Student Travel to Merthyr Tydfil College

Please note: Students coming to the University of South Wales should note that car parking is very limited at all campuses, particularly at the start of the autumn term.

The University strongly recommends that you consider alternative travel arrangements to driving wherever possible. All campuses are serviced by regular public transport links and are easily accessible by road.

The University provides a number of travel facilities and discounts for students as part of our USW Travel Plan 2015 – 2020.

Directions to Campus

Bus Travel

Train Travel

Cycling or Walking

Car Parking and Car Sharing

Bus Travel

At the Merthyr College Campus there is a bus station located directly opposite the college.

Bus Routes and Timetables

Further details of bus routes and timetables can be obtained from Traveline Cymru

Train Travel

Merthyr Tydfil Station is 10 minutes walk from Merthyr Tydfil College.

There is a frequent service both southbound and northbound, with approximately five trains each hour up to Pontypridd and on to Merthyr Tydfil or Aberdare and five trains each hour to Cardiff and on to Barry, Penarth or Bridgend. Browse the latest information and travel updates online with Trainline or National Rail Enquiries

34% Discount on Annual Train Season Tickets for USW Group Students

As part of the USW Group (USW, RWCMD, Merthyr Tydfil College) Travel Plan and in conjunction with Arriva Trains Wales, we are able to offer a 34% discount on Student Annual Train Season Tickets. Tickets are only available where Arriva Trains Wales services operate but are valid for travel on the Valley Lines route services, detailed on the Rail Map below:

Finding your individual journey prices can be found below:

Annual Season Ticket Train Stations

Purchasing your ticket can be carried out at any staffed station within the Valley Lines route, not through the University.

Once you have the price and enrolled, visit your Faculty Advice Shop to obtain a 'Discounted Annual Season Ticket Scheme’ letter. Take this letter, together with your enrolment card, a passport sized photo and your payment to any staffed station within the Valley Lines route.

Please note

As the discount is only applied to annual tickets, any refunds will be calculated against the full price of the ticket that would have been purchased for the period of usage, therefore if any tickets are submitted, the calculation will exclude the 34% discount which means there may not be a refund. An example is the following:

Annual ticket full price = £880.00 (October to September)
34% discounted rate = £580.80
Travel dates 6th October to 6th June in an academic year = £688.20 (no refund applicable).’

The Valleys Student Railcard

Offered by Arriva Trains Wales, this railcard costs £9 per year and gives 26% off all day tickets and 10% off all season tickets (i.e. weekly and monthly) on Arriva services and key Valleys & Cardiff local routes. For more information visit Arriva Trains Wales

16-25 Railcard

Exclusive 11% discount on your 16-25 Railcard! (OFFER ONLY AVAILABLE ONLINE NOT AT TRAIN STATION)

NUS Extra and National Rail have made travelling more affordable with the 16-25 Railcard, giving you epic savings so you can be with the people you care about and reconnect with them face to face. After all, e-mails, calls and texts may help you stay in touch with your loved ones; however nothing beats the warmth of a big hug!

The 16-25 Railcard gives you 1/3 off most rail fares throughout Great Britain plus great partner discounts, all for just £28. To save even more you can buy a 3-year 16-25 Railcard ONLINE for only £65! (OFFER ONLY AVAILABLE ONLINE)

At the Train Station the 16 – 25 Railcard costs £28 for 1 year (or £65 for 3 years) and gives 33% off fares in Britain. It is available to 16-25 year olds and mature students over the age of 26 who are in full time education. There are terms and conditions associated. It is possible to use this railcard on the Valleys trains, but there is a minimum fare of £12 before the discounts start to apply. For more information visit 16 to 25 Railcard

Cycling or Walking

Cycling to the college is easy thanks to a comprehensive network of cycle and bridlepaths connecting with Merthyr from all directions. For full details on the National Cycle Network routes visit Sustrans

Bicycle shelters and stands

Covered cycle shelters are available outside the main buildings.

Showers and lockers

Showers and coin operated lockers are available to cyclists at Merthyr Tydfil College.

Purchasing a bike

The USW Group (USW, RWCMD, Merthyr Tydfil College) has negotiated an offer with local bike outlets within close proximity of each campus/institution. It has been agreed the listed bike outlets will offer up to 15% off bikes and bike equipment to staff and student members of the USW Group who produce the documentation listed below:

Merthyr Tydfil College:- EC Cycles

Please provide University of South Wales Group Identification using your payslip together with photographic ID for Staff or your Student ID Card. Subject to Terms & Conditions.

Reconditioned Bikes

Cycle Training Wales provide a selection of reconditioned bikes at a reduced rate, visit Cycle Training Wales Recycling for more information.


Walking to the college is easy thanks to a comprehensive network of cycle and bridlepaths connecting with Merthyr from all directions. For full details on the National Cycle Network routes visit Sustrans

Car Parking and Car Sharing

Students are encouraged to arrange their own car shares as traffic and parking congestion are a regular issue at the University. Students can use the intranet for finding and offering car sharing opportunities, or alternatively visit the website Liftshare.

How do I arrange a car share to travel to and from University?

Advertise Yourself

Whether you drive yourself and would like to share the cost of your commute with your fellow students, or you don’t drive and would like a lift to study, you can arrange to car share either by asking around the students on your course, or by enquiring University-wide by posting a request on the highly popular intranet.


Work out what you’d normally spend on petrol (and tolls if applicable) getting to study, and divide that by the number of people in the car. Remember to include your own share of the costs. From Cardiff to Pontypridd costs around £10-15 a week in an average car (not including tax and maintenance, but generally this is the driver’s responsibility).

Useful Information on Car Sharing

  • Car sharing does not invalidate your insurance, as long as you don’t charge your passengers more than the running costs of the journey. Please do check with your insurance company however for clarification.
  • You don’t have to take anyone who asks: if you’d only feel happy sharing with someone of the same sex, or someone you know, for example, just specify it in your advert.
  • You don’t need to have a car to car share. If you just need a lift, advertise the fact to drivers on Marketplace and offer to pay them for the petrol.
  • The University would benefit from student car sharing, the car-parks would have more space, the roads would be quieter, and as a result you may even get home quicker.

Car Parking (Including Disabled Parking Permits)

The University strongly recommends that you consider alternative travel arrangements to driving wherever possible. We strongly encourage all students to use public transport where possible.

Pay & Display Car Parks are available close to Merthyr Tydfil College. Disabled parking is also available.