Aberystwyth Council

Railways in Aberystwyth

There are two railway lines operated from Aberystwyth railway station, the Cambrian line and the Vale of Rheidol Railway. The Vale of Rheidol Railway is operated by the Vale of Rheidol Railway Company whilst the Cambrian line is operated by Arriva Trains Wales and Network Rail.

The Cambrian Line

The Aberystwyth railway station is the terminus for the Cambrian line and provides services to Pwllheli via Machynlleth and also to Shrewsbury and Birmingham. It is also possible to catch direct trains to Birmingham international airport. At the moment, train services run every two hours but this frequency will soon increase to an hourly service.

Rover tickets are available from the ticket office which permit unlimited travel on the Cambrian line. A Round Robin ticket is also available which allows access to the North Wales line via the Ffestiniog railway. Although it is possible to buy train tickets for use on the day of travel, it is also possible to purchase tickets in advance at special offer rates.

The following railcards (amongst others) are available for purchase from the ticket office:

  • Young Persons (16 to 25 or full time education)
  • Senior *
  • Local Railcard (for use on the Cambrian line)
  • Disabled *
  • Family and Friends

* Residents who live in Ceredigion that are eligible for the All Wales Concessionary Bus Scheme are also eligible to claim 50% back of the fee of the railcard. The form is available to download.

For help with journey planning please visit the National Rail website.

The Carmarthen to Aberystwyth Line

There is a campaign to reopen this railway line which has been closed for passenger travel since 1965 as part of the Beeching cuts.