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The Explore Wales Pass (formerly the Freedom of Wales Flexi-Pass) is an initiative designed to promote public transport as a user- and environmentally-friendly way of exploring Wales, and visiting a selection of the wide range of attractions it has to offer.  
It is available for eight days' travel (four days by rail, eight by bus), and can cover the whole of Wales,  just Mid and North Wales, or South Wales only.

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Using the Explore Wales Pass, visitors have unlimited travel on network rail services at weekends and Bank Holidays and after 9:15am Monday to Friday. On the Central  (Heart of) Wales Line; between Carmarthen and Pembroke Dock, Milford Haven and Fishguard Harbour; between Machynlleth and Aberystwyth/Pwllheli; between Llandudno and Blaenau Ffestiniog; and between Wrexham and Bidston routes, the tickets are valid all day and every day. There is unlimited travel on most scheduled bus services; and discounted travel on ten preserved railways:  

The  Explore Wales Pass also gives Two-for-One admission to Cadw Welsh Historic Monument sites; 20% discount admission to National Trust properties; 10% discount at some YHA youth hostels (one stay only); 1 off adult, student and senior citizen fares on City Sightseeing Guide Friday open-top tours of Cardiff, and Chester, and 20% off Newport and Llandudno tours; and up to 20% discount or two-for-one entry to selected independent attractions.

The Passes tickets are obtainable from staffed stations and appointed travel agents, or from the www.Explore Wales Pass.co.uk website. When you buy your ticket, ask for your free travel pack, which includes maps, guides, and full details of attractions included and the discount vouchers for them.

2014 Prices:

Freedom of Wales 8-day Explore Wales Pass 
Valid 8 days bus/any 4 days train#
Freedom of South Wales 8-day Rover 
Valid 8 days bus/any 4 days train#
Freedom of North and Mid Wales 8-day Rover 
Valid 8 days bus/any 4 days train#

Children passes are half the above fares;
Railcard holders: approx one-third reduction on above prices

#  =  Train travel after 9:15am Weekdays
(except as indicated at top of page)

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Page created February 26 1999. Last updated
May 18 2014

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