How to travel from London to Cardiff

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from London to Cardiff

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

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

Megabus
08:00AM3h35
London, Victoria Coach Station
11:35AMCardiff
$121One-way
0 transfers
Cheapest
National Express
10:30PM3h15
London, Victoria Coach Station
01:45AMCardiff
$91One-way
0 transfers
Fastest
Great Western Railway
11:48AM1h47
London Paddington (PAD)
01:35PMCardiff Central (CDF)
$801One-way
0 transfers
Other options
Great Western Railway
08:18AM1h52
London Paddington (PAD)
10:10AMCardiff Central (CDF)
$501One-way
0 transfers
Great Western Railway
10:15AM1h56
London Paddington (PAD)
12:11PMCardiff Central (CDF)
$751One-way
0 transfers
Great Western Railway
09:48AM1h48
London Paddington (PAD)
11:36AMCardiff Central (CDF)
$801One-way
0 transfers
Megabus
08:00AM3h40
London, Victoria Coach Station
11:40AMCardiff
$121One-way
0 transfers
National Express
09:30AM3h30
London, Victoria Coach Station
01:00PMCardiff
$151One-way
0 transfers
National Express
09:30AM3h35
London, Victoria Coach Station
01:05PMCardiff
$151One-way
0 transfers

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Travel Information to Cardiff from London

distanceDistance131 miles (211 km)
modeAvailable travel modesTrain or bus
priceTicket price range$6 - $40
cheapestCheapest modeBus • $6 (€5) • 3 h 15 min
fastestFastest modeTrain • $40 (€35) • 1 h 48 min
carriersPopular travel companiesNational Express or Great Western Rail

Travel 131 miles (211 km) by train or bus between London and Cardiff. The most popular travel companies which serve this journey are National Express or Great Western Rail 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.

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

London to Cardiff Travel Comparison

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€9

3:10 h

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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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All travel companies: Train and Bus from London to Cardiff

Travel from London to Cardiff on National Express, South Western Railway and FlixBus 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.

South Western Railway is a train operating company in the United Kingdom, providing services in the south and south-west of England. It operates a variety of train types, including high-speed trains, local stopping services, and suburban commuter trains. It also offers a range of ticket types, including Advance, Off-Peak, and Super Off-Peak tickets. Onboard facilities include free Wi-Fi, power sockets, and a range of food and drink options. The most popular routes for South Western Railway include London Waterloo to Portsmouth Harbour, London Waterloo to Weymouth, and London Waterloo to Bournemouth.

    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 London and Cardiff, you can select from three ticket fares: Restricted Fare, Standard Fare, and Fully Flexible Fare.

      FAQs: Travel from London 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 London to Cardiff.
      FAQs

      There are 2 travel options from London to Cardiff: train or bus.

      The cheapest way to get from London to Cardiff is by taking a bus with average ticket prices of $6 (€5) compared to other travel options to Cardiff:

      A bus is $34 (€30) less than a train with an average ticket price of $40 (€35) from London to Cardiff.

      The fastest way to get to Cardiff from London is by train with an average travel time of 1 h 48 min.

      Other travel options to Cardiff take longer:

      Bus takes on average 3 h 15 min.

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

      The average frequency per day from London to Cardiff is:

      • 25 buses a day.
      • 25 trains per day.

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

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

      • Buses most often depart from London at London, Victoria Coach Station and arrive in Cardiff at Cardiff, Sophia Gardens.
      • Trains mostly depart from London Euston and arrive in Cardiff Central.

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

      • You can go to Cardiff from London by bus with National Express, Megabus or FlixBus. You'll see cheap bus tickets for $6 (€5) with FlixBus from London to Cardiff on Omio.
      • You can travel to Cardiff from London by train with Great Western Rail or South Western Railway. You can find cheap tickets on Omio for $40 (€35) with Great Western Rail from London to Cardiff.

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

      • You can find 25 direct buses per day to take to Cardiff with National Express, Megabus or FlixBus.
      • You can check for a direct train to Cardiff with Great Western Rail with 15 direct trains per day.

      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.

      Many of our customers traveling from London to Cardiff don't make Cardiff their final stop. Some of the destinations worth visiting after Cardiff are Bristol, Manchester, Birmingham or Edinburgh, either of which you could add to your trip itinerary. Check Omio for the best and cheapest ways to travel from Cardiff to any of these top destinations today!
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