X3: Cardiff - Hereford

*UPDATED 26th June 2022*

The X3 connects the capital of Wales with foodlovers' paradise Abergavenny, and on over the border to Hereford. It's operated by Stagecoach and runs hourly between Ponntypool and Abergavenny, every 2 hours to Hereford and 4 times a day to Cardiff Mon-Sats. It's operated by StagecoachClick here to discover other bus routes in Wales and here for other routes in the Midlands.

Places served

The X4 starts from Philharmonic stop JP on St Mary Street, near to Cardiff Central railway station:

Next stop is stop GH on Greyfriars Road:

Followed by stop HC on Dumfries Place:


Lidl supermarket Cwmbran

At Pontytpool Town Hall on Hanbury Road/Clarence Street, buses to Hereford use stand 3 and buses to Cardiff use stand 2:

Buses to Hereford use stand 2 and buses back to Cardiff use stand 4 at Abergavenny Bus Station:

Supermarket: Aldi Abergavenny near the bus station

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:

Skirrid Mountain Inn

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

...and back towards Cardiff:


Look up single and return fares using the ticket finder on Stagecoach's website.

The cheapest day ticket that is valid throughout route X3 is the Stagecoach South Wales All Zones Dayrider at £8.70, 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 East Wales, then the Network Rider at £9 for a day is valid throughout route X3 and on most bus operators' services in South East Wales.

If you're arriving in Hereford by train and are only making local journeys, then the Hereford Plusbus is valid on the X3 between the Country Bus Station and Haywood Turn only.


Here are your major bus connections from Cardiff:

Change at Cwmbran for:

Change at Pontypool for:

Change at Abergavenny for:

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

The X3 passes near to the following railway stations


Stagecoach X24 provides additional buses between Cwmbran and Pontypool.

From many points on the route, you can catch direct trains to/from Cardiff and other destinations. Transport for Wales operates most of the trains on these lines. You can easily look up rail fares here. Cardiff to Hereford by train costs £25.50 for an adult single or £24.70 for an off-peak (travel after 0930 and not between 1600 and 1830 weekdays, anytime weekends) day return.

Long Distance Footpaths

Click here to discover other bus routes in Wales and here for other routes in the Midlands.

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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