The cheapest buses from Birmingham to Cardiff

Showing times and prices for 22 Oct

Cheapest

£13

Average

£21

The best way to find a cheap fare is to book your ticket as far in advance as you can and to avoid traveling at rush hour.

The average ticket from Birmingham to Cardiff will cost around £ 21 if you buy it on the day, but the cheapest tickets can be found for only £ 13.

Cheapest
07:45Birmingham3h10 10:55Cardiff
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£131One-way
2nd Cheapest
19:00Birmingham, Coach Station2h45 21:45Cardiff, Sophia Gardens
0 changes
£151One-way
2nd Cheapest
12:00Birmingham, Coach Station2h45 14:45Cardiff, Sophia Gardens
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£151One-way
21:20Birmingham, Coach Station5h40 03:00Cardiff, Sophia Gardens
1 changes
£181One-way
10:00Birmingham, Coach Station2h35 12:35Cardiff, Sophia Gardens
0 changes
£251One-way

Timetable Birmingham to Cardiff

Showing buses for tomorrow, Fri, 22 Oct
07:45Birmingham3h10 10:55Cardiff
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08:00Birmingham, Coach Station4h15 12:15Cardiff, Sophia Gardens
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10:00Birmingham, Coach Station2h35 12:35Cardiff, Sophia Gardens
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12:00Birmingham, Coach Station2h45 14:45Cardiff, Sophia Gardens
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14:00Birmingham, Coach Station3h10 17:10Cardiff, Sophia Gardens
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16:00Birmingham, Coach Station2h50 18:50Cardiff, Sophia Gardens
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19:00Birmingham, Coach Station2h45 21:45Cardiff, Sophia Gardens
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21:20Birmingham, Coach Station5h40 03:00Cardiff, Sophia Gardens
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Fri
22 Oct
£35Cross Country
£11Megabus
Sat
23 Oct
£35Cross Country
£11Megabus
Sun
24 Oct
£35Cross Country
£11Megabus
Mon
25 Oct
£35Cross Country
£11Megabus
Tue
26 Oct
£28Cross Country
£10Flixbus
Wed
27 Oct
£28Cross Country
£11Megabus
Thu
28 Oct
£28Cross Country
£10Megabus
Fri
29 Oct
£35Cross Country
£10Megabus
Sat
30 Oct
£70Cross Country
£10Megabus
Sun
31 Oct
£35Cross Country
£10Flixbus
Mon
1 Nov
£35Cross Country
£7Flixbus
Tue
2 Nov
£28Cross Country
£7Flixbus
Wed
3 Nov
£28Cross Country
£7Flixbus
Thu
4 Nov
£28Cross Country
£5Flixbus
Fri
5 Nov
£35Cross Country
£7Flixbus
Sat
6 Nov
£71Cross Country
£7Flixbus
Sun
7 Nov
£35Cross Country
£7Flixbus
Mon
8 Nov
£35Cross Country
£7Flixbus
Tue
9 Nov
£28Cross Country
£5Flixbus
Wed
10 Nov
£27Cross Country
£10Megabus

The fastest buses from Birmingham to Cardiff

Showing times and prices for 22 Oct

Fastest Journey

2 h 35 m

Average

3 h 23 m

Buses per day

8

Distance

142 km

Of the 8 buses that leave Birmingham for Cardiff every day 6 travel direct so it’s quite easy to avoid journeys where you’ll have to change along the way.

These direct buses cover the 142 km distance in an average of 3 h 23 m but if you time it right, some buses will get you there in just 2 h 35 m .

The slowest buses will take 5 h 40 m and usually involve a change or two along the way, but you might be able to save a few pennies if you’re on a budget.

Fastest
10:00Birmingham, Coach Station2h35 12:35Cardiff, Sophia Gardens
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£251One-way
2nd Fastest
19:00Birmingham, Coach Station2h45 21:45Cardiff, Sophia Gardens
0 changes
£151One-way
2nd Fastest
12:00Birmingham, Coach Station2h45 14:45Cardiff, Sophia Gardens
0 changes
£151One-way
16:00Birmingham, Coach Station2h50 18:50Cardiff, Sophia Gardens
0 changes
£251One-way
14:00Birmingham, Coach Station3h10 17:10Cardiff, Sophia Gardens
0 changes
£251One-way

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Coach Information from Birmingham to Cardiff

distanceDistance87 miles (141 km)
durationAverage coach duration3 h 45 min
priceAverage coach ticket price£12 (€14)
changesDirect coachYes
carriersCoach companiesNational Express or Megabus

Coaches from Birmingham to Cardiff cover the 87 miles (141 km) long trip taking on average 3 h 45 min with our travel partners like National Express or Megabus. There are direct coach services available. While the average ticket price for this route costs around £12, you can find the cheapest coach ticket for as low as £10. Travellers depart most frequently from Birmingham New Street and arrive in Cardiff, Sophia Gardens.

Coach companies

Coach between Birmingham and Cardiff with National Express

Buy your official National Express coach tickets from Birmingham to Cardiff from £10 with Omio. Find coach times and tickets for over 1000 travel companies to compare and book the most convenient route.

National Express

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.

    These are National Express 's ticket policies for COVID-19 for the coach from Birmingham to Cardiff:

    • Cashless payments recommended
    • Online booking and check-in recommended
    • Pre-reservation / seat allocation
    • Verification of ticket with valid ID
    • Exceptions to waive change or cancellation fees policy
    • For journeys between July 1st and October 31, 2020, the following change and refund policies apply:
      • Restricted ticket: One change is allowed free of charge
      • Standard ticket: Full refund or one change is allowed free of charge
      • Fully flexible ticket: Unlimited changes to time or date are allowed
      • All change and refund requests must be made at least 24 hours before the original outbound journey. Partial refunds are not allowed.

    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.

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    FAQs
    How much does a cheap coach from Birmingham to Cardiff cost?
    Omio customers have found the cheapest coaches between Birmingham and Cardiff to cost as little as £10  in the next 7 days.
    How much is a coach ticket from Birmingham to Cardiff?
    In the next 7 days you’ll find that the average cost of a coach ticket between Birmingham and Cardiff is £12  one way.
    What is the distance from Birmingham to Cardiff by coach?
    When travelling this route you should expect the distance between Birmingham and Cardiff via coach to be approximately 87 miles (141 km).
    How many hours does it take from Birmingham to Cardiff by coach?
    On average the Birmingham to Cardiff coach time is 3 h 45 min  covering the 87 miles (141 km) long journey, but the journey time can vary depending on specific dates or travelling on weekends and bank holidays.
    Which coach station in Birmingham goes to Cardiff? Which coach station do I come into Cardiff from Birmingham?

    Some of the Birmingham coach stations to Cardiff you can start your journey from include Birmingham, Coach Station, Birmingham, Station Street (Stop NS13) and Birmingham, Hill St / Railway Bridge. Similarly, some of the arrival coach stations in Cardiff include Cardiff, Sophia Gardens, Cardiff, University and Cardiff, National Museum (Stop Rg).

    When travelling this route, Omio customers are departing most frequently from Birmingham New Street   and arriving in Cardiff, Sophia Gardens.

    Where is the coach station in Birmingham? Where is the coach station in Cardiff?

    Passengers board the coach most frequently from Birmingham New Street, which is located around 0 mile (s) / 0 km away from the city centre, and they get off the coach at Cardiff, Sophia Gardens, located 0 mile (s) / 0 km away from the city centre.

    Which coach companies should I travel with from Birmingham to Cardiff?
    When taking a coach from Birmingham to Cardiff, you can count on National Express or Megabus 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.
    Are there any Birmingham to Cardiff direct coach services?
    Yes, you can look for direct coaches from Birmingham to Cardiff with Megabus  without needing to change in between. Taking a direct coach tends to save you time getting you to your destination, so it's worth paying attention to this when booking a ticket for this route.
    What are the first and last departure coach times from Birmingham to Cardiff?
    If you prefer early morning coaches from Birmingham to Cardiff, the first coach leaves at 06: 45. If you prefer late night coaches from Birmingham to Cardiff, the last coach of the day leaves at 18: 15. Omio shows you the latest coach from Birmingham to Cardiff timetable to help you book the best departure time for this trip.
    How far in advance should I buy coach tickets from Birmingham to Cardiff for the best deals?
    In general, we recommend booking tickets for coaches in advance to score the best deals from all possible coach companies offering this journey and save money. If you buy coach tickets to Cardiff from Birmingham within the next 7 days, you can find tickets to cost on average £12 one way. To find the best prices for this journey, consider booking your coach ticket from Birmingham to Cardiff a few months in advance.

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