Visit Wales by train and get a whole lot more
If you are planning a holiday in Wales, there could be many advantages to using public transport to get you there, or for getting about once you’ve arrived, and Arriva Wales has many special offers and promotions that could make your trip even better. Taking the train means that your holiday starts as soon as you step on board, as you get to spend quality family time, enjoy the views, probably get there faster, and on the way back after a busy break, take a nap!
For those who want to make the most of the railway and explore what Wales has to offer the Explore Wales Pass is just the thing. The pass gives you the freedom to enjoy unlimited access to all of Wales’ mainline train services and almost every bus service. Ticket holders also receive an amazing range of other benefits, including 2-for-1 entry or discounted admission to many of Wales’ biggest tourist attractions and Youth Hostel Association accommodation. From January 2013 the pass will be priced at £94 and gives you 4 days travel in any 8 days. To find out which attractions and hostels are participating visit the Explore Wales website.
If any of the attractions in Gwynedd are on your to-do list then take the train or bus to get there and you get there get 20% off the admission fee. The attractions included in 20% off Gwynedd attractions are Llanberris Lake Railway, Centre for Alternative Technology, Greenwood Forest Park, Piggery Pottery, Llechwedd Slate Caverns, Talyllyn Railway, Beics Menai, Bala Adventure and Watersports, Inigo Jones Slate Works, King Arthur’s Labyrinth, Portmeirion, Harlech Castle, Criccieth Castle, Caernarfon Castle and Dolgellau Cycles.
Arriva Trains Wales have also teamed up with Mid Wales Tourism to offer a 10% discount at featured hotels when travelling there by train. Train Stay Save offers visitors to Wales a great discount and also helps cut down the number of cars on the roads, make your trip environmentally friendly. At present there are 30 accommodation providers signed up to the scheme and the number is growing. Check out Visit Mid Wales’ website to find featured hotels.
For those 55 years old or over, Club 55 offers travel for £19 per day anywhere on the Arriva Train network for significant parts of the year outside of peak periods. Even better, this goes down to £17 if purchased on the website.
Arriva Wales also has some great offers and tips for those travelling on the Cambrian lines services (Shrewsbury to Aberystwyth, and Machynlleth to Pwllheli). These include Cambrian ALEways, a guide to a wide range of hostelries, from idyllic rural inns to bustling town centre pubs which are easily accessed by the Cambrian rail network and serve real ale; Cambrian FAIRways offers a guide to 12 great golf courses along the rail route; and Cambrian TRAILways, a series of leaflets promoting self guided linear walks between railway stations on the Cambrian network.
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