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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Get-a-map service. Image reproduced with kind permission of Ordnance Survey and Multi Media Mapping.
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 -
Tydfil to Pontsticill;
Brecon to Hay on Wye to Hereford Route;
Abergavenny - Newport - London; Brecon Town Service;
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:
Ystradgynlais - Swansea;
Tel +44 (01685) 386060
- PLEASE CONTACT THE ABOVE BUS COMPANIES AS ROUTES AND
TIMETABLES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE.
- 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
also operate a touring service to the Brecon Beacons from London
Air Travel to the Brecon
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
i.e. take even more care and go slower particularly on
narrow country roads. In particular please note:
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.
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