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Ceredigion Transport and Travel

Explore Ceredigion without a car. The Cardi Bach bus service between Cardigan and New Quay is perfect for exploring the Ceredigion section of the Wales Coast Path and for exploring the beaches and villages of the Ceredigion coast. Here you'll find other ideas on car free days out and links to on-line timetables and information on serving Ceredigion and neighbouring areas.

Ceredigion's Tourist Information Centre staff can advise on routes, suggest ideas for day trips and book National Express coach tickets.

Plan your journey by public transport with Traveline Cymru journey planner, a comprehensive online and telephone service. It even includes a carbon calculator to work out your journey's impact on the environment.

Travel to and from Ceredigion

By Car: Ceredigion is blissfully free of motorways, yet only a few hours away from most of the UK’s main population centres, with good scenic road routes from north, east and south. The A44 is the main route from the east to Aberystwyth, crossing the Cambrian Mountains close to the source of the River Severn.

The A487 takes you along stretches of the coast with superb views across Cardigan Bay, whereas the A485 takes you inland from Carmarthen to Lampeter and the Teifi and Ystwyth valleys to enjoy the tranquility of the Cambrian Mountains.

By train: Direct Arriva train services run 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 Aberystwythby TrawsCymru long distance coach service T1, or the 460 route bus service to destinations in southern Ceredigion, including Cardigan.

By coach: National Express services run to Aberystwyth from London via Birmingham and Shrewsbury.

Aberystwyth is the destination for TrawsCymru long distance services, with the TI connecting with rail at Carmarthen and Haverfordwest (T5) and from North Wales at Bangor (T2). Our Tourist Information Centre at Cardigan is a National Express Coach booking agent.

By bus: Ceredigion's network of bus services links all major towns and many of our villages and smaller settlements. Below we suggest some trip ideas, but you can also plan your own - why not combine a walk and a bus ride, as many of our visitors do. Follow the links for a list of bus operators or to check the timetables.

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 the Ceredigion Coast Path, including the Cardi Bach, which runs between Cardigan and New Quay, calling along the way at popular beauty spots and village resorts along the Ceredigion coast.

As well as the routes suggested here, there is a network of bus services serving our communities. Check the Timetables for routes and times. Call into our  Tourist Information Centres for further advice.​​​​​​​​

​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. Cardi Bach 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.​​

 Take the T5 for a day out from Cardigan to Aberaeron and Aberystwyth returning to Cardigan on the same service. 

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 and Aberaeron on the coast, whilst the 552 will take you to Aberaeron via Llangrannog. To visit  the beaches at Aberporth and Tresaith take the 554 service.
​From Aberystwyth you can enjoy the countryside and historic villages of the Cambrian Mountains with the T21 service via Pontrhydygroes. It calls at Ponrhydfendigaid, convenient for Strata Florida abbey ruins. 

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 then 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.
​Use the train to explore the Dyfi Biosphere from Aberystwyth, Stop at Borth to explore Cors Fochno, the submerged forest of 'Cantre'r Gwaelod', the river Leri and Ynyslas.

Take the T2 TrawsCymru service bus from Aberystwyth or Machynlleth to Eglwysfach to visit  the RSPB reserve at Ynyshir.  Check out the nearby Dyfi Furnace and waterfalls or the nature trails of the Wildlife Trust's reserve on the river Clettwr​ from Tre'r Ddol 
​The Bwcabus service operates from 7am – 7pm Monday to Saturday and enables people to travel between local towns and villages within the Bwcabus zone or connect to the main line bus services at Aberaeron, Aberystwyth and Cardigan. In addition to operating fixed routes, Bwcabus, also operates in response to pre-booked journey requests, although you'll need to register to be able to book your journey. More information can be found her​e.  
​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 butterfly house as well as woodland walks, and the Mynach Falls at Devils' Bridge itself. 

The Teifi Valley Railway at Henllan has a minature railway as well as working locomotives that are used to transport felled trees for logging. Get to Henllan by bus from Cardigan via Newcastle Emlyn. 

The Talyllyn Railway 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.
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 marine wildlife section or boat trips page.