A Quick Guide to Flights to Wales from the UK
From the mountainous terrain and extensive heritage to the vibrant city culture and exciting attractions, there’s plenty of reason to visit Wales.
When planning your trip, the first thing to consider is how you’ll be getting there. There are many modes of transport to take, but catching a flight to Wales could be an easy solution. Boarding a flight to Wales will offer a relatively straightforward way to visit the country that’s both quick and reliable.
A quick internet search will provide a range of direct flights to Wales from UK cities, including the likes of Aberdeen, Newcastle and Jersey. However, with Wales a relatively small country, spanning just 20,735km2, it’s home to just one airport: Cardiff Airport.
The Welsh capital’s airport is incredibly popular, boasting over 50 direct routes and more than 900 connecting destinations worldwide through hubs including Doha, Amsterdam Schiphol and Barcelona.
Mainland Spain is the most visited destination for those departing from the airport, but other European countries such as Italy, France and Germany are not far behind.
Located close to the village of Rhoose in the Vale of Glamorgan, the airport has excellent transport links to the rest of the country. With rail, bus and taxi options available, it is the perfect starting point for any adventure.
Flights from England
In England, Newcastle is the only airport which offers direct flights to Wales, so people based in the north are best placed to take advantage of the flights to Cardiff Airport. They typically take around 90 minutes and are available daily.
Those in the south of England who want to fly will be able to do so via London airports. However, a majority of these flights will be indirect, routed via Jersey, so expect it to take around four hours.
Flights from Scotland
Travellers based in Scotland will be able to board a flight from their nearest airport, with direct routes available from Aberdeen, Edinburgh and Glasgow. Each of these flights to Cardiff Airport takes around 90 minutes.
Flights from Northern Ireland
With Northern Ireland just across the Irish Sea, there are a couple of transport choices available. Belfast has direct flights to Cardiff Airport which take only 1 hour 15 minutes, but they do also have a regular ferry crossing.
Other methods of transport
For some, flights to Wales from the UK may be a no go. Fortunately, there are plenty of different modes of transportation available.
The main rail route to Wales is a fast and frequent service which stops off at London Paddington, Reading, Bath, Bristol and Newport before reaching Cardiff. The route also boasts secure connections to neighbouring areas – Carmarthenshire, Swansea and Pembrokeshire.
Other direct train lines are available from Manchester and London Euston to Welsh towns Llandudno, Bangor and Holyhead. Birmingham, Shrewsbury and Crewe also offer a train line to the northern Welsh coastline. Some of the fastest trains can take around 1 hour 45 minutes, but on average they’re 2-hour journeys.
We’ve covered planes and trains. Now for automobiles. There are plenty of coaches visiting Wales, including the National Express and Megabus networks. They stop off at a host of major towns and cities in the UK, including Cardiff, Swansea, Newport, Carmarthen and Pembrokeshire.