Travelling to the Hay Festival

Hay doesn’t yet have an international airport, but we’ve suggested some other ways to get here.

Buses to the Hay Festival


Hereford bus station is served by coaches as follows:

From London Victoria, London Heathrow, Cirencester and Gloucester
From Bradford, Leeds, Sheffield, Derby, Birmingham and Worcester.

There is a scheduled bus service (Service 39) from Hereford and Brecon to Hay-on-Wye operating six days a week, Mondays to Saturdays.

The 39A Hay Ho! bus runs on Sundays at 1125, 1455 and 1725 from the Oxford Road bus stop in Hay, to connect with trains to London, the Midlands and the North at Hereford Railway Station. £6 adult single fare.



Coach enquiries: 08705 80 80 80

Travelling by bus or coach to Hay-on-Wye


Hay has no train station – the nearest station is Hereford, twenty miles away. From Hereford to Hay you can take a taxi from the station, which costs around £35–£40, or catch a bus. There is also a scheduled bus service (Service 39 or 39A) from Hereford and Brecon to Hay-on-Wye operating seven days a week (see timetable above). Through tickets are available when purchasing rail tickets.

Hereford train station is served by regular through trains as follows:

  1. First Great Western from London Paddington, Reading (rail/air link from London Heathrow) and Oxford
  2. Arriva Trains Wales from South West Wales, Swansea, Cardiff, Newport, Cwmbran and Abergavenny
  3. Arriva Trains Wales from Manchester Piccadilly, Stockport, Wilmslow, Crewe, Shrewsbury, Church Stretton, Craven Arms, Ludlow and Leominster
  4. Arriva Trains Wales from North Wales, Chester, Wrexham and Gobowen (Oswestry)
  5. London Midland Trains from Birmingham New Street, Bromsgrove, Worcester Foregate Street, Great Malvern and Ledbury.
Travelling by train to Hay-on-Wye


Some local taxi numbers:

A2B Taxis 01874 658 899
Julie’s 07899 846 592
A1 Cabs 07910 931 999
Travelling by taxi to Hay-on-Wye

Car share

Share a journey, make friends and influence carbon emissions. Life’s a journey – share it!

If you would like to reduce your carbon footprint, help other people travel to Hay-on-Wye and save money, why not offer your empty car seats to others on goCarShare?

goCarShare is built around Facebook; you can log in quickly and look at people’s profiles before deciding whether you would like to travel with them.

A green, fun and good value way to get to Hay-on-Wye.

You can also hire a car locally from LT Baynham Self-Drive Hire, 74 Whitecross Road, Hereford HR4 0DG. tel – 01432 273 298.

Walking to the Hay Festival


The Winter Weekend Festival venues are all in the centre of Hay. For the more adventurous, there is a wealth of challenging, enjoyable, breathtaking and health-inducing walks to be had around Hay.

Walking routes

Click here to download a PDF of the Ramblers Cyrmru linear walking route through Hay

Click here to download a PDF of the Ramblers Cymru circular walking route around Hay

Biking to the Hay Festival


Hay-on-Wye is cycle-friendly and you can hire bikes in town at Drover Holidays on Forest Road, where they also offer a cycle repair service. Local bike trail information can be found through Mountain Biking Brecon Beacons and Mountain Biking Wales.