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Coastal Buses - Frequently Asked Questions

Coastal Bus
Click the link to download the Pembrokeshire Coastal Bus Timetables.

What are coastal buses?

Pembrokeshire Coastal Bus Services are local bus services that travel along the coast, seven days a week during the summer, to access walks, beaches, boat trips, local villages and attractions.

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 and 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.

Where 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.

Coastal Bus Network

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 and September.

Winter: the Poppit Rocket, Strumble Shuttle, Puffin Shuttle and Coastal Cruiser run to a reduced winter timetable from October to April.

Are the buses running this winter?

Four out of the five coastal buses are running now: Poppit Rocket, Strumble Shuttle, Puffin Shutle and Coastal Crusier. They offer a reduced service during the winter, which reflects demand at this time of year, but they do run.

In addition to these buses there are local bus services that run all year round, with limited Sunday services in the summer. See above link to the timetable for further information.

When do the buses run in the summer?

The coastal buses run seven days a week throughout the summer, to the same timetable every day, even on Sundays and Bank Holidays. Timetables are available online, from Tourist Information Centres and are also printed in Coast to Coast.

Where do they run?

Pembrokeshire Coastal bus services run along 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 the coastal 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 Bus Pass holders travel free on the coastal buses - simply show your pass to the driver.

West Wales Ranger Ticket – If you are travelling on lots of buses in one day the West Wales Rover Ticket offers great value. 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 Explore Wales Pass, which is accepted on all coastal buses.

Where do I get a bus timetable?

Click the link to download a copy of the Pembrokeshire Coastal Bus Timetable. If you would like a timetable leaflet sent to you in the post please email Pembrokeshire Greenways: greenways@pembrokeshire.gov.uk

Additionally Traveline is an all Wales one stop shop for Public Transport information. When planning a journey visit Traveline.

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.

Can 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.

Are the costal buses accessible?

Yes, the coastal buses are accessible low floor vehicles, with exception of the Celtic Coaster in St Davids. This vehicle does have a rear wheelchair lift. If you wish to contact the bus operator, Alun Phillips in advance of travel to discuss your travel plans telephone 07989 530662 (Mon-Fri, during office hours).

Can I bring my bike on the bus?

Unfortunately the coastal buses do not currently carry bike racks, but Greenways is working on improving this for the future.

However, don't forget you can carry bikes on trains: 2x bikes on Arriva Trains Wales and 6x bikes on First Great Western trains.

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

If you are a group of eight or more 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's number is listed on the bus timetable.

Related Material

Pembrokeshire Coastal Bus Timetable - The latest timetable for the buses serving the Pembrokeshire Coast.
Bus timetables - List of bus timetables in Pembrokeshire, including Coastal buses - links to PCC website.
Coast to Coast - Coast to Coast includes summer bus timetables.
National Rail - Train Timetables.
Traveline Cymru - All Wales up to date public transport timetable information.
Pembrokeshire Greenways - Sustainable transport partnership within Pembrokeshire.
Explore Wales Pass - All Wales Bus and Train Flexi Pass Ticket.