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from Chester to Cardiff

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

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Sep 29
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$42National Express
Sep 30
$34Arriva Trains Wales
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Oct 1
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$39National Express
Oct 2
$113Cross Country
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Oct 3
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$42National Express
Oct 5
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Oct 6
$34Arriva Trains Wales
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Oct 7
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Oct 8
$35Arriva Trains Wales
$37National Express
Oct 9
$113Cross Country
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Oct 11
$35Arriva Trains Wales
$34National Express

Travel Information between Chester and Cardiff

distanceDistance118 miles (191 km)
modeAvailable travel modesBus or train
priceTicket price range$35 - $42
cheapestCheapest modeTrain • $35 (€28) • 2 h 52 min
fastestFastest modeTrain • $35 (€28) • 2 h 52 min
carriersPopular travel companiesNational Express or Arriva Trains Wales

Take a bus or train to travel 118 miles (191 km) between Chester and Cardiff. If speed is a priority, then a train is the best option with an average duration of 2 h 52 min; whereas, if saving money is more important, then a train is the best option with prices starting as low as $35 (€28). The most popular travel companies which serve this journey are National Express or Arriva Trains Wales among others. Travelers can even take a direct bus or train from Chester to Cardiff.

Travel Tips

Travel from Chester to Cardiff
Travel to Cardiff 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 Chester to Cardiff.
What are the ways to get from Chester to Cardiff?

There are 2 ways to travel to Cardiff from Chester including taking a bus or train.

What is the cheapest way to get from Chester to Cardiff?

The cheapest way to travel between Chester and Cardiff is by taking a train with an average price of $35 (€28).

This is compared to other travel options to Cardiff:

Taking a train is usually $7 (€6) less than taking a bus to Cardiff, which costs on average $42 (€34) for the same trip.

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

The fastest way from Chester to Cardiff is by train with an average journey time of 2 h 52 min.

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

In comparison, taking a bus requires on average 6 h 50 min   of travel time.

How far is it from Chester to Cardiff?

The distance from Chester to Cardiff is approximately 118 miles (191 km).

How many services a day are there from Chester to Cardiff?

The average frequency per day from Chester to Cardiff is:

  • 16 trains a day.

However, we recommend checking specific travel dates for your trip from Chester to 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 Chester and in Cardiff?

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

  • Buses mostly leave from Chester, Gorse Stacks (Bus Interchange) and tend to arrive in Cardiff, Sophia Gardens.
  • Trains mostly leave from Chester and tend to arrive in Cardiff Central.
Which travel companies can get me from Chester to Cardiff?

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

  • National Express can get you to Cardiff by bus. You can find a good deal for bus tickets with National Express from Chester to Cardiff for $42 (€34) on Omio.
  • Arriva Trains Wales can take you to Cardiff by train. If searching for a good deal on trains, you can find tickets for Arriva Trains Wales from Chester to Cardiff for $35 (€28).
Is there a direct service from Chester to Cardiff?

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

  • You can take a direct train with Arriva Trains Wales with 16 direct trains per day.

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

Where should I go next after I travel between Chester and Cardiff?
Your trip from Chester to Cardiff doesn't have to end in Cardiff. Many of our customers like to extend their vacation to explore other popular destinations like London, Bristol or Birmingham. If you’d like to add London, Bristol or Birmingham to your Chester to Cardiff tour, check Omio for the best and cheapest ways to travel to any of these top destinations from Cardiff today!
How early should I book Chester to Cardiff tickets online to score the best deals?

When planning your trip from Chester to Cardiff, it’s good to keep in mind what tickets to buy and their prices in the next 7 days:

  • Bus tickets cost on average $42 (€34) one way.
  • Train tickets are costing $35 (€28) one way on average.

However, we recommend buying tickets from Chester to Cardiff online a few months in advance to get the best deals and save money on your upcoming journey.

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