Pontypridd is one of our most visited town in South Wales, and it’s no secret why. This bustling market town is jam packed with things to do for the whole family. The town’s roots as a 19th century coal mining town show in its beautiful historical architecture, but its culture certainly moves with the times.
There's so much to do in the Rhondda Valleys. Visit the Welsh Mining Experience museum, or take a leisurely stroll at Barry Sidings Countryside Park. Whether you’re visiting the Rhondda for a day out, or live and work in the area, Stagecoach offers a quick and convenient route from A to B.
Aberdare has long been known as one of Wales’ cultural hubs, so it’s no surprise it’s one of our most travelled areas in South Wales. It’s home to the Coliseum Theatre and Cynon Valley Museum Trust, but it’s not just the cultural hotspots that make it a great place to visit.
If you’re the outdoorsy type, Aberdare is home to plenty of countryside beauty spots, great for walking, hiking, cycling and more. If you’re a fan of the great outdoors, why not take a trip to Four Falls Trail, Cynon Trail or Dare Valley Country Park? Stagecoach offers a convenient, comfortable and affordable route to, within and from Aberdare – whether you’re just visiting, or there to stay.
If your travels in the area are few and far between, our single and return passes always offer excellent value. For more regular travelers, our dayrider and megarider tickets offer unlimited Stagecoach Rhondda and Aberdare travel. Dayriders offer unlimited boarding for 24 hours, or you can choose how long your ticket is valid for if you go for a megarider.
We also offer a range of passes, great if you live or commute in the town. If you travel fairly often, take a look at our weekly, over a week and longer than a month tickets – added value is guaranteed. Group tickets are also up for grabs – great for days out with friends and family in tow. Concession passes and mytravelpass tickets for those aged 16 to 21 are available too – but don’t forget to bring the relevant ID or pass along with you.
You can buy all of our tickets and passes in cash, straight from our driver when you board. Don’t carry change? No problem – many of our services now accept contactless card payments, but you can also buy your pass or ticket in advance online. Mobile tickets can even be purchased via the Stagecoach app – download for both Apple and Android devices.
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Travel between Pontypridd & Aberdare
Planning your next visit to Aberdare? Our most popular services include the 60 & 61 routes from Pontypridd, calling in areas such as Fernhill and Abercwmboi before reaching Aberdare in just short of an hour. Both routes pass by a number of schools along the way, making them popular services for students. You can also get to popular destinations like Ynysangharad Park, Ponty Lido, Dare Valley Country Park & Aberdare Market.
Travel from Pontypridd to Merthyr Tydfil
Our T4 and X4 services to Merthyr Tydfil are also pretty well travelled – at just a 20-minute journey, it’s a great getaway right on Pontypridd's doorstep. Perfect for the whole family, make sure to visit spots like Cyfarthfa Castle Museum and Art Gallery, Brecon Mountain Railway, Ynysfach Engine House and Morlais Castle on your trip.
Visit Bridgend and Porthcawl from Aberdare
Already in Aberdare, and looking for ideas for your next day trip? Bridgend is a popular place to visit for our Aberdare passengers, and with attractions like McArthur Glen Designer Outlet and maybe onto Porthcawl and Rest Bay beach for fish & chips it’s no wonder the service 172 is always bustling! The 6 and 9 services to Merthyr Tydfil are also popular lines, getting from A to B in around half an hour.
Travel from the Rhondda Valleys to Caerphilly
Our 120 service to Caerphilly is a great getaway right on your doorstep. Perfect for the whole family, from a vibrant town centre full of shops.Make sure to visit spots like Caerphilly Castle to step back into History!
Located in the heart of the town centre, Aberdare bus station makes it easy to reach key attractions on foot. Aberdare Golf Club, Dare Valley Country Park and Aberdare Park are all just steps away. Many educational institutions are close by too, such as St John the Baptist School, Ysgol Gynradd Gymraeg and Park Lane School. Want to kill some time before catching your next Stagecoach service? Why not grab a bite to eat at McDonald's Aberdare or Yr Ieuan Ap Iago JD Wetherspoon? If you’re planning to stay in Aberdare, Mount Pleasant Hotel and Dare Valley Community Woodland are also nearby – perfect if you’d like to just drop off your luggage and get to exploring.
Located in the heart of the city centre, Pontypridd bus station couldn’t be more convenient. Ynysangharad War Memorial Park is moments away, as well as key shopping spots like B&Q, B&M, Argos, Currys PC World and Sainsbury’s.
The cost of travel in the Rhondda can soon add up with modes of transport like taxis and trains. If you’re looking for a more affordable route around the town, our range of tickets and passes are guaranteed to provide much fairer value. Don’t forget, there’s multiple ways to pay with Stagecoach, so you’ll never be caught in a pinch either.
With services running as often as every 15 minutes, you’ll never be waiting around for long – especially if you’re taking a spontaneous trip. However, if you’re feeling a little more organised, you can plan your whole trip with us in advance with our handy Plan a Journey tool. Choose Stagecoach for an affordable journey, without compromising on comfort, class or convenience.
The Rhondda Valleys and Aberdare has so much to offer and you certainly won't be short of things to do! Check out a few of our suggestions below.
The Play Yard Treorchy
If the weather isn't so kind and you're looking for somewhere to entertain the kids why not jump on the 120 to the Play Yard in Treorchy? Their play area has lots to keep your little ones entertained for hours, with ball pits, trampoline, climbing areas and a huge slide. You can also get a free hot drink with your bus ticket when you join Stagecoach Rewards!
Rhondda Heritage Park
For a fascinating day out exploring the history of the Rhondda Valleys head for the Rhondda Heritage Park on out 132 service. You can follow in the footsteps of the miners who once worked at the Lewis Merthyr Colliery, right here in the heart of the Rhondda Valley. There's also the Barry Siding Country Park nearby for a breath of fresh air!
Cardiff must see attraction is Cardiff Castle is one of Wales’ leading heritage attractions. It's located at the heart of the capital, within beautiful parklands, the Castle has nearly 2,000 years of history just waiting to be uncovered. In the castle you can discover the Black Tower Tales, an exciting new experience re-telling the story of Llywelyn Bren, a forgotten hero of medieval Welsh history.
Showcase Cinema Nantgarw
If you would like to catch up with the latest blockbuster a trip to the Showcase Cinema is a must! You can get there in just 20 minutes on our 120 service from Pontypridd.