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Getting to the Brecon Beacons

By Train
The Brecon Beacons can be reached easily by train from most cities in the UK. Approximately two trains leave every hour from London Paddington, taking around 2 hours 30 minutes to reach Abergavenny, in the east of the National Park, with a quick change at Newport Gwent. You can also come as far as Abergavenny and Merthyr Tydfil if you change at Cardiff stations.

The main stations in the National Park are: Abervagenny and Pontypool in the east, Llandeilo and Llandovery in the west and Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney in the south.

Check Traveline Cymru for the most up-to-date train information.

London to Brecon by train and bus: a special ‘through ticket’ has been created for passengers to travel from London Paddington, Reading, Swindon or Bristol Parkway to Brecon – the heart of the Brecon Beacons National Park. Passengers travelling from these stations can buy a combined bus and rail ticket valid for travel on the First Great Western train to Cardiff and the bus journey on the Traws Cymru T4 route from Cardiff to Brecon – the bus station which is located directly outside Cardiff train station. Here's a short video that Greentraveller has produced about the service:

By Coach
Coach passengers can get to Cardiff, Neath or Swansea with National Express, or to Cardiff or Swansea with Megabus for onward travel to the Brecon Beacons. Both these compaies will carry bikes if packed in boxes, bags or cases.

Coach travellers can get to Cardiff, Neath or Swansea with National Express or to Cardiff or Swansea with Megabus for onward travel to the Brecon Beacons. Both these companies will carry bikes if packed in boxes, bags or cases. 

An Arriva Wales train
Travelling by train to the Brecon Beacons. Photo: Richard Hammond

Getting around the Brecon Beacons

The comprehensive bus and train network within the National Park means it's very easy to get from one side to the other without using a car. With Brecon as the hub, buses reach as far north as Builth Wells and as far wide as Hereford and Llandovery.

Trains running along the Cardiff/Manchester line stop in Abergavenny and Hereford, while the Heart of Wales line runs from Swansea to Shrewsbury, stopping at Llandovery. Trains also run from Swansea to Neath, and from Cardiff to Merthyr Tydfil.

You could also book your train and bus tickets as part of an all encompassing travel ticket, such as the Freedom of Wales Flexipass, which allows unlimitied travel on all rail services and most local bus services in Wales, including the Bike Bus service (see below). These tickets are sold for periods of 8 days and cost £83 for the whole of Wales or £56 for either the North & Mid Wales Pass or the South Wales Pass.

Eco Travel Network
The award-winning Eco Travel Network offers fun, lightweight, eco-friendly travel across the Brecon Beacons National Park. Visitors can hire one of a fleet of Renault Twizys; see ecotravelnetwork.co.uk.

Beacons Bus
Travelling around by bus. Photo: Visit Wales