The closest major airports to Bala are Liverpool John Lennon Airport and Manchester Airport. Liverpool Airport is around 45 miles from Bala, while Manchester is about 65 miles, but it takes roughly the same time to travel to Bala from either airport, at around 1 hour and 20 minutes.
Manchester Airport is the third-busiest airport in the United Kingdom, and hosts over 50 airlines that fly to more than 190 direct destinations and many more indirect destinations around the world. The airport is well equipped to cater for the needs of travellers, and provides ATMs, places to exchange currency, car rental desks, tourist information kiosks, a children’s play area, a prayer room and a large selection of shops, restaurants, bars and cafes. There are also several hotels within the airport, where you can spend the night if you don’t want to rush to catch an early morning flight.
Six airlines fly from Liverpool Airport to over 60 direct destinations in Europe, and many more indirect destinations all over the world. The airport is smaller than Manchester Airport, but offers a comparable range of facilities, including a number of airport hotels.
You can book a direct flight to Manchester Airport from locations in Europe, North America, Africa and Asia, and a direct flight to Liverpool Airport from many airports in Europe. Both airports also offer indirect flights from many more places, as well as a good number of domestic flights within the UK.
There are a number of annual events and festivals held in Bala, and you may wish to arrange your holiday to coincide with one of them.
Pyranha Fest is an white-water rafting festival held over a weekend in September at the National White Water Centre on the River Tryweryn. It features a number of kayaking courses and events, including a cardboard kayak race, and games, music, films, food and a party in the big top each night.
The North Wales Country Fair is a two-day event held in Bala in June, celebrating the rural life of the area with stalls selling both local produce and freshly prepared hot meals, and a diverse programme of country activities, such as flycasting, archery, pigeon shooting, falconry, wood carving, ferret racing and more.
The quickest and easiest way to get to Bala from either Manchester Airport or Liverpool John Lennon Airport is by car, and the journey should take around 1 hour and 20 minutes. You can also travel by train and bus, but it can be a little tricky as Bala is not connected to the national rail network. You could travel by train to Wrexham or Barmouth and then catch a bus to Bala.
If you book a car rental through Expedia before you travel, you can pick up your car from one of the desks at the airport and get to Bala as soon as possible after your flight touches down.