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from London to Cardiff

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

Our recommendation

To get from London to Cardiff on Jan 23 we recommend taking a bus because it’s the best combination of price and speed.

06:00PMLondon3h45 09:45PMCardiff
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$211One-way
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10:00AMLondon4h15 02:15PMCardiff
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$171One-way
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06:00PMLondon3h50 09:50PMCardiff
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$211One-way
04:00PMLondon3h45 07:45PMCardiff
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$211One-way
04:00PMLondon3h50 07:50PMCardiff
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$211One-way

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Sun
Jan 23
$70Great Western Railway
$15Megabus
Mon
Jan 24
$70Great Western Railway
$5Flixbus
Tue
Jan 25
$65Great Western Railway
$4Flixbus
Wed
Jan 26
$65Great Western Railway
$5Flixbus
Thu
Jan 27
$65Great Western Railway
$5Flixbus
Fri
Jan 28
$41Great Western Railway
$8Megabus
Sat
Jan 29
$70Great Western Railway
$4Flixbus
Sun
Jan 30
$70Great Western Railway
$5Flixbus
Mon
Jan 31
$65Great Western Railway
$4Flixbus
Tue
Feb 1
$65Great Western Railway
$4Flixbus
Wed
Feb 2
$65Great Western Railway
$4Flixbus
Thu
Feb 3
$65Great Western Railway
$4Flixbus
Fri
Feb 4
$65Great Western Railway
$5Flixbus
Sat
Feb 5
$65Great Western Railway
$4Flixbus
Sun
Feb 6
$65Great Western Railway
$5Flixbus
Mon
Feb 7
$60Great Western Railway
$4Flixbus
Tue
Feb 8
$56Great Western Railway
$4Flixbus
Wed
Feb 9
$60Great Western Railway
$4Flixbus
Thu
Feb 10
$61Great Western Railway
$4Flixbus
Fri
Feb 11
$56Great Western Railway
$5Flixbus

Travel Information between London and Cardiff

distanceDistance131 miles (211 km)
modeAvailable travel modesBus or train
priceTicket price range$15 - $73
cheapestCheapest modeBus • $15 (€12) • 3 h 25 min
fastestFastest modeTrain • $73 (€61) • 1 h 47 min
carriersPopular travel companiesFlixbus or Great Western Railway

Take a bus or train to travel 131 miles (211 km) between London and Cardiff. If speed is a priority, then a train is the best option with an average duration of 1 h 47 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 Flixbus or Great Western Railway among others. Travelers can even take a direct bus from London to Cardiff.

How to Travel from London to Cardiff

The most straightforward way to travel in the UK from London to Cardiff is the fast train from London Paddington which pulls into to Cardiff Central railway station. For those who prefer to travel by road, National Express buses make the trip along the M4 frequently. Journey times are up to 4 hours by bus, half that by train and half that again by air.

Trains from London to Cardiff | Buses from London to Cardiff | Flights from London to Cardiff

London to Cardiff Travel Comparison

Average Price

Travel Time

Cheapest Time to Book

buses

€9

3:10 h

1 Month Ahead

trains

€44

2:00 h

2 Months Ahead

buses

€73

1:10 h

2 Weeks Ahead



What is the best way to travel from London to Cardiff?

Cheapest way to travel from London to Cardiff


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Taking a bus is the cheapest way to travel from London to Cardiff. Buses traveling from London to Cardiff depart from London's Victoria Coach Station and taking at least 3 hours to arrive at Cardiff's Sophia Gardens bus station. Over 30 buses travel from London to Cardiff per day, with the earliest departing London at 6:13 a.m. All buses that travel from London to Cardiff are operated by National Express.


Fastest way to travel from London to Cardiff


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Technically taking a flight is the fastest way to travel from London to Cardiff; however, when travel time to and from London and Cardiff's airports is taken into consideration, taking a train is actually the fastest way to travel. Additionally, there is only 1 direct flight between London and Cardiff per day. Trains traveling from London to Cardiff depart from London's Paddington train station and take 2 hours to arrive at Cardiff's Central train station. All trains traveling from London to Cardiff are operated by First Great Western with 10 trains departing London per day.


Most popular way to travel from London to Cardiff


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Taking the train is the most popular way to travel from London to Cardiff. Taking the train is over an hour faster than traveling from London to Cardiff by bus and 4 hours faster than taking a flight when travel time to and from London and Cardiff's airports is taken into consideration. Trains are also €29 cheaper than flights on average. Buses remain an attractive option for travelers trying to save some money while traveling.


How to get from London to Cardiff

The Best Way According to our Users

If you want to travel from London to Cardiff there are several options available to you. For this route, however, 61,97% 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 London to Cardiff. 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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FAQs

How do I get from London to Cardiff?

There are 2 ways that you can travel between London and Cardiff. You can take a bus or train.

What is the cheapest way to travel between London and Cardiff?

The cheapest way to get from London to Cardiff is by taking a bus. You can find average ticket prices around $15 (€12) compared to other travel options to Cardiff:

Taking a bus is usually $58 (€48) less than taking a train to Cardiff, which costs on average $73 (€61) for the same trip.

What is the fastest way from London to Cardiff?

The fastest way from London to Cardiff is by train with an average journey time of 1 h 47 min.

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

In comparison, going by bus can take 3 h 25 min   on average.

What is the distance from London to Cardiff?

Cardiff is approximately 131 miles (211 km) away from London.

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

The average frequency per day from London to Cardiff is:

  • 16 trains per day.

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

What are the departure and arrival points in London and in Cardiff?

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

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

Which travel companies can take me from London to Cardiff?

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

  • Travel with Flixbus for buses to Cardiff. If you’re looking for a good deal on tickets, check for Flixbus London to Cardiff tickets on Omio for $15 (€12).
  • Great Western Railway can take you to Cardiff by train. If searching for a good deal on trains, you can find tickets for Great Western Railway from London to Cardiff for $73 (€61).

Is there a direct service from London to Cardiff?

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

  • You can book a direct bus with Flixbus, National Express or Megabus.

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 journey.

Where else should I travel to after my journey between London and Cardiff ends?

Looking to extend your trip from London to Cardiff? Many Omio customers who go from London to Cardiff usually extend their vacation to explore other popular destinations like Bristol, Birmingham or Manchester. If you're looking to explore Bristol, Birmingham or Manchester from Cardiff, let Omio find you the best connections available at an affordable price.

When should I book a ticket from London to Cardiff online to score the best deals?

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

  • Bus tickets cost $15 (€12) one way on average.
  • Train tickets are costing $73 (€61) one way on average.

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