Wales — Transportation
Wales Taxis and Car Rental
Taxis are a useful way to get around the major cities in Wales and to and from airports; however, they can be expensive unless traveling in a group. In Cardiff, cabs are available through Dragon Taxis (+44-2920-333-333) and Capital Cabs (+44-2920-361-888). If you plan on visiting the more remote parts of the country, traveling by car is the best way to get around, and renting a vehicle will be more practical than relying on taxis. It is advisable to book your car rental before leaving home for better rates. Rental vehicles are available through major companies, such as Alamo (+44-870-400-4562) and Europcar (+44-845-758-5375).
Wales Trains and Buses
Although major cities such as Cardiff and Swansea, have comprehensive bus routes, inter-city bus connections tend to be fairly limited, though they are one of the cheapest options. Numerous operators including Arriva Cymru (+44-8701-201-088) and First Cymru (+44-1792-572-255) run buses primarily between Cardiff, Aberystwyth, Cardigan, and Brecon.
If you plan on getting to Wales from England, traveling by rail is one of the most popular options due the UK’s extensive network. Once in Wales, trains are a useful and scenic way to explore the country, especially the coasts and across the heartland. There are a number of opportunities to experience the country on one of the many heritage steam trains. Tickets can be pricey on the day of travel, so advance booking is recommended.
An authentic and unique way to explore the depths of the Welsh countryside, post-buses (public buses operated as part of mail delivery) are, for some residents, the only method of transport available. Royal Mail Post-buses (+44-845-774-0740) provide transport to and from rural towns and villages.
It is possible to travel to Wales from Ireland by sea. Numerous direct ferry crossings operate from Dublin and Dun Laoghaire to Holyhead, and Rosslare to Pembroke Dock and Fishguard. There is also a 10-hour ferry trip from Cork to Swansea. Multiple companies have services, including Irish Ferries (+44-8705-17-17-17) and Stena Line (+44-8705-70-70-70). Ferries also operate to and from mainland Wales to Anglesey.