The Valleys
Getting Here

Getting Here

Whether travelling by car or public transport, The Valleys are easily accessible and easy to find.  Located in south Wales, they are a short distance from Cardiff in south and Brecon to the north.

By Car

Thanks to the M4, M5 and M50 The Valleys enjoy excellent motorway links with easy access from the South East, the Home Counties, the Midlands and the South West.

South East and Home Counties

The M4 junction 32 (Cardiff) links with the A470, or as an alternative take the scenic A40 route westwards linking with the A465 Heads of The Valleys road. From London to the centre of The Valleys it is approx 150 miles with a journey time of 3 hours.

Midlands and North

Use the M6, M5, M50 and A40 or use the A49, which also links with the A465 Heads of the Valleys road. From Birmingham, West Midlands, to the centre of The Valleys it’s approximately106 miles with a journey time of 2hrs 30mins.

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By Bus

Regular luxury express coach services run to Newport, Cardiff, Merthyr Tydfil and Pontypridd with good onward connections to The Valleys.

National Express - Telephone: 0871 781 8181 

The Valleys have a fairly comprehensive bus network serving many tourist attractions. 

Traveline Cymru - Telephone: 0800 464 00 00   (also rail enquiries)

By Rail

There are regular services from London to Newport and Cardiff with good regional railway links to The Valleys. Cardiff is also served hourly from major cities including Birmingham, Bristol, Manchester and many other towns in the Midlands, the West Country and Southern England.

National Rail Enquiries  Telephone : 03457 48 49 50 (for booking tickets)

By Air

Cardiff Airport, Bristol and Birmingham airports offer comfort and convenience for passengers to and from Britain.

Cardiff Airport - Telephone : 01446 711 111

Bristol International Airport - Telephone : 0871 334 4444

Birmingham Airport - Telephone : 0871 222 0072

By Sea

There are ferry connections from mainland Europe to the UK’s south and east coast and from Ireland to ports in Wales.

Brittany Ferries - Telephone : 0330 159 7000

Irish Ferries - Telephone : 08717 300 400

P&O - Telephone : 0800 130 0030

Stena Line - Telephone : 0844 770 7070

Via the Channel Tunnel

Eurostar passenger train service - Telephone : 03432 186 186

Eurotunnel vehicles + passengers - Telephone : 0844 335 3535

On Two Wheels

Take a journey of discovery and cycle to The Valleys.  The Celtic Trail, a section of the Sustrans UK Cycle Network begins at the Severn Bridge traversing across the South Wales region including a detour into The Valleys.  

Check the national route map: Sustrans 029 2065 0602  

Pedal through history and superb scenery via the Taff Trail, a 55 mile way-marked cycle route which will take you from the sea in Cardiff to the mountains in The Valleys. You can download a map.

Travel Information

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