Aerial view of Swansea

Trains to Swansea

The second-largest city in Wales, Swansea was known for being the centre of the copper-smelting industry in the 19th Century but these days there is more of a service sector economy with major employers such as HSBC, Virgin Media and Amazon setting up office here. 

Despite the inhabitation of these modern industries, the charm of the city is not lost and is full of history, scenery and tales of adventure for you to explore.

Popular Routes to Swansea

The station is close to a number of attractions and a pedestrian-friendly city centre and has amenities to make your journey in and out comfortable. There is step-free access throughout, toilets with baby changing facilities and a cafe for a quick pick-me-up.

The most popular routes to and from Swansea operate from the following stations:  

From

To

Average Travel Time*

London

Swansea

3 h 27 min

Cardiff

Swansea

1 h 7 min

Manchester

Swansea

4 h 28 min

Bristol

Swansea

1 h 56 min

* Please note journey times are based on average and may vary depending on the rail provider and time of travel.

Cheap Tickets to Swansea

Railcards offer value for money if you travel by train, saving you at least 1/3 on most rail fares. With a bit of planning, buying tickets in advance can save you a pretty pound, and if the travel bug has you travelling a lot then a Railcard might be worth your while!

The Railcards available include:

Adults

  • 16-25 Railcard
  • Two Together Railcard
  • Family & Friends Railcard
  • Senior Railcard
  • Disabled Persons Railcard
  • 26-30 Railcard

Visit the Railcard Website and buy a Railcard Now!

You may also want to check out our Regional Railcards to see if there are discounts for travelling to and from where you are. 

Children

Under 5 Travel free, accompanied by a fare-paying passenger.
5-15 Are eligible for a 50% discount on most tickets, though proof of age will need to be carried where appropriate.
16-17 Saver Like a Railcard but with bigger discounts for anyone aged 16 or 17.

When in Swansea

If you’re into a bit of spooky history, tales of a white lady being sighted on the stairway of Oystermouth Castle and other spooky activity have been reported over the last 900 years. The castle overlooks Swansea Bay so if you’re not really into haunted history, come for the view.

The green spaces in Swansea are also worth a visit with a number of parks and gardens to wander and relax in. Penllergare Valley Woods is the perfect place to escape the hustle and bustle with its historic Victorian landscape gradually being restored by The Penllergare Trust. 

Being a coastal town, you can’t get seafood any fresher. Try some cockles from Swansea Market or even some salt-marsh lamb who get their unique flavour from grazing by the sea.

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Last updated:   26 June 2020