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Maps & Distances

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Maps and Distances

Getting around Wales is easy - if you could travel in a straight line, our country is only about 180 miles long. Going around all the mountains, though, makes it about a 5 hour drive from top to bottom.  One thing you're sure to notice is that the landscape and scenery changes quickly and dramtically.   

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Getting to Wales

By Air


Cardiff Airport is situated on the outskirts of the capital.


For detailed information on flights and how to get to and from the airport by road, rail, bus and taxi go to 


Cardiff Airport has direct flights across Europe and global links via Schipol, Dublin and Doha airports. 


Airlines from all over the world fly into the London airports, so check with your travel agent or tour operator to find the best option for your journey. Birmingham, Manchester and Liverpool also have a number of international flights, and Bristol airport is very conveniently located for a trip to Wales. UK airports that offer easy access to Wales:

Birmingham International Airport

Bristol Airport

Liverpool John Lennon Airport

London Gatwick Airport

London Heathrow Airport

London Luton Airport

London Stanstead Airport

Manchester Airport


By Rail


In the UK, fast and frequent rail services run between London Paddington and Cardiff, taking just over two hours. There is a half-hourly departure to Cardiff Central, with an hourly continuation to Swansea and onward connections to West Wales.


There are also direct trains from London Euston and Manchester to Llandudno, Bangor and Holyhead; from Birmingham, Shrewsbury and Crewe to the North Wales coast and the Llŷn Peninsula; from Manchester and Shrewsbury to Newport; and from Portsmouth, Southampton and Salisbury to Cardiff.


From London Heathrow Airport, there’s a fast, direct rail service to Paddington, where you can change onto a direct train to Wales. From London Gatwick Airport, you can travel direct to London Victoria, then take the tube to Paddington or Euston to continue your journey. For general rail enquiries visit:

National Rail


By Sea


Ferry crossings from Ireland to Wales:


Irish Ferries

Dublin Port to Holyhead

Journey time: 1hr 49mins (Fast ferry)

Journey time: 3hrs 15mins (Cruise ferry)

Rosslare to Pembroke

Journey time: 4hrs (Cruise ferry)   


Stena Line

Dublin Port to Holyhead

Journey time: 3hrs 15mins (Superferry)

Rosslare to Fishguard

Journey time: 3hrs 30mins (Superferry)


Ferry crossings from mainland Europe to Great Britain:

Brittany Ferries

Condor Ferries

DFDS Seaways

LD Lines


Stena Line


Cruise ships dock at the Port of Holyhead on Anglesey almost every week between May and September. Cruise lines calling in include Crystal, Hapag Lloyd, Oceania, P&O, Silversea, Swan Hellenic, Thomson, Tui, Voyages of Discovery and Windstar.

Downloadable Maps

Wales General Reference Map Size: [661 KB] File Type: [.pdf]
Wales Map & Interesting Facts Size: [2.53 MB] File Type: [.pdf]
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