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from Cardiff to London

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

Our recommendation

To get from Cardiff to London on Oct 17 we recommend taking a bus because it’s the best combination of price and speed.

08:35AMCardiff2h55 11:30AMLondon, Heathrow Airport Terminals 1, 2, 3
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$261One-way
Cheapest
12:50PMCardiff3h45 04:35PMLondon
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$91One-way
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08:30AMCardiff3h00 11:30AMLondon, Heathrow Airport Terminals 1, 2, 3
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$261One-way
07:45AMCardiff, Sophia Gardens3h35 11:20AMLondon
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$171One-way
10:40AMCardiff2h55 01:35PMLondon, Heathrow Airport Terminals 1, 2, 3
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$261One-way

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Sat
Oct 16
$76Great Western Railway
$8Megabus
Sun
Oct 17
$76Great Western Railway
$6Flixbus
Mon
Oct 18
$71Great Western Railway
$6Flixbus
Tue
Oct 19
$66Great Western Railway
$5Flixbus
Wed
Oct 20
$66Great Western Railway
$6Flixbus
Thu
Oct 21
$66Great Western Railway
$5Flixbus
Fri
Oct 22
$77Great Western Railway
$6Flixbus
Sat
Oct 23
$76Great Western Railway
$10Flixbus
Sun
Oct 24
$76Great Western Railway
$8Megabus
Mon
Oct 25
$77Great Western Railway
$6Flixbus
Tue
Oct 26
$71Great Western Railway
$8Megabus
Wed
Oct 27
$71Great Western Railway
$8Megabus
Thu
Oct 28
$66Great Western Railway
$8Megabus
Fri
Oct 29
$66Great Western Railway
$8Megabus
Sat
Oct 30
$66Great Western Railway
$8Megabus
Sun
Oct 31
$77Great Western Railway
$12National Express
Mon
Nov 1
$61Great Western Railway
$8Megabus
Tue
Nov 2
$56Great Western Railway
$4Flixbus
Wed
Nov 3
$61Great Western Railway
$5Flixbus
Thu
Nov 4
$61Great Western Railway
$5Flixbus
Fri
Nov 5
$61Great Western Railway
$6Flixbus

Travel Information to London from Cardiff

distanceDistance131 miles (211 km)
modeAvailable travel modesBus or train
priceTicket price range$5 - $76
cheapestCheapest modeBus • $5 (€4) • 3 h
fastestFastest modeTrain • $76 (€62) • 1 h 49 min
carriersPopular travel companiesFlixbus or Great Western Railway

Travel 131 miles (211 km) by bus or train between Cardiff and London. If speed is a priority, then a train is the best option with an average duration of 1 h 49 min; whereas, if saving money is more important, then a bus is the best option with prices starting as low as $5 (€4). The most popular travel companies which serve this route are Flixbus or Great Western Railway among others. Travelers can even take a direct bus from Cardiff to London.

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Travel from Cardiff to London: Journey Details

Flying offers the shortest journey time for travelers in the UK between Cardiff and London, although Flybe flights are not available all year round. Regular direct train and bus services connect the Welsh and English capitals. Trains make the 200 kilometer journey in a significantly faster time than the bus, arriving at the central Paddington terminus in around 2 hours. Bus journeys take a little under 4 hours.

Return trips from London to Cardiff are also available.

How to get from Cardiff to London

The Best Way According to our Users

If you want to travel from Cardiff to London there are several options available to you. For this route, however, 54,26% of our customers choose the bus as their preferred method of transportation. Nowadays, traveling by bus is a relaxing and entertaining experience. Most bus companies offer different on-board services; ranging from "welcome drinks" to free wi-fi or personal entertainment. For this reason, the bus is often chosen as the best way to get from Cardiff to London. Bus companies normally offer comfortable journeys for reasonable prices, and if you choose to travel on a night bus you can even save the money of one night in a hotel. For that reason, the bus is most likely the cheapest way to get to your destination.

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Buses from Cardiff to London

National Express offers regular daily bus routes between Cardiff Sophia Gardens coach station and London Victoria Coach Station. Buses from Cardiff to London start in the early hours of the morning, with 3 overnight services, and continue with hourly departures throughout the day until early evening. The quickest journey time is 3 hours and 20 minutes, with most services taking about 30 minutes longer.

Trains from Cardiff to London

Great Western Railway offers direct trains from Cardiff to London. The daily timetable starts with a very early morning departure and continues with services every 30 minutes until the last direct train leaves Cardiff in mid-evening. Journey duration range from under 2 hours to 2 hours and 30 minutes. Services depart from Cardiff Central station and arrive at London Paddington, situated on the western side of the city center.

Flights from Cardiff to London

Flybe offers seasonal flights from Cardiff International Airport to London City Airport, with flight times of under an hour. There are up to 4 flights from Cardiff to London on weekdays and 2 at weekends. Cardiff airport has its own rail station at Rhoose, with regular services to the city center. London City Airport is located to the east of the center, with a stop on the Docklands Light Railway providing quick links.

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FAQs
What are the ways to get from Cardiff to London?

There are 2 ways that you can travel to London from Cardiff. You can take a bus or train.

What is the cheapest way to travel between Cardiff and London?

The cheapest way to go to London from Cardiff is by taking a bus, which costs on average $5 (€4).

This is compared to other ways of getting to London:

A bus is generally $71 (€58) less than a train for the same journey. Taking a train costs on average $76 (€62) from Cardiff to London.

What is the quickest way from Cardiff to London?

The fastest way from Cardiff to London is by train with an average journey time of 1 h 49 min.

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

In comparison, taking a bus requires on average 3 h   of travel time.

What is the distance from Cardiff to London?

You should expect to travel around 131 miles (211 km) between Cardiff and London.

How many services a day are there between Cardiff and London?

The average frequency per day from Cardiff to London is:

  • 17 trains a day.

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

What are the departure and arrival points in Cardiff and in London?

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

  • Most travelers board their bus from Cardiff, Sophia Gardens and arrive in London, Victoria Coach Station.
  • Most travelers who book a train ticket from Cardiff to London depart from Cardiff Central to London Victoria.
Which travel companies can take me from Cardiff to London?

Omio works with many trusted partners that can help you travel the best way from Cardiff to London:

  • You can travel by bus between Cardiff and London with Flixbus, and you can find Flixbus Cardiff to London tickets for $5 (€4) on Omio.
  • You can take a train from Cardiff to London with Great Western Railway. Cheap tickets can be found for $76 (€62) with Great Western Railway from Cardiff to London.
Is there a way to travel directly from Cardiff to London?

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

  • You can travel directly by bus with Flixbus, National Express or Megabus.

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

What other destinations are worth visiting after traveling from Cardiff to London?
Your trip from Cardiff to London doesn't have to end in London. Many of our customers like to extend their vacation to explore other popular destinations like Paris, Amsterdam or Brussels. If you’d like to add Paris, Amsterdam or Brussels to your Cardiff to London tour, check Omio for the best and cheapest ways to travel to any of these top destinations from London today!
How early should I buy Cardiff to London tickets online to score the best deals?

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

  • A bus ticket is costing on average $5 (€4) one way for this trip.
  • A train ticket costs $76 (€62) one way on average for this route.

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

Important Stations and Airports for this Journey