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How do to Wales in 8 days

Please indulge me if this info is already posed in here (I'm sure it is).

For 8-ish days in mid-September:

  1. I fly Boston to where? LHR? LGW? STN? Does it matter?
  2. Then I can board a train from the airport to Cardiff? Chester?
  3. Then pick up a rental car and do a loop: SE to SW to NW to NE Wales.
  4. Drop off car and train it back to a London airport?

Is that the/a way to do it?

Thanks.

Posted by
5817 posts

Look to fly into a nearer airport, for example Manchester or Birmingham. It will likely save you a load of time.

Posted by
1141 posts

Problem there is I'm less likely to get a nonstop, and it'll probably be more expensive.

Does it make any sense to fly into Prestwick/Glasgow?

Another question: Pick up the car at the airport when I arrive and just do the loop from there? I've seen Bath, but I could hit Stratford-upon-Avon, Chester, and such on my way.

Posted by
372 posts

There are direct flights from Boston to Manchester and Birmingham as Emma says. Also connecting flights to Bristol and Liverpool. Not sure how they compare on price but they are certainly more convenient for Wales than London ( no advantage going to Prestwick). Yes hire a car and do the loop as you suggest. Only advantage in first catching a train is to avoid driving jet lagged so work out flights first.

Posted by
5817 posts

Prestwick/Glasgow is an even worse option than flying into London. :-)
Even if it does cost a little more I still think Birmingham or Manchester makes more sense. It will save you time, they are smaller, easier airports to deal with and any additional costs will probably be wiped out by savings in onward travel costs from the airport.
Both airports also have better onward train connections than any of the London airports. Land in Birmingham or Manchester and you will be in Wales in less than 2hours. Land in one of the London airports and it will take you an hour to get in to the city, or even a car hire place, before you even start to make connections back out again.

Personally I would never recommend driving long distances on the "wrong" side of the road after a long flight. It is stressful and potentially dangerous if you aren't use to it.

Posted by
1141 posts

Yes, I've never picked up a car upon arrival--rented a car only twice in Europe, but after being on the ground for a while.

I assume an automatic transmission would be best. I normally like a stick, but how does it work with the driver's seat on the right? Stick in left hand (duh)? Clutch is which foot?

I see no nonstops to Birmingham, and only one on the over leg to Manchester.

Now I remember why I keep going to France--easiest for nonstops over and back.

Posted by
279 posts

If you are used to driving a stick, driving a stick shift with your other hand is not a big deal. However narrow roads bordered with stone walls can be exciting. A good nav program and an alert co-pilot help a lot.

Posted by
1216 posts

The advantage of Heathrow if you have to fly in via London is that at least you’re on the correct side of London so you don’t drive through London itself to get west. And it’s roughly 3 traffic circles from the LHR rental car pick up to the M road away from traffic madness- just park yourself in the slow lane at the prevailing speed and keep going westward

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1141 posts

How about flying into Dublin and then taking a boat to Angelsey?