Birmingham to Cardiff bus

Wed, 29 May
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Cheap coach tickets from Birmingham to Cardiff

Showing times and prices for 29 May

Cheapest

The best way to find a cheap coach ticket from Birmingham to Cardiff is to book your journey as far in advance as possible and to avoid travelling at rush hour.

Cheapest
Megabus
13:053h30
Birmingham
16:35Cardiff
£81One-way
0 changes
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Megabus
19:253h25
Birmingham
22:50Cardiff
£81One-way
0 changes
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Megabus
19:253h20
Birmingham
22:45Cardiff
£81One-way
0 changes
Cheapest
Megabus
13:053h25
Birmingham
16:30Cardiff
£81One-way
0 changes
2nd Cheapest
Megabus
08:455h20
Birmingham
14:05Cardiff
£141One-way
1 change

Bus timetableBirmingham to Cardiff

Showing buses for tomorrow, Wednesday, 29 May
Megabus
08:455h20
Birmingham
14:05Cardiff
1 change
Megabus
08:455h25
Birmingham
14:10Cardiff
1 change
Megabus
13:053h30
Birmingham
16:35Cardiff
0 changes
Megabus
13:053h25
Birmingham
16:30Cardiff
0 changes
Megabus
19:253h25
Birmingham
22:50Cardiff
0 changes
Megabus
19:253h20
Birmingham
22:45Cardiff
0 changes

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Bus times from Birmingham to Cardiff

Showing times and prices for 29 May

Fastest Journey

3 h 20 m

Average

4 h 4 m

Buses per day

6

Distance

142 km

Of the 6 buses that leave Birmingham for Cardiff every day 4 travel direct so it’s quite easy to avoid journeys where you’ll have to change along the way.

Fastest
Megabus
19:253h20
Birmingham
22:45Cardiff
£81One-way
0 changes
2nd Fastest
Megabus
19:253h25
Birmingham
22:50Cardiff
£81One-way
0 changes
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Megabus
13:053h25
Birmingham
16:30Cardiff
£81One-way
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Megabus
13:053h30
Birmingham
16:35Cardiff
£81One-way
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Megabus
08:455h20
Birmingham
14:05Cardiff
£141One-way
1 change

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Overview: Coach from Birmingham to Cardiff

distanceDistance87 miles
durationAverage coach duration2 h 25 min
priceAverage coach ticket price£14 (€16)
frequencyCoach frequency10 a day
changesDirect coachYes, there are 10 direct coaches a day
carriersCoach companiesNational Express, Megabus, FlixBus or CrossCountry

Coaches from Birmingham to Cardiff cover the 87 miles long journey taking on average 2 h 25 min with our travel partners like National Express, Megabus, FlixBus or CrossCountry. Normally, there are 10 coaches operating per day, including direct services available. While the average ticket price for this journey costs around £14, you can find the cheapest coach ticket for as low as £6. Travellers depart most frequently from Birmingham, Coach Station and arrive in Cardiff, University.

Coach companies: National Express, Megabus and FlixBus Birmingham to Cardiff

National Express, Megabus and FlixBus coaches will get you to Cardiff from Birmingham from £7. With over 1000 travel companies on Omio, you can find the best coach times and tickets for your trip.

National Express is the leading coach operator for routes throughout the United Kingdom, operating over 550 coaches a day and serving over 900 destinations across the country. National Express even offers routes to and from major UK airports like Heathrow, Gatwick, Stansted, Luton and Bristol 24 hours a day at affordable prices for the budget traveller in mind. All National Express coaches are air-conditioned and provide free WiFi and onboard entertainment. Most coaches are equipped with seat belts and power outlets in each seat, so you can charge your phone or laptop during a long journey. You can select between three ticket types for the Birmingham - Cardiff coach: Restricted Fare, Standard Fare, and Fully Flexible Fare. Refundable tickets provide more flexibility than other ticket options, meaning you can cancel or change your ticket easily, should you need to.

Birmingham to Cardiff coach information with National Express:

  • Average Duration: 2 h 25 min
  • Cheapest Price: £31
  • National Express frequency: 6 a day

Coach from Birmingham to Cardiff

For coach travellers, getting between the UK's second largest city and the capital of Wales currently means a journey time of about six hours on average. This includes a wait in Bristol along the way, but on the bright side, this historic port is a well worth a visit in its own right. With two morning departures on most days, customers have a good chance of arriving before the sun sets over Cardiff Bay.

How long is the journey by bus from Birmingham to Cardiff? 

Coaches from Birmingham to Cardiff can take from just under five hours, to up to nearly seven and a half hours at the top end. All journeys involve switching coaches en route at Marlborough Street bus and coach station in Bristol. With a minimum wait of two hours and almost four hours at the maximum, there is plenty of time to explore the city centre and visit landmarks such as The Galleries and the Castle Park before moving on.

How many coaches are there from Birmingham to Cardiff? 

There are generally three coaches from Birmingham to Cardiff each day, although this can drop to two coaches on Fridays and the weekend. On average days, you should see an early morning departure at around 7:00 a.m., followed by a mid-morning coach and a final departure in the late afternoon, a little before 6:00 p.m. On the days when there are only two coaches, it is the early coach that is omitted from the schedule, making the mid-morning coach your first opportunity to set out on your trip across the English-Welsh border.

What are the departure and arrival stations for buses from Birmingham to Cardiff?

Departure bus station: As befits a major travel hub, Birmingham coach station has places where you can get a hot meal, buy a cup of coffee and shop for newspapers and magazines. You can also charge your phone and access WiFi  should you wish to keep up with your emails. The station has a large car park, as well as bus stops directly outside for connections to the rest of the city. Just to the west is the Moore Street railway station and the Bullring and Central shopping mall. To the other side of that is the Jewellery Quarter, the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, the Sea Life Centre and other city centre sights.

Arrival bus station: Coaches from Birmingham stop at the Sophia Gardens coach station in Cardiff. The National Express bays are at the southern end of the waiting area. If you're being collected by car, you'll find a parking area just left of the station as you exit. For those of an athletic disposition, there are lots of sports facilities in the immediate vicinity,  such as the Sophia Gardens cricket ground, the Sport Wales National Centre and the open green spaces of the Pontcanna Fields. You're also only a few steps from the shops, brewhouses and other attractions of the Riverside area.

Which coach providers travel from Birmingham to Cardiff? 

National Express is the only provider currently operating along this route. Thankfully it offers a practical choice of morning and afternoon departures. 

National Express coaches from Birmingham to Cardiff 

While there are generally only two or three daily National Express coaches from Birmingham to Cardiff, they are spread out across the morning and afternoon in a way that offers some degree of flexibility for travellers. Although its coaches do stop at Bristol along the way, in most cases they should get you there in time for a lively evening in the Welsh capital.

Birmingham to Cardiff Coach: Services on Board 

Passengers travelling on coaches from Birmingham to Cardiff have a choice of two kinds of fare. There's an exchangeable but non-refundable ticket, which you can swap for another ticket but which you can't cancel entirely.  Or there's a fully flexible fare which allows you to do both. For luggage, a key tip is to take two medium-sized suitcases, as this enables you to pack as much as 40 kg of belongings. By contrast, you can only take one very large suitcase with a weight limit of 20 kg. Assuming there's space in the hold, you can also bring along a light, foldable bicycle so you can continue your journey on two wheels when you arrive. Sight or hearing impaired passengers can bring guide dogs on board, and all National Express coaches have built-in lifts for the benefit of wheelchair-bound ticket holders.

FAQs: Birmingham to Cardiff coach

FAQs: Take the bus from Birmingham to Cardiff with ease. Whether you want fast, cheap or something entirely different, our travel experts have the information you need to know so you can find the best option from Birmingham to Cardiff.
FAQs
Cheap coach tickets from Birmingham to Cardiff can start from as little as £6 when you book in advance. The average coach ticket price for Birmingham to Cardiff is £14; however, prices vary depending on the time of day and class and they tend to be more expensive on the day.
The average journey time by coach from Birmingham to Cardiff is 2 h 25 min   to travel the 87 mile long journey, with around there are 10 coaches per day. Journey times can vary on weekends and holidays.
The first coach from Birmingham to Cardiff leaves at 07: 45. Plan your trip with the Journey Planner   from Omio.
The last coach from Birmingham to Cardiff leaves at 19: 25.
Yes, it is possible to travel from Birmingham to Cardiff without having to change trains with National Express, Megabus or CrossCountry. There are 10 direct coaches from Birmingham to Cardiff each day. There may be fewer direct services available on weekends or holidays.
When taking a coach from Birmingham to Cardiff, you can count on National Express, Megabus, FlixBus or CrossCountry for the best way to get you to Cardiff. You can also check all possible coach companies who offer a service between Birmingham and Cardiff and compare the amenities they offer before buying a coach ticket.

When departing from Birmingham, you have various coach station options to start your route from including Birmingham, Coach Station, Birmingham, Herald Rd (Birmingham Airport Coach Park) and Birmingham, Brunel Street. When arriving in Cardiff, you can end your trip in coach stations like Cardiff, University, Cardiff, Millennium Stadium and Cardiff, North Road (St Josephs Convent).

Passengers board the coach most frequently from Birmingham, Coach Station, which is located around 2.2 miles (3.5 km) away from the city centre, and they get off the coach at Cardiff, University, located 1.1 miles (1.8 km) away from the city centre.

A trip to Cardiff from Birmingham is worth doing but not as a day trip with a journey time of 2 h 25 min each way. Check with Omio app   the best way to travel.
The cheapest month to travel from Birmingham to Cardiff by coach is May.
You have options as you can travel to Cardiff from Birmingham 2 different ways: train or coach.
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