Travel and Infrastructure
Cardiff, the capital city of Wales, is approximately 2 hours by rail and 2.5 hours by road from London.
If you are planning a recce in Wales then your first point of contact should be Wales Screen. We can advise on the best method of getting to and around Wales and where you might wish to stay overnight.
Provided you meet our requirements with regards to the serious possibility that you might film in Wales, we can provide free road transport within Wales to visit locations and facilities. We do not normally cover the cost for overnight accommodation, (although we can help you find the best deals) nor do we normally cover the cost of getting to and from Wales.
The Traveline Cymru website also provides details of transport networks in Wales.
Cardiff Airport is the gateway to Wales, handling over a million passengers a year with over 50 direct routes and more than 900 connecting destinations worldwide through hubs including Amsterdam Schiphol, Dublin and Barcelona.
The Airport is situated in the Vale of Glamorgan, just 13 miles from junction 33 of the M4 and around 30 minutes from Cardiff city centre. The Cardiff Airport Express bus service operates between the Airport and the city centre every 20 minutes, and taxi services and car hire are also available from outside the main terminal building. See Cardiff Airport's website for more information.
Wales is within easy reach of other international airports including Heathrow, Bristol, Birmingham, Manchester and Liverpool.
Other smaller regional airports in Wales include Swansea and Haverfordwest in south west Wales, Aberporth on the Cardigan Bay Coast, Welshpool in mid Wales and Caernarfon in north Wales. None of these operate scheduled services but light aircraft can be chartered.
There is a high speed rail link connecting south Wales to Bristol, Chepstow, Reading and London Paddington. The Cardiff to London travel time is approximately 2 hours. Local train services from mainline stations in south Wales connect to towns in the south Wales valleys and the ferry ports.
There is also a high speed rail link connecting the port of Holyhead to main line stations in England via Crewe Station.
In mid Wales the Cambrian Coast Line connects the coastal towns of Aberystwyth, Aberdovey, Barmouth and Pwllheli to main line stations in England via Shrewsbury.
There is no direct north-south rail connection within Wales although it is possible to travel via main line stations in England.
For more information on train times and booking visit National Rail's website.
Wales has a number of standard and narrow gauge steam railways serving as tourist attractions.
Major east-west roads connecting Wales to the major cities in England include the M4 motorway which crosses the Severn Estuary over the Second Severn Crossing. This replaced the Severn Bridge as the major gateway to Wales and connects with Newport, Cardiff, Swansea and the ferry terminals at Pembroke Dock and Fishguard.
In the north the A55 Expressway runs east - west across north Wales connecting the westerly ferry terminal at Holyhead to the cities of Liverpool and Manchester.
In mid Wales the main east-west route is the A44 trunk road which connects the western coastal town of Aberystwyth (indirectly) with Birmingham and the English midlands.
North-south road links in Wales comprise the A470 trunk road which runs from Cardiff through the centre of Wales to Llandudno on the north Wales Coast and the A487 Bangor to Fishguard Trunk Road which runs mainly along the western Coast.