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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 Sep 20 we recommend taking a bus because it’s the best combination of price and speed.

08:30PMLondon3h29 11:59PMCardiff, Sophia Gardens
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$91One-way
Cheapest
11:00PMLondon3h25 02:25AMCardiff, Sophia Gardens
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$81One-way
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06:00PMLondon3h55 09:55PMCardiff, Sophia Gardens
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$121One-way
06:30PMLondon3h45 10:15PMCardiff, Sophia Gardens
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$121One-way
09:30PMLondon3h25 12:55AMCardiff, Sophia Gardens
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$91One-way

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Sun
Sep 19
$71Great Western Railway
$14Flixbus
Mon
Sep 20
$75Great Western Railway
$6Flixbus
Tue
Sep 21
$71Great Western Railway
$5Flixbus
Wed
Sep 22
$66Great Western Railway
$4Flixbus
Thu
Sep 23
$66Great Western Railway
$5Flixbus
Fri
Sep 24
$66Great Western Railway
$5Flixbus
Sat
Sep 25
$71Great Western Railway
$5Flixbus
Sun
Sep 26
$77Great Western Railway
$6Flixbus
Mon
Sep 27
$66Great Western Railway
$6Flixbus
Tue
Sep 28
$66Great Western Railway
$6National Express
Wed
Sep 29
$66Great Western Railway
$4Flixbus
Thu
Sep 30
$66Great Western Railway
$6Flixbus
Fri
Oct 1
$66Great Western Railway
$6Flixbus
Sat
Oct 2
$66Great Western Railway
$6Flixbus
Sun
Oct 3
$66Great Western Railway
$6Flixbus
Mon
Oct 4
$61Great Western Railway
$6Flixbus
Tue
Oct 5
$61Great Western Railway
$6Flixbus
Wed
Oct 6
$61Great Western Railway
$6Flixbus
Thu
Oct 7
$61Great Western Railway
$6Flixbus
Fri
Oct 8
$61Great Western Railway
$6Flixbus
Sat
Oct 9
$66Great Western Railway
$6Flixbus

Travel Information to Cardiff from London

distanceDistance131 miles (211 km)
modeAvailable travel modesBus or train
priceTicket price range$5 - $78
cheapestCheapest modeBus • $5 (€4) • 3 h 50 min
fastestFastest modeTrain • $78 (€62) • 1 h 47 min
carriersPopular travel companiesFlixbus or Great Western Railway

Travel 131 miles (211 km) by bus or train from London to 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 $5 (€4). The most popular travel companies which serve this trip 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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Travel Tips

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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
How do I reach Cardiff from London?

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

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

The cheapest way to travel from London to Cardiff is by taking a bus with an average price of $5 (€4).

This is compared to other travel options to Cardiff:

A bus is generally $73 (€58) less than a train for the same trip. Taking a train costs on average $78 (€62) from London to Cardiff.

What is the fastest way from London to Cardiff?

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

Other travel options to Cardiff can usually take longer:

In comparison, going by bus can take 3 h 50 min   on average.

How far is Cardiff from London?

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

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

The average frequency per day from London to Cardiff is:

  • 16 trains a day.

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

When traveling from London to Cardiff, where do I depart from London and where do I arrive in Cardiff?

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 from London to Cardiff most often leave from London Victoria and arrive in Cardiff Central.
Who can get me from London to Cardiff?

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

  • You can travel by bus to Cardiff from London with Flixbus, and you can find Flixbus London to Cardiff tickets for $5 (€4) on Omio.
  • You can travel between London and Cardiff by train with Great Western Railway. You can find cheap tickets on Omio for $78 (€62) with Great Western Railway from London to Cardiff.
Is there a direct service between London and Cardiff?

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

  • You'll find direct buses 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.

What other destinations are worth visiting after traveling from London to Cardiff?
Your trip from London to Cardiff doesn't have to end in Cardiff. Many of our customers like to extend their vacation to explore other popular destinations like Bristol, Birmingham or Manchester. If you’d like to add Bristol, Birmingham or Manchester to your London 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 London to Cardiff tickets online to score the best deals?

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 cost $5 (€4) one way on average.
  • Train tickets cost $78 (€62) 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.

Stations

Important Stations and Airports for this Journey

London
Cardiff
London
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London Liverpool Street Stn
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WC

Frequently Asked Questions

Where is the bus station and what is the best way to get there?
This station is not located in the city centre but it can be reached by public transport.<br>Metro lines Central, Circle, Hammersmith, City
London Bridge
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