Birmingham to Cardiff coach

Cheap bus tickets from Birmingham to Cardiff

Showing times and prices for 08 Aug

Cheapest

£21

Average

£28

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.

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19:30Birmingham, Coach Station2h35 22:05Cardiff, Sophia Gardens
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£211One-way
21:00Birmingham, Coach Station5h00 02:00Cardiff, Sophia Gardens
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£231One-way
18:00Birmingham, Coach Station2h40 20:40Cardiff, Sophia Gardens
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£251One-way
12:00Birmingham, Coach Station2h45 14:45Cardiff, Sophia Gardens
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£291One-way
11:00Birmingham, Coach Station3h00 14:00Cardiff, Sophia Gardens
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£311One-way

Bus Timetable Birmingham to Cardiff

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10:00Birmingham, Coach Station2h35 12:35Cardiff, Sophia Gardens
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11:00Birmingham, Coach Station3h00 14:00Cardiff, Sophia Gardens
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12:00Birmingham, Coach Station2h45 14:45Cardiff, Sophia Gardens
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13:30Birmingham, Coach Station2h40 16:10Cardiff, Sophia Gardens
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15:00Birmingham, Coach Station3h00 18:00Cardiff, Sophia Gardens
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18:00Birmingham, Coach Station2h40 20:40Cardiff, Sophia Gardens
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19:00Birmingham, Coach Station3h00 22:00Cardiff, Sophia Gardens
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19:30Birmingham, Coach Station2h35 22:05Cardiff, Sophia Gardens
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21:00Birmingham, Coach Station5h00 02:00Cardiff, Sophia Gardens
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Bus times from Birmingham to Cardiff

Showing times and prices for 08 Aug

Fastest Journey

2 h 35 m

Average

3 h 1 m

Buses per day

9

Distance

142 km

Of the 9 buses that leave Birmingham for Cardiff every day 8 travel direct so it’s quite easy to avoid journeys where you’ll have to change along the way.

Fastest
10:00Birmingham, Coach Station2h35 12:35Cardiff, Sophia Gardens
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£311One-way
Fastest
19:30Birmingham, Coach Station2h35 22:05Cardiff, Sophia Gardens
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£211One-way
2nd Fastest
18:00Birmingham, Coach Station2h40 20:40Cardiff, Sophia Gardens
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£251One-way
2nd Fastest
13:30Birmingham, Coach Station2h40 16:10Cardiff, Sophia Gardens
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£311One-way
12:00Birmingham, Coach Station2h45 14:45Cardiff, Sophia Gardens
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£291One-way

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Overview: Coach from Birmingham to Cardiff

distanceDistance87 miles
durationAverage coach duration2 h 35 min
priceAverage coach ticket price£16 (€19)
frequencyCoach frequency7 a day
changesDirect coachYes, there are 7 direct coaches a day
carriersCoach companiesNational Express, Flixbus or Megabus

Coaches from Birmingham to Cardiff cover the 87 miles long route taking on average 2 h 35 min with our travel partners like National Express, Flixbus or Megabus. Normally, there are 7 coaches operating per day, including direct services available. You can get the cheapest coach tickets for this route for as low as £14, but the average price of coach tickets is £16. Travellers depart most frequently from Birmingham New Street and arrive in Cardiff, Sophia Gardens.

Coach companies: National Express and FlixBus Birmingham to Cardiff

Travel between Birmingham and Cardiff from £14 with Omio’s coach partners National Express and FlixBus! You can find the best timetables and tickets when comparing and booking the most popular journey for you.

National Express
FlixBus

National Express is the UK’s leading long-distance coach provider operating over 550 coaches per day and serving over 900 destinations across the UK. National Express also operates coach services to all major UK airports, such as Heathrow, Gatwick, Stansted, Luton and Bristol, 24 hours a day. All National Express coaches have air conditioning and provide free WiFi access along with onboard entertainment. Most coaches come with seat belts and power outlets at every seat, so you can charge your phone or laptop during a long journey. For your coach to Cardiff from Birmingham, you can select from three ticket fares: Restricted Fare, Standard Fare, and Fully Flexible Fare.

National Express from Birmingham to Cardiff coach information:

  • Average Duration: 2 h 43 min
  • Average Price: £25
  • National Express frequency: 4 a day

FlixBus is one of the most popular low-cost coach providers in Europe. Founded in Germany, FlixBus has expanded its services throughout Europe and even to the United States, giving travellers in both continents the option to take a long-distance coach at an affordable price. FlixBus also operates overnight coaches on select routes throughout Europe. FlixBus offers only the Standard ticket for all its routes, which allows you to bring one hand luggage and one hold luggage 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 coach journeys, extra legroom, luggage space and toilets.

  • Average Price: £14

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.

Travel Tips: Coach to Cardiff from Birmingham

Take the bus 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 Birmingham to Cardiff.
FAQs
You can find a cheap coach from Birmingham to Cardiff for some dates and times for as low as £14  one way in the next 7 days.
In the next 7 days you’ll find that the average cost of a coach ticket from Birmingham to Cardiff is £16  one way.
The coach distance from Birmingham to Cardiff is around 87 miles.
The coach time to Cardiff from Birmingham is on average 2 h 35 min  for the 87 miles long journey, but the time it takes to go from Birmingham to Cardiff by coach can vary depending on specific dates or travelling on weekends and holidays.

When departing from Birmingham, you have various coach station options to start your journey from including Birmingham, Coach Station, Birmingham, Hill St / Railway Bridge and Birmingham, Station Street (Stop NS13). When arriving in Cardiff, you can end your journey in coach stations like Cardiff, Sophia Gardens, Cardiff, University and Cardiff, Gorsedd Gardens Rd / Museum Ave.

Omio customers book a coach from Birmingham New Street   to Cardiff, Sophia Gardens   most frequently for this route.

Passengers board their coach most frequently from Birmingham New Street and travel around 1.5 miles (2.4 km) from the city centre to this coach station.

Passengers travelling this route most often arrive at Cardiff, Sophia Gardens and need to travel approximately 0.9 miles (1.4 km) from the coach station to the city centre in Cardiff.

If you're looking for coaches from Birmingham to Cardiff, you can rely on National Express, Flixbus or Megabus to get you to Cardiff. It's also good to check out all possible coach companies for the Birmingham to Cardiff route to see if there might be differences in the amenities they offer.
Yes, there are 7 direct coaches per day to Cardiff from Birmingham, and you can find a direct coach for this trip with National Express  on Omio. It's worth paying attention to when you buy your coach ticket as direct services tend to offer more convenience and save you time getting to your destination.
On average, there are 7 coaches a day from Birmingham to Cardiff. The coach times and services may be different on weekends and holidays compared to weekdays.
The earliest coach departing from Birmingham to Cardiff leaves at 06: 45. The last coach departing from Birmingham to Cardiff leaves at 20: 50. You can find the latest Birmingham to Cardiff coach times on Omio and book the best time to leave for your journey on your chosen travel date.
If you purchase a coach ticket between Birmingham and Cardiff within the next 7 days, you can find tickets to cost on average £16 one way. However, we recommend booking your coach in advance to get access to the best prices. Coach tickets between Birmingham and Cardiff are generally on sale a few months before the planned departure date.

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