Your Arrival

Graphic of a map of the UK with Aberystwyth highlighted in Wales as an epicentre.

Our International Team looks forward to welcoming you to Aberystwyth.

The information outlined below will answer some of the questions you may be thinking about, and will help you plan your trip.

Travelling to Aberystwyth

International Airport Pick-Up Service

Every year, we organise a complimentary airport pick-up service, from Birmingham International (BHX) airport to Aberystwyth, for our new international students.

The service includes an online booking form, coach transfers from the airport, onboard refreshments, a designated comfort break, accommodation key allocations and assistance in moving into university residences.

Exact dates and times of the next airport pick-up service are to be confirmed. However, usually, it takes place over a weekend in mid-September, just before the University's Big Welcome Weekend and Orientation Week.

By Plane

Most of our international students fly into the UK via the city airports at Birmingham International (BHX), Manchester (MAN), London Heathrow (LHR) and London Gatwick (LGW). Birmingham International is the nearest airport to Aberystwyth.

  • From Birmingham International there is a direct train service to Aberystwyth;
  • From London Heathrow and London Gatwick, you should travel to 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 7 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 to Aberystwyth.

Check train times or book tickets at nationalrail.co.uk or thetrainline.com

By Coach

Coaches from London and other cities are available.

Check times at nationalexpress.co.uk or uk.megabus.com

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 international@aber.ac.uk at least 7-10 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.

Airport

1-4 people

5-8 people

Birmingham International 

£185-£225

£275+

Manchester

£180-£265

£310+

London Heathrow

£270-£290 £330+

London Gatwick

£310-£410

£510+

Taxi transfers can be arranged from other locations and airports in the UK. Please contact international@aber.ac.uk 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. So factor in the time it will take to pass through UK customs and to collect your luggage.

These fares are not per person but for the car, so if you are travelling 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 rank is beside the train 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 the Main Campus Reception (which is open 24 hours per day, 7 days a week). It is the small building on the left as you enter the campus via the main entrance. Reception staff will be able to help you - providing you with a key to your room and directions to your accommodation. Ask the taxi driver to wait while you get your key and drive you to your accommodation.

Questions or queries?