As the second city of Wales, Swansea has good road and train connections with the rest of Wales and the UK. This page will give you information about travelling to the UK from your country and about travelling to Swansea from your airport of arrival.
Most international students at the school travel by air and you will probably arrive in the UK at an airport. If you are travelling from outside the European Union, it is highly likely that you will be arriving into either London Heathrow (LHR) or London Gatwick (LGW). Both are major airports in the UK with excellent transport links and approximately 3 to 3 ½ hours away from Swansea. If you are travelling from the European Union, you will probably be flying into Bristol (BRS) or Cardiff (CWL), both of which are convenient airports if you want to travel to Swansea.
There are also excellent connections to UK regional airports through European cities such as Amsterdam and Paris. If you pass through another European airport, check beforehand whether you require a "transit visa". If your air journey involves a connection, whether in Europe or in the UK, ask the airline staff to check you and your belongings through to your final destination, as this will make your transit through the connection airport much easier.
Please make sure you have all the necessary document, including your passport, visa (if applicable), your Offer Letter from the school and proof that you will be able to support yourself during your studies with us. If you run into any difficulty or need assistance, you can contact the school by telephone.
We can organise airport transfers from all major UK airports for you. Please let us know in advance if you wish to have a "meet and greet" pick up - you will be greeted by a taxi driver who will take you straight to Swansea. The taxi service does cost a little bit more but it is a direct service and is the easiest way to get to Swansea.
If you are looking for a more affordable option, there are very good public transport links from the airports to Swansea. Getting to Swansea with public transport is very straightforward, and you have a number of options you can choose from depending on your airport of arrival in the UK. In this section we have put together all the public transport information you need to get to Swansea easily.
You can take the coach to Swansea with National Express. The company offers services from the following airports:
You can book your ticket in advance on the National Express website. Remember to print your e-ticket as you must have a valid ticket before you can get on a National Express coach.
If you prefer to travel to Swansea by train, you can buy tickets in advance through National Rail. There are good train connections to Swansea from all the above mentioned airports. If you are travelling from central London, there is a direct train from London Paddington to Swansea.
If you book your ticket on the National Rail website, you can collect it at the station using one of the credit card machines. Please note that you must use the same credit card which you used to purchase the ticket online when collecting your ticket from the machines.