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I am traveling from the United States, and have never been to Wales. I would like to visit Brecon and other towns, but I noticed there is no rail service to Brecon. I do not want to drive, as I am unfamiliar with driving on the left. What is the best way to get around Wales, stay over night in small towns and see the country in general.

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1. Re: Brecon

There are coaches (=buses) to larger towns in Wales


and buses all over - frequent in some areas, less so in others


But car would be a lot easier and more flexible

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It's certainly possible to get around by bus, but it's not a speedy way to travel, you have to be quite organised in what times you are travelling and it does restrict you quite a lot in places that you can actually get to. A car would certainly give a lot more flexibility and allow you to see more.

You can get to Brecon easily by bus from Cardiff on the South wales intercity rail line, Llandrindod Wells on the Heart of Wales rail line or from Hereford or Abergavenny on the line between Manchester and South Wales. Use the traveline-cymru website posted in the first reply to plan what journeys can be done and what fares are applicable. There are some travelcards that would be good value if using a lot of buses or trains.

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dzug has covered the basics. Once upon a time, mid-Wales was well served by the railways - there were three stations in Brecon associated with three different companies and you could easily get to Builth, Merthyr and Hereford. Unfortunately, that part of the system was closed in the early sixties, even before Dr Beeching started his pitiful programme of cuts.

AS dzug says, Traveline Cymru is the comprehensive source of information, especially once you know when and where you will be travelling. As a broad generalisation, the bus service from Abergavenny to Brecon tends to be a bit better than that from Merthyr, I suspect because of the need for so many to travel to Nevill Hall hospital.

It's worth mentioning the Brecon Bus service that covers a range of interesting outdoors spots during summer weekends. travelbreconbeacons.info/beacons-bus/beacons… Traveline Cymru will include Brecon Bus routes if they are available on the day you plan to travel, but it helps to be aware that you can get to some more out-of-the-way spots by public transport, if only at those very limited times.

Overall, bus services in these parts are never frequent - even an hourly service is exceptional in many areas, so you can't easily stop to see a place for a few minutes and then hop back on. It really is difficult to see much of the area by public transport and, much as I would prefer to say otherwise, you really need a car to explore it fully.

Edited: 05 June 2013, 08:54
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I did the bus trip T4 from Merthyr to Brecon and from Brecon to Cardiff yesterday. The bus is very comfortable and the views between Merthyr-Brecon-Merthyr nothing short of being spectacular.

I have also travelled from Abergavenny by bus as well. Also a good trip but not as spectacular but one passes through pretty villages etc.

Next trip will be Swansea to Llandrindrod by train and then by bus to Brecon. Hope the bus to Brecon is a nice trip.

the traveline site suggested previously in invaluable. A few errors though. In Merthyr the T4 leaves/arrives stand 16 and NOT stand 2 as the site says.

Wonderful area to use public transport especially with an OAP bus pass!!

Edited: 26 July 2013, 11:41
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London1947, can you clarify whether you used you bus pass in Wales ? When I have had visitors here from England they have been unable to use their passes, also when in England it is not possible to use a Welsh pass.

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Yes i used my bus pass in Wales. It's issued in Wales.

You can actually use it in England if the journey you're on either starts or finishes in Wales.

Eg. A bus goes from Chepstow to Bristol. You can use your Welsh bus pass on that journey and back.

Also Abergavenny to Hereford.

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