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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 Jan 22 we recommend taking a bus because it’s the best combination of price and speed.

06:15PMCardiff, Sophia Gardens3h40 09:55PMLondon
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$141One-way
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12:20PMCardiff3h40 04:00PMLondon
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$141One-way
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10:40AMCardiff3h40 02:20PMLondon
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$181One-way
10:40AMCardiff2h55 01:35PMLondon, Heathrow Airport Terminals 1, 2, 3
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$281One-way
10:35AMCardiff3h45 02:20PMLondon
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$181One-way

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Sat
Jan 22
$70Great Western Railway
$10Flixbus
Sun
Jan 23
$70Great Western Railway
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Mon
Jan 24
$65Great Western Railway
$9National Express
Tue
Jan 25
$65Great Western Railway
$9National Express
Wed
Jan 26
$65Great Western Railway
$5Flixbus
Thu
Jan 27
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$5Flixbus
Fri
Jan 28
$65Great Western Railway
$5Flixbus
Sat
Jan 29
$70Great Western Railway
$5Flixbus
Sun
Jan 30
$70Great Western Railway
$6Flixbus
Mon
Jan 31
$60Great Western Railway
$4Flixbus
Tue
Feb 1
$60Great Western Railway
$4Flixbus
Wed
Feb 2
$60Great Western Railway
$5Flixbus
Thu
Feb 3
$50Great Western Railway
$4Flixbus
Fri
Feb 4
$61Great Western Railway
$5Flixbus
Sat
Feb 5
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$5Flixbus
Sun
Feb 6
$65Great Western Railway
$5Flixbus
Mon
Feb 7
$60Great Western Railway
$5Flixbus
Tue
Feb 8
$60Great Western Railway
$8Megabus
Wed
Feb 9
$56Great Western Railway
$5Flixbus
Thu
Feb 10
$56Great Western Railway
$4Flixbus

Travel Information from Cardiff to London

distanceDistance131 miles (211 km)
modeAvailable travel modesBus or train
priceTicket price range$10 - $74
cheapestCheapest modeBus • $10 (€8) • 2 h 55 min
fastestFastest modeTrain • $74 (€61) • 1 h 51 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 51 min; whereas, if saving money is more important, then a bus is the best option with prices starting as low as $10 (€8). The most popular travel companies which serve this trip are Flixbus or Great Western Railway among others. Travelers can even take a direct bus or train from Cardiff to London.

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

How do I go from Cardiff to London?

You can travel to London from Cardiff 2 different ways: bus or train.

What is the cheapest way to go from Cardiff to London?

The cheapest way to travel to London from Cardiff is by taking a bus with an average price of $10 (€8).

This is compared to other travel options to London:

A bus is $64 (€53) less than a train for this route with tickets for a train from Cardiff to London costing on average $74 (€61).

What is the fastest way from Cardiff to London?

The fastest way from Cardiff to London is by train with an average journey time of 1 h 51 min.

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

In comparison, going by bus can take 2 h 55 min   on average.

What is the distance between Cardiff and London?

The distance from Cardiff to London is approximately 131 miles (211 km).

How many scheduled departures are there a day from Cardiff to London?

The average frequency per day from Cardiff to London is:

  • Around 17 trains per day.

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

When traveling to London from Cardiff, what are the departure and arrival points in Cardiff and London?

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

  • Most travelers catch their bus from Cardiff, Sophia Gardens and arrive in London, Hammersmith Bridge Road.
  • Most travelers catch their train from Cardiff Central and arrive in London Victoria.

Which travel companies can get 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 take a bus from Cardiff to London with Flixbus. Cheap tickets can be found for $10 (€8) with Flixbus from Cardiff to London.
  • You can go to London from Cardiff by train with Great Western Railway. You'll see cheap train tickets for $74 (€61) with Great Western Railway from Cardiff to London on Omio.

Is it possible to travel directly to London from Cardiff?

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

  • You'll find 17 direct trains per day with Great Western Railway.

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 is another destination I should add to my tour from Cardiff to London?

Many of our customers who book a trip from Cardiff to London often extend their vacation and travel to other popular destinations like Paris, Amsterdam or Brussels. If you’re thinking of adding another destination to your Cardiff and London itinerary, let Omio find you the best connections between London and any of these top destinations today!

How far in advance should I buy my Cardiff to London one way ticket online to get 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 costs $10 (€8) one way on average for this route.
  • A train ticket costs $74 (€61) one way on average for this trip.

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.