Ok, so you have booked your accommodation, now you need to consider how you are going to get to Swansea and then into The Gower Peninsula itself. Below are links to those companies that service Swansea and Gower and the associated travel information.
National Express coaches run direct from London; Gatwick & Heathrow Airports; West Yorkshire; South Yorkshire; the West Midlands; Cardiff – to Swansea Quadrant Bus Station.
Traveline Cymru will be able to provide you with information regarding the shuttle bus which operates from Cardiff Central Bus Station to Swansea Quadrant Bus Station.
Buses to all parts of Gower depart from Swansea Quadrant Bus Station (for more info see ‘Local Buses’ below).
If you want to travel by car/motorbike then the M4 is the road to follow. You can access Gower from a number of different junctions. For South Gower and Mumbles, choose junction 42 which will take you on the Swansea Bay road. For North Gower, choose junction 47.
The M4 runs from London right into South Wales. It also intersects the M50 and the M5 to link other parts of the UK.
The nearest railway station is in the centre of Swansea. Frequent trains run direct from London Paddington, Bristol Parkway, Manchester Piccadilly and Cardiff Central to Swansea. There are frequent connecting trains from the North East England, West Yorkshire, the West Midlands, Portsmouth, Southampton and Bristol Temple Meads.
The “Heart of Wales” line runs through mid wales from Swansea to Shrewsbury. www.heart-of-wales.co.uk
You can use the frequent First Cymru local buses between the Train Station and Quadrant Bus Station for Gower bus departures (see ‘Local Buses’ below).
For more information call National Rail Enquiries on 08457 484950 or click on to www.nationalrail.co.uk
There is an airport at the entrance to Gower, it accepts light aircraft but has no scheduled flights. The nearest international airport is in Cardiff, the capital of Wales. It would take approximately one and a half hours to get to Gower from Cardiff International Airport by car. There is a rail/bus link from the Airport; take the train to Bridgend and change for a direct train to Swansea.
The nearest English Airport is Bristol International Airport. However, with a longer journey by road or a train link, the following airports could also be used: East Midlands, London Heathrow, Gatwick and Luton.
Swansea-Ilfracombe ferry www.severnlink.com
A little further away (about an hour and half by car) are the crossings Rosslare and Fishguard or Rosslare and Pembroke Dock. For more information phone Irish Ferries on 08705 171717 www.irishferries.co.uk and Stena Line on 08705 707070 www.stenaline.co.uk
There are bus services from Swansea Quadrant Bus Station to all parts of Gower. For up to date, comprehensive travel information to and around Swansea Bay and Gower, visit the Baytrans website.
Another place to find further information is Traveline Cymru, the public transport information service in Wales. They provide route and timetable information for bus, rail, National Express, ferry and air travel in the UK.
If you intend to travel by coach, rail or air, please consider how you are going to make the final journey from Swansea to Gower. Bus services may not be that frequent and taxis can be expensive.
If you are bringing your bicycle, it could be quite a lengthy ride before you reach your destination, so it is probably best to check routes etc. in advance. Gower roads can get busy during the height of season and there are no bicycle tracks, so don’t forget your cycle helmet!
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