Getting to and around Natural Mid Wales
Mid Wales is made up of miles and miles of rural countryside yet it is refreshingly easy to reach by public transport from all corners of the UK. Two railway lines, the Cambrian and Heart of Wales lines, run through the area and both are fine examples of scenic lines that reveal of the glories of the Welsh rail network.
Most of our members are willing to collect travellers from the nearest station- please check when you book a place to stay.
Once you’ve made it here there are a number of bus and rail routes connecting the major towns and villages that also offer unique scenic journeys of there own. Check Traveline Cymru (see right) for the most up-to-date public transport information.
Getting to Mid Wales
Mid Wales is easily reached by train from most cities in the UK via the network run by Arriva Trains Wales. The Cambrian Line runs through the heart of Mid Wales from Shrewsbury (which connects with Birmingham New Street, Birmingham International and London) to Aberystwyth via Welshpool, Newtown Caersws and Machynlleth. The Heart of Wales line from Shrewsbury to Swansea also allows direct access to Powys via stations including Knighton, Llandrindod Wells and Builth Road. The Marches Manchester to Cardiff line doesn’t directly service Powys, but there are several stations over the border all within touching distance, including Craven Arms, Hereford and Abbergavenny.
See the National Rail website for full details
Two National Express routes to and from London Victoria coach station and Birmingham coach station both link directly to Newtown in the north of the county which has good rail and bus links to get around the county. The T4 Traws Cymru route links Newtown to Cardiff with stops at towns and villages big and small including Llandrindod Wells, Builth Wells, Erwood bridge request stop and Brecon the service runs every two hours and offers low floor access, space for luggage and free Wi-Fi onboard. Stage coach also has a number of regular services into the town of Brecon.
Getting around Mid Wales
A coordinated bus and rail network in Mid Wales means it is easy to get to all corners of Powys without using a car. There are 18 train stations in Mid Wales complemented by two little stations, bridges, tunnels, and viaducts. The comprehensive bus network throughout the area enables visitors to get from one place to another on a number of core routes or go exploring and still get the bus back.
For more information see Powys County Council's bus routes page
There are also a number of other ways to get around Mid Wales without using a car. There are a number of bike hire outlets in the area offering electric bikes, mountain bikes, tandems and disabled accessible bikes, as well as traditional hybrid bikes enabling all visitors to utilise the two national cycle routes and many traffic free routes the area has to offer. Or you could take advantage of the electric charging network that is currently expanding in the area and hire or bring your own electric vehicle to explore Mid Wales.
Find out more from the Eco Travel Network
Yes, you can come by car as well! The M54 will bring you as far as Telford, or the M42 to Bromsgrove, or the M5 to Droitwich, from where good, and increasingly empty, A roads will bring you the rest of the way.
Travel planner from Traveline Cymru