How to travel from London to Cardiff

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from London to Cardiff

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

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To get from London to Cardiff on Nov 29 we recommend taking a bus because it’s the best combination of price and speed.

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Travel Information from London to Cardiff

distanceDistance131 miles (211 km)
modeAvailable travel modesBus, ferry, flight or train
priceTicket price range$7 - $71
cheapestCheapest modeBus • $7 (€6) • 3 h 15 min
fastestFastest modeTrain • $71 (€64) • 1 h 48 min
carriersPopular travel companiesFlixbus or Great Western Railway

Take a bus, ferry, flight or train to travel 131 miles (211 km) to Cardiff from London. If speed is a priority, then a train is the best option with an average duration of 1 h 48 min; whereas, if saving money is more important, then a bus is the best option with prices starting as low as $7 (€6). The most popular travel companies which serve this trip are Flixbus or Great Western Railway among others. Travelers can even take a direct bus or train 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.

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London to Cardiff Travel Comparison

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€9

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€44

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€73

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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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Travel Tips: Travel from London to Cardiff

Travel Tips: 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 London to Cardiff.
FAQs

There are 4 travel options from London to Cardiff: bus, ferry, flight or train.

The cheapest way to go to Cardiff from London is by taking a bus, which costs on average $7 (€6).

This is compared to other ways of getting to Cardiff:

Taking a bus is about $64 (€58) less than taking a train, which costs on average $71 (€64) for this trip.

The quickest way to travel between London and Cardiff is by train, which takes on average 1 h 48 min   compared to other travel options that may take you longer to get to your destination:

In comparison, traveling by bus can take you on average 3 h 15 min.

The London to Cardiff distance is around 131 miles (211 km).

The average frequency per day from London to Cardiff is:

  • 19 buses a day.
  • Around 30 trains per day.

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

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

  • Most travelers take a train from London Victoria to Cardiff Central.

Omio works with many trusted partners that can help you travel the best way from London to Cardiff:

  • You can take a bus from London to Cardiff with Flixbus. Cheap tickets can be found for $7 (€6) with Flixbus from London to Cardiff.
  • You can travel to Cardiff from London by train with Great Western Railway. You can find cheap tickets on Omio for $71 (€64) with Great Western Railway from London to Cardiff.

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

  • You can find around 12 direct buses per day and travel with Flixbus, National Express or Megabus.
  • You can find around 24 direct trains per day and travel with Great Western Railway.

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 to Cardiff from London.

Omio customers who travel from London to Cardiff often also extend their vacation to go to Bristol, Birmingham or Manchester. Omio can help you plan your trip by finding the best connections between Cardiff and these popular destinations at a great price.

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

  • Bus tickets are costing on average $7 (€6) one way.
  • Train tickets are costing $71 (€64) 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.

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