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.
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.
For travel routes visit www.theaa.com
By Coach & Bus
Regular luxury express coach services run to Newport, Cardiff, Merthyr Tydfil and Pontypridd with good onward connections to The Valleys.
- National Express - Telephone : +44 (0)870 580 8080
- The Valleys have a fairly comprehensive bus network serving many tourist attractions.
- Traveline Cymru - Telephone : +44 (0)870 608 2608 (also rail enquiries)
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 : +44 (0)845 748 4950
www.thetrainline.com (for booking tickets)
Cardiff Airport, Bristol and Birmingham airports offer comfort and convenience for passengers to and from Britain.
There are ferry connections from mainland Europe to the UK’s south and east coast and from Ireland to ports in Wales.
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. See map NN4BT: Sustrans +44 (0)2920 650 602
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. Telephone : +44 (0)1685 883880 for a map.
For all transport information on Wales visit www.traffic-wales.com
Local traffic, travel and weather information can be found on these radio stations:
- Red Dragon 103.2 and 97.4 FM
- Real Radio 105-106 FM
- BBC Radio Wales 882 and 657 AM (FM depends on location)
- BBC Radio Cymru 92.4-96.1 FM