How to travel from Cardiff to Birmingham

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from Cardiff to Birmingham

You can get from Cardiff to Birmingham by train, bus or flight.

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To get from Cardiff to Birmingham on May 27 we recommend taking a bus because it’s the best combination of price and speed.

08:20AMCardiff, Sophia Gardens2h40 11:00AMBirmingham, Coach Station
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05:05AMCardiff3h35 08:40AMBirmingham
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12:50PMCardiff3h20 04:10PMBirmingham
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03:25PMCardiff, Sophia Gardens3h05 06:30PMBirmingham, Coach Station
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02:30PMCardiff3h40 06:10PMBirmingham
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Travel Information from Cardiff to Birmingham

distanceDistance87 miles (141 km)
modeAvailable travel modesBus or train
priceTicket price range$24 - $89
cheapestCheapest modeBus • $24 (€21) • 2 h 35 min
fastestFastest modeTrain • $89 (€80) • 1 h 57 min
carriersPopular travel companiesNational Express or Cross Country

Take a bus or train to travel 87 miles (141 km) between Cardiff and Birmingham. If speed is a priority, then a train is the best option with an average duration of 1 h 57 min; whereas, if saving money is more important, then a bus is the best option with prices starting as low as $24 (€21). The most popular travel companies which serve this route are National Express or Cross Country among others. Travelers can even take a direct bus or train from Cardiff to Birmingham.

Travel Tips: Travel from Cardiff to Birmingham

Travel to Birmingham easily. Whether you want fast, cheap or something entirely different, our travel experts have collected everything you need to know so you can find the best option from Cardiff to Birmingham.

There are 2 ways to get from Cardiff to Birmingham: bus or train.

The cheapest way to get from Cardiff to Birmingham is by taking a bus. You can find average ticket prices around $24 (€21) compared to other travel options to Birmingham:

A bus is $65 (€58) less than a train for this journey with tickets for a train from Cardiff to Birmingham costing on average $89 (€80).

The fastest way from Cardiff to Birmingham is by train with an average journey time of 1 h 57 min.

There are alternative travel options to Birmingham that can usually take longer:

In comparison, going by bus can take 2 h 35 min   on average.

You should expect to travel around 87 miles (141 km) between Cardiff and Birmingham.

The average frequency per day from Cardiff to Birmingham is:

  • 16 trains a day.

However, we recommend checking specific travel dates for your journey from Cardiff to Birmingham as scheduled services by bus or train can vary by season or day of the week.

These are the most popular departure and arrival points when traveling from Cardiff to Birmingham:

  • Most travelers board their bus from Cardiff, Sophia Gardens and arrive in Birmingham, Coach Station.
  • Most travelers who buy a train ticket from Cardiff to Birmingham depart from Cardiff Central to Birmingham New Street.

If finding a good deal is your main consideration for your trip from Cardiff to Birmingham, then we'll help you find the best value travel companies for you:

  • Travel with National Express for buses to Birmingham. If you’re looking for a good deal on tickets, check for National Express Cardiff to Birmingham tickets on Omio for $24 (€21).
  • Travel with Cross Country for trains to Birmingham. If you’re looking for a good deal on tickets, check for Cross Country Cardiff to Birmingham tickets on Omio for $89 (€80).

Yes, there are direct services available from Cardiff to Birmingham with the following travel companies:

  • You can travel directly by train with with 16 direct trains per day.

Direct services tend to save you time and add more convenience in getting you to Birmingham as you won't need to transfer at another stop in between, so it's worth paying attention to before booking your tickets to Birmingham from Cardiff.

Many of our customers traveling from Cardiff to Birmingham don't make Birmingham their final stop. Some of the destinations worth visiting after Birmingham are London, Manchester or Glasgow, either of which you could add to your trip itinerary. Check Omio for the best and cheapest ways to travel from Birmingham to any of these top destinations today!

Before traveling from Cardiff to Birmingham, it’s good to know what ticket you can buy and how much it will cost in the next 7 days:

  • A bus ticket for this route is costing $24 (€21) one way on average.
  • A train ticket for this route is costing $89 (€80) one way on average.

But we recommend booking Cardiff to Birmingham tickets online a few months before your planned travel date to score the best deals and save money on your trip.

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