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The nearest major airport to Hay on Wye is Cardiff Airport, approximately 68 miles to the south. Also, Birmingham Airport and Bristol Airport are both less than two hours drive away.
Cardiff Airport is a major international airport in Wales, with several airlines providing flights to a wide selection of international and domestic destinations. The majority of international routes are to Spain, Ireland and the Netherlands.
It is a well equipped airport and offers a useful number of amenities, such as ATMs, money exchange desks, tourist information kiosks, car rental desks, a duty free shop and places to eat and drink.
Birmingham Airport is the seventh busiest airport in the United Kingdom, with over 25 airlines offering flights to over 110 destinations, including domestic routes as well as international routes to Europe, the Middle East, North America, the Caribbean and the Indian subcontinent.
Bristol Airport hosts over 15 airlines, flying to over 100 domestic and international destinations, mainly in Europe and North Africa.
Both Bristol and Birmingham airports are bigger than Cardiff Airport, and offer a broader range of facilities, in particular a much bigger selection of shops and restaurants.
Hay on Wye is a sleepy, relaxed market town for most of the year, but during the famous literary festival in May and June it becomes extremely busy. It’s a great time to visit, and you could see many famous faces walking around the town, though you might struggle to find accommodation if you don’t book well in advance.
Those of an astronomical bent might like to visit for the Haye on Wye Dark Skies Festival, which takes place in April, while those with feet planted more firmly on the ground might prefer the Hay Walking Festival in October.
By car, Cardiff Airport is about an hour and a half away, while Bristol and Birmingham airports are both less than two hours away, and driving is the quickest and easiest way to get to Hay on Wye.
The nearest train station to Hay on Wye is Hereford in England, about 20 miles away. There are regular trains to Hereford from Cardiff and Birmingham. There is a bus service from Hereford which takes around an hour, or you can get a taxi which will be quicker but a lot more expensive.
If you book a car hire in advance through Expedia, you will be able to pick up a car at the airport soon after your flight touches down, saving yourself a great deal of time and effort.