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The international airport at Cardiff is mainly used for holiday charter flights, although there are some scheduled flights to Aberdeen, Amsterdam, Belfast, Brussels, the Channel Islands, Dublin, Edinbugh, Glasgow, the Isle of Man, Manchester and Paris. Long-distance buses are the cheapest method of getting to Wales, with several services running between English and Welsh cities. A train will take less than two hours to get you from London to Cardiff, and won't burn too big a hole in your pocket. Most of Wales' big cities are linked to England by rail. The Channel Tunnel means you can travel by train from Cardiff to Continental Europe, via London of course. It takes about three hours to drive from London to Cardiff, and the motorways make most drives into Wales quick and easy. Ferries link Ireland to Holyhead, Pembroke, Fishguard and Swansea.

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Distances are small, but with the exception of links around the coast, public transport users have to fall back on infrequent and complicated bus timetables. There are no internal flights. Wales has some fantastic train lines, particularly along the Cambrian coast and down the Conwy valley. The country's two main motorways are top-class, but elsewhere the roads are slow, though still good. Snow and ice can make the higher roads treacherous, or close them altogether. Boats travel out to the islands of the Pembrokeshire coast and the Lyn Peninsula.

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