Friday, 23 May 2014

X4: Cardiff - Hereford


The X4 connects the capital of Wales with England's non-Somerset cider capital, passing through the Brecon Beacons National Park on the way. It's operated by Stagecoach and runs every 30 mins between Cardiff and Brynmawr, hourly to Abergavenny and every 2 hours to Hereford Mon-Sat daytimes. Click here to discover other bus routes in Wales and here for other routes in the Midlands.


Places served




Only one stop is served in the capital: stand C1 at the bus station, right outside Cardiff Central railway station:

There is tons to see and do in Cardiff. Follow these links for some ideas:




Here too, the X4 is in express mode stopping only at the bus station, using stand 10 towards Hereford and stand 11 towards Cardiff:

Here are some ideas of things to see and do in Pontypridd:




The X4 only stops at the bus station here too, using stand 16 towards Hereford and stand 15 towards Cardiff:

Try these links for ideas of things to do in Merthyr Tydfil:




Calling only at the bus station in Tredegar, the X4 uses stand 3 towards Hereford and stand 1 towards Cardiff:

The National Health Service was first conceived here in Tredegar. You can discover more of this town's remarkable significance to the whole UK at Bedwellty:




The X4's only stops in Ebbw Vale are on the Inner Bypass in the town centre: stop 5 to Hereford and stop 2 to Cardiff:




The X4 calls in to Brynmawr Bus Station, stand 2 in both directions:

Why not stop off in Brynmawr and visit the museum?:




Buses in both directions stop by the Post Office, buses to Hereford on the right and buses to Cardiff on the left:

If you fancy a meal and/or a drink in a charming 17th century coaching inn, then alight here for the Beaufort Arms.




Buses in both directions use stand 1 at Abergavenny Bus Station:

Here's what there is to see and do in Abergavenny:




Buses in both directions stop outside one of the oldest pubs in the world: the Skirrid Mountain Inn is about a thousand years old. Buses to Hereford stop adjacent to the pub, buses to Cardiff stop opposite, where the kerb is raised:





Our final village in Wales, Pandy's main bus stops are near the Pandy Inn on the A465. Buses towards Hereford stop here:

...and buses towards Cardiff stop over the road here:

The Pandy Inn itself has mixed reviews.




We're in England now. Buses stop in both directions here at the Post Office. Buses towards Hereford adjacent and buses towards Cardiff opposite the Post Office:




Buses to Hereford stop here on the A465 near the school:

Buses towards Cardiff stop over the road:




Buses towards Cardiff start from stand 7 at Hereford's Country Bus Station:

They also call at stand 3 on Maylord Orchards, nearer the shops:

Here are some ideas of what to do in Hereford:

Timetables

See the full timetable on Stagecoach's website. Journeys that run as far as either Abergavenny or Hereford only are shown in the version provided by Monmouthshire Council (it excludes the 'short' journeys that run between Cardiff and Brynmawr only).

Here are you links for live scheduled departures from major stops towards Hereford:



...and back towards Cardiff:


Tickets


The cheapest day ticket that is valid throughout route X4 is the Day Explorer at £7.50, which is valid on all routes operated by Stagecoach South Wales, with the exception of route T4 north of Felinfach.

If you need to connect with buses of other operators in South Wales, then the Network Rider at £8 for a day is valid on many (but not all) other operators. Cardiff Bus for example sell and accept this ticket, but First do not.


If you're arriving in Hereford by train and are only making local journeys, then the Hereford Plusbus is valid on the X4 between the Country Bus Station and Haywood Turn only.

Connections


See a map of all bus routes in Cardiff here and Stagecoach routes here. Here are your major bus connections from Cardiff:



Change at Pontypridd for Stagecoach 60/60A to Aberdare. See a map of all Stagecoach routes in the Rhondda Valley here.

Change at Merthyr Tydfil for



Change at Tredegar for Stagecoach 56 to Newport. See a map of all Stagecoach routes in Blaenau Gwent here.

Change at Ebbw Vale for:


Change at Brynmawr for Stagecoach X15 towards Newport.

Change at Abergavenny for:
Stagecoach X33 to Pontypool and Cardiff
Stagecoach 43/X43 to Brecon
Phil Anslow/NAT 83 to Monmouth

See maps of bus routes covering the whole of Herefordshire here. From Hereford, you can connect with the following services:


The X4 passes near to the following railway stations



Valley Lines rail map with the X4's route added in yellow.

Larger rail map omitting smaller stations showing the X4's route in yellow.

Alternatives

Stagecoach T4 provides additional buses between Cardiff and Merthyr Tydfil. Stagecoach X3/X33 provide an alternative route between Cardiff and Abergavenny.

From many points on the route, you can catch direct trains to/from Cardiff and other destinations. Arriva Trains Wales operates all of the trains on these lines. You can easily look up rail fares here. Cardiff to Hereford by train costs £20.60 for an adult single or £21.50 for an off-peak (travel after 0829 weekdays, anytime weekends) day return.

All of the information in this post is correct at the time of writing, but please check the relevant links before travelling.

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