Trains to Aberystwyth

Direct trains normally run every two hours between Birmingham and Aberystwyth via Shrewsbury and Mid Wales along what is known as the 'Cambrian Line'.

Trains to Aberystwyth are busy, but generally good value and reliable; during 2013, 95% of Cambrian Line trains arrived within 10 minutes of their scheduled time.

Arriva train

An Arriva Trains Wales service waiting for passengers at Aberystwyth station.

From the Midlands

Direct Arriva Trains Wales services are available from Birmingham International, Birmingham New Street, Wolverhampton, Smethwick Galton Bridge, Telford Central, Wellington and Shrewsbury.

From Greater London

Depart from London Euston or Watford Junction using Virgin Trains, then change trains at Birmingham International, Birmingham New Street or Wolverhampton.

From South Wales

Direct trains operate to Shrewsbury, where you can connect with the train on to Aberystwyth. From Swansea, Carmarthen and west Wales it is usually quicker to make use of the direct buses from Carmarthen to Aberystwyth.

From the rest of the UK

Direct services from most parts of the country connect with the Aberystwyth trains at Birmingham New Street or Shrewsbury. See also: airport links.

Times and Fares

For the best value book your tickets ahead at a station, or online through retailers including Virgin Trains or the Arriva Trains Wales website. By committing to travel at a specific time using 'Advance' tickets you can often make significant savings.

Travelling from Typical time Standard Class Fares (January 2014)
Birmingham New Street 3 hours,
direct
£52.90 return, bought on day of travel
Book ahead from £16 single.
Cardiff Central 4 hours,
1 change
£59.80 return, bought on day of travel
Book ahead from £19 single.
London Euston 5 hours,
1 change
£74.20 return*, bought on day of travel
Book ahead from £11.50 single.
Manchester Piccadilly 4 hours,
1 change
£61.00 return, bought on day of travel
Book ahead from £16 single.
Newcastle upon Tyne 6¾ hours,
1 change
£133.80 return, bought on day of travel
Book ahead from £21 single.
Southampton Central 6¼ hours,
1 change
£102.90 return, bought on day of travel
Book ahead from £21 single.

* Off peak travel only; rises to £276 return if departing London before 09.05 on a weekday.

Cheap same-day return tickets are available for day trips from many towns in Wales and the Midlands, such as the £29.90 fare from Birmingham to Aberystwyth.

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Travel Tips

Discounts with Railcards

People who make regular use of trains between Shrewsbury, Aberystwyth and Pwllheli may benefit from a Cambrian Railcard. For £5 a year, it gives local residents a third off most rail fares along the route.

National Railcards are also available for people aged over 60, under 26, disabled, in full-time education or travelling with children.

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