Swansea travel guide

Swansea Tourism | Swansea Guide

You're Going to Love Swansea

With a population of 300.352, Swansea is a must-see destination in Wales, United Kingdom. It is one of the most popular cities to visit in the country. Consider staying at least one whole day in Swansea to see all of its attractions.

Activities & attractions in Swansea

Where to Eat in Swansea

If you’re looking for affordable options, The Shed Restaurant (Kings Rd) and Cocina - Swansea (23-26 Princess Way) are great picks.

When to visit Swansea

Swansea in February
Estimated hotel price
£65
1 night at 3-star hotel
Swansea in February
Estimated hotel price
£65
1 night at 3-star hotel

Looking for warm weather? Then head to Swansea in July, when the average temperature is 17 °C, and the highest can go up to 20 °C. The coldest month, on the other hand, is January, when it can get as cold as 4 °C, with an average temperature of 6 °C. You’re likely to see more rain in October, when precipitation is around 104 mm. In contrast, June is usually the driest month of the year in Swansea, with an average rainfall of 48 mm.

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How to Get to Swansea

Plane

When flying to Swansea, you’ll arrive at Swansea Fairwood Comm (SWS), which is located 9 km from the city centre.

Train

AccesRail is the most popular train carrier serving Swansea, followed by Great Western Railway. The train journey from Swansea to London takes 2h 42m and costs around £71 for a one-way ticket. When coming by train from Leeds, expect to pay about £150 for a 5h 20m trip. Located 0.5 km from the city centre, Swansea is the busiest station in Swansea. Another popular train station is Swansea Gowerton, located 7 km from the centre.

Car

Another option to get to Swansea is to pick up a car hire from London, which is about 264 km from Swansea. You’ll find branches of GREEN MOTION and DRIVALIA , among others, in London.

Bus

Several bus lines operate bus routes to Swansea, including National Express, Megabus and FlixBus. From Birmingham, the bus ride to Swansea takes 354 km and will cost you around £29. From London, the ticket costs about £19 for a journey of 386 km. The most popular bus station is Swansea Bay Campus, located 4 km from the city centre of Swansea. Swansea Swansea University is also a commonly used station, and is 2.9 km from the city centre.

Plane

When flying to Swansea, you’ll arrive at Swansea Fairwood Comm (SWS), which is located 9 km from the city centre.

Train

AccesRail is the most popular train carrier serving Swansea, followed by Great Western Railway. The train journey from Swansea to London takes 2h 42m and costs around £71 for a one-way ticket. When coming by train from Leeds, expect to pay about £150 for a 5h 20m trip. Located 0.5 km from the city centre, Swansea is the busiest station in Swansea. Another popular train station is Swansea Gowerton, located 7 km from the centre.

Car

Another option to get to Swansea is to pick up a car hire from London, which is about 264 km from Swansea. You’ll find branches of GREEN MOTION and DRIVALIA , among others, in London.

Bus

Several bus lines operate bus routes to Swansea, including National Express, Megabus and FlixBus. From Birmingham, the bus ride to Swansea takes 354 km and will cost you around £29. From London, the ticket costs about £19 for a journey of 386 km. The most popular bus station is Swansea Bay Campus, located 4 km from the city centre of Swansea. Swansea Swansea University is also a commonly used station, and is 2.9 km from the city centre.

Airports near Swansea

Airlines serving Swansea

KLM
Good (851 reviews)
SWISS
Good (919 reviews)
British Airways
Good (4,400 reviews)
Delta
Good (4,590 reviews)
Air France
Good (971 reviews)
Qatar Airways
Good (2,481 reviews)
Etihad Airways
Good (830 reviews)
ITA Airways
Good (703 reviews)
Aer Lingus
Good (773 reviews)
easyJet
Good (1,439 reviews)
Ryanair
Good (3,449 reviews)
GOL
Good (681 reviews)
Vueling
Good (815 reviews)
Aegean Airlines
Excellent (490 reviews)
Kenya Airways
Good (152 reviews)
Virgin Atlantic
Good (524 reviews)
Jet2
Excellent (89 reviews)
Corendon Airlines
Okay (12 reviews)
SunExpress
Good (101 reviews)
Loganair
Excellent (14 reviews)
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Where to stay in Swansea

Average rates range from around £96 per night for a double room in a 3-star hotel to £89 and up for a 5-star experience.

Where to stay in popular areas of Swansea

Most booked hotels in Swansea

Delta Hotels by Marriott Swansea
4 stars
Excellent (8.4, Excellent reviews)
£84+
Holiday Inn Express Swansea - East
3 stars
Excellent (8.3, Excellent reviews)
£61+
Ibis Swansea
2 stars
Good (7.9, Good reviews)
£43+
Blanco's Hotel
3 stars
Good (7.9, Good reviews)
£80+
Castle Hotel
3 stars
Good (7.9, Good reviews)
£71+
Travelodge Swansea M4
3 stars
Excellent (8.6, Excellent reviews)
£40+

Hiring a car in Swansea

Hiring a car in Swansea costs £41 per day, on average.

Expect to pay £1.50 per litre in Swansea (average price from the past 30 days). Depending on the size of your car hire, filling up the tank will cost between £17.93 and £23.91. The most frequently booked car type in Swansea is Economy (Vauxhall Corsa or similar). If you’re looking to save money, though, keep in mind that Standard car hire (Opel Insignia or similar) is, on average, 67% cheaper than other car hire types in the city.

Hiring a car in Swansea costs £41 per day, on average.

Expect to pay £1.50 per litre in Swansea (average price from the past 30 days). Depending on the size of your car hire, filling up the tank will cost between £17.93 and £23.91. The most frequently booked car type in Swansea is Economy (Vauxhall Corsa or similar). If you’re looking to save money, though, keep in mind that Standard car hire (Opel Insignia or similar) is, on average, 67% cheaper than other car hire types in the city.