Vale of Rheidol steam railway
The Vale of Rheidol Railway between Aberystwyth and Devil's Bridge follows a spectacular route along the Rheidol valley, initially through lowland meadows, then climbing across wooded slopes, with views of the lakes and waterfalls. The stops are convenient for visiting the Rheidol falls, the Cwm Rheidol hydro-electric power station and visitor centre, reservoir and fish ladder and nearby Magic of Life butterfly house. Break up your journey and follow woodland walks between stations, and enjoy a riverside picnic on the way. From the terminus at Devil's Bridge you can visit the multi layered bridges and Mynach Falls.
There are special evening excursion trains and events where you can enjoy music and dressing up, as well as Halloween and Christmas Santa trains. You can even try your hand at being a driver!
Connect with other steam railways with the Cambrian Line
Hourly train services run to Aberystwyth from London and the Midlands via Shrewsbury and Machynlleth. Recognised as one of the most scenic rail lines in Britain the Cambrian Line follows the Wales Coastal Way from Machynlleth to Aberystwyth and north to the terminus on the Llyn peninsula at Pwllheli. Along this route there are other narrow gauge steam railways which can be reached from the mainline stations.
The Talyllyn Railway that inspired the Thomas the Tank Engine stories can also be enjoyed as a car free day trip from Aberystwyth, travelling by Cambrian Line train via Dyfi Junction or Machynlleth to Towyn to catch the narrow gauge steam train to Abergynolwyn, in the shadow of Cadair Idris mountain. Between the northern slopes of Cadair Idris and where the main line crosses the Mawddach estuary is the little Fairbourne railway.
For a longer day out, travel on the Cambrian line via Harlech, to Porthmadog, where you can join the Ffestiniog and Welsh Highland Railways for a trip into the heart of the mountains of Snowdonia.
Heading east and inland with the Cambrian Line takes you to Welshpool where you can take a trip on the Welshpool and Llanfair Caereinion light railway.
Explore the Ceredigion coast with Cardi Bach bus
The Cardi Bach bus service is ideal for walking the Ceredigion Coast Path or for spending the day at the beach without having to take the car. The Cardi Bach coastal village bus service runs throughout the year (see timetable for details) calling at the popular village resorts of Aberporth, Tresaith and Llangrannog and the quiet cove - ideal for wildlife spotting, of Cwmtydu.
The route is also convenient for visiting the National Trust beaches of Mwnt and Penbryn, stopping at the top of the lane leading down to the beaches.
Get to know the communities of Ceredigion - explore by bus
It is easy to have a car free day out in Ceredigion - here you'll find some ideas for trips and excursions from our main towns by bus. Ceredigion has great scenic routes and bus services which will help you make the most of visiting country towns and villages and exploring the coast and the coast path.
Teifi valley and UNESCO Dyfi biosphere by bus
Explore the lower Teifi Valley from Cardigan with the 460 bus. The route is via the waterfalls at Cenarth, the market town of Newcastle Emlyn and Drefach Felindre, home of the National Wool Museum. The 551 and 552 take you to inland to Llandysul, then on to the coast at New Quay.
Use the train to explore the UNESCO Biosphere area between Aberystwyth, Machynlleth and beyond. Stop at Borth to explore Cors Fochno, the submerged forest of 'Cantre'r Gwaelod', the river Leri and Ynyslas; cross the Dyfi and take a trip to Aberdyfi on the northern side of the estuary - find the bell that chimes at high tide.
Countryside explorer routes
Take the 585 route between Aberystwyth and Lampeter via Llangeitho, Tregaron,Llanddewi Brefi and Cellan to see the places where sheep and cattle drovers started their journeys across the mountains to the livestock markets of England. Get a taste of walking these ancient ways by following walking routes from each of the settlements.
An alternative route between Aberystwyth and Lampeter - with the 588 service- takes you over the Mynydd Bach and the hamlets of Trefenter and Bethania, then Llangeitho, Llanio and along the Dulas river valley via Llangybi to Lampeter.
Another route between Lampeter and Aberystwyth is with the T1 TrawsCymru service taking you from the Teifi valley town via Felinfach and along the Aeron valley to Aberaeron, and north along the coast via Llanon and Llanrhystud to Aberystwyth.