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RIVIC Graduate School 2010
Train Tickets |
Coach Tickets |
Direction from Train Station |
Direction from Bus Station
Cardiff Airport |
Bristol Airport |
Heathrow Airport |
Gatwick Airport |
Swansea is 300km West of London on the South Wales coast.
It is served by good rail and road links with easy access from:
Train Timetables and Buying Train Tickets
- It is generally cheaper to buy tickets in advance.
However, be warned that the very cheapest tickets require you
to commit yourself to a specific train.
This may well be unwise for obvious reasons.
- General timetable information and information about
train tickets is provided by e.g.
- Train tickets can be bought online at, among others, by
First Great Western.
- The timetable operated by National Rail is rather slow,
for a quick overview you might use the
railway timetable which contains most trains in Britain.
However, it might not always be up-to-date, especially it might
not contain changes due to engineering work, which are frequent
especially during weekends.
Buying Coach Tickets
- Timetables and Information on booking can be found at
National Express. For airport connections choose
Airports from the main GUI.
- There are online tickets available which you have
to print out and then show to the driver.
- Note that there exist cheap "funfare" tickets (7 Pounds) from
London Victoria station to Swansea.
Getting from the Train Station to the University or Hotels
- The easiest way by far is a taxi (about £7).
- It is possible to walk, but it will take about 45 minutes.
- Buses, unfortunately, will require you to change at the bus station since there are no direct services.
- See the webpage of the bus company for a route network and time table informations.
- You can plan your journey
using Traveline-Cymru which includes all buses, trains in Wales and some from outside
Wales. Use University of Wales Swansea as your destination.
- For some connections you need to walk
19 m from the railway station to Alexandre House,
the timetable from Traveline-Cymru will show you a map.
Getting from the Bus Station to the University
There is a very convenient connection by bus from Swansea Quadrant Bus
Station to the University, either you take line
or you take line
During daytime each line operates every 15 min, during early morning every
30 min, and evenings every 60 min.
Lines 2a and 3a directly bring you to Fulton House on campus
(see the campus map)
on lines 2 and 3 (without the "a") you have to drop of at the main road and
walk up to Fulton house (5 min).
Cardiff Wales International Airport
- The airport is served by
- KLM Cityhopper (connections to Amsterdam,
from where you have connections to
international and intercontinental
- Bmibaby (cheap airline),
- a few other cheap airlines (flying to Ireland,
UK destinations, Brussels),
- some charter airlines flying to holiday destinations.
- There are as well a few direct flights to Vancouver and Toronto.
- There are three ways of getting from Cardiff airport to
- If you are arriving in a group, consider sharing a taxi to Swansea.
The cost should be about £60 to £70, as compared to about
£20 for taking the train or bus.
Given it is much quicker and more convenient, you may want to consider
this for groups of two or more.
- There is a new train service from Rhoose Cardiff Airport
to Bridgend, where you can connect with the London trains
to Swansea. There is a free shuttle service from Cardiff airport
to this railway stations, which serves all trains at this station.
It departs from the airport about 20 min before the train leaves.
allows you to plan your complete journey from the airport (including
the Shuttle bus) to Swansea
- Unfortunately this train runs only every 2 hours on Sundays
(otherwise it runs hourly).
- The alternative is to take the bus
(X91 and some other lines) to Cardiff Central Station,
from where you have frequent trains to Swansea.
- You can use Traveline-Cymru for planning your complete journey.
- You can find the timetable for the X91 service
(this site behaves a bit strangely in some browsers, unfortunately).
- The train timetable for trains from Cardiff Central Station to Swansea
can be found
and for the return journey
- The main bus station is next to the Central Railway Station.
- The easiest way to reach Swansea from Bristol Airport is by train.
- There is a dedicated bus service (Bristol International Flyer, usually every 20 min)
from the airport to Bristol Temple Meads station, from where there are
relatively frequent services to and from Swansea.
- The airport bus service takes about 30 minutes, and operates every
20 minutes from 05.00 to 22.40.
The German timetable
allows you to get the complete timetable from
Bristol aiport to Swansea.
- Please note that there are two main train stations
in Bristol, Bristol Temple Meads and Bristol Parkway,
where Bristol Parkway has many connections to Swansea.
However, Bristol Parkway is quite far in the north from
Bristol. It is not advisable to take a taxi or bus.
Therefore it is recommended, when choosing
railway connections from Bristol Temple Meads to Swansea
(by using one of the timetables mentioned in
information about trains
to enter "Bristol Temple Meads" rather than "Bristol".
- General information on travel from Heathrow to Swansea can be found
- There are two ways to travel from Heathrow Airport to Swansea
- The more convenient way is to take the coach link from
Heathrow to Reading and connect there with the trains
from Reading to Swansea. You can obtain these connections
by using one of the timetables mentioned above (just enter Heathrow airport). Note that this timetable
will offer you as well some journeys using
the Heathrow Express to London Paddington
-- this is a expensive and takes usually longer.
Note that trains are currently not very reliable, so for your
journey back you need to plan extra time.
- There are as well frequent direct coach connections
from Heathrow central bus station to Swansea.
See the information about coaches above
(Choose "Airports" from the web site of national express).
These are very reliable, but there is not as much leg space
as when taking the train.
- Another alternative is to take the tube (or the more expensive
Heathrow express) to central London, and then the train
from London Paddington - this is a possibility if you want
to visit London. Note that there are no lockers for luggage,
there is an expensive service for storing your luggage in
London Paddington and other railway stations -
your luggage will security screened.
- There are trains from Gatwick to Reading, from
which you can connect to London.
- There are direct coaches from Gatwick to Swansea
(which go via Heathrow).
- If you want to visit London, you can as well
take one of the many trains from Gatwick to central London
(Gatwick express is more expensive then the other
trains). The information above on Heathrow airport
concerning lockers applies here as well. It is usually
more convenient (and cheaper) to avoid going via London.
- Most information about Heathrow aiport (reliability
of the railway network, baggage lockers) apply here as well.
Stansted airport is an airport dedicated to cheap airlines.
Note however that it is about 20 - 30 £ more expensive
to get from there to Swansea rather than from Heathrow airport.
The journey takes as well much longer and is
less convenient then the journey from Gatwick and
Heathrow or the regional airports.
There are two main routes from Stansted Airport to
- You can go by train from Stansted Airport to
London Liverpool station, then take
the "tube" (London Underground) to
London Paddington, and finally the train to Swansea.
The railway timetables (see above)
will give you the complete connection.
- There are as well reliable coach connections using
National Express (see information about
coaches above) with change
at Heathrow (6.5 hrs).
Thanks to Arnold Beckmann for supplying this information