Getting to Hay

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

Hay-on-Wye is situated just off the A438 between Brecon and Hereford. The Festival is well signposted. The nearest railway station is Hereford, 21 miles away, and Hereford bus station is served by National Express coaches. Full travel information is given below.

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Festival Bus Link Hereford to Hay and Worcester to Hay

Our special festival bus service linking Hay-on-Wye with trains and coaches at Hereford's train and bus stations and Worcester Crowngate Bus Station runs for the duration of the Festival.

You can buy your bus ticket from the bus driver when boarding – just ask for a 'Hay Festival bus ticket'. Contactless payment is available on board. 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.

Hereford to Hay single return period return
Adults £7.50 £10 £11
Children (5 to 15 years) £3.50 £5 £5.50
Family Period Return (for up to 4 persons, of which maximum 2 adults) £20

Download the 2019 Hereford-Hay Festival bus timetable

Worcester to Hay (via Bromyard and Hereford) single return
Adults £10 £15
Children (5 to 15 years)/Concession £5 £7.50
Family Period Return (for up to 4 persons, of which maximum 2 adults) £30

Download the 2019 Worcester-Hereford-Hay bus timetable

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).

Herefordshire Council concessionary passes are valid on this cross-border service for the full journey. All other English Council passes are only valid between Hereford and Rhydspence only so the full adult fare to Hay-on-Wye is payable from that point which is currently £3 single and £4.50 return.

Scheduled Bus Service: Hereford and Brecon to Hay Return

Public transport information from 08712 00 22 33

There is a scheduled bus service (T14) 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.

View the 2019 Hereford-Hay T14 bus timetable

The 39A Hay Ho! Bus

The 39A Hay Ho! bus runs on Sundays and Bank Holiday Monday at 11.25, 14.55 and 17.25 from the Oxford Road bus stop in Hay, to connect with trains to London, the Midlands and the North at Hereford Railway Station.

39A Hay Ho! bus tickets single day return
Adult £6 £7.50
Child £3 £3.75
Family Day Rover £15

View the 2019 Hereford-Hay 39A bus timetable

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 runs between the Festival site and the town centre throughout the Festival. Day tickets for the shuttle bus are £2. 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 which links up local villages to the Festival site. The buses will call at stops including Llanigon, Felindre, Glasbury, Talgarth and Bronllys. Tickets cost £3 per journey. Guide dogs only are permitted on the shuttle bus.

Download the 2019 Village Shuttle Bus timetable here.


Coach enquiries:
0871 781 8181

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


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. Great Western Railway (GWR) from London Paddington, Reading (rail/air link from London Heathrow) and Oxford
  2. Transport for Wales (TfW) from South West Wales, Swansea, Cardiff, Newport, Cwmbran and Abergavenny
  3. Transport for Wales (TfW) from Manchester Piccadilly, Stockport, Wilmslow, Crewe, Shrewsbury, Church Stretton, Craven Arms, Ludlow and Leominster
  4. Transport for Wales (TfW) from North Wales, Chester, Wrexham and Gobowen (Oswestry)
  5. West Midlands 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).

Local taxis

Taxi-share scheme is available from:

A2B Taxis – 07970 915 040 / 01874 65 88 99
Booktown Taxis – 07881 726 547
Julie's Cabs – 07899 846 592
Radnor & Kington Taxis – 07831 898 361 / 01547 560 205
Hay Bus Hay Taxi – 07974 106 656 / 01497 820 444

Car share

Hay Festival partners with goCarShare, and Liftshare to help connect drivers with spare seats and those needing help getting to Hay. It’s a great way to meet like-minded 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 offers electric car charging points at the Clyro Court Park & Ride site (HR3 5LE). There are four 13 amp sockets available and, if your car requires it, you will need to bring your own adapter.

There will also be charging points in the disabled car park on the Festival site. These chargers are available on a first-come first-served basis.

There is one fast charger available in the local area at Drovers Cycle Hire (HR3 5EH), 01497 822 419 – you can view further information on this online.

You can also view other charging points in the local area on Zap Map.

Car parking

Full information on car parking here.


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


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.



21–31 MAY 2020