Direct bus services are available from many towns in Wales and England.
There are also regular services to north and south Wales, including TrawsCymru services T1, T2 and T5 to Carmarthen, Bangor and Fishguard.
This map shows bus and coach routes operating at least five days a week, along with selected connecting rail services. See below for timetables and further details.
Primary long-distance routes linking Aberystwyth to London via the Midlands and South Wales. Advance booking required in most cases.
London - Birmingham - Telford - Shrewsbury - Llangurig - Aberystwyth
London - Cardiff - Swansea - Carmarthen - Lampeter - Aberystwyth
Middle-distance services operating direct to Aberystwyth from elsewhere in Wales. No pre-booking required; pay driver upon boarding.
Carmarthen - Lampeter - Aberaeron - Aberystwyth
Note: Lewis's Coaches 701 service between Aberystwyth and Cardiff has been withdrawn.
Bangor - Caernarfon - Porthmadog - Dolgellau - Machynlleth - Aberystwyth
Haverfordwest - Fishguard - Cardigan - Aberaeron - Aberystwyth
Llandrindod Wells - Llangurig - Aberystwyth
Journey planner and timetables - Monday to Saturday (infrequent)
Other key bus routes that do not serve Aberystwyth directly, but do connect with the routes above. No pre-booking required; pay driver upon boarding.
Wrexham - Llangollen - Bala - Dolgellau - Barmouth
Cardiff - Merthyr Tydfil - Brecon - Builth Wells - Llandrindod Wells - Newtown
Note that services may be amended on public holidays; most will not run at all on Christmas Day or New Year's Day.
Through tickets can be issued for journeys involving connections between buses T1 and T5, and interchangeable multi-trip tickets valid for both routes are available.
The West Wales Rover ticket offers good value unlimited travel for a day or a week on most buses in Ceredigion, Carmarthenshire and Pembrokeshire.
Several towns in Mid Wales have semi-regular coach services to Aberystwyth:
Buses and coaches all use the bus station on Alexandra Road, near to the junction with Terrace Road and a minute or two's walk from the railway station.
Services also pick up at selected other stops in the area, with some long distance services calling at the university's Penglais Campus.