Once upon a time there were 3 train stations in this small country town. Built by three different, private railway companies during the mid-late 19th century love affair with steam engines they helped to put Victorian Brecon on to the map.
The Cathedral Lych Gate was built as a memorial to Joseph Richard Cobb who had promoted the construction of the Brecon and Merthyr Railway. I can remember arriving in Brecon many times by train - just for days out. But as a result of the cuts in rail services that followed the notorious Beeching Report the last train from Brecon ran in 1963. Like many other rural communities it suffered some neglect and isolation until car ownership made it once again accessible.
Now environmental considerations are turning planners to the need for good public transport services. But Brecon is still not an easy destination and a car journey of one hour can stretch to two if undertaken by bus and train.
For some national, local and seasonal services see -
The good news is that walkers and cyclists are well catered for. The town is at the centre of the National Park with access to excellent walking and cycling trails.
The shop "Bikes and Hikes" in the Cattle Market Car Park is one of several in the town that hire bikes.
Tel 01874 610071
For a more leisurely outing take a return canal trip of 2 and a half hours from the canal basin and through one of the locks from Dragonfly Cruises 07831 689522
For families with children - Pedaloes and rowing boats can be hired at The Promenade Boathouse on the river. It is also a great place for picnics - summer only. Tel.01874 622995
I went to Brecon by a bus of the Sixty-Sixty bus company, but unfortunately this connection was cancelled in the end of March 2012.
Now the best option (as far as I can see!) to get to Brecon from Cardiff is by Stagecoach bus, they leave Cardiff from monday to tuesday at 08.20am, 10.20am, and from then on roughly every two hours. As these times are exactly the times of the former Sixty-Sixty connection, I assume that they have just taken over their services. Stagecoach does the reverse journey - from Brecon to Cardiff - every two hours as well.
There is another company doing this journey, Beacons Bus, but it only runs on sundays and public holidays in the summer.
National Express goes to Brecon as well, there is one bus in the evening going from Cardiff to Brecon, and one in the morning from Brecon to Cardiff. With only £4 per journey it is very affordable, but of course if you want to stay in Brecon for one day, you need to stay overnight twice if you do this!
Links and current timetables:
This small town makes a very good base for staying in the area without a car, as it's a travel hub for many bus companies. You can get a bus here to most other towns around. A day trip to the big cities, Cardiff and Swansea, is possible, as are bus tours to Hereford, Abergavenny, Llandovery and others. Brecon is like the centerpiece in a wheel, with the bus services being the spokes.
There are two bus stops in Brecon, the main one ,in front of the Wellington statue, is called Bulwark. Here you can check the schedules and find out which company will take you where.
Not too far further down the street, hidden by a curve, there is the second bus stop, called Watton.This is the stop for the buses to Abergavenny, but the schedule for this service is printed at the Bulwark. Confusing, not only for tourists, but once you know it, it's no problem.
National Express also serves Brecon. For the websites of other bus companies, check my Brecon Beacons page, transportation.