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from Glasgow to Cardiff

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Tue
7 Dec
£154Arriva Trains Wales
£27National Express
Wed
8 Dec
£153Avanti West Coast
£26Flixbus
Thu
9 Dec
£153Arriva Trains Wales
£29National Express
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10 Dec
£152Avanti West Coast
£15Flixbus
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11 Dec
£119Avanti West Coast
£32National Express
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12 Dec
£152Avanti West Coast
£25Flixbus
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13 Dec
£119Avanti West Coast
£32National Express
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15 Dec
£95Avanti West Coast
£20Flixbus
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16 Dec
£95Avanti West Coast
£25Flixbus
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17 Dec
£119Avanti West Coast
£33National Express
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18 Dec
£152Avanti West Coast
£30Flixbus
Sun
19 Dec
£154Arriva Trains Wales
£46National Express
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20 Dec
£120Avanti West Coast
£46National Express
Tue
21 Dec
£120Avanti West Coast
£44Flixbus
Wed
22 Dec
£120Avanti West Coast
£53National Express
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23 Dec
£119Avanti West Coast
£53National Express
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24 Dec
£120Avanti West Coast
£53National Express
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£56Flixbus

Travel Information between Glasgow and Cardiff

distanceDistance305 miles (492 km)
modeAvailable travel modesCoach or train
priceTicket price range£22 - £151
cheapestCheapest modeCoach • £22 • 11 h 15 min
carriersPopular travel companiesNational Express or Cross Country

Travel 305 miles (492 km) by coach or train to Cardiff from Glasgow. A coach is best for those looking to save money on this trip, with tickets costing about £22. The most popular travel providers which serve this route are National Express or Cross Country among others. Travellers can even take a direct from Glasgow to Cardiff.

General Information about the journey from Glasgow to Cardiff

Travelling to Cardiff from Glasgow is simple, and there are regular bus, train and even plane connections between the two cities. Buses are the most regular option, but trains and flights can work out quicker with the right booking.

Buses from Glasgow to Cardiff

National Express provides three buses every day between these two destinations, and the journey time will be between 9 hours 35 minutes and 12 hours 25 minutes. National Express services do not currently travel directly between the two cities, and a brief change will be needed in Birmingham. Buses depart from Buchanan Bus Station in Glasgow, and arrive at Sophia Gardens in Cardiff, which is located next to the River Taff.

Trains from Glasgow to Cardiff

Booking a train is the quickest way to travel from Glasgow to the Welsh capital city, and probably the most comfortable as well. Services between the two cities are provided by Virgin Trains and Arriva. Anyone making the trip will need to make at least one quick change, which could be in Crewe or Preston. Journey times vary a little, but can be as short as 5 hours 30 minutes. Trains leave from Glasgow Central Station and arrive at either Cardiff Central or Queen Street stations.

Flights from Glasgow to Cardiff

Flying to Cardiff from Glasgow is possible, and can work out quicker than trains or buses. The fastest route is to catch the KLM Cityhopper service from Glasgow International to Amsterdam Schiphol, and from there to Cardiff, which can take as little as 3 hours 50 minutes. There are no direct flights, but every day there will be a quick indirect connection.

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FAQs
What are my Glasgow to Cardiff travel options?

There are 2 ways to get from Glasgow to Cardiff: coach or train.

What is the cheapest way from Glasgow to Cardiff?

The cheapest way from Glasgow to Cardiff is by taking a coach. You can find average ticket prices around £22 compared to other travel options to Cardiff:

A coach is about £129 less than a train, which costs on average £151 for this route.

What is the fastest way to get from Glasgow to Cardiff?

The fastest way to get to Cardiff from Glasgow is by flight with an average travel time of 1 h 15 min.

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

In comparison, taking a coach requires on average 11 h 15 min   of travel time.

In comparison, getting to Cardiff by train can take on average 5 h 42 min.

How many miles from Glasgow to Cardiff would I travel?

The distance between Glasgow and Cardiff is around 305 miles (492 km).

How many services a day are there from Glasgow to Cardiff?

The average frequency per day from Glasgow to Cardiff is:

  • Around 10 trains per day.

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

Where do people depart from and arrive in when travelling from Glasgow to Cardiff?

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

  • Coaches most often depart from Glasgow at Glasgow, Buchanan Bus Station and arrive in Cardiff at Cardiff, Sophia Gardens.
  • Trains mostly leave from Glasgow Central and tend to arrive in Cardiff Central.
Which travel operators can get me from Glasgow to Cardiff?

Omio works with many trusted partners that can help you travel the best way from Glasgow to Cardiff:

  • You can travel to Cardiff from Glasgow by coach with National Express. You can find cheap tickets on Omio for £22 with National Express from Glasgow to Cardiff.
  • You can travel by train between Glasgow and Cardiff with Cross Country, and you can find Cross Country Glasgow to Cardiff tickets for £151 on Omio.
What other popular destinations should I add to my itinerary for my trip to Cardiff from Glasgow?
Looking to extend your trip from Glasgow to Cardiff? Many Omio customers who go from Glasgow to Cardiff usually extend their holiday to explore other popular destinations like London, Bristol or Birmingham. If you're looking to explore London, Bristol or Birmingham from Cardiff, let Omio find you the best connections available at an affordable price.
How early should I purchase Glasgow to Cardiff tickets online to score the best deals?

When planning your trip to Cardiff from Glasgow, it’s good to keep in mind what tickets to purchase and their prices in the next 7 days:

  • Coach tickets are costing £22 one way on average.
  • Train tickets are costing £151 one way on average.

However, we recommend buying tickets from Glasgow to Cardiff online a few months in advance to get the best deals and save money on your upcoming journey.