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Bus and Coach Travel to the Brecon Beacons:

Public Transport in Rural Wales is fairly limited as regards routes and times. If you intend to rely on public transport it is advisable to plan your itinerary carefully. This page will help point you in the right direction. As always the Tourist Information Offices are the most useful source for up to date information.

      Tourist Information Offices    
      Wales Tourist Board

The Freedom of Wales Flexi Pass is one ticket of that offers the visitor unlimited access to the bus and train services in Wales.  It also incorporates a range of other benefits such as two for one entry or discounted admission to many of Wales biggest tourist attractions. purchase online at Freedom of Wales Flexi Pass

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Beacons Bus:

Beacons Bus is a special service connecting many South Wales towns with the Brecon Beacons National Park. It operates every Sunday and Bank Holiday during the summer and further details including a timetable and special passes available can be found at Brecon Beacons National Park Authority - Beacons Bus. There are a number of walking routes you can follow linking in with the Beacons Bus including the Offa's Dyke Flyer" visiting Hay on Wye, Capel y Ffin, Llanthony Valley, Longtown Castle or to walk Offa's Dyke Path.

Local Bus Companies:

  • Stagecoach Red & White -
    Merthyr Tydfil to Pontsticill;
    Brecon to Hay on Wye to Hereford Route;
    Brecon - Abergavenny - Newport - London;  Brecon Town Service;
    Brecon - Ystradgynlais - Swansea; Brecon - Merthyr Tydfil - Cardiff; 
    Contact1, St.David's Rd., Cwmbran Gwent NP44 1PD
    Tel: +44 (01633) 266336 +44 (01874) -622859 +44 (01685) 385539
  • First Cymru Co.Ltd, Station Square, Neath, West Glamorgan, SA11 1BY  Tel: 01639 642261
    Tawe Terrace Pontardawe, Swansea West Glamorgan SA8 4HA    Tel:01792 863131
    Heol Gwyrosydd Penlan Swansea West Glamorgan SA5 7BN       Tel: 01792 582233
  • Sixty Sixty Coaches:
    Brecon - Ystradgynlais - Swansea;  
    Tel +44 (01685) 386060

National Services:

  • National Express run daily services to Newport, Cardiff and Swansea which connect to local bus and rail services into the Brecon Beacons National Park. Rural transport tends to be quite limited and it is best to make more detailed enquiries but generally speaking:.

    Cardiff via Merthyr Tydfil offers the best onwards travel links  to the Central Beacons and Brecon;  

    Swansea the best onwards links for the communities in the West of the Brecon Beacons (known as the Black Mountain not to be confused with the Black Mountains in the east);
  • Newport via Abergavenny the best onwards link for the Black Mountains in the east of the  Brecon Beacons National Park.
  • There are excellent high speed rail and coach links to South Wales from Heathrow and Gatwick Airports.
  • Shaggy Sheep www.shaggysheep.com also operate a touring service to the Brecon Beacons from London and Cardiff.

Air Travel to the Brecon Beacons:

The nearest international airport to the Brecon Beacons is located at Rhoose just outside Cardiff. It is approximately one and a half hours drive. There are flights to Cardiff from a number of international airports worldwide. This service is supplemented by cost effective shuttle flights from Schnipol Airport, Amsterdam with several daily link flights connecting Cardiff to all major worldwide airports. Cardiff International Airport

There are also excellent high speed rail and coach links to South Wales from Heathrow and Gatwick Airports.

For anyone flying via Gatwick Airport information on airport hotels can be found at Gatwick Terminal Hotels.

Using a Car:
  • It is worth noting that the Brecon Beacons is a rural mountain locality and you should adjust your driving accordingly:

  • i.e. take even more care and go slower particularly on narrow country roads. In particular please note:   

  • Many roads in the Brecon Beacons will take you through quiet villages where the elderly, young children and animals are likely to be less traffic wise and may not expect to meet much traffic. The message is GO SLOW you don't know when you'll meet people who are not expecting much traffic.

  • This is a walking and farming area. It is very likely that you will encounter unexpectedly walking groups on the side of the road or farmers moving animals. The message is GO SLOW you don't know what's round that next corner.

  • many main roads will have sections of modernised straight road followed by a sudden narrow section with unexpected bends.  The message is GO SLOW you don't know when you'll meet a corner sharper than anticipated particularly at night when the road is difficult to read.

  • Many rural roads leading to remote locations, farms or small villages will be single track The message is GO SLOW so that you can stop if you meet a car coming towards you but hidden round the next bend - in fact it is advisable to drive slowly enough to allow for the fact the other driver may be going too fast! In particular hedgerows  a common feature of our chequerboard countryside hide the vehicle coming towards you. Hedgerows can be deceiving - you think you can see over the hedge whilst driving but usually the other vehicle is hidden from sight.

  • Visitors from abroad should consult a driving organisation or their travel agent for more detailed advice on driving on British roads. In the UK driving is on the left of the road not the right. 
    Royal Automobile Ass.
       Automobile Association

  • You may encounter wild animals attempting to cross the road - it can be dangerous to swerve to avoid them The message is GO SLOW  to give them a sporting chance..

  • Information on Traffic conditions including any congestion available online from South Wales Regional Traffic Control Centre  or from their information line 0845 6026020.

Rail Travel to the Brecon Beacons:

The Valley Lines Railway Cardiff to Merthyr Tydfil.

This railway company offers you a day ranger ticket to explore the Brecon Beacons National Park .When taking a train to Merthyr Tydfil mouse fitted for all and connect to a bus to Brecon . Brecon . . The bus route to Brecon takes you through some of the finest landscape in the National Park. A seat on the right-hand side of the bus will offer fine views of Pen Y Fan. On the return journey it offers equally fine views of three reservoirs. It is possible to get off the bus at the Storey Arms and walk to the top of Pen y Fan which offers tremendous views of Brecon in the North and on a clear day the Bristol Channel and Swansea Bay to the south. National Rail enquiries: 0345 484950.

For further information on Valley Lines Tel 02920-231978 or 02920-882148

The Manchester to South Wales Line: Abergavenny Railway Station

"Taking  a trip up to Abergavenny" the big hit for Marty Wilde in the 1960's may not have mentioned Abergavenny Railway Station but it is well worth noting as a stopping off place for the Black Mountains in the east of the Brecon Beacons National Park. London connections can be made at Bristol or Newport


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