When travelling to Wales from within the UK why not make your journey part of the experience by using public transport? There are plenty of organisations out there to help you plan your journey.
Train services run to all Welsh cities. The journey time from London to Cardiff is under 3 hours. For details of public transport journeys throughout the UK call traveline on 0870 608 2608 or see www.transportdirect.info
Although bikes can usually be carried on trains it is advisable to check in advance and book a place, as space is limited.
The main train operators are First Great Western, Arriva Trains, Heart of Wales Line and the Cambrian Rail Line. For timetable information or to book tickets use National Rail or the individual train operators. You may not be able to book your bike through every operator’s website so call their telesales number if necessary.
National Rail: Information on UK national rail services, including timetables and real time travel information - www.nationalrail.co.uk or tel: 0845 748 49 50.
First Great Western - www.firstgreatwestern.co.uk or tel: 08457 000 125.
Arriva Trains - www.arrivatrainswales.co.uk or tel: 0845 6061 660.
Heart of Wales Line - www.heart-of-wales.co.uk or tel: 01597 822053.
Cambrian Rail Line - www.thecambrianline.co.uk or tel: 01654 700120.
Information on railcards that can help save you a third on train travel can be found online at www.railcard.co.uk
Live train times for today and train timetables for the next three months, tel: 0871 200 49 50.
Company offering online train ticket buying service, visit: www.thetrainline.com
Travelling by coach offers great value for money although journey times tend to be a little longer than by train. For information about bike carriage by bus contact Traveline Cymru 0871 200 22 33 or visit www.traveline-cymru.org.uk
Freedom of Wales Flexi Pass
Unlimited access to Wales rail and bus network www.walesflexipass.co.uk
Ferry services from Ireland: Stena Line operate a ferry service from Rosslare to Fishguard and Dublin to Holyhead. Irish Ferries operate from Rosslare to Pembroke and Dublin to Holyhead. Most ferry operators carry bikes.
Stena Line - www.stenaline.co.uk or tel: 08705 70 70 70.
Irish Ferries - www.irishferries.com or tel: 08705 17 17 17.