How to get to Swansea and the Gower Peninsula
The Gower Peninsula is easily accessible. The closest city is Swansea, on the east side of the peninsula, which has a train, bus station and a ferry port. The peninsula itself has its own small airport (Swansea Airport), suitable for privately arranged flights. From the city of Swansea you will find it easy to reach Gower using local public transport or by car.
Travelers from overseas can also fly to Cardiff Airport and then travel by train, direct to Swansea station from Cardiff Central. The train journey will take approximately 50-60 minutes and a single ticket will cost from£8.20(uk) - standard return from £14.10(uk).
By Car: The M4 runs directly to Swansea (exit at junction 42). If you are traveling from England on the M4, you will need to pay to cross the toll bridge over the River Severn from England into Wales only, which costs £6.20(uk) for cars and £12.40(uk) for vans/small lorries (up to 17 seats).
By Coach: Express coaches run direct to Swansea from Central London, Gatwick & Heathrow Airports; West & South Yorkshire; the West Midlands; Bristol Airport and Cardiff.
There is an extensive local bus network serving the whole Swansea Bay area. For Gower Explorer and First Cymru buses serving Gower, see below.
National Bus & Coach Enquiry Line: 0870 6082608
By Train: Frequent trains run direct to Swansea from London, Bristol, Manchester and Cardiff; and there are good connections from the West Midlands; North East, South & South West England. For travellers' arriving by air, there are good rail/air links to Swansea from London Gatwick & Heathrow; Bristol and Cardiff International Airports.
Use the frequent local buses between the rail and bus stations for Gower bus departures (see below)
National Rail Enquiries: 08457 48 49 50
Swansea to Gower, an 'Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty'
Gower has its very own quality bus network; take the Gower Explorer to get to Llangennith, Oxwich, Port Eynon and Rhossili; or First Cymru to get to Oystermouth, Mumbles, Bishopston and Pennard.
Traveline Cymru: 0870 608 2 608
Excellent information is available from the Swansea Bay Sustainable Travel and Tourism Partnership (BAYTRANS) promoting sustainable travel opportunities for local people and visitors alike in order to access the countryside of Gower and the Valleys of Neath Port Talbot. baytrans.org.uk
- Your easy guide to bus services to and from Swansea, Gower and Mumbles. [PDF guide]
- Gower Coast and Countryside without a car. [PDF guide]
Freedom of Wales Flexi Pass
The Freedom of Wales Flexi Pass offers unlimited travel on all train and most bus services in Wales, plus discounted admission to many of Wales' tourist attractions and accommodation at Youth Hostels. Freedom of South Wales Flexi Rover tickets are also available; these passes are valid on all Gower bus services.