Ceredigion has great scenic routes along quiet country lanes, river valleys and the Ceredigion coast. There is a regular rail service into Aberystwyth and fast and regular bus services connecting Lampeter, Cardigan Aberaeron and Aberystwyth from North, South and West Wales, and beyond. Why not also try a day out without the car.
Getting to and around Ceredigion
By car: The A44 is the main route over the Cambrian Mountains into Ceredigion. It passes close to the source of the River Severn and the Wye, and decends to the coast at Aberystwyth along a series of sweeping bends, each revealing a new vista. Motorist also enjoy the mountain pass routes of the Ystwyth valley and the Abergwesyn Pass road into Tregaron.
The A487 Coastal Way takes you along stretches of the coast with superb views across Cardigan Bay, whereas the A485 brings you to Ceredigion from the M4 and Carmarthen to Lampeter and the Teifi valley.
By train: Direct Arriva train services run hourly services to Aberystwyth from London and the Midlands via Shrewsbury and Machynlleth. The route - the Cambrian Coast line - is one of Britain's most scenic.
Alternatively, travel via Cardiff and Carmarthen by rail, and then onward to Aberystwyth by TrawsCymru coach service T1, or the 460 route bus service to destinations in southern Ceredigion, including Cardigan.
By bus:Buses are an accessible, affordable and environmentally friendly option for exploring the scenic beauty of the countryside and Ceredigion's network of bus services links all major towns and many of our villages and smaller settlements. Long distance Traws Cymru bus links provide easy access from Cardiff, Carmarthen, Swansea and Haverfordwest, or from Bangor and Wrexham in North Wales.
And there's free bus travel on the Traws Cymru services at weekends!
From travel from further afield, Megabus has a regular service linking the University towns of Aberystwyth and Lampeter with Swansea, Cardiff and London.
Take advantage of not having to keep your eye on the road and being a little above other traffic on the comfortable seats of the bus and train. There's even a special bus service serving the coastal villages of Ceredigion between Cardigan and New Quay - the Cardi Bach - perfect for enjoying a day at the beach or for walking sections of the Ceredigion and Wales Coast Path.
By bike:Ceredigion is great cycling county – bike friendly country lanes, traffic free routes and some great mountain and moorland biking too. The traffic calmed and traffic free routes of the National Cycle Network create easy access from the surrounding area and further afield.
Car free days out
It is easy to have a car free day out in Ceredigion. Below are some ideas for trips and excursions from our main towns. Ceredigion has great scenic routes and bus services which will help you make the most of visiting country towns and villages and exploring the coast and the coast path.
Below we suggest some trip ideas, but you can also plan your own - why not combine a bus trip with a walk. There are many more local routes to explore, and local community bus operators and timetables.
For advice on routes and times call into our Tourist Information Centres
Explore the Ceredigion Coast with the Cardi Bach
The Cardi Bach bus service is ideal for walking the Ceredigion Coast Path or for spending the day at the beach without having to take the car. The Cardi Bach coastal village bus service runs througout the year (see timetable for details) calling at the popular village resorts of Aberporth, Tresaith and Llangrannog and the quiet cove - ideal for wildlife spotting, of Cwmtydu. The route is also convenient for visiting the National Trust beaches of Mwnt and Penbryn, stopping at the top of the lane leading down to the beaches.
Get your personal copy of the current timetable from Tourist Information Centres or download a copy of either as a leaflet or as a poster.
Teifi valley towns by bus
Explore the lower Teifi Valley from Cardigan with the 460 bus. The route is via the waterfalls at Cenarth, the market town of Newcastle Emlyn and Drefach Felindre (home of the National Wool Museum). No service on Sunday and Bank Holidays. The 551 and 552 take you to inland to Llandysul, then on to New Quay.
Countryside explorer routes
Take the 585 route between Aberystwyth and Lampeter via Llangeitho, Tregaron,Llanddewi Brefi and Cellan to see the places where sheep and cattle drovers started their journeys across the mountains to the livestock markets of England. Get a taste of walking these ancient ways by following walking routes from each of the settlements.
An alternative route between Aberystwyth and Lampeter - with the 588 service- takes you over the Mynydd Bach and the hamlets of Trefenter and Bethania, then Llangeitho, Llanio and along the Dulas river valley via Llangybi to Lampeter.
Another route between Lampeter and Aberystwyth is with the T1 TrawsCymru service taking you from the Teifi valley town via Felinfach and along the Aeron valley to Aberaeron, and north along the coast via Llanon and Llanrhystyd to Aberystwyth.
Explore the UNESCO Biosphere of the Dyfi by train and bus
Use the train to explore the UNESCO Biosphere area between Aberystwyth, Aberdyfi and the catchment of the Dyfi river. Stop at Borth to explore Cors Fochno, the submerged forest of 'Cantre'r Gwaelod', the river Leri and Ynyslas.
A choice of steam train trips
Take the Vale of Rheidol Railway between Aberystwyth and Devil's Bridge follows a spectacular route along the Rheidol valley, with stops convenient for visiting the Rheidol falls, the hydroelectic powerstation and nearby Butterfly House as well as woodland walks, and from the terminus at Devil's Bridge the eponymous, multi layered bridges and Mynach Falls.
The Talyllyn Railway that inspired the Thomas the Tank Engine stories can also be enjoyed as a car free day trip from Aberystwyth, travelling by Cambrian Line train via Dyfi Junction or Machynlleth to Towyn to catch the narrow gauge steam train to Abergynolwyn, in the shadow of Cadair Idris mountain.
Boat trips along the Ceredigion coast
Enjoy fresh air, great views and the excitement of spotting dolphins with a boat trip along the Cardigan Bay coastline. There is a choice of trips from New Quay as well as Cardigan and Aberaeron. Discover more on our boat trips page.