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Getting to Mid Wales, where are we?
Mid Wales is easily reached by train from most cities in the UK via the network run by Arriva Trains Wales. The Cambrian Line runs through the heart of Mid Wales from Shrewsbury (which connects with Birmingham New Street, Birmingham International and London) to Aberystwyth via Welshpool, Newtown and Machynlleth. The Heart of Wales line from Shrewsbury to Swansea also allows direct access to Powys via stations including Knighton, Llandrindod Wells and Builth Road. The Marches Manchester to Cardiff line doesn’t directly service Powys, but there are several stations over the border all within touching distance, including Craven Arms, Hereford and Abergavenny. See the National Rail website for full details
Two National Express routes to and from London Victoria coach station and Birmingham coach station both link directly to Newtown in the north of the county which has good rail and bus links to get around the county. The T4 Traws Cymru route links Newtown to Cardiff with stops at towns and villages big and small including Llandrindod Wells, Builth Wells and Brecon the service runs every two hours and offers low floor access, space for luggage and free Wi-Fi onboard. Stage coach also has a number of regular services into the town of Brecon.
See the National Express and Stage Coach for full details
Cambrian Line Powys
Photo: Arriva Trains Wales
Getting around Mid Wales
A coordinated bus and rail network in Mid Wales means it is easy to get to all corners of Powys without using a car. There are 18 train stations in Mid Wales complimented by two little stations, bridges, tunnels, and viaducts. The comprehensive bus network throughout the area enables visitors to get from one place to another on a number of core routes or go exploring and still get the bus back. For more information see, Powys County Councils bus routes page
There are also a number of other ways to get around Mid Wales without using a car. There are a number of bike hire outlets in the area offering electric bikes, mountain bikes, tandems and disabled accessible bikes, as well as traditional hybrid bikes enabling all visitors to utilise the two national cycle routes and many traffic free routes the area has to offer. With two canals in the county it’s also popular to explore the area by boat. Or you could take advantage of the electric charging network that is currently expanding in the area and hire or bring your own electric vehicle to explore Mid Wales.