Public Transport: Frequently asked questions

What are Coastal Buses?

Pembrokeshire Coastal Bus Services are local bus services that travel along the coast, seven days a week during the summer and two days a week during the winter, to access walks, beaches, boat trips, local villages and attractions. There are 5 in all
Poppit Rocket -service 405
Strumble Shuttle-service 404
Celtic Coaster-service 403
Puffin Shuttle -service 400
Celtic Coaster -service 387/388


Why are they running?

They help locals and visitors get to the coast without having to use a car. Whatever your interest, the coastal bus services are perfect for you!


How do I use them?

You can use the coastal buses for both 'out' and 'back' journeys or simply use the bus for your outward journey and walk back to your destination. This enables you to walk the Coast Path in one direction without having to retrace your steps. Catching a bus in Pembrokeshire is easy. All coastal buses operate on a 'Hail & Ride' basis in rural areas, so all you have to do is signal to the driver to stop. Passengers can be picked up or set down at any point along the bus route - providing it is safe to do so.


puffin shuttleWhere do I catch the bus?

The buses run to a timetable, which describes where the bus stops are located. In towns you catch the bus at a recognised bus stop, but once you get into the countryside the buses operate on a 'Hail and Ride' basis, which means you don't have to find a bus stop to catch the bus. Simply join the road and flag the bus down as it passes you.


How will I know where to get off the bus?

Our local drivers are very knowledgeable about the area and will help you locate walking drop-off and pick-up points, find your destination or recommend one!
When do they run?
Summer: All coastal buses run seven days a week during the summer, between May to September.
Winter: The Poppit Rocket, Strumble Shuttle, Puffin Shuttle & Coastal Cruiser run to a reduced winter timetable from October to April.


Where do they run?

Pembrokeshire Coastal bus services run up and down the National Park coastline, ensuring that the entire length of the 186-mile (299km) Pembrokeshire Coast Path National Trail, from St Dogmaels to Amroth, is accessible by public transport.



How much does the bus cost?

It is difficult to give you an exact fare, as all buses are registered local services, with fares structured accordingly. If you would like to know the cost please ring the bus operator directly, contact details are shown on the timetables.

All Wales Concessionary Bus Pass holders travel free on all buses - simply show your pass to the driver.

WEST WALES ROVER TICKET - If you are travelling on lots of buses in one day the West Wales Rover Ticket offers great value. Tickets are valid for all day travel (one day only) at the cost of £7.00 for adults and £3.50 for children. A child accompanying an adult holding a Rover ticket can travel for free. Simply ask the bus driver for a West Wales Rover Ticket on the first bus you use in the day.

If you are planning to come to Pembrokeshire by public transport and will be travelling around a lot by bus and train, look into the WALES FLEXI PASS.


Where do I get a bus timetable?

For all travel enquires visit www.travelinecymru.org.uk All bus timetables are also available to download and print off. Pembrokeshire County Council's website. Simply click on 'Timetables' in the public transport section If you would like a timetable leaflet sent to you in the post please email Pembrokeshire Greenways: greenways@pembrokeshire.gov.uk


How do I walk the Coast Path without a car?

Easy! Catch a train, coach or ferry into Pembrokeshire and then use the buses to get around. The beauty of using the coastal buses is that you can walk the Coast Path in one direction without having to worry about collecting a car at the end of the day. By using the buses to travel up and down the coast, it also means you can stay in your accommodation for more nights. See the 'Coast Path' section for itinerary ideas.


Broadhaven southCan I bring my dog on the bus?

Yes, your dog is welcome on the bus (at the driver's discretion) providing they are clean, kept on a lead and sit on the floor out of the way of other passengers. All we ask is that you be a responsible owner and clean up after your little friend - leave only paw prints behind!


Can I bring my bike on the bus/train?

Unfortunately bus in Pembrokeshire do not have dedicated bike racks , but Greenways is working on improving this for the future!
Don't forget you can carry bikes on trains: 2x bikes on the Arriva Trains Wales and 6x bikes on the First Great Western Trains.


We are a big group, will we get on the bus?

If you are a group of 8+ people wishing to use the coastal buses then please contact the appropriate bus operator in advance of travel to discuss your travel plans (Mon-Fri, during office hours). The bus operator number is listed on the bus timetable.

 

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