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from Edinburgh to Cardiff

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

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Sun
Sep 19
$296Avanti West Coast
$54National Express
$239Loganair
Mon
Sep 20
$258Avanti West Coast
$32National Express
$209Loganair
Tue
Sep 21
$258Avanti West Coast
$32National Express
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Wed
Sep 22
$304Avanti West Coast
$30National Express
$149Loganair
Thu
Sep 23
$303Cross Country
$30National Express
$127Loganair
Fri
Sep 24
$305Cross Country
$38National Express
$239Loganair
Sat
Sep 25
$158Avanti West Coast
$30National Express
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Sun
Sep 26
$255Avanti West Coast
$38National Express
$209Loganair
Mon
Sep 27
$305Avanti West Coast
$31National Express
$277Loganair
Tue
Sep 28
$303Cross Country
$30National Express
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Thu
Sep 30
$303Cross Country
$24National Express
$105Loganair
Fri
Oct 1
$305Cross Country
$25National Express
$180Loganair
Sat
Oct 2
$158Avanti West Coast
$30National Express
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Sun
Oct 3
$308Avanti West Coast
$31National Express
$129Loganair
Tue
Oct 5
$304Avanti West Coast
$24National Express
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Wed
Oct 6
$200Avanti West Coast
$50National Express
$74Loganair
Thu
Oct 7
$305Avanti West Coast
$25National Express
$105Loganair
Fri
Oct 8
$305Cross Country
$31National Express
$150Loganair
Sat
Oct 9
$306Cross Country
$31National Express
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Travel Information between Edinburgh and Cardiff

distanceDistance308 miles (497 km)
modeAvailable travel modesBus, flight or train
priceTicket price range$32 - $305
cheapestCheapest modeBus • $32 (€26) • 14 h 10 min
fastestFastest modeFlight • $217 (€173) • 1 h 15 min
carriersPopular travel companiesNational Express, Loganair or Avanti West Coast

Take a bus, flight or train to travel 308 miles (497 km) from Edinburgh to Cardiff. If speed is a priority, then a flight is the best option with an average duration of 1 h 15 min; whereas, if saving money is more important, then a bus is the best option with prices starting as low as $32 (€26). The most popular travel companies which serve this trip are National Express, Loganair or Avanti West Coast among others. Travelers can even take a direct from Edinburgh to Cardiff.

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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Travel from Edinburgh 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 Edinburgh to Cardiff.
FAQs
How do I go from Edinburgh to Cardiff?

There are 3 ways to get from Edinburgh to Cardiff: bus, flight or train.

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

The cheapest way to go to Cardiff from Edinburgh is by taking a bus, which costs on average $32 (€26).

This is compared to other ways of getting to Cardiff:

A bus is generally $184 (€147) less than a flight for the same route. Taking a flight costs on average $217 (€173) from Edinburgh to Cardiff.

Taking a bus is about $273 (€218) less than taking a train, which costs on average $305 (€244) for this journey.

What is the fastest way from Edinburgh to Cardiff?

The quickest way to travel between Edinburgh and Cardiff is by flight, which takes on average 1 h 15 min   compared to other travel options that may take you longer to get to your destination:

In comparison, taking a bus requires on average 14 h 10 min   of travel time.

In comparison, going by train can take 5 h 52 min   on average.

How far is Cardiff from Edinburgh?

The distance from Edinburgh to Cardiff is approximately 308 miles (497 km).

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

The average frequency per day from Edinburgh to Cardiff is:

  • Around 12 trains per day.

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

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

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

  • Buses from Edinburgh to Cardiff most often leave from Edinburgh, Elder Street and arrive in Cardiff, Sophia Gardens.
  • Flights most often depart from Edinburgh at Edinburgh Airport and arrive in Cardiff at Cardiff Airport.
  • Trains from Edinburgh to Cardiff most often leave from Edinburgh Waverley and arrive in Cardiff Central.
Which travel companies can take me from Edinburgh to Cardiff?

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

  • Travel with National Express for buses to Cardiff. If you’re looking for a good deal on tickets, check for National Express Edinburgh to Cardiff tickets on Omio for $32 (€26).
  • Loganair can take you to Cardiff by plane. If searching for a good deal on flights, you can find tickets for Loganair from Edinburgh to Cardiff for $217 (€173).
  • Avanti West Coast can get you to Cardiff by train. You can find a good deal for train tickets with Avanti West Coast from Edinburgh to Cardiff for $305 (€244) on Omio.
Where else should I travel to after my journey between Edinburgh and Cardiff ends?
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 or Birmingham. If you’d like to add London, Bristol 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!
How early should I book Edinburgh to Cardiff tickets online to score the best deals?

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

  • Bus tickets cost $32 (€26) one way on average.
  • Plane tickets cost $217 (€173) one way on average.
  • Train tickets cost $305 (€244) one way on average.

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

Stations

Important Stations and Airports for this Journey

Edinburgh
Cardiff
Edinburgh
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Frequently Asked Questions

Where is the bus station and what is the best way to get there?
This station is within walking distance of the city centre and is connected to other parts of the city by public transport.
Edinburgh Waverley
Amenities
Refreshments
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Frequently Asked Questions

Where is the train station and what is the best way to get there?
This station is within walking distance of the city centre and is connected to other parts of the city by public transport.