Meet and Greet Service 2016

The registration to 2016 Meet and Greet services has now closed.

Swansea University offers an airport pick up service, for a small cost from Heathrow Airport to all new International and EU Students; this is to make sure that your first journey to Swansea is as smooth as possible.

The service will depart from Heathrow Terminal 3 Arrivals on Friday 23rd September between the hours of 08:00 and 22:00 (10pm). Coaches will depart frequently throughout the day. The estimated journey time to Swansea can take approximately 4 hours.

The service will operate on first come first serve basis, please therefore make your way to our arrivals team in Terminal 3 to collect your ticket.

Cost

We are now offering the opportunity for students to pay online in advance for the service for September 2016. It is recommended that you register for the event as soon as you confirm your flight itinerary. The cost will be £32. Please note the online payment is only available for students. Family and friends travelling with the students will need to pay cash in the airport. (Please note the online payment has now closed.)

For those students who wish to make payment on the day, the cost will be £40 for students and non-students. Cash payments can be made at Heathrow Terminal 3 in Great Britain Pounds, and will be collected by a member of staff from the International Development Office.

All places must be reserved by Monday 19th September 2016.

If you are not arriving at Terminal 3, please on arrival make your way to Terminal 3 Arrivals where members of the Arrivals Team wearing blue T-Shirts will be there to meet you, and take you to the coach departure point.

Please ensure that you have arranged accommodation in Swansea before you arrive at Heathrow.

For further information about the service, please see our frequently asked questions section: 

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Getting Here...

If you are not arriving on the pick-up date, or if you are arriving at an airport other than London Heathrow, you will need to make your own way to Swansea.

Unfortunately the International Development Office is unable to make travel bookings on your behalf, however, we can provide you with information on the best way to get here.

If you need additional help please feel free to contact us: ido@swansea.ac.uk

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Travelling from...

London Heathrow Airport or London Gatwick Airport: The National Express coach company runs buses directly from both Heathrow and Gatwick airports to Swansea. This is the cheapest and easiest way to travel. Transfer times are approximately 4 hours (Heathrow) and 5.5 hours (Gatwick).

For further information please visit the National Express website.  You can also travel by train from both Heathrow and Gatwick Airport.  Information on rail services can be found on the National Rail Enquiries website.

Cardiff Airport: Cardiff Airport is the airport closest to Swansea. There is no direct bus link to Swansea, however, you can catch a shuttle train from Cardiff Airport to Cardiff Central Station.  From there you can catch a train, National Express or Greyhound coach to Swansea. Travel from Cardiff Central Station to Swansea takes about 1 hour.  

Further information can be found at the Cardiff International Airport website or at the Airport Information Desk upon arrival.

Swansea Bus Station or Train Station: If you are arriving at Swansea Bus Station or Train Station, we suggest you take a taxi to the University. There are taxi ranks outside both the bus station and the train station. 

If you wish to utilise public transport, Swansea operates a FTR-Metro bus service - No. 4 that departs from the train station and central bus station and it stops outside Fulton House. Bus No.8 operated by First Cymru departs from the central bus station to both campuses.

Direction to Hendrefoilan Student Village: From Swansea Bus Station, we advise you to take a taxi to the Student Village but Bus No.8 departs from the main bus station and stops outside the Residential Services Building. Timetables here.

If you are arriving at a different airport to the above and would like information about travelling to Swansea, please contact our team on IDO@swansea.ac.uk for more information.