Your Arrival to Aberystwyth

Our International Team looks forward to welcoming you.

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

Pre-departure Webinars

For more information and to sign up visit our pre-departure webpage.

 

Airport Pick Up Service

Our airport pick up service - a coach transfer from Birmingham International Airport (BHX) to your university accommodation in Aberystwyth will be running on:

  • Thursday 22nd September 2022: 10:00am, 2:00pm and 6:00pm
  • Friday 23rd September 2022: 10:00am, 2:00pm and 6:00pm
  • Saturday 24th September 2022: 10:00am, 2:00pm and 6:00pm

This service is for new students only. To book a place, visit the link below (Please do not book onto the service until you have your confirmed flight details)

The deadline to book is Friday 16th September 2022.

 

 

 

Covid-19 travel information for international students

There are currently no restrictions on travel when you arrive to the UK or Wales.

However, Welsh Government still urges caution and advises isolating and taking a lateral flow test if you are expericing Covid-19 symptoms. 

Please visit the Welsh Government website for up-to-date information on International Travel to and from Wales.

 

Travelling to Aberystwyth 

 

Travel 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.

Travel 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

Travel by Coach

Coaches from London and other cities are available.

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

Travel by Taxi

Useful websites such as Minicabit provide self-service booking facilities and price comparisons across taxi companies.

Alternatively, 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.

 

Collecting your University accommodation key

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.

You can collect your room key from the Accommodation Office which is open Monday to Thursday (8:30am to 5:00pm) and Friday (8:30am to 4:30pm).

If you are arriving outside of office hours please ask your taxi driver to take you to the Main Campus Reception instead (which is open 24 hours, 7 days a week). 

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?