Travelling to Hay Festival

Buses to the Hay Festival

Site address

The Festival site address is Dairy Meadows, Brecon Road, Hay on Wye, HR3 5PJ.

Festival Bus Link Hereford to Hay

Our special festival bus service linking Hay-on-Wye and the festival site with trains and coaches at Hereford's train and bus stations operates for the duration of the Festival.

You can buy your bus ticket from the bus driver at Hereford station on arrival – just ask for a 'Hay Festival bus ticket'. If you're travelling to Hereford by train and buy your ticket from a staffed station, you may be able to purchase the train and bus ticket at the same time.

Festival Bus Link buses are fully DDA compliant, with 'low floor' and space for one wheelchair.

Download the 2015 Hereford to Hay Festival bus service timetable here.

Festival bus tickets:
Adults single £7 return £10
Children (5 to 15 years) single £3 return £5
Family of up to 4 persons, of which maximum 2 adults return £20

This bus runs along the A438 between Kings Acre, Wyevale Nursery and Hay-on-Wye, serving the following main recognised stops: Swainshill, Stretton Sugwas Turn; Swainshill, Post Office; Kenchester Turn; Bridge Sollers, Crossroads; Byford, Old School; Portway Hotel; Staunton-on-Wye, Crossroads; Letton, The Swan; Letton, Kinnersley Turn; Willersley, Old Crow Farm; Winforton, Sun Inn; Whitney-on-Wye, Church; Rhydspence Border; Clyro, Square.

The bus will also stop in the villages en route where it is safe to do so (not on a bend or a brow of a hill).

Scheduled Bus Service: Hereford and Brecon to Hay Return

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 nearest bus stop to the Festival site is 200 metres away, outside the Fire Station.

Download the 39 bus timetable

The 39A Hay Ho! bus runs on Sundays at 11.50, 14.50 and 17.20 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.

Download the 39A bus timetable

Support the 39A Sunday service

Biking to the Hay Festival

Local shuttle buses

Regular shuttle bus services run between the Festival site and Hay town centre, and between the Festival site and local villages, as below.

Book Town Shuttle Bus

A regular shuttle bus service will be running between the Festival site and the town centre throughout the Festival. Day tickets for the shuttle bus are £1. Pick up and drop off points are Oxford Road Car Park and the Festival site.

The shuttle bus is supported by Richard Booth’s Bookshop.

The Village Shuttle Bus Service

Avoid the queues and choose the greener way to travel – leave your car at home this year and take the Village Shuttle Bus. We will be running bus services on two routes this year, linking up local villages to the Festival site. The buses will call at stops including Llanigon, Felindre, Glasbury, Talgarth, Bronllys, Llowes and Clyro. Tickets cost £2 per journey. Guide dogs only are permitted on the shuttle bus.

Download the 2015 Village Shuttle Bus timetable here.

Travelling by bus or coach to Hay-on-Wye


Coach enquiries:
08705 80 80 80

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

Travelling by train to Hay-on-Wye


Railway enquiries: 08457 48 49 50

The nearest railway station is Hereford, twenty miles away.

Hereford train station is served by regular 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

There is a regular, direct festival shuttle bus link between Hereford rail and bus stations and Hay-on-Wye / the festival site, which connects with train arrivals and departures (see above for timetable).

Travelling by taxi to Hay-on-Wye

Local taxis

Taxi-share scheme is available from:

A2B Taxis 01874 658 899
Julie’s 07899 846 592
Radnor & Kington Taxis 07831 898 361/
01547 560 205


Pedicabs are a sustainable, pedal-powered, zero-emission taxi service, keeping things simple and fun, honest and green. Take a ride in our Festival cycle rickshaws operating between the Festival site and the Swan Hotel. Provided by Hereford Pedicabs – 07718 320 195.

Travelling by taxi to Hay-on-Wye

Car share

Hay Festival partners with both goCarShare, and Liftshare to help connect drivers with spare seats and those needing help getting to Hay. It’s a great way to meet likeminded people, as well as being a big help in reducing carbon emissions and congestion – and it also saves everyone money.

Hire cars

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

Car charging

Hay Festival is offering electric car charging points at the Clyro Court Park & Ride site (HR3 5LE). There will be four 13 amp sockets available and, if your car requires it, you will need to bring your own adapter.

The chargers will be available on a first-come first-served basis. There is also one fast charger available in the local area at Drovers Cycle Hire – you can book for this online.

Walking to the Hay Festival


The Festival site is a short five-minute walk along Brecon Road into 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

Download a PDF of the Ramblers Cymru linear walking route through Hay

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 Cycles on Forest Road, where you will also find Drover's fully stocked bike shop and workshop open 7 days a week for repairs and servicing. A cycle park is available on the festival site with bike stands kindly provided by Drover Cycles.

Local bike trail information can be found through Mountain Biking Brecon Beacons and Mountain Biking Wales.

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