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 ideas on car free days out and links to on-line timetables and information on public transport 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.
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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 Aberystwyth by 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.