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Travel Information between Bath and Cardiff

distanceDistance36 miles
modeAvailable travel modesCoach, flight, ferry or train
fastestFastest modeTrain • £11 • 1 h 5 min
carriersPopular travel companiesNational Express or Great Western Railway

Travel 36 miles by coach, flight, ferry or train from Bath to Cardiff. The most popular travel providers which serve this journey are National Express or Great Western Railway among others. Travellers can even take a direct train from Bath to Cardiff.

How to Travel from Bath to Cardiff?

It is possible to travel from Bath in England to Cardiff in Wales by train or bus every day of the week. While there is little difference in the prices of both routes, the train journey is more than one hour faster with journey times that start at just over an hour. Some train routes are direct while all coaches require a connection en route. 

What is the Cheapest Way To Get from Bath to Cardiff?

While some train ticket prices are comparable with bus tickets, overall it is cheaper to travel from Bath to Cardiff on National Express Coaches. The overall journey takes from just over 2.5 hours to around 6.5 hours depending on traffic conditions and transfer waiting times. Connections are made at Bristol Bus and Coach Station. From Monday to Saturday, there are a dozen daily departures which start in the early morning and continue until late at night. There is a reduced service on Sundays. Coaches leave from Bath Bus Station and terminate at the National Express Cardiff Coach Station in Sophia Gardens. 

What is the Fastest Way to Travel from Bath to Cardiff?

The fastest way of travelling to Cardiff from Bath is by train on a route operated by Great Western Railway. There is a mix of direct and connecting services and one to three departures an hour from early morning until late evening. Journey times are between one hour and 15 minutes and one hour and 45 minutes depending on whether a connection is required or not. These are made at Bristol Temple Meads Station. A similar service operates seven days a week. Routes commence at either Bath Spa Station or Oldfield Park Station and terminate at Cardiff Central Station.

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Travel from Bath to Cardiff by Train

There are over two dozen train departures from Bath to Cardiff every day of the week on a route operated by Great Western Railway. Some routes are direct and others require a connection at Bristol Temple Meads Station. Services start departing Bath in the early morning with up to four departures an hour until late evening. They take between one hour and 15 minutes and one hour and 45 minutes to reach Cardiff. Services start from either Bath Spa Station or Oldfield Park Station and terminate at Cardiff Central Station. Located right in the heart of central Cardiff, the station is within easy walking distance of city tourist attractions and is also served by taxis, local buses, and local or regional trains.

Travel from Bath to Cardiff by Bus

Buses from Bath to Cardiff are operated by National Express Coaches, a British provider with a network that covers the United Kingdom. All routes require a connection at Bristol Bus and Coach Station and have journey times that range from 2.5 hours to six hours or more. This depends on the time of departure and the waiting time for transfers in Bristol. On weekdays and Saturdays, there are a dozen departures with the first coach leaving early morning and the last one late at night. The service is slightly reduced on Sundays. Coaches depart from Bath Bus Station and terminate at the National Express Cardiff Coach Station which can be found in Sophia Gardens. It is within easy walking distance of the city centre and is also served by taxis and local buses.

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There are 4 ways that you can travel from Bath to Cardiff. You can take a coach, flight, ferry or train.

The cheapest way from Bath to Cardiff is by taking a flight. You can find average ticket prices around £1 compared to other travel options to Cardiff:

A flight is £14 less than a coach for this route with tickets for a coach from Bath to Cardiff costing on average £14.

A flight is about £1 less than a ferry, which costs on average £1 for this trip.

A flight is generally £11 less than a train for the same route. A train costs on average £11 from Bath to Cardiff.

The fastest way to get to Cardiff from Bath is by train with an average travel time of 1 h 5 min.

There are alternative travel options to Cardiff that can usually take longer:

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Cardiff is approximately 36 miles away from Bath.

The average frequency per day from Bath to Cardiff is:

  • 36 trains per day.

However, we recommend checking specific travel dates for your journey to Cardiff from Bath as scheduled services by coach, flight, ferry or train can vary by season or day of the week.

These are the most popular departure and arrival points for travellers from Bath to Cardiff:

  • Coaches mostly depart from Bath, London Road and arrive in Cardiff, Sophia Gardens.
  • Trains from Bath to Cardiff most often leave from Bath Spa and arrive in Cardiff Central.

If finding a good deal is your main consideration for your trip from Bath to Cardiff, then we'll help you find the best value travel companies for you:

  • Travel with National Express for coaches to Cardiff. If you’re looking for a good deal on tickets, check for National Express Bath to Cardiff tickets on Omio for £14.
  • Travel with Great Western Railway to go to Cardiff by train. For a good deal on tickets, you can find Great Western Railway Bath to Cardiff tickets on Omio for £11.

Yes, there are direct services available to Cardiff from Bath with the following travel operators:

  • You can travel directly by train with Great Western Railway with 16 direct trains per day.

Direct services tend to save you time and add more convenience in getting you to Cardiff as you won't need to change in between, so it's worth paying attention to before booking your tickets from Bath to Cardiff.

Your journey from Bath to Cardiff doesn't have to end in Cardiff. Many of our customers like to extend their holidays to explore other popular destinations like London, Bristol or Birmingham. If you’d like to add London, Bristol or Birmingham to your Bath to Cardiff trip, check Omio for the best and cheapest ways to travel to any of these top destinations from Cardiff today!

Before travelling from Bath to Cardiff, it’s good to know what ticket you can purchase and how much it will cost in the next 7 days:

  • The price of a coach ticket is on average £14 one way for this journey.
  • The price of a plane ticket is on average £1 one way for this route.
  • The price of a ferry ticket for this journey is £1 one way on average.
  • The price of a train ticket for this route is on average £11 one way.

But we recommend booking Bath to Cardiff tickets online a few months before your planned travel date to score the best deals and save money on your trip.

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