How to get from Cardiff to London by train, bus or flight.
The best way to travel from Cardiff to London is by taking a bus because it’s the best combination of price and speed.
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|Distance||131 miles (211 km)|
|Available travel modes||Bus|
|Fastest mode||Bus • $30 (€26) • 5 h 6 min|
|Popular travel companies||Megabus|
Travel 131 miles (211 km) by bus between Cardiff and London. Megabus is the main travel company operating this journey. Travelers can even take a direct bus from Cardiff to London.
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.
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.
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.
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.
You can travel by bus for as low as $7 (€6). When you search for schedules and tickets, Omio will show you the best trip.
National Express is the leading travel company for routes throughout the United Kingdom, operating over 550 travel a day and serving over 900 destinations across the country. National Express even offers routes to and from major UK airports like Heathrow, Gatwick, Stansted, Luton and Bristol 24 hours a day at affordable prices for the budget traveler in mind. All National Express travel are air-conditioned and provide free WiFi and onboard entertainment. Most travel are equipped with seat belts and power outlets in each seat, so you can charge your phone or laptop during a long journey. You can select between three ticket types for the Cardiff - London travel: Restricted Fare, Standard Fare, and Fully Flexible Fare. Refundable tickets provide more flexibility than other ticket options, meaning you can cancel or change your ticket easily, should you need to.
You can travel between Cardiff and London by bus.
Going by bus is the quickest way from Cardiff to London with an average travel time of 5 h 6 min.
London is approximately 131 miles (211 km) away from Cardiff.
The average frequency per day from Cardiff to London is:
However, we recommend checking specific travel dates for your trip to London from Cardiff as scheduled services by bus can vary by season or day of the week.
These are the most popular departure and arrival points when traveling from Cardiff to London:
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Yes, there is a direct route available from Cardiff to London:
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 to London from Cardiff.
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