A guide to using Hereford railway station

Hereford (Hereford)

This summary of how to use the railway station in Hereford explains how to travel to/from the city centre


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The charming railway station in the historic cathedral city of Hereford was reconstructed in the Victorian Gothic style in the latter half of the 19th century and it retains many original features, including a restored ticket booking hall.
The trains use three platforms (tracks), of which platform 1 is where the main station building is located, it houses a waiting room and a cafe.
There are ticket gates between the station's entrance /exit hall and platform 1

Platforms 2 and 3 are linked to platform 1 by a footbridge over the railway tracks, there are elevators at both ends of the bridge, to provide a step-free alternative to using the stairs.
At platform you will find the elevators below the staircases.

The image below by Nigel Thompson shows the footbridge.

Though an odd feature of the station is that despite platform 1 having the easiest traveller access, most of the trains to and from Hereford use platforms 2 and 3.
The other oddity is that despite Hereford being an English city, the station is actually managed by Transport For Wales.

(99.99% of the images used on ShowMeTheJourney were captured during our travels, but we have yet to visit Hereford, hence the image at the top of the page was taken by Andrew Abbott and downloaded from Wikimedia)

A guide to using Hereford rail station A guide to using Hereford rail station

To / from the city centre

The railway station in Hereford is located on the edge of the city centre and is therefore a 10-12 min walk to/from the heart of the city - though the cathedral, is on the other side of the city centre, so is a 15-20 min walk from the station.

When heading to the area around the cathedral, the most frequent alternative to walking is to take the city centre hopper bus, route (line) Z, which *stops by the cathedral on Broad Street, it departs from the stop right the station exit every 15 mins on Monday to Saturday, but is only hourly on Sundays.
Though other less frequent buses link the station to Broad Street, including the 33, the 36 and the 39A.

Buses are free at weekends in the city centre.

to Haye-on-Wye

When many of Britain's railway lines were shut down in the 1960s, the usual idea was that bus services would replace the trains, and that is still the case on the route from Hereford station to Hay-on-Wye as route / line 33 departs at least hourly, daily.

Train Service Summary

The usual pattern of train services at Hereford station is:

  • to Abergavenny - Newport (connect for Bristol and Bath) - Cardiff; hourly by TFW Rail - with many trains travelling beyond Cardiff to/from Swansea, Llanelli and Carmarthen
  • to Leominster - Shrewsbury - Crewe (connect for Preston, Lancaster - Oxenholme, Penrith, Carlisle, Edinburgh and Glasgow) - Manchester Piccadilly; hourly by TFW Rail
  • to Leominster - Shrewsbury - Wrexham - Chester (connect for Liverpool) - Rhyl - Colwyn Bay - Llandudno Junction - Conwy - Bangor - Holyhead; up to 7 x trains per day on Monday to Saturday and up to 3 x trains per day on Sunday, by TFW Rail
  • to Great Malvern - Worcester - Birmingham New Street; hourly by West Midlands Trains
  • to Great Malvern - Worcester - Evesham - Moreton in Marsh - Oxford - Reading - London Paddington; up to 4 x trains per day by GWR; in most hours daily connections are available by changing trains in Great Malvern or Worcester


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