How to travel from Edinburgh to Cardiff

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Travel Information to Cardiff from Edinburgh

distanceDistance308 miles (497 km)
modeAvailable travel modesTrain, bus or flight
priceTicket price range$25 - $138
cheapestCheapest modeBus • $25 (€22) • 13 h 20 min
fastestFastest modeFlight • $43 (€37) • 1 h 15 min
carriersPopular travel companiesNational Express, Azul or Virgin Trains

Take a train, bus or flight to travel 308 miles (497 km) between Edinburgh and Cardiff. The most popular travel companies which serve this route are National Express, Azul or Virgin Trains among others. Travelers can even take a direct bus, flight or train from Edinburgh to Cardiff.

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from Edinburgh to Cardiff

How to get from Edinburgh to Cardiff by train, bus or flight.

Our recommendation
bus

The best way to travel from Edinburgh to Cardiff is by taking a bus because it’s the best combination of price and speed.

National Express
09:30PM13h35
Edinburgh
11:05AMCardiff
$821One-way
1 transfer
Cheapest
National Express
09:30PM13h35
Edinburgh
11:05AMCardiff
$821One-way
1 transfer
Fastest
Avanti West Coast
08:52AM5h53
Edinburgh Waverley (EDB)
02:45PMCardiff Central (CDF)
$3591One-way
1 transfer
Other options
Cross Country
01:07PM7h33
Edinburgh Waverley (EDB)
08:40PMCardiff Central (CDF)
$2171One-way
1 transfer
Avanti West Coast
10:52AM6h04
Edinburgh Waverley (EDB)
04:56PMCardiff Central (CDF)
$3341One-way
1 transfer
Avanti West Coast
12:52PM6h04
Edinburgh Waverley (EDB)
06:56PMCardiff Central (CDF)
$3341One-way
1 transfer
National Express
09:30PM13h40
Edinburgh
11:10AMCardiff
$821One-way
1 transfer
National Express
10:15PM13h45
Edinburgh
12:00PMCardiff
$821One-way
1 transfer
National Express
10:15PM13h50
Edinburgh
12:05PMCardiff
$821One-way
1 transfer

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General Information about the journey from Edinburgh to Cardiff

It is possible to travel between the cities of Cardiff and Edinburgh by plane, bus or train. The quickest and only direct route is by plane, with journeys by bus taking the longest. All airports and stations have good local transport links.

Buses from Edinburgh to Cardiff

National Express Coaches operate four services a day, with a journey time of approximately 12 hours. There are three morning departures and one just before 10:00 p.m., seven days a week. Connections are made at Birmingham or London, with buses departing from Elder Street Bus Station and arriving at Cardiff Central Bus Station. Both are conveniently located for the city centers.

Trains from Edinburgh to Cardiff

Trains between Edinburgh Waverley Station and Cardiff Central Station take around 6 to 7 hours, with one or two departures an hour from early morning, until around 5:00 p.m. Later trains involve more connections and longer journey times. The service is operated by Cross Country, First Great Western, Virgin and Arriva Wales, with connections at Crewe or Bristol Parkway. There is a reduced service on Sundays.

Flights from Edinburgh to Cardiff

There are six daily direct flights between the two cities operated by Flybe and Easyjet, with flight times of approximately 5 hours. The first departure is around 8:00 a.m. and the last plane leaves just before 9:00 p.m. Flights depart from Edinburgh International Airport, 9 km from the city center and land at either Cardiff Airport, 19 km West of the city, or Bristol International Airport, 70 km from Cardiff. Other routes involve connections in London, or outside the United Kingdom, and have longer journey times.

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All travel companies: Airlines, Train and Bus from Edinburgh to Cardiff

Travel from Edinburgh to Cardiff on National Express, CrossCountry and easyJet travel with Omio. When comparing schedules and tickets, we will also show you other options with multiple connections or other travel modes if they’re available.

CrossCountry is a fast speed train company in the United Kingdom and for your next travel to Cardiff from Edinburgh you can choose between Standard Class and First Class tickets on Omio.

    National Express is the UK’s leading long-distance travel company operating over 550 travel per day and serving over 900 destinations across the UK. National Express also operates travel services to all major UK airports, such as Heathrow, Gatwick, Stansted, Luton and Bristol, 24 hours a day. All National Express travel have air conditioning and provide free WiFi access along with onboard entertainment. Most travel come with seat belts and power outlets at every seat, so you can charge your phone or laptop during a long journey. For your travel between Edinburgh and Cardiff, you can select from three ticket fares: Restricted Fare, Standard Fare, and Fully Flexible Fare.

      EasyJet is a British multinational budget airline headquartered at London Luton Airport (LTN) and the largest UK-based airline based on the number of passengers carried. EasyJet flies to more than 150 destinations in Europe and North Africa, making it a very popular low-cost carrier for travelers. To keep fares as low as possible, tickets are non-refundable, and no complimentary snacks are served onboard. All easyJet fare types include allowance of one small personal bag, while additional fees apply for travelers bringing hand luggage and checked luggage.

        FAQs: Travel from Edinburgh to Cardiff

        FAQs: 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 Edinburgh to Cardiff.
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        There are 3 options to travel between Edinburgh and Cardiff including taking a train, bus or flight.

        The cheapest way to go to Cardiff from Edinburgh is by taking a bus, which costs on average $25 (€22).

        This is compared to other ways of getting from Edinburgh to Cardiff:

        Taking a bus costs $17 (€15) less than taking a flight, which costs on average $43 (€37) for the same trip.

        Taking a bus costs $113 (€97) less than taking a train, which costs on average $138 (€119) for the same trip.

        The fastest way to get to Cardiff from Edinburgh is by flight with an average travel time of 1 h 15 min.

        Other travel options to Cardiff take longer:

        Bus takes on average 13 h 20 min.

        Getting to Cardiff by train takes 5 h 53 min on average.

        Cardiff is approximately 308 miles (497 km) away from Edinburgh.

        The average frequency per day from Edinburgh to Cardiff is:

        • 24 trains per day.

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

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

        • Buses from Edinburgh to Cardiff most often leave from Edinburgh, Bus Station and arrive in Cardiff, University.
        • Flights most often depart from Edinburgh at Edinburgh Airport and arrive in Cardiff at Cardiff Airport.
        • Trains mostly leave from Edinburgh Waverley and tend to arrive in Cardiff Central.

        The following travel companies offer services from Edinburgh to Cardiff:

        • National Express, FlixBus or Megabus can get you to Cardiff by bus. You can find a good deal for bus tickets with FlixBus from Edinburgh to Cardiff for $25 (€22) on Omio.
        • Travel with Azul or easyJet for flights to Cardiff. If you’re looking for a good deal on tickets, check for easyJet Edinburgh to Cardiff tickets on Omio for $43 (€37).
        • Travel with Virgin Trains or CrossCountry to go to Cardiff by train. For a good deal on tickets, you can find CrossCountry Edinburgh to Cardiff tickets on Omio for $138 (€119).

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

        • You can travel directly by bus with.
        • You can take a direct flight with Azul.
        • You can take a direct train with.

        Direct services to Cardiff 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 trip.

        Your trip from Edinburgh 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, Manchester or Birmingham. If you’d like to add London, Bristol, Manchester or Birmingham to your Edinburgh to Cardiff tour, check Omio for the best and cheapest ways to travel to any of these top destinations from Cardiff today!
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