Travelling to Aberystwyth

Part of the joy of attending Wales’ first live Crime Literature festival will be the journey. Whether travelling by road, rail, or air, you will have the opportunity to enjoy the rugged beauty of the Welsh landscape as you travel towards our western coast.

There are many starting points for your journey, so here are some general directions for whatever direction you are coming from. The biggest help we can give you is simple – plan ahead.

By Land – Self-drive

Note that there is only one motorway in Wales, and that’s the M4 in the south. There are however many lovely roads that will take you across some beautiful, breath-taking landscapes. Because of the many lovely routes, it’s best that drivers select their own road, use a map or satnav to ensure the best journey for you on the day. We recommend that you plan ahead, giving yourself time to drive carefully and safely, which will also allow any passengers to enjoy the scenery.

Along the west coast, coming north or south, such as from Fishguard or Holyhead, the A487 (which in sections is also the A470) is a lovely road that follows the coast and flows into the heart of Aberystwyth.

By Land – By Coach

TrawsCymru routes will bring you into Aberystwyth. Look for the T1 or T1C from Carmarthen, the T2 from Bangor or the T5 from Fishguard. Other coach providers are available.

By Land – By Train

Check your route with Transport for Wales, or any other UK rail ticket provider, but most routes will feed you through Shrewsbury for the train to Aberystwyth. Aberystwyth Station is in the heart of the town, and taxis are usually available for taking you on to your accommodation.

By Sea

The two main passenger ports are Holyhead on Anglesey, and Fishguard in Pembrokeshire. There are a number of operators using these ports depending on your departure point.

By Air

The main airport in Wales is Cardiff, but Bristol, Birmingham, Manchester, and Liverpool are also convenient. Of course any of the London airports will see you safely into the UK.