Transport and directions

Directions to the University

Swansea University is easily accessible by road, rail, and air.

Cardiff Airport is around an hour away by road and the M4 motorway, the main east-west arterial route from London, passes through the northern outskirts of Swansea.

Regular trains from London Paddington, South Wales and the rest of the UK arrive at Swansea's High Street Station.

National Express coaches and the Greyhound Swansea-Cardiff and Swansea-Bristol services run to the Quadrant Bus Station in the city centre.

In September 2015, Swansea University became a dual campus University – the Singleton Park Campus and the Bay Campus. Find directions to both below.

Singleton Campus

By road

If approaching from the East:

Leave the M4 at Junction 42 (signposted Swansea A483) where the slip road will bring you onto Fabian Way.

At the first roundabout take the second exit continuing west (the first exit is a no through road), and continue straight ahead, passing Swansea University’s new Bay Campus on your right. Continue straight across the junction with traffic lights. Continue straight across the next junction with traffic lights (Swansea Docks to the left and Park and Ride car park to the right).

Go straight across the junction with traffic lights onto the bridge over the River Tawe (A4067) at the southern margin of the city centre.

Pass Sainsbury's supermarket on your left and Swansea Museum again on the left.  Continuing straight ahead, pass the large Tesco supermarket on your right.

Continue straight through the traffic lights along the coast road (Oystermouth Road, A4067) towards Mumbles, passing a stretch of bed and breakfast hotels and the Bay View public house on your right.

After the next set of traffic lights, make sure you are in the outside lane of the dual carriageway.

Pass St Helen's Rugby Ground on Oystermouth Road on your right.

Continue through the next junction. The entrance to the Singleton Park Campus is a right turn at the next set of traffic lights, with a dedicated filter arrow.  

The postcode for the Singleton Park Campus for SatNav users is SA2 8PP.

To get to the Recreation Ground Car Park, approaching from the East (M4), use the directions above to ‘Pass St Helen's Rugby Ground on Oystermouth Road on your right’.

After passing St Helen’s Rugby Ground, as you approach the next set of traffic lights, use the dedicated right hand turn lane with filter arrow to turn right into Brynmill Lane. 

Continue to the mini roundabout and turn a full 360° at the mini roundabout to return to Oystermouth Road, where you turn left at the traffic lights.

Immediately on your left (by the bus stop) is the entrance to the Recreation Ground Car Park.

If approaching from the West:

Exit the M4 at Junction 47 (signposted A483/A48). At the roundabout take the third exit onto the A483.

At the roundabout take the first exit and continue on the A483.

Continue straight along the road, passing the Tesco Extra and the retail park. Continue straight ahead through the next two sets of traffic lights.

At the third set of traffic lights (opposite the Marquis Arms Pub) turn right (onto Station Road).

Continue straight along the A4216 (Cockett Road).

Go straight ahead at the first mini-roundabout, and then right onto Vivian Road at the mini-roundabout immediately afterwards.

Continue along the A4216 (Vivian Road). At the traffic lights by the Vivian Pub continue straight ahead. At the next set of traffic lights turn left onto Sketty Park Road.

At the roundabout take the first exit onto Sketty Lane (A4216).

Continue past Singleton Hospital and the Wales National Pool and turn left onto Mumbles Road (A4067) at the traffic lights. N.B. There is no access to the University’s Singleton Park Campus through the Singleton Hospital site.

Continue straight through two sets of traffic lights, passing the University’s Singleton Park Campus on your left.

The entrance to the City and County of Swansea’s Recreation Ground Car Park is immediately on your left, just after the second set of lights (by the bus stop).

Parking

The University must advise only disabled visitors are able to park on the Singleton Park Campus itself.  

We recommend all other vehicles park in the City and County of Swansea’s Recreation Ground Car Park, which is adjacent to the Singleton Park Campus and approximately 500m walk away.  (All day parking, driver only, costs £3.50. All day parking, driver and passenger(s), costs £3.00. An afternoon charge from 1.00pm costs £2.00.) Directions to the Recreation Ground Car Park can be found below.

Staff permits can be applied for and are valid for both campus'.

Park and Ride

There are large Park-and-Ride sites at Port Tennant and on the A483 east of Swansea, at Landore, on the A4067 north of the city. All sites are open from 7.00 am until 7.00 pm, Monday to Saturday. It currently costs £2.50 to leave your car all day in these secure environments and to ride by bus to and from the city centre.

Car Sharing (Staff only)

Staff choosing to car share will see a reduced cost in parking charges with plans for dedicated spaces in the future. All staff need to be registered on the University Liftshare scheme and after finding a partner and agreeing to car share apply for a car share permit. Registration can be made by clicking on: www.swanseauni.liftshare.com

Cycling

Singleton Park Campus and Bay Campus are linked by the National Cycle Route (NCN route 4). There is cycle parking facilities at both sites. If you are travelling locally or cycling from either Swansea or Port Talbot rail stations, the Swansea Bay Cycle network can be viewed here: www.cycleswanseabay.org

Public Transport

By Train

If you are arriving in Swansea by train, a regular and reliable bus service runs from Swansea railway station to the Quadrant Bus Station in the city centre.  

By Coach

If you are arriving in Swansea by bus/coach to the Quadrant Bus Station, the Singleton Park Campus is served by a range of local bus services – please see the First Cymru website for full details.

By Bus

Bus numbers 2A, 3A, and 82A depart from the Quadrant Bus Station for the University’s Singleton Park Campus every 15 minutes.  These buses will bring you straight onto the Singleton Park Campus itself and buses return from the Singleton Park Campus to the Quadrant Bus Station at regular intervals.

The ftrmetro service (or purple "bendy-bus") service – number 4 bus – also provides a direct link from Swansea railway station to the Singleton Park Campus, at an approximate cost of £3.50 single and £4.00 return if using a day ticket. Visit the First Cymru site for full details.

Alternatively, a taxi from Swansea railway station to the Singleton Park Campus will cost around £7/£8.

By Air

FROM HEATHROW AIRPORT

Train: Either take the Rail-Air Link bus to Reading and the train from Reading to Port Talbot (or Swansea for Singleton Park Campus), or take the train from Heathrow to London (Paddington) and the train from Paddington to Port Talbot (or Swansea).

Bus: Take bus 201 or 202 from the airport bus station to Swansea.

FROM GATWICK AIRPORT

Train: Take the train from Gatwick to Reading and the train from Reading to Swansea.

Bus: Take bus 201 or 202 from the airport bus station to Swansea.

FROM CARDIFF INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

Catch a bus or take a taxi to central Cardiff and then make rail or Greyhound connection to Swansea.

How to get to the Bay Campus

Swansea University actively promotes sustainable transport measures which include safe and accessible cycling, walking or public transport links. The opening of the Bay Campus means that there are likely to be more staff and students than ever travelling across Swansea to the Bay Campus, to the Singleton Park Campus, and between the campuses. As such a variety of travel solutions and proposals have been developed to specifically address this issue and to allow efficient, effective and affordable travel to and between the campuses.

By Road

Travelling east or west on the M4 leave the motorway at junction 42 and follow signs for Swansea on the A483 (Fabian Way). The Bay Campus is situated to the left hand side of Fabian Way and the main entrance is controlled by traffic lights. There is a Visitors’ Car Park immediately to the left of the main entrance.

Parking

There is parking for 600 cars at the Bay Campus to include staff parking, disabled spaces, 100 pay and display spaces and parking for visitors to the Site of Special Scientific Interest.

Staff Permits are valid for parking on both campuses.

As part of the planning of the Bay Campus there will be implementation of a controlled parking zone in Elba Crescent and Baldwin’s Crescent to avoid overspill parking.

As has been longstanding University policy, there will be no parking for students on either campus. However, parking for students will be available at the Swansea City Council recreational ground at Singleton and the Fabian Way ‘park and ride’ facility for the Bay Campus, where students can connect with a bus to the Bay Campus and Singleton Park Campus. Students with disabilities will be able to park on campus – such cases will be dealt with on a case by case basis.

Park and Ride

There is a Park and Ride facility located at Fabian Way, Swansea which is a short distance from the Bay Campus.  The 8x bus links the park and ride to both campuses. This facility costs £2.50 per car, per day for city centre travel.  If you wish to travel to the Bay Campus using Park and Ride, there is an additional cost of £1.50 per car per day.  The total cost of using Park and Ride to travel to the Bay Campus is £4.00 per car.  

Car Sharing (Staff only)

Staff choosing to car share will see a reduced cost in parking charges with plans for dedicated spaces in the future. All staff need to be registered on the University Liftshare scheme and after finding a partner and agreeing to car share apply for a car share permit. Registration can be made by clicking on: www.swanseauni.liftshare.com

Cycling

If you want to cycle to the Bay Campus there will be cycle parking adjacent to the academic buildings as well as by the halls of residence. Improvements are being made to National Cycle Route 4 which links the two Campuses and in particular a dedicated cycle entrance onto the campus. Between the two campuses takes 25-30 minutes and about 15 minutes from the town centre. More information about cycling in Swansea.

Public Transport

By Train

High-speed InterCity trains run at hourly intervals from London (Paddington) to Swansea. Travel time approximately 2 hours 50 minutes. The main InterCity services offer connections to Swansea from Birmingham, Bristol Parkway, Cardiff and London. There are also regional services via Sprinter trains to west, mid and north Wales. There are taxi ranks outside High Street Station and St Mary’s Church (city centre).

If you are arriving in Swansea by train, a regular and reliable bus service runs from Swansea railway station to the Bay Campus all through term time with hourly services out of term time too.

Find more information on train services go to - www.nationalrail.co.uk

By Coach

If you are arriving in Swansea by bus/coach to the Quadrant Bus Station, the Bay Campus is served by a range of local bus services – please see the First Cymru website for full details.

By Bus

Buses will run from 06.30-23.30 weekdays during term- time. There will be a bus every 8 minutes during peak times. Buses will run until 02.00 on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday nights. 

In addition to current bus routes, two new dedicated routes from Hendrefoilan are planned which will be stopping on the Bay Campus itself. Below is a map of routes:

Bus Map updated

For more information on student bus travel around Swansea and timetabling please visit the First Cymru online guide.

Bus ticket prices

Swansea University and First Cymru have negotiated a new ticket for both staff and students for the ‘Swansea City’ area. This means that an academic year bus pass for staff and students travelling within Swansea and between the campuses will cost just £310 in 2017-2018.

  • Term 1 only - £135
  • Term 2 only - £135
  • Term 3 only - £85
  • Summer Holiday only - £125
  • Academic Year - £310
  • Full year - £360

 *Bus pass allows unlimited bus travel within this zone. Passes for wider geographic areas are also available subject to higher price.

How to purchase a bus ticket

Tickets can be purchased from the Travel Shop in Fulton House or via the First Cymru ‘mTickets’ app (available to download from Google Play or App Store). There will be a monthly payment mechanism available for staff via the University.

By Air

FROM HEATHROW AIRPORT

Train: Either take the Rail-Air Link bus to Reading and the train from Reading to Port Talbot (or Swansea for Singleton Park Campus), or take the train from Heathrow to London (Paddington) and the train from Paddington to Port Talbot (or Swansea).

Bus: Take bus 201 or 202 from the airport bus station to Swansea.

FROM GATWICK AIRPORT

Train: Take the train from Gatwick to Reading and the train from Reading to Swansea.

Bus: Take bus 201 or 202 from the airport bus station to Swansea.

FROM CARDIFF INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

Catch a bus or take a taxi to central Cardiff and then make rail or Greyhound connection to Swansea.