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
11:30AM3h05
London, Heathrow Airport Terminals 1, 2, 3
02:35PMCardiff
$101One-way
0 transfers
Cheapest
Megabus
11:30AM3h05
London, Heathrow Airport Terminals 1, 2, 3
02:35PMCardiff
$101One-way
0 transfers
Fastest
Great Western Railway
11:48AM1h47
London Paddington (PAD)
01:35PMCardiff Central (CDF)
$821One-way
0 transfers
Other options
Great Western Railway
08:48AM1h48
London Paddington (PAD)
10:36AMCardiff Central (CDF)
$511One-way
0 transfers
Great Western Railway
11:16AM2h01
London Paddington (PAD)
01:17PMCardiff Central (CDF)
$561One-way
0 transfers
Great Western Railway
10:48AM1h50
London Paddington (PAD)
12:38PMCardiff Central (CDF)
$771One-way
0 transfers
Megabus
11:30AM3h10
London, Heathrow Airport Terminals 1, 2, 3
02:40PMCardiff
$101One-way
0 transfers
Megabus
05:00AM4h05
London, Victoria Coach Station
09:05AMCardiff
$121One-way
0 transfers
Megabus
05:00AM4h10
London, Victoria Coach Station
09:10AMCardiff
$121One-way
0 transfers

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Travel Information between London and Cardiff

distanceDistance131 miles (211 km)
modeAvailable travel modesTrain or bus
priceTicket price range$38 - $6
cheapestCheapest modeBus • $6 (€5) • 3 h 5 min
fastestFastest modeTrain • $38 (€33) • 1 h 47 min
carriersPopular travel companiesNational Express or Great Western Rail

Travel 131 miles (211 km) by train or bus to Cardiff from London. 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, ferry, flight 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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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.

    FlixBus is one of the most popular low-cost travel companies in Europe. Founded in Germany, FlixBus has expanded its services throughout Europe and even to the United States, giving travelers in both continents the option to take a long-distance travel at an affordable price. FlixBus also operates overnight travel on select routes throughout Europe. FlixBus offers only the Standard ticket for all its routes, which allows you to bring one carry-on bag and one checked bag per person. Additional fees apply for bringing extra luggage and making specific seat reservations, such as if you want to book an Extra Seat, Table Seat or the Panorama Seat. Standard amenities onboard include free Wi-Fi, power outlets to charge your phone, tablet or laptop during long travel journeys, extra legroom, luggage space and toilets.

      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

      You can get between London and Cardiff 2 different ways: train or bus.

      The cheapest way to go to Cardiff from London is by taking a bus, which costs on average $6 (€5).

      This is compared to other ways of getting from London to Cardiff:

      A bus is () less than a ferry with an average ticket price of () from London to Cardiff.

      A bus is () less than a flight for this trip with tickets for a flight from London to Cardiff costing on average ().

      Taking a bus costs $32 (€28) less than taking a train, which costs on average $38 (€33) for the same trip.

      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 take longer:

      Bus takes on average 3 h 5 min.

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

      The average frequency per day from London to Cardiff is:

      • 25 buses per day.
      • Around 25 trains per day.

      However, we recommend checking specific travel dates for your journey to Cardiff from London 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 when traveling from London to Cardiff:

      • Most travelers catch their bus from London, Victoria Coach Station and arrive in Cardiff, University.
      • Most travelers catch their flight from London Gatwick Airport and arrive in Cardiff Airport.
      • Most travelers board their train from London Waterloo 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 travel from London to Cardiff by bus with National Express, Megabus or FlixBus. You can find cheap tickets on Omio for $6 (€5) with FlixBus from London to Cardiff.
      • You can travel by train from London to Cardiff with Great Western Rail or South Western Railway, and you can find Great Western Rail London to Cardiff tickets for $38 (€33) on Omio.

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

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

      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.

      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, Manchester, Birmingham or Edinburgh. If you’d like to add Bristol, Manchester, Birmingham or Edinburgh 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!
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