Venue, Travel and Accommodation

BiFest Wales 2015 leaflet - front cover photo

BiFest Wales 2019 – 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 or no term, and supportive people, friends, family and allies whatever sexuality/ sexual orientation they are.

Pride Cymru is sponsoring BiFest Wales 2019.

We aim to provide a family-friendly and accessible space that is supportive for everyone and allows 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.uk

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.

A list of car parks, hours and charges can be downloaded here. Please note these are from websites and information displayed in car parks. We cannot guarantee accuracy. Rates and opening hours are from 2018. We will be updating this list in April 2019, as prices as hours often change in April.

We are hoping to have someone at the train station to meet people arriving on the trains listed below and walk people over to the venue. If we can arrange this they will be at the train station from 11:30am until 12:10 then walk people over in time to be registered before the first workshop, which starts at 12:30. The volunteer will be holding a sign saying BiFest Wales.
Please email us at BiCymru@yahoo.co.uk or check the Bi Cymru/Wales Facebook group for details, as we are looking for a volunteer to help us with this.

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 or call 0800 464 00 00. 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, bus and coach times and prices have been checked through www.thetrainline.com www.traveline.cymru and the National Express and Megabus sites listed above on 25th February 2019 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 Transport for Wales www.tfw.gov.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 11:30pm!

You can download the accommodation list here: Swansea accomodation 2019


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 5:23 am train from Holyhead to Swansea. This goes via Valley(5:29); Rhosneigr (5:34); Ty Croes (5:38); Bodorgan (5:42); Llanfairpwll (5:52); Bangor (6:02); Llanfairfechan (6:09); Penmaenmawr (6:13); Conwy (6:19); Llandudno Junction (6:25); Colwyn Bay (6:31); Rhyl (6:41); Prestatyn (6:47); Flint (7:00); Chester (7:30); Wrexham General (7:45); Ruabon (7:52); Chirk (7:58); Gobowen (8:04) and arriving in Shrewsbury at 8:22am. You have to change trains in Shrewsbury leaving at 8:50am and going via Church Stretton (9:05); Craven Arms (9:13); Ludlow (9:20); Leominster (9:31); Hereford (9:50); Abergavenny (10:13); Cwmbran (10:25); Newport Gwent (10:44); Cardiff (11:05); Bridgend (11:24); Port Talbot (11:38); Neath (11:46) and getting into Swansea at 11:59 am.

The 4:25am train from Holyhead arrives at 10:43am changing in Shrewsbury.

 

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 55 minutes from Newport and 50-55 minutes from Cardiff.

The 10:31am train from Newport gets into Swansea at 11:43am calling at Cardiff Central (10:50); Bridgend (11:10); Port Talbot Parkway (11:53am); Neath (11:31) and arriving in Swansea at 11:43am.

There is also a 10:44am from Newport train calling at Cardiff, Bridgend, Port Talbot, and Neath, which arrives in Swansea at 11:59am

There is a National Express coach from Heathrow airport to Swansea leaving Newport at 10:05am and getting into Swansea at 11:55am. This coach also calls at Cardiff (Sophia Gardens) at 10:14 Bridgend (Sarn) at 11:15 and Port Talbot at 11:35. Cheapest tickets currently available are £10.20 from Newport; £6.90 from Cardiff; and £5.10 from Bridgend (Sarn) all one-way.

Busses are also available from Cardiff to Swansea, including the X10 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. There is an X10 bus leaving Cardiff (Penarth Road) at 10:35am; Millennium Centre at 10:43; Pencoed services at 11:03; Sarn at 11:13; Jersey Marine 11:33 and arriving in Swansea at 11:55am. Note current bus timetables are only valid until the end of March 2019, so this may change. Current prices are £5 single or £8 return for adults without a concessionary pass.
All travel information in Wales and busses, including prices, can be found at www.traveline-cymru.info

There is a train from Pyle (9:43), Port Talbot (9:52), Baglan (9:55), Briton Ferry (9:59), Neath (10:03), Skewen (10:06), and Llansamlet (10:10) arriving in Swansea at 10:21am

From Pontyclun (10:30); Llanharan (10:35); and Pencoed (10:39) you need to get the train to Bridgend arriving at 10:46 and then change to the 11:10 train from Bridgend to Swansea arriving in Swansea at 11:43.

 

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

The 9:08 train from Milford Haven calls at Johnston (9:16); Haverfordwest  (9:23); Clarbeston Road (9:31); Clunderwen (9:38); Whitland (9:44); Carmarthen (10:04); Pembrey and Bury Port (10:24); Llanelli (10:31), and arrives in Swansea at 10:48am.

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

There is a National Express coach from Steynton (for Milford Haven) at 9:42am calling at Neyland at 9:50; Pembroke dock (town centre) at 9:55; Pembroke at 10am; Tenby at 10:20; Kilgetty at 10:30; St. Clears at 10:53; Carmarthen at 11:05; Cross Hands at 11:25 and arriving in Swansea at 11:55 am. Cheapest tickets are currently £9.20 from stops between Milford Haven and Kilgetty; £7.70 from St. Clears or Carmarthen; and £7.20 from Cross Hands all one-way

There is a National Express coach from Llanelli at 10am, calling at Gorseinon at 10:15am and arriving in Swansea at 10:40am. The cheapest ticket is currently £5.20 one-way.

 

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. Trains from Carmarthen are hourly to Swansea.

The 8:40am T1 bus operated by First Cymru goes from Aberystwyth bus station calling at a variety of places including Llanrhystud (9:03am), Llanon (9:07am), Aberaeron (9:22am), Felin-fach (9:36am), Lampeter (9:54am), 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 gets into Carmarthen bus station at 10:57am where you can get the National Express from the bus station at 11:05am arriving in Swansea at 11:55 am.

There is a Megabus from Aberystwyth University via Lampeter to Swansea leaving at Aberystwyth at 8:30am; Aberaeron at 9:00am; Lampeter at 9:20am; Carmarthen at 10:10 and arriving in Swansea at 11:10am. Prices are currently £3, 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 and take around 3 hours to get to Swansea. The same train goes via Reading (2 ¾ hours), Swindon (2 hours ¼ hours), Bristol Parkway (1 ½ hours) Newport (1 ¼ hours), Cardiff Central, Bridgend, Port Talbot and Neath.

The 8:45am train from Paddington gets you into Swansea at 11:43am, with advance singles starting at £25.00 from London. This train calls at Reading (9:12); Swindon (9:40); Bristol Parkway (10:09); Newport (10:31); Cardiff Central (10:50); Bridgend (11:10); Port Talbot (11:23); and Neath (111:31); arriving at Swansea at 11:43am.

There are also trains from Bristol Temple Meads to Swansea, changing at Newport.
The 9:52am train from Bristol Temple Meads arrives at Filton Abbey Wood at 10:01 and Newport at 10:23am. Change to the 10:31 train from Newport to Swansea going through Cardiff Central (10:50); Bridgend (11:10); Port Talbot Parkway (11:23); Neath (11:31); and arrives at Swansea at 11:43am.

There is also a National Express coach leaving London Victoria at 4am and changing at Heathrow airport. This arrives in Swansea at 11:55am.

The coach leaves Heathrow airport at 7:10 and calls at Reading at 7:45am; Bristol at 9:20; Newport at 10:05; Cardiff at 10:35 and then arrives in Swansea at 11:55am. Cheapest tickets are currently £25.00 from London; £21 from Reading; and £12 from Bristol all one way.

 

Manchester, Stockport, Crewe, Shrewsbury and Hereford

There is 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.

The 7:30am train from Manchester gets you into Swansea at 11:59am and the 7:05am train from Manchester gets you into Swansea at 11:43am.  Advance single train tickets start from £28.50 one way if you book well in advance.

The 7:30am train from Manchester calls at Stockport (7:40); Wilmslow (7:47); Crewe (8:08); Nantwich (8:17); Whitchurch (8:27); Shrewsbury (8:50); Church Stretton (9:05); Craven Arms (9:13); Ludlow (9:20); Leominster (9:31); Hereford (9:50); Abergavenny (10:13); Cwmbran (10:25); Newport (10:44); Cardiff Central (11:05); Bridgend (11:24); Port Talbot (11:38); and Neath (11:46); arriving at Swansea at 11:59am.

The 7:05am train from Manchester calls at Stockport (7:13); Macclesfield (7:26); Stoke-on-Trent (7:44); Stafford (8:01); Wolverhampton (8:17); Birmingham New Street (8:42); Cheltenham Spa (9:25) and Bristol Parkway (9:53am). Change to the 10:09 train from Bristol Parkway to Newport (10:31); Cardiff Central (10:50); Bridgend (11:10); Port Talbot (11:23); Neath (11:31) arriving at Swansea at 11:43am.

 

Birmingham

Trains are hourly with a change at Bristol Parkway or Newport. Advanced singles are currently available for £26.45 if you book well in advance.

The 8:42am train from Birmingham New Street gets into Swansea at 11:43am, calling at Cheltenham Spa (9:25) and Bristol Parkway (9:53). Change to the 10:09 train to Newport (10:31); Cardiff Central (10:50); Bridgend (11:10); Port Talbot (11:23); Neath (11:31) arriving at Swansea at 11:43am.

 

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,

Channel Islands – Jersey

Northern Ireland – Belfast

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 and their websites. Bi Cymru does not accept any liability for incorrect information or changes in restrictions or prices since we checked in April 2018. We will be updating this list before BiFest Wales 2019, as prices and opening hours often change in April.

To download the list click here

Download the travel and accommodation lists
The information on this page can be downloaded as Microsoft Word files here:
Swansea accomodation 2019
BiFest Wales 2019 – Venue and travel information
Swansea Car parks 2018