TRAVEL GUIDELINES (current
details need to be checked):
AIR: From overseas there are direct flights from various countries to UK main
airports London, Manchester, Birmingham.
BUS OR COACH: National bus services and connections need to be checked. As an
example, the travel time by coach from London can take half a day. Other route times
depend upon distance and departure points.
ROAD: From various points in the UK, the main routes to Wales are easily plotted
and Portmeirions nearest town is Porthmadog. This is on the A487 and the turning to
Portmeirion is located between Porthmadog and Penrhyndeudreath, at Minffordd (see also
rail information regarding Minffordd).
RAIL: There are three main routes or directions and once again times depend upon
distance and departure points. Some journeys can be of many hours duration,
involving changes at certain stations.The National Rail Enquiries telephone number is
08457 484950 or from overseas +44(0)20 7278 5240. Try also: www.nationalrail.co.uk
Route A: from the
Midlands or North, using Manchester as the example starting point, a train route exists to
the top of the North Wales coast. From Llandudno junction there are main-line trains to
Blaenau Ffestiniog, which terminate there. There is then a connection using the narrow
gauge Ffestiniog railway from Blaenau Ffestiniog to Minffordd. From here a taxi can be
arranged to Portmeirion or collection by the hotel. Portmeirion is only about 2 miles
B: from Llandudno the main line route continues to Bangor. It is then possible to
travel by bus to Porthmadog and then by taxi to Portmeirion, or by taxi from Bangor direct
to Portmeirion. The cost and arrangements are for the travellers individual
C: from London and across country via Birmingham the train route passes through
Shrewsbury and continues westbound until the coast of Wales is reached. Continuing
northwards, the rail route passes through Barmouth and Harlech, with a stop at Minffordd
(see above information for remaining short journey from Minffordd to Portmeirion).
The main line rail stopping point at Minffordd is separate from the narrow gauge
Ffestiniog railway halt there. Some routes use the nearby rail station at Porthmadog.
details contact usual online or telephone travel information sources.