How To Reach Swansea (Abertawe)
A coastal county and city, Swansea is officially called the City & County of Swansea in Wales, located within the ancient boundaries of Glamorgan and the historic commote of Gŵyr on the southwest coast. The second-largest city and 25th in the UK, Swansea forms a wider expanse of the urban populace with Neath and Port Talbot. The city was the hub for the copper smelting industry back in the 19th century and had one of the world’s first railway in passenger services between Mumblesm, a fishing village and the Swansea Docks. It is now a popular walking and cycling route with beautiful scenic views.
Here are ways to reach Swansea.
The fastest way of reaching Swansea from New Delhi is to fly and then make the onward journey by train at an estimated fare of INR 80,000 one way with a travel time of 15 hours and 37 minutes. However, the best option is to travel from New Delhi to Bristol at an approximate fare of INR 98,000 in about 18 ½ hours inclusive of transfers and then travel by train to Swansea. The airlines operating on this route include KLM, Air India, Air France, and Lufthansa.
If you’re flying to Bristol from New Delhi, then on arrival, you take a bus from the Bristol International Airport to the Temple Meads St (there’s a bus every 15 minutes) and then a train to Bristol Parkway at an estimated fare of INR 250-2,600 and finally to Swansea, which takes about an hour and 34 minutes at INR 1,500-5,500 approximately. However, if you’re traveling from London Heathrow, then it’s best to take a train from Terminals 2 & 3 to London Paddington and then another train to Swansea Train Station which will have you in the city in about 3 hours or so.
From Bristol, either you can drive down or take a bus ride to Swansea. The cheapest way to get to Swansea from Bristol is to rideshare at an approximate cost of INR 950 for an hour and 46 minutes of travel time or drive down, for which the estimated fare for fuel is INR 1,800. Alternatively, there’s a direct bus between Bristol Bus & Coach Station to the Swansea Bus Station, every 4 hours daily. The travel time is all of 2 hours and 40 minutes. Buses operating on the route include National Express and Megabus UK.
Swansea has a good transport network that includes both coach and train services, allowing for easy access to some of the major tourist spots in and around the city. The First Group operates most of the local transport services in Swansea which include bus connectivity to the Mumbles and Pennard Cliffs Car Park in Southgate. Alternatively, you can hire bicycles, cars or motorbikes as well. There’s the option of traveling by taxi too. With numerous local buses operating in the city, Gower, Mumbles, the valleys, and Port Talbot, you can have unlimited access to most local buses throughout Swansea and most parts of Wales with the South Wales Pass that entails 8 days of bus travel and 4 days of the train journey.