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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14 h 25 m
15 h 11 m
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Of the 4 buses that leave Edinburgh for Cardiff every day 4 travel direct so it’s quite easy to avoid journeys where you’ll have to change along the way.
|Average coach duration||15 h 40 min|
|Average coach ticket price||£56 (€64)|
|Coach frequency||1 a day|
|Coach companies||National Express, Flixbus or Megabus UK|
Coaches from Edinburgh to Cardiff cover the 308 miles long route taking on average 15 h 40 min with our travel partners like National Express, Flixbus or Megabus UK. Normally, there is 1 coach operating per day, including direct services available. While the average ticket price for this trip costs around £56, you can find the cheapest coach ticket for as low as £31. Travellers depart most frequently from Edinburgh Waverley and arrive in Cardiff, Sophia Gardens.
You can travel by coach to Cardiff from Edinburgh with National Express and FlixBus for as low as £31. When you search for timetables and tickets, Omio will show you the best journey.
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 Edinburgh - 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.
FlixBus is one of Europe's leading low-cost coach operators, founded in Germany and offering long-distance coach services in Europe and the U. S. FlixBus also operates overnight coaches on select routes throughout Europe. Standard amenities on FlixBus include free Wi-Fi, power outlets to charge your phone, tablet or laptop during long coach journeys, extra legroom, luggage space and toilets. You can even purchase snacks and drinks onboard. FlixBus offers only the Standard ticket for all its routes, which allows you to bring one hand luggage and one hold luggage per person. Additional fees apply for extra luggage and specific seat reservations, such as if you want to book an Extra Seat, Table Seat or the Panorama Seat.
National Express is the principal company which offers bus services from Edinburgh to Cardiff. The earliest bus from Edinburgh to Cardiff departs at 6:30 a.m. whilst the latest bus leaves at 9:45 p.m. After 9:00 p.m. Edinburgh to Cardiff bus fares drop considerably. The earliest bus to depart from Edinburgh (the 6:30 a.m. service) arrives in Cardiff at 5:35 p.m. taking just over 11 hours to reach its destination. Buses from Edinburgh to Cardiff (which are provided by National Express) take between 11 and 14.5 hours to reach their destination.
The majority of National Express buses from Edinburgh to Cardiff depart from the main bus and coach station in Edinburgh, which is conveniently located in the heart of the city, within easy walking distance of Prince Street. Situated in St. Andrew’s Square, Edinburgh’s coach and bus station consists both of a general store and of a small shop, which sells drinks and fresh produce. Being in the heart of the city, Edinburgh’s bus and coach station is easily accessible via public transport.
Ordinarily, buses from Edinburgh to Cardiff arrive at the central bus station in Cardiff. Like Edinburgh’s coach and bus depot, Cardiff’s central station is within easy walking distance of Cardiff's main shopping centres and attractions. Cardiff is home both to the imposing Millennium Stadium and to Cardiff Castle, which is built on the site of an ancient Roman fort.
When departing from Edinburgh, you have various coach station options to start your journey from including Edinburgh, Elder Street, Edinburgh, North Bridge and Edinburgh, York Place (Stop YJ). When arriving in Cardiff, you can end your route in coach stations like Cardiff, Sophia Gardens, Cardiff, University and Cardiff, Gorsedd Gardens Rd / Museum Ave.
Omio customers book a coach from Edinburgh Waverley to Cardiff, Sophia Gardens most frequently for this route.
Passengers booking this journey most frequently board their coaches from Edinburgh Waverley and need to travel around 0.4 miles (659 m) from the city centre to get to this coach station.
Passengers arriving in Cardiff most often arrive at Cardiff, Sophia Gardens and need to travel around 0.9 miles (1.4 km) from this coach station to the city centre.
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