There are four venues for the Winter Weekend: The Swan Hotel, The Auditorium (on the site of the Cattle Market), St Mary’s Church and the Parish Hall. All are within a few minutes walking distance of each other.

Buses to the Hay Festival

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 is opposite the main car park.

Download the 2017 Hereford-Hay 39 bus timetable

The 39A Hay Ho! bus runs on Sundays 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. £6 adult single fare.

First Bus and Rail-bus tickets are also valid on the Hay Ho! bus on Sundays and Bank Holidays. The bus departs from Hereford Railway Station and returns from Oxford Road, Hay-on-Wye.

Download the 2017 Hereford-Hay 39A bus timetable

Travelling by coach to Hay-on-Wye


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

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
Hay Bus Hay Taxi
07974 106 656
Julie's Cabs
07899 846 592
Radnor & Kington Taxis
07831 898 361 / 01547 560 205
Travelling by car to Hay-on-Wye

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

There is 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 venues are located in the centre of the town. There are 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.

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



23 - 26 NOVEMBER 2017