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Overseas Visitors Travel Guide

Your one stop guide to planning your North Wales adventure!

Travelling to North Wales from Overseas?
Check out our handy guide below!

For those of you travelling from Overseas, planning your trip can be a stressful experience. So we've outlined the most common queries we are asked about travelling from Overseas to North Wales. If your question has not been answered below, please feel free to contact us on 01248 430258 or email us at info@menaiholidays.co.uk.


Can I travel with my pet?

A: Yes, you certainly can! However, there are certain restrictions and possible costs which you might want to take into consideration. Click here for a helpful guide which will explain everything you will need to know about travelling safely with your pet. You will also find all of our ‘dog-friendly’ cottages by clicking here.


What is the best way to travel from Ireland to North Wales?

A: The most effective method of travel is by ferry. There are daily services running between Dublin and Holyhead (Anglesey) via Stena Line and Irish Ferries. You are able to take your own car over on the boat with you, which can be a really cost-effective way of getting to and from the ports and around North Wales once you are here. You can also jump on a train, catch a bus or hire a car from the port in Holyhead.


Which airport is the closest to North Wales?

A: There are two relatively nearby airports to North Wales which are: (1) Manchester Airport which is around 1 hour 45  minutes from Anglesey, 2 hours from Snowdonia and 2 hours 30 minutes from the Llŷn Peninsula. (2) Liverpool John Lennon Airport which is around 1 hour 45 minutes from Anglesey, 1 hour 30 minutes from Snowdonia and 2 hours 25 minutes from the Llŷn Peninsula.

Alternatively, you could choose to fly into London. This can generally save you some money on your flights. Although London is much further away than Manchester or Liverpool, it has very good rail links and runs numerous daily services to North Wales from London Euston which can on average take around 3 hours and 50 minutes. These services stop at some of our key locations such as Conwy, Llandudno, Bangor and Holyhead. From here, you can access all of North Wales via train, car or bus as listed below.


How do I get from the airport to North Wales?

A: There are numerous public and private transport options open to you from both of the airports mentioned above. Below is a breakdown of the options by transport type and airport.


Car Hire

As North Wales is mainly rural in terms of transport links. Car hire is likely the most flexible and cost effective method of travelling to and from, as well as around, North Wales.

Holyhead Port

If you are travelling to North Wales via train or ferry, we can arrange car hire on your behalf via Europcar. You will be able to collect your car on arrival at the port and then return it to the port when you leave. Please give us a call on 01248 430258 to discuss your requirements.

Manchester Airport

You can search for car hire by clicking here. The best price for an 8-day car hire (4 passengers) is £86.82 which is £10.80 per day excluding fuel costs.

Liverpool Airport

You can search for car hire by clicking here. The best price for an 8-day car hire (5 passengers) is £77.71 which is £9.70 per day excluding fuel costs.

Car hire is also available from the following locations on Anglesey/Snowdonia: -

Car hire is also available at the following locations in the Llyn Peninsula


Train Services

Travelling by train is often a popular choice due to the stress-free nature of just sitting down and taking in the stunning scenery of North Wales. Listed below are the options you can take:

Manchester Airport

This airport has its own train station which runs services to North Wales via Manchester Piccadilly. For more information please click here.

Liverpool John Lennon Airport

This airport offers a shuttle service to Liverpool South Parkway and Liverpool Lime Street which then can be used to access North Wales via various routes. For more information, please click here.

If you wish to book a train, we have listed below some useful sites for you below.

Outlined below are the various primary stations used to get to various parts of North Wales:


The primary station you will need for Anglesey is Bangor train station. This station runs services to the following locations on a daily basis (Llanfairpwll, Llanfairfechan, Rhosneigr, Valley, Holyhead). A car, taxi or bus will be required to get from these stations to more specific locations and houses across Anglesey.


The primary station you will need for Snowdonia is either Bangor train station or Llandudno Junction. From here, a car, taxi or bus will be required to get from these stations to more specific locations across Snowdonia.

Llŷn Peninsula

The first and most scenic of routes is via the Welsh Highland Railway. You will need to catch a train to Bangor first, and then catch a bus from Bangor to Caernarfon, LL55 2YD.

Here you can catch the fabulous vintage train to various locations across the Llŷn: Porthmadog, Blaenau Ffestiniog, Dinas, Waunfawr, Rhyd Du, Beddgelert and Porthmadog. From Porthmadog, you can then access Criccieth and Pwllheli via the national rail route. Combined journey time can range from 4 to 6 hours, although the views are definitely worth the wait!

The second route involves catching a train to either Crewe or Shrewsbury train stations via your arrival airport. You can then access many parts of the Llŷn Peninsula from here. Please be aware the average journey time is around 6 hours, this is much more significant in terms of travel duration and cost in comparison to car hire.


Taxi services

For many people, taxi's are the most efficient way of getting from A to B. We have outlined below some useful Taxi numbers for you.


Anglesey Cabs: 01407 762020 (Holyhead, Trearddur Bay, Rhoscolyn and Valley areas)

Gwalia Taxis: 01248 490414 (Beaumaris area)

Joe's Cabs: 01248 722328 (Llangefni Area)

Ceir PG cars: 01248 716503 (Llanfairpwll Area)

Chubbscabs: 01248 353535 (Menai Bridge/Bangor Area)



Elite Cars: 01766 781313 (Harlech Area)

Derek's Taxis: 01341 401246 (Dolgellau and surrounding area)

Castle Cab's: 01492 593398 (Conwy and North Wales area)


Llŷn Peninsula

Castle Cabs: 01766 522695 (Criccieth area)

Premier Cabs01248 666177 (Porthamdoig to Pwllheli areas)


Bus routes

You may wish to travel by coach/bus from your arrival airport to North Wales. You can jump on a bus from Liverpool or Manchester after landing via National Express.

Manchester Airport has its own National Express service running from the airport. You can reach key primary locations such Bangor (Anglesey, Snowdonia) and Llandudno Junction (Llŷn Peninsula) for which you can then use local bus services to your final destination.

Liverpool Airport doesn’t have a National Express service running nearby. You will need to catch a train from the airport to Liverpool Central and then walk 10 minutes to ‘Liverpool coach station’ to catch services to North Wales as mentioned above.

Travelling by bus around North Wales can be much easier and economical than travelling any other way. With bus stops dotted around the whole of North Wales, it’s probably the most direct way of exploring the different parts of North Wales.

Outlined below are some of the bus routes used to across North Wales along with their bus/service number.


Bus 4/4A/4X: Bangor to Holyhead, Trearddur Bay, Llangefni, Llandaniel, Valley, Menai Bridge

Bus 23: Holyhead to Rhoscolyn

Bus 25: Holyhead to Rhosneigr & Aberffraw

Bus 42/42A:  Llangefni to Newborough, Dwyran, Brynsiencyn, Llanfair PG

Bus 46: Bangor to Caernarfon & Llangefni

Bus 53/56/57/58: Bangor to Penmon, Llangoed, Llanddona, Beaumaris

Bus 62: Bangor to Cemaes Bay, Moelfre, Penysarn, Moelfre, Benllech, Red Wharf Bay, Pentraeth

For more information about these bus services please click here.


Snowdonia/Llŷn Peninsula

Bus 1/1A: Bangor to Felinheli & Caernarfon

Bus 9/9A: Caernarfon to Penygroes, Llanllyfni, Criccieth, Tremadog & Porthmadog

Bus 3: Porthmadog to Criccieth & Pwllheli

Bus A55: Llandudno Junction to Conwy, Penmaenwar, Llanfairfechan

Bus S4/87: Caernarfon to Llanrug, Beddgelert and Pen Y Pass

Bus 88: Bangor to Llanberis & Caernarfon

Bus X28/T2: Bangor, Caernarfon & Dolgellau

For more information about these bus services please click here.

Further Information

If you're travelling from abroad, GoEuro combines and compares rail, coach and air travel in one simple search.

If you have any other queries please don’t hesitate to get in touch on 01248 430258 or info@menaiholidays.co.uk. If you would like to take a look at our full range of cottages please click here.