Getting Around

This page contains information on all the different ways you can get yourself and your luggage around Wales.

If you’re looking for information on international travel, take a look at the other page.

Here’s a list of ways that you can get around Wales:

National Services

The Highway Code – Find information on The Highway Code for Cyclists.

SusTrans – Nationwide charity responsible for operating the National Cycle Network.

Immobilise – Register your bike on the police-run database.

Traveline Cymru – Comprehensive guide of travel in Wales.

MegaBus Owned by Stagecoach, Megabus runs cheap services from Cardiff city centre and the Cardiff University Students Union to Bristol, London, and more. Get a small percentage off if you are an NUS card holder.

National ExpressIf you expect to use National Express coaches often, you can get ⅓ off coach travel with a Young Person’s Coachcard.

Transport for Wales – A not for profit company owned by the Welsh Government, operates the Wales and Borders Rail Service and South Wales Metro.

Arriva Trains Wales – Runs the Valley Lines and GWR, which runs trains from London to Swansea. Transport for Wales.

Railcard – If you are 16-25 you can get ⅓ off all UK fares by getting a 16-25 railcard.

TrainsplitWhen booking long distance travel it can also be useful to use a “ticket splitting” site which let you break up your ticket into cheaper fares, due to the complexity of the British rail system. Combine with Railcard for further savings.

DVLA – The DVLA allow you to apply for your first licence aged 15 and 9 months.

GovUK – Information on learning to drive and booking a driving test.

Pass Plus Cymru – A scheme designed to get young drivers more experience with driving after they have passed the main test. The scheme explains some methods for safer driving and gives you experience in advanced situations such as motorways.

Next BikeThe NextBike docked bike hire scheme operates across the UK.

Repair Cafe WalesRegular meetups of volunteers who will try fixing just about anything for little more than a cuppa in return.

My Travel Pass – If you’re aged between 16-21, you can save approximately 30% off bus travel with this travel pass.

Meic – An advocacy and helpline service to support you to deal with any problems you might be having. Contact Meic daily from 8AM – Midnight on: Freephone (080880 23456), Text (84001) or Instant Message.

Useful Apps

Traveline Cymru – Comprehensive app with guides to travel in Wales

Google Maps – A good catch-all solution, although you probably have this (or something similar) installed already.

Trainline – A really simple, well designed app which lets you look up all sorts of train based information. You can book a journey on the app, look up how many trains are arriving at a certain station, see where a particular train is on the line and more.

National Rail Enquiries – Lets you book tickets from all over the UK, similar to Trainline.

Uber – The best known ride sharing service.

Blogs & Guides

Run Commuting: Tips on Running to Work – Run and Become

Drink Driving – The Mix

Learning to Drive – The Mix

Travelling by Bike – The Mix

Buying a second-hand car – The Mix

Public Transport with a Disability – The Mix

Advice for Disabled Travellers – Citizens Advice

Advice for learning to Drive – The Student Room

Travel Costs for people with Disabilities and Carers – Turn2Us


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