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Going to Swansea for a sunny day out on the beach or a weekend away? Frequent rail services can take you to Swansea from London in a little over three hours and from Cardiff in a little over an hour, so you'll be exploring the city in no time.

Originally known as Swansea High Street, Swansea train station is the first and last of seven rail hubs that once served the south Wales city. The station is situated a mile from the main Quadrant shopping centre.

Opened in 1850, the Chepstow-to-Swansea line was designed by Isambard Kingdom Brunel; it was redeveloped in 1879 and again in 1923 when the platform canopies were installed. They still provide shelter from the drizzle nearly a century later. In 2012 another much-needed facelift, £7.6 million worth, was completed. With concourse remodelled and a glass partition inserted towards the back of the station, passengers no longer have to deal with the problematic draft and can enjoy the flood of natural light across the platforms.

The words 'Ambition is critical' are inscribed at the threshold of the station's entrance. They're part of the 1990's Swansea council initiative which commissioned local artists to produce poems for landmarks in the town. Poet David Hughes' optimistic lines are a witty retort to Swansea's nickname: the 'Graveyard of ambition'.

Station details & facilities

Ticket Office opening hours:
  • Monday to Friday open from 05:15:00 until 20:00:00
  • Saturday open from 06:15:00 until 20:00:00
  • Sunday open from 08:00:00 until 20:00:00
Ticket MachineAvailable
Staff helpUnavailable
Staffing levelThe staff is available at all times.
Oyster PrepayUnavailable
Oyster topupUnavailable
Oyster validatorUnavailable
Pre-purchase collectionAvailable
Left LuggageUnavailable
Left Luggage Websitehttp://www.tfwrail.wales/lostproperty
Lost PropertyAvailable
Lost Property phone number03333 211 202
Lost Property Websitehttp://www.tfwrail.wales/lostproperty
Telephone typesCards and coins
Station BuffetAvailable
Bureau de ChangeUnavailable
Tourist Information OfficeAvailable
Nearest station with more facilities
The platforms are accessible.
Toilets notesThe toilets are located on Platform 1. The National key toilets are located on Platform 1; these toilets are operated by a radar key.
Baby changeAvailable
WiFi notes
Web kioskUnavailable
Staff Help notes
Assistance is provided by either platform staff at the station or the Conductor on the train.
Customer Service notes
Contact our Customer Relations team directly at https://tfwrail.wales/contact-us
Customer help pointsUnavailable
Carpark nameMariners Road (until 30 April 2019). Thereafter please use the top level of Ivy Street (High Street) multistorey car park.
Carpark operatorNational Car Parks Ltd
Car parking spaces41
Cycle storageAvailable
Cycle storage spaces35
Sheltered cycle storageUnavailable
Cycle storage CCTVAvailable
Cycle storage notes
on Platform 1
Cycle storage notesThere are stands available.
Step-free accessStep free access is available throughout the whole station.
Ramps for train accessAvailable
Induction LoopAvailable
Accessible ticket machinesAvailable
Accessible Booking Office counterAvailable
Accessible taxisAccessible taxis are available at this station, please see below for more information
Accessible taxis notes

Swansea station is a major station with taxis usually available on a rank. Advance booking is not normally necessary or even possible, unless arriving early in the morning or late at night. Operators who may accept bookings include:

There is no First Class lounge at this station.

Train services to Swansea station

Swansea train station is mainly served by GWR and Transport for Wales trains. Frequent Transport for Wales services connect Cardiff to Swansea in 1h 6m, Manchester to Swansea in 4h 27m and Shrewsbury to Swansea in 3h 22m. GWR cover the route from London Paddington to Swansea in 3h 22m.

Need more information on how to get to Swansea by train? Check out our dedicated page to trains to Swansea.

How to get from Swansea station to the beach

It takes around 24 minutes to walk from Swansea station to the beach. Once you leave the station, walk south down the High Street until you reach Castle Square, then take a right and walk along Oxford Street. Turn left onto William Street and walk across Vetch Field and down Glamorgan Street. Keep walking until you see the beach ahead of you.

Swansea train station departures and arrivals

Want to know when your next train from/to Swansea station departs? Scroll down this page and click on the ‘Departures’ tab if you want to check all trains departing from Swansea railway station or click on the ‘Arrivals’ tab for more information about all services arriving into Swansea.

The station has four platforms, all with step-free access. There are self-service ticket machines, but the station is also staffed full time. The station has a small cafe, and a WHSmith is located at the front of the station. Cycle storage and disabled parking are also at the front of the station's sole entrance. All toilets are located on platform 1.

Swansea train station parking

Swansea train station has one car park at the front of its main entrance. There are almost 30 parking bays, with three set aside for disabled drivers, so finding a space is relatively easy, even on busy days.

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Frequently asked questions

Is Swansea station open?

Swansea station is open every day that services are running to and from the station. The station usually opens just before the first train of the day leaves and then closes after the last train departs. Ticket office opening hours may vary.

Are trains running today from Swansea station?

Trains arrive into and depart from Swansea station almost every day, although there may be fewer services during the weekends and bank holidays. Check our live train times for up-to-date information on trains running to and from Swansea.

Are there toilets at Swansea station?

Yes, there are toilets available to use at Swansea station.

Are dogs allowed at Swansea station?

Yes, dogs are allowed at Swansea station, but they should be kept on a lead or in a pet carrier at all times.

How do I get from Swansea station to the beach?

It's easy to reach the beach from Swansea train station – you just need to walk for about 24 minutes.

Departures and arrivals from Swansea

Want to check the latest departures and arrivals into Swansea station? Find live information for the next trains departing and arriving at the station below.
Departing toTrainTimePlatformStatus
to London PaddingtonTransport for Wales11:562On time
to London PaddingtonGreat Western Railway12:233On time
to London PaddingtonTransport for Wales12:521On time
to London PaddingtonTransport for Wales12:552On time
to London PaddingtonGreat Western Railway13:233On time
Arriving fromTrainTimePlatformStatus
from London PaddingtonGreat Western Railway12:363Late
from London PaddingtonTransport for Wales12:432On time
from London PaddingtonTransport for Wales12:481On time
from London PaddingtonTransport for Wales13:182On time
from London PaddingtonGreat Western Railway13:333On time
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