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from Cardiff to Southampton

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Travel Information between Cardiff and Southampton

distanceDistance86 miles (139 km)
modeAvailable travel modesBus or train
priceTicket price range$15 - $47
cheapestCheapest modeBus • $15 (€12) • 7 h 5 min
fastestFastest modeTrain • $47 (€38) • 2 h 32 min
carriersPopular travel companiesNational Express or Great Western Railway

Travel 86 miles (139 km) by bus or train from Cardiff to Southampton. If speed is a priority, then a train is the best option with an average duration of 2 h 32 min; whereas, if saving money is more important, then a bus is the best option with prices starting as low as $15 (€12). The most popular travel companies which serve this route are National Express or Great Western Railway among others. Travelers can even take a direct bus or train from Cardiff to Southampton.

Travel Tips

Travel from Cardiff to Southampton
Travel to Southampton 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 Southampton.
How do I go from Cardiff to Southampton?

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

How do I get from Cardiff to Southampton the cheapest way?

The cheapest way to travel to Southampton from Cardiff is by taking a bus with an average price of $15 (€12).

This is compared to other travel options to Southampton:

A bus is generally $32 (€26) less than a train for the same journey. Taking a train costs on average $47 (€38) from Cardiff to Southampton.

What is the quickest way to get from Cardiff to Southampton?

The fastest way to get to Southampton from Cardiff is by train with an average travel time of 2 h 32 min.

Other travel options to Southampton can usually take longer:

In comparison, going by bus can take 7 h 5 min   on average.

How far is Southampton from Cardiff?

Southampton is approximately 86 miles (139 km) away from Cardiff.

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

The average frequency per day from Cardiff to Southampton is:

  • 10 trains per day.

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

Where do I depart from Cardiff? Where do I arrive in Southampton?

These are the most popular departure and arrival points from Cardiff to Southampton:

  • Buses mostly leave from Cardiff, Sophia Gardens and tend to arrive in Southampton, Coach Station.
  • Trains most often depart from Cardiff at Cardiff Central and arrive in Southampton at Southampton Central.
Which travel companies can get me from Cardiff to Southampton?

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

  • National Express can get you to Southampton by bus. You can find a good deal for bus tickets with National Express from Cardiff to Southampton for $15 (€12) on Omio.
  • Travel with Great Western Railway to go to Southampton by train. For a good deal on tickets, you can find Great Western Railway Cardiff to Southampton tickets on Omio for $47 (€38).
Is it possible to travel directly to Southampton from Cardiff?

Yes, there are direct routes from Cardiff to Southampton with the following travel companies:

  • You can find 10 direct trains per day to Southampton with Great Western Railway.

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

What other destinations are worth visiting after traveling from Cardiff to Southampton?
Omio customers who travel from Cardiff to Southampton often also extend their vacation to go to London, Bournemouth or Manchester. Omio can help you plan your trip by finding the best connections between Southampton and these popular destinations at a great price.
How early should I purchase tickets between Cardiff and Southampton online for the best deals?

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

  • A bus ticket costs $15 (€12) one way on average for this route.
  • A train ticket for this trip is costing $47 (€38) one way on average.

But we recommend booking Cardiff to Southampton 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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