is also an option for getting into central London, but is considerably more expensive and is less convenient for onward travel to Aberystwyth.
You can avoid travelling through London by taking Greenline's 724 coach direct from Heathrow's Terminal 5 or Central Bus Station to Watford Junction station (1 hour). At Watford, join a Virgin Trains service to Birmingham New Street for an onward connection to Aberystwyth. It should be possible to complete the journey in around 6 hours.
If you wish to travel only by coach, there is one daily National Express journey which takes about 7 hours 30 minutes and requires a change of coaches in Birmingham.
Take Stagecoach service 99 to Milton Keynes Central railway station (1 hour). At Milton Keynes, catch one of the direct trains to Birmingham New Street for an onward connection to Aberystwyth. Total journey time 5hrs 15mins.
There is an hourly train from Stansted to Birmingham New Street, where you can change trains for Aberystwyth. The journey should take around 7 hours.
If arriving from Ireland, Fishguard and Holyhead are within a few hours' drive. Public transport links are also available during the daytime, though not if arriving very early in the morning or late at night.
Fishguard is the arrival port for Stena Line ferries from Rosslare. Take a bus from the town centre to Cardigan (service 412) then change onto the X50 bus to complete the journey to Aberystwyth. Traveline will give you a full journey plan from the port to Aberystwyth.
The arrival point for ferries from Dublin and Dun Laoghaire. A train or bus can be taken from Holyhead to Bangor, from where the T2 bus runs directly to Aberystwyth. Traveline will give you a full journey plan from the port to Aberystwyth.
Irish Ferries services from Rosslare arrive at Pembroke Dock's ferry terminal, which is about 20 minutes' walk or a short taxi ride from Pembroke Dock railway station. Trains run every two hours to Carmarthen from where bus routes 20 and 40 run directly to Aberystwyth. Traveline will give you a full journey plan from the port to Aberystwyth.
Eurostar trains from Paris and Brussels arrive at London St. Pancras. It is about a fifteen minute walk to London Euston for onward trains to Aberystwyth. You can also make the transfer by Underground (1 stop on the Victoria or Northern line) or catch one of the many buses along the Euston Road.
Many Eurolines coaches to the UK arrive at London Victoria, from where you can transfer to the onward National Express coach to Aberystwyth. Alternatively, cross London to Euston Station for trains to Aberystwyth.
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