Getting Around, Newport Travel, Transport and Car Rental

(Newport, Gwent, South Wales, UK)

Picture of Newport's modern bridgeThe public transport network on offer both in and around the city of Newport is enormous, covering a vast distance. With local buses providing travel around Newport and beyond, many locals choose train travel when journeying further afield, and it is possible to travel between Newport and London in just 90 minutes.

Well connected to the whole of Gwent by a series of main roads, driving a car is always a popular way to travel around Newport and offers the perfect way to investigate the surrounding countryside. Those looking for a more leisure mode of transport should consider cycling along one of the city's three main bicycle trails, which are particularly scenic at times.

Airports / Arriving by Air

Newport is relatively easy to reach by air, with several international airports being located nearby and connected by the M4 motorway. Bristol Airport is around 56 km / 35 miles from Newport, while Cardiff Airport is slightly closer, with a total distance of 47 km / 29 miles. London's Heathrow Airport is considerably further from Newport being around 200 km / 124 miles away and featuring a travel time of over two hours, although it is still within easy driving distance and is one of the UK's leading airports:

Photo showing the new footbridge

Car Rental

Car transport is one of the best ways to travel around both central Newport and the surrounding villages and towns. If you arrive by other means, it is easy to rent a car in this part of Wales and well worth spending the money. Newport is sited to the south of the M4 motorway, which links both the south-west of Wales and England, while the nearby A4042 (Turnpike Road) heads directly north and passes the eastern edge of the vast Brecon Beacons National Park. Around the city itself, car parks are simple to find, being clearly signposted and located next to the railway and bus stations, and alongside the Newport Centre, off Kingsway.

Buses and Coaches

Regular bus transport is managed by both Newport Transport and the Cardiff Bus service, connecting these two prominent Welsh cities. The reasonably priced Number 30 buses travel to Cardiff three times an hour, with an overall journey time of approximately 45 minutes. Other local buses offer inexpensive public transport and connect many points of interest around the city and nearby villages, such as Caerleon. Newport Bus Station is situated along the Kingsway, close to the main shops.

Image of the railway station


The Newport Railway Station lies in the very centre of the city and dates back to the mid-19th century, being connected to the Great Western network of train lines. A fast way to travel to many nearby locations, regular mainline trains run roughly every 10 to 15 minutes every hour, meaning that Cardiff can be reached in a mere 15 minutes. Other popular destinations include Swansea, Birmingham, Gloucester, London, Manchester and Nottingham, amongst others. The entrance to the train station can be found on Queensway, while pedestrian access is also possible from Devon Place. An adjacent car park is available, with almost 200 spaces.


Several taxi firms operate in the centre of Newport and pick up at various points. Taxis can also be ordered by telephone and can often be found outside of the city's Railway Station, along Queensway.


Cycling is a particularly pleasant way to travel around this area and the city contains an extensive gridwork of cycle lanes, being known as the National Cycle Network (NCN). There are three main NCN cycle routes within Newport, forming parts of both the Celtic stretch and the Heads of the Valleys trail.