Flights to Dolgellau
While Dolgellau is not particularly close to any airport, Liverpool John Lennon Airport and Manchester International Airport are 80 and 90 miles away, respectively, making a flight as a starting point to your stay in Dolgellau a realistic option. Cardiff Airport is 135 miles away, so this is also a possibility.
Travel by public transport from the airports to Dolgellau is a lengthy process, but a taxi or hire car journey considerably reduces time spent reaching your final destination. This is really the best means to travel once your flight has landed. Car hire is something that you can arrange in advance through Expedia if you choose.
Dolgellau from Liverpool John Lennon Airport
For a stay in Dolgellau via Liverpool John Lennon Airport, you can choose from a total of 233 flights every week. This includes nonstop flights from 42 cities across the globe, focusing particularly on Europe and North Africa.
By car, the drive to Dolgellau takes about two hours via the A494. Bus or train, or a combination of the two, may take anything up to five hours including changes.
Dolgellau from Manchester International Airport
There is a lot more choice of flights to and from Manchester Airport. It handles 3,000 international flights and over 2,000 domestic flights every week of the year, with nonstop flights to about 200 cities worldwide.
To reach Dolgellau by road, via the M56 and A494, takes two hours - that is, if you are in a car. The bus schedule estimates a massive seven hours, with all the changes! Bus and train together take a mere three and a half hours.
Dolgellau from Cardiff Airport
Cardiff Airport carries more than two million passengers each year. There are non-stop flights to and from nearly 60 destinations, most of which are in the UK and Europe, but there are also direct flights to both Barbados and Florida. More than 900 connecting flights make it possible to fly into Cardiff Airport for a stay in Dolgellau wherever you are in the world.
Public transport after your flight is probably best avoided. The train takes nearly six hours and the bus anything between five and seven hours, depending on the route and changes. By car, the journey is just over three hours across some stunningly beautiful Welsh countryside, so is to be recommended.
En Route to Dolgellau from the Airports
All three airport cities — Liverpool, Manchester and Cardiff — are well worth a visit after your inbound flight, before you immerse yourself in the mountain scenery and rural peace of Dolgellau. Some highlights are Liverpool's two cathedrals and the famous ferry across the Mersey, while Manchester has the National Football Museum and the Whitworth Art Gallery. Cardiff has the castle and the Dr Who Experience, by way of contrast.
Cross-country, from the north, the drive will take you through Snowdonia National Park with its breathtaking scenery. From Cardiff, to the south, your route takes you through the beautiful Brecon Beacons.