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Directions to Bangor

Bangor is close to the fast North Wales Expressway (A55) linking into the UK and European motorway networks. As long as you are the passenger you can also enjoy some wonderful scenery with views of the mountains and the sea passing the Great Orme at LLandudno, Conway Harbour, and the islands of Anglesey.

By Road

You can "zoom-out" from this interactive location map (provided by Google map) to see exactly where we are located, and use it to plan your route by road.

In most cases, the fastest route to Bangor is the A55 expressway along the North Wales coast.

  • If you are travelling from the South/West of England from the M6, follow the M54 signs towards Shrewsbury, Wrexham and Chester to the A55 to Bangor.
  • If you are travelling from the North, you need to take the M56 and then the A55 to Bangor.
  • From West Wales, you should follow the A487 to Aberystwyth, and then via Dolgellau, Porthmadog and Caernarfon to Bangor.
  • From South Wales the best route is via Hereford, Leominster and Shrewsbury, then follow Wrexham and Chester signs to the A55 to Bangor.

By Boat

Ferries from Ireland: visit and

If you are arriving at Holyhead, there is a rail link to Bangor (journey time about 30 minutes).  For more ferry information, visit

By Air

Bangor is only 90 minutes by car from Manchester International Airport. If you are arriving at Manchester Airport, there are bus and rail links to Bangor (journey time about 3 hours) running hourly approximately on the hour. Please check the National Rail web site for details.

Flights to Manchester: visit
Flights to Liverpool :

By Train

Bangor Station is on the mainline (Irish Mail) with fast direct links to London, Cardiff and Crewe (and the rest of the mainline network). For rail information, National Rail have a website.

Finding the University Campus Buildings

You can download a map of the university campus here.

Other Information for Visitors

Bangor University website has a Visitors Page which contains useful links to travel information resources.