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Where is Wales?

Wales is part of Britain and the United Kingdom.

It is situated to the west of England and is around 170 miles (256 km) long and 60 miles (96 km) wide. It covers just over 8,000 square miles (20,722 km²) - that's about the same size as Massachusetts in the USA or half the size of Switzerland.

Flying to Wales/UK

Cardiff International Airport 
Just outside our capital city, Cardiff, in south east Wales.

Liverpool John Lennon Airport
Really close to north Wales - only about 40 miles (60km) from Wrexham.

Manchester Airport
It's about 90 minutes' drive from Manchester Airport to Llandudno, and just a bit longer by train.

Birmingham Airport
Within easy reach of mid and north Wales - it's about 1 hour 40 minutes by car to Welshpool.

Bristol International Airport
Another option for the south east. It takes about an hour and a half to get to Cardiff from here.

London Heathrow Airport
It takes about 2 hours to get to Cardiff from here - by train or car.

Ferry connections

A number of direct ferry crossings link Ireland to Wales but if you’re travelling from further afield, the following ferry companies offer crossings from France, Belgium, The Netherlands, Germany, Denmark, Norway and Spain to various convenient ports in Britain.

Brittany Ferries
P&O Ferries
DFDS Seaways
Fjord Line

If you are thinking of combining your trip to Wales with a visit to Ireland, ferries depart from either Holyhead, Fishguard or Swansea, the quickest crossing taking just 99 minutes.

The Stena Superfast X will make two return sailings daily between Holyhead and Dublin, completing the crossing in 3 hours and 15 minutes.

Stena Line
Irish Ferries

A useful site for details of ferries is 

Rail connections 

You can travel to the UK from France via the Channel Tunnel or from France and Belgium by Eurostar. We’re only two hours from central London if you take the train

Travel around Wales

Traveline Cymru can help you plan your travel around Wales, including local train and bus services. The websites below will also help you plan road, coach and rail travel around Wales and the UK. 

AA Route Planner

RAC Route Planner 

National Express

National Rail 

The Explore Wales Pass is what it says it is – one ticket that gives you the freedom to enjoy unlimited access to all of Wales’ mainline train services and almost every bus service.

Getting to Wales

To find out more about getting to Wales, take a look at the information below.

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