Alternative Transfer Options

You can plan and arrange your own travel to Swansea if you wish.

If you wish for The College, Swansea University to arrange your first night's accommodation you need to inform us of your arrival date and time so that we can book you a hotel.

For assistance with arranging your first night's accommodation please contact the-college-accommodation@swansea.ac.uk where our accommodation and arrivals team will be happy to help.

Private Car Airport Pickup

The College, Swansea University use a reliable private car airport pick up service called Executive Transport Solutions. Executive Transport Solutions will wait for you in the appropriate airport arrival terminal holding a sign with the college and your name on it.

The driver will then help with your luggage and take you directly to your pre-arranged accommodation in Swansea.

This service needs to be booked with The College, Swansea University at least 48 hours in advance. You can use the online form here.

We strongly recommend that all under 18 year old students use this service, but it is of course available to all other students. This is probably the easiest and least stressful way of travelling to Swansea.

Airport Distance to Swansea Total cost for one person in a car Additional cost per person

Heathrow Airport Pickup Service

3 ½ hours

£220.00

£100.00

Gatwick Airport Pickup Service

4 ½ hours

£300.00

£100.00

Bristol Airport Pickup Service

2 hour

£155.00

£50.00

Cardiff Airport Pickup Service

1 hour

£120.00

£50.00

The service cost is to be paid in cash (Sterling) to the driver only upon arriving in Swansea.

Change to flight details / missed flight / your obligations

  • If you miss your flight or are delayed you must contact The College, Swansea University accommodation and arrivals team immediately either by email at the-college-accommodation@swansea.ac.uk or by calling the emergency phone +44 7780686891 so that we can reschedule your private pick up service.
  • If The College, Swansea University arrange transportation and you fail to use the service, you will still be responsible for the Private Car Airport Pickup fee.

Please note that it is your responsibility for making sure you keep The College, Swansea University informed of all changes to arrival times as The College, Swansea University cannot be held responsible for students missing their pre-arranged airport pick up.

Travelling by coach

Students can travel by National Express coach which runs buses directly from both Heathrow and Gatwick airports to Swansea. This is the cheapest way to travel. Transfer times are approximately 4 hours (Heathrow) and 5.5 hours (Gatwick). If you favour this option you will need to book your ticket 24 hours in advance of boarding the bus and make your own way to the correct coach pick up point at the airport (which is determined by your arrival terminal) to board the coach.

For a full list of fares, departure times, pick up points and to book online please go to the National Express website at www.nationalexpress.com - Please remember to read the terms and conditions.

Travelling by train

Many train services offer either 'Standard', or 'First' Class' tickets (and therefore seating). First Class is much more expensive than 'Standard Class', which most people find perfectly comfortable. It is advisable to book a seat in advance on long distance journeys, especially if you plan to travel on a Friday.

Train services are operated by a variety of different companies. Some companies offer special deals, especially if booked in advance, on certain routes (usually longer distance routes). For timetables and fares, see www.nationalrail.co.uk.

Students can get the train from Gatwick or Heathrow to London and then get a connecting train from Paddington to Swansea. For train times and prices please see www.nationalrail.co.uk - Please remember to read the terms and conditions.

Please make sure you book your train ticket before travelling to Swansea.