Travel and Arrival

We are looking forward to meeting you and we hope that your stay will be both rewarding and enjoyable. The information below will answer some of the questions you may be thinking about, and will help you plan your trip.

Traveling to Aberystwyth

Most of our students arrive at Aberystwyth through the airports at Birmingham, Manchester, London Heathrow and London Gatwick. Birmingham International Airport is the nearest airport to Aberystwyth.

  • From Birmingham International Airport there is a direct train service to Aberystwyth.
  • From London Heathrow Airport and London Gatwick Airport you should travel into London and then take a train from London Euston station to Aberystwyth, via Birmingham International or Birmingham New Street. Alternatively you can take the National Express coach service to Birmingham and then change coach to continue your journey to Aberystwyth University's Penglais Campus. Journeys take approximately seven hours.
  • From Manchester Airport there is also a good train service.  The railway station is inside the airport.  You should take a train to Shrewsbury and then change for the connecting service to Aberystwyth.

By Train

There are good rail links from all major airports.  

For information on rail travel in Britain: 08457 484950 or +44 (0) 20 7278 5240 (from outside the UK)

You can check train times or book tickets at or

By Coach

Coaches from London and other cities are available. Check times at or

Taxi Service

We can also arrange a taxi service to collect you from the airport. The prices below are an example of the costs based on the taxi company that we regularly use.  Prices may vary.

Please email at least 10 days before you travel if you would like to request this service. We will need your full flight details. We will provide you with a quote so you know exactly how much the service will cost before you book. If you choose to book we will then advise you on how to pay for this service.



1-4 people

5-8 people

Birmingham International 






London Gatwick



London Heathrow

£280 £330





Taxi transfers can be arranges from other locations and airports in the UK.  Please contact for details.

*Please note that if the driver has to wait for you at the airport, there is a charge of £10 per hour waiting time.

These fares are not per person but for the car, so if you are traveling with friends, you can share the cost of the taxi.  The fares are payable in cash to the driver when you arrive.

The driver will hold a sign with your name on it and will not leave the airport without you.

Arriving in Aberystwyth

On Arrival

When you arrive at Aberystwyth Train or Bus Station, we advise you to take a taxi from the town centre This should cost you approximately £5. The taxi stand is beside the railway station and around the corner from the coach station. All the taxi drivers are familiar with the university.

If you have requested University accommodation in Halls of Residence then arrangements have been made for you.  Ask your taxi driver to take you to Campus Reception (which is open 24 hours per day, seven day a week).  It is the small building on the left as you enter the campus via the main entrance.  Staff there will be able to help you - they will provide you with a key to your room and direct you to your accommodation.  Ask the taxi driver to wait while you get your key and drive you to your accommodation.

Where to go on the first day of your course

A staff member will meet you at Campus reception at 8:50 on the first day of your course and bring you to the IEC. We will welcome you, provide you with an Induction and help deal with any queries or problems you may have.

Please bring your passport with you for registration.

How to contact the International English Centre

Telephone us on 01970 622547 (+44 1970 622547 from overseas)

Email us at  The office is open 09:00 - 17:00 (UK time)

In an emergency you can contact 07870 956773 (+44 7870 956773 from overseas)