Venue, Travel and Accommodation

BiFest Wales 2015 leaflet - front cover photo

BiFest Wales 2016 – Getting to the venue, maps and travel information

Background

BiFest Wales is open to bi people, people who think they may be bi, people attracted to more than one gender who use a different term or no term, and supportive people, friends, family and allies whatever sexuality/ sexual orientation they are.

Swansea YMCA is kindly supporting the event. We aim to provide a family-friendly space, supportive for everyone and allowing everyone to discuss bi issues and experiences in a safe and friendly environment. We have a Code of Conduct available, which all delegates should read. If you have any queries or concerns please contact the organisers.

Venue and getting here
Swansea YMCA is located at 1 The Kingsway, Swansea, SA1 5JQ. For photos of the venue you can visit their website: www.swanseaymca.org

A map with walking directions has been created for the event. There are directions from Swansea train station and Swansea bus station. The map also shows where some of the NCP car parks and main hotels are in Swansea. A link to the map is here: https://mapsengine.google.com/map/edit?gmp=msp&mid=z6hMf1mAIDFw.kmafFck3GWaY

We are happy to print a copy of the map and directions and send it to you on request. Unfortunately we can’t save and email the map in a different format.

Our volunteer, Sarah Curtis, will be at Swansea train station to meet people arriving on the trains listed below and walk people over to the venue.  She will be at the train station from 11:20am until 12:05. Then she’ll walk people over in time to be registered before the first workshop, which starts at 12:30. Sarah will be holding a sign saying BiFest Wales.

We have included travel information for the main routes in Wales and from outside Wales below. However these are only a selection of starting points, based on routes to Swansea and where people have travelled from to previous BiFest Wales events.

Finding travel information
For details of busses, coaches and trains from your area of Wales to Swansea visit: www.traveline-cymru.info or call 0871 200 22 33. Traveline Cymru provides details of all train and bus travel in Wales. For travel in England check www.traveline.info

There are Megabus routes from many starting points to Cardiff, from where there are busses and trains to Swansea. Only routes which go all the way to Swansea at convenient times are included below. To check for Megabus routes near you to Cardiff go to their website: http://uk.megabus.com/Default.aspx

National Express coaches also go to Cardiff or Swansea from a variety of starting points. Only routes with convenient timings and lower prices than trains are included below. For a full list of routes and times visit: http://www.nationalexpress.com/home.aspx

Train times and prices have been checked through www.thetrainline.com on 20th March 2016 and are subject to change. Bi Cymru and BiFest Wales accept no responsibility for incorrect or inaccurate listings or prices. You can find train times and book for all train journeys in the UK on the trainline. The main train companies serving Wales are Arriva Trains Wales: www.arrivatrainswales.co.uk and Great Western Railway: www.gwr.com . You can book train tickets through both these sites. There are a range of other train booking sites such as: www.redspottedhanky.com and you can check train times and details and book at www.nationalrail.co.uk.

Accommodation
There is a separate list of accommodation in Swansea to help you plan your stay if you want to come for more than 1 day. And hopefully you’ll be able to stay to the end of the live alternative music gig at 11:45pm!

Click here to download the accommodation list

Please note times and prices were checked on external websites on 20th March 2016. Bi Cymru/Wales accepts no liability for incorrect information or prices changing. We have tried to be accurate, but please check Traveline Cymru, your local bus or train station, or another website to confirm. Please check accommodation listings on the websites of the hotels directly or by contacting them


Transport within
Wales

North Wales, Chester and Shrewsbury
There are trains departing hourly from North Wales to Cardiff Central or Shrewsbury then changing once to get to Swansea.

There is a 4:25 am train from Holyhead to Swansea. This goes via Valley; Llanfairpwll; Bangor (4:57am); Llandudno Junction (5:15am); Colwyn Bay (5:21am); Rhyl (5:31am); Prestatyn (5:37am); Flint (5:50am); Chester (6:12am); Wrexham General (6:38am); Ruabon (6:45am); Chirk (6:51am); Gobowen (6:57am) and Shrewsbury (7:17am) with a change at Shrewsbury to join the train from Manchester (7:50am from Shrewsbury) getting into Swansea at 11:07am.

The 5:22 train from Holyhead arrives at 12:01pm


Newport, Cardiff, Bridgend, Port Talbot and Neath
Trains are at least one an hour from Newport to Swansea and there are at least 2 trains an hour from Cardiff Central to Swansea and the journey lasts around 1 hour 15 minutes from Newport and 50-55 minutes from Cardiff.

The 9:54am train from Newport gets into Swansea at 11:07am calling at Cardiff Central (10:15am); Bridgend (10:35am); Port Talbot Parkway (10:46am); Neath (10:53am) and arriving in Swansea at 11:07am.

The 10:51am train from Newport gets into Swansea at 12:01pm calling at Cardiff Central (11:09am); Bridgend (11:29am); Port Talbot Parkway (11:42am); Neath (11:49am) and arriving in Swansea at 12:01pm.

Single tickets on the train from Newport are £15.90 each way, day returns are £16.40 and an off-peak return valid to go back within a month is £17.00
Single tickets from Cardiff are £9.20 each way, day returns are £9.30 and an off-peak return valid to go back within a month is £15.20
Single tickets from Bridgend are £6.95 each way, day returns are £7.05 there are no next-day returns on this journey.
Single tickets from Port Talbot Parkway are £4.50 each way, day returns are £4.70 there are no next-day returns on this journey.
Single tickets from Neath are £2.90 each way, day returns are £3.10 there are no next-day returns on this journey.

There is a National Express coach from Newport to Swansea leaving Newport at 9:55am and getting into Swansea at 11:30am with tickets from £8.20 online at the moment.

There’s a 10:25am National Express coach from Cardiff to Swansea arriving in Swansea at 11:30am with tickets from £3.50 online at the moment

There is a Megabus from Cardiff to Swansea leaving Cardiff at 9:35am and arriving in Swansea at 10:40am. Tickets are currently £5.

Busses are also available from Cardiff to Swansea, including the X10 (previously The Greyhound), express route and are often cheaper than trains, although less frequent and the last bus is earlier. There are a range of local bus routes from Bridgend, Port Talbot and Neath to Swansea. Concessionary Wales bus passes are valid on local bus routes and they are often cheaper than trains, but take longer and stop earlier. All travel information in Wales and busses, including prices, can be found at www.traveline-cymru.info


West Wales (Pembrokeshire and Carmarthenshire)
There is a direct train route from Pembroke, Milford Haven, Tenby and Fishguard via Pembrokeshire, Carmarthen and Llanelli to Swansea, although trains are only every 2 hours or so from Pembrokeshire and hourly from Carmarthen. Busses are also available.

The 9:09am train from Pembroke Dock calls at Pembroke (9:17am); Lamphey (9:20am); Manorbier (9:29am); Penally (9:34am); Tenby (9:37am); Saundersfoot (9:45am); Kilgetty (9:47am); Narberth (9:57am); Whitland (10:05am); Carmarthen (10:27am); Pembrey and Bury Port (10:47am); Llanelli (10:53am); and Gowerton (11:01am), arriving in Swansea at 11:19am

The 9:10 Milford Haven train calls at Johnston (9:17am); Haverfordwest  (9:25am); Clarbeston Road (9:33am); Clunderwen (9:40am); Whitland (9:46am) Carmarthen (10:06am); Pembrey and Bury Port (10:24am); Llanelli (10:31am), arriving in Swansea at 10:48am.

There is also a 9:53am train from Fishguard Harbour going through Fishguard and Goodwick (9:56am); Claberston Road (10:14am); Clunderwen (10:22am); Whitland (10:29am) and arriving in Carmarthen at 10:46am. Where you can change to the 11:09 train to Swansea going thorough Ferryside (11:19am); Kidwelly (11:24am); Pembrey and Bury Port (11:30am); Llanelli (11:37am); Gowerton (11:44am) and arriving in Swansea at 11:56am.


Aberystwyth, Lampeter and Aberaeron
The T1 bus operated by First Cymru goes from Aberystwyth to Carmarthen, via Llanrhystud, Aberaeron, Lampeter, Llanbydder and Pencader, every hour. The 701 bus operated by Lewis’s Coaches runs Aberystwyth to Swansea, but these are not frequent. Trains from Carmarthen are hourly to Swansea.

The 7:40am T1 bus operated by First Cymru goes from Aberystwyth bus station calling at a variety of places including Llanrhystud (8:03am), Aberaeron (8:22am), Lampeter (8:54am) (you may have to change at Lampeter or stay on the same bus, check with the driver), Llanbydder (9:08am) and Pencader (9:25am) gets into Carmarthen railway station at 9:53am where you can get the 10:06am train to Swansea arriving at 10:48am.

The 7:40 701 bus operated by Lewis’s Coaches goes from Aberystwyth bus station calling at places including Llanrhystud (7:58am); Aberaeron (8:12am); Lampeter (8:37am); Llanbydder (8:49am); Carmarthen (9:23am); Cross Hands (9:41am) and arriving at Swansea at 10:13 am

The 8:40am T1 bus operated by First Cymru goes from Aberystwyth bus station calling at a variety of places including Llanrhystud (9:03am), Aberaeron (9:22am), Lampeter (9:54am) (you may have to change at Lampeter or stay on the same bus, check with the driver), Llanbydder (10:08am) and Pencader (10:25am) gets into Carmarthen railway station at 10:53am where you can get the 11:09am train to Swansea arriving at 11:56am or get the National Express from the bus station at 11:15am arriving in Swansea at 12:00 pm.

There is a Megabus from Aberystwyth via Lampeter to Swansea leaving at Aberystwyth at 6:40am; Lampeter at 7:30am; Carmarthen at 8:20 and arriving in Swansea at 9:10am. Prices are currently £5, but are subject to change.


Getting to BiFest Wales from outside Wales

London, Swindon, Reading, Bristol and Newport
There are trains directly from London to Swansea. These depart hourly from London Paddington (with one exception) and take around 3 hours 20 minutes to get to Swansea. The same train goes via Reading (2 hours 40 minutes), Swindon (2 hours 10 minutes), Bristol Parkway (1 hour 40 minutes), Newport (1 hour 20 mins), Cardiff Central, Bridgend, Port Talbot and Neath.

On Saturday 14th May 2016 the 7:37am train from Paddington gets you into Swansea at 10:50am, with advance singles starting at £18.50 from London; £18.50 from Reading; £10.00 from Swindon; £7.50 from Bristol Parkway

The 7:57am train (appears to be replacing the 8:37am train) gets into Swansea at 12:01pm is more expensive and has two changes. No advance singles available on this trip.

The 7:37am train from London Paddington calls at Reading (8:11am); Swindon (8:39am); Bristol Parkway (9:08am); Newport (9:32am); Cardiff Central (9:55am); Bridgend (10:16am); Port Talbot (10:29am); and Neath (10:36am); arrives at Swansea at 10:50am.

The 7:57am train from London Paddington calls at Reading (8:28am); Swindon (8:56am); Chippenham (9:09am), arriving in Bath Spa at 9:24am. Change to the Newport train leaving at 9:36 am, calling at Bristol Temple Meads (9:53am); Filton Abbey Wood (10:00am), arriving at Newport at 10:25am. Change to the Swansea train leaving at 10:51am calling at Cardiff Central (11:09am); Bridgend (11:29am); Port Talbot (11:42am); and Neath (11:49am); arriving at Swansea at 12:01pm.

There are also trains from Bristol Temple Meads to Swansea, changing at Newport. 

The 9:53am train from Bristol Temple Meads arrives at Filton Abbey Wood at 10:00am and Newport at 10:25am. Change to the 10:51 train from Newport to Swansea going through Cardiff Central (11:09am); Bridgend (11:29am); Port Talbot Parkway (11:42am); Neath (11:49am); and arrives at Swansea at 12:01am.

The 8:54am train from Bristol Temple Meads arriving in Swansea at 10:50am is cheaper with advance singles starting from £9.00

This train leaves Bristol Temple Meads at 8:54am arrives at Filton Abbey Wood at 9:01am and Newport at 9:27am. Change to the 9:32 train from Newport to Swansea going through Cardiff Central (9:55am); Bridgend (10:16am); Port Talbot Parkway (10:29am); Neath (10:36am); and arrives at Swansea at 10:50am.

There is also a National Express coach leaving Bristol coach station at 9:15am and arriving in Swansea at 11:30am. Cheapest tickets are currently £10.10 one way.

There is a Megabus to Swansea leaving Bristol at 8:25am and arriving in Swansea at 10:40. Tickets are currently £1 one way.


Manchester, Stockport, Crewe, Shrewsbury and Hereford
There is also a direct train from Manchester Piccadilly to Swansea. This train departs hourly and takes around 4 ½ hours to get to Swansea. This train goes via Stockport, Wilmslow, Crewe, Nantwich (some trains), Whitchurch (some trains), Wem (some trains) Shrewsbury, Church Stretton, Craven Arms, Ludlow, Leominster, Hereford, Abergavenny, Cwmbran, Newport, Cardiff Central, Bridgend, Port Talbot and Neath.

On Saturday 14th May 2016 the 6:30am train from Manchester gets you into Swansea at 11:07am and the 7:30am train from Manchester gets you into Swansea at 12:01am.  Advance single train tickets start from £23 one way if you book well in advance.

The 6:30am train from Manchester calls at Stockport (6:39am), Wilmslow (6:46am); Crewe (7:08am); Nantwich (7:17am); Whitchurch (7:28am); Wem (7:36am); Shrewsbury (7:50am); Church Stretton (8:05am); Craven Arms (8:13am); Ludlow (8:20am); Leominster (8:31am); Hereford (8:51am); Abergavenny (9:14am); Pontypool and New Inn (9:23am); Cwmbran (9:28am); Newport (9:54am); Cardiff Central (10:15am); Bridgend (10:35am); Port Talbot (10:46am); and Neath (10:53am); arriving at Swansea at 11:07am.

The 7:30am train from Manchester calls at Stockport (7:39am), Wilmslow (7:46am); Crewe (8:08am); Nantwich (8:17am); Whitchurch (8:27am); Shrewsbury (8:50am); Church Stretton (9:05am); Craven Arms (9:13am); Ludlow (9:20am); Leominster (9:31am); Hereford (9:50am); Abergavenny (10:13am); Cwmbran (10:25am); Newport (10:51am); Cardiff Central (11:09am); Bridgend (11:29am); Port Talbot (11:42am); and Neath (11:49am); arriving at Swansea at 12:01am.


Birmingham
Trains are hourly with a change at Bristol Parkway or Newport. Advanced singles are currently available for £23.60 if you book well in advance.

The 8:30am train from Birmingham New Street gets into Swansea at 12:01am, calling at Birmingham University (8:36am); Cheltenham Spa (9:10am); Gloucester (9:22am); Chepstow (9:48am); you need to change at Newport to the 10:51am to Swansea calling at Cardiff Central (11:09am); Bridgend (11:29am); Port Talbot (11:42am); Neath (11:49am) and arriving in Swansea at 12:01am.

There is a 7:42am from Birmingham New Street calling at Cheltenham Spa (8:25am), changing at Bristol Parkway (arrive 8:53am, depart 9:08am); Newport (9:32am); Cardiff Central (9:55am); Bridgend (10:16am); Port Talbot Parkway (10:29am); Neath (10:36am), arriving in Swansea at 10:50am.

There is a Megabus leaving Birmingham at 6:20am and arriving in Swansea at 10:40am. Prices are currently £1, but subject to change.


By air
There is an airport near Cardiff in Rhoose.

There are flights to Cardiff airport from
Wales – Anglesey
Scotland – Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Glasgow
England –  Newcastle, Norwich,
Channel Islands – Jersey
Northern IrelandBelfast
Ireland – Dublin, Cork
As well as a range of international destinations.

There is a shuttle bus to the trains and then a train from Rhoose (Cardiff International Airport) to Bridgend where you can change to a train to Swansea.
There is also now a rail-air link bus from the airport to Cardiff.
For more details about the airport and flights visit: www.cardiff-airport.com/en


By Ferry
There is a Swansea-Cork ferry operated by Fastnet line.

The ferry port isn’t far from the town centre at:
Swansea Ferry Port,
King’s Dock,
Swansea,
Wales
SA1 1SF
There are also ferries to Pembroke and Fishguard from Rosslare. You can get a train from Pembroke and Fishguard to Swansea.

 

Car parks in Swansea centre
We’ve compiled a list of most of the car parks in Swansea City Centre, including prices and restrictions. This information is from signs at the car parks. Bi Cymru does not accept any liability for incorrect information or changes in restrictions or prices since we checked in April 2016.

To download the list Click here