How to get to Cardiff from London

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from London to Cardiff

How to get to Cardiff from London by train, bus, flight or ferry.

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The best way to travel from London to Cardiff is by taking a coach because it’s the best combination of price and speed.

Megabus
08:003h35
London, Victoria Coach Station
11:35Cardiff
£151One-way
0 changes
Cheapest
Megabus
05:004h05
London, Victoria Coach Station
09:05Cardiff
£91One-way
0 changes
Fastest
Great Western Railway
13:372h02
London Paddington (PAD)
15:39Cardiff Central (CDF)
£631One-way
0 changes
Other options
Great Western Railway
08:332h29
London Paddington (PAD)
11:02Cardiff Central (CDF)
£591One-way
0 changes
Great Western Railway
09:342h29
London Paddington (PAD)
12:03Cardiff Central (CDF)
£631One-way
0 changes
Great Western Railway
10:202h38
London Paddington (PAD)
12:58Cardiff Central (CDF)
£631One-way
0 changes
Megabus
08:003h40
London, Victoria Coach Station
11:40Cardiff
£151One-way
0 changes
National Express
09:303h35
London, Victoria Coach Station
13:05Cardiff
£141One-way
0 changes
National Express
09:303h40
London, Victoria Coach Station
13:10Cardiff, Sophia Gardens
£141One-way
0 changes

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Travel Information between London and Cardiff

distanceDistance131 miles
modeAvailable travel modesTrain or coach
priceTicket price range£30 - £4
cheapestCheapest modeCoach • £4 • 3 h 5 min
fastestFastest modeTrain • £30 • 1 h 47 min
carriersPopular travel companiesNational Express or Great Western Rail

Take a train or coach to travel 131 miles from London to Cardiff. The most popular travel providers which serve this trip are National Express or Great Western Rail among others. Travellers can even take a direct coach, ferry, flight or train from London to Cardiff.

General Information about the journey from London to Cardiff

Located only around 240 kilometres apart the journey from London to Cardiff is most convenient by train. Direct train journeys depart London Paddington daily from early morning running until late evening with regular services throughout the day. Direct coach services are available departing London Victoria Coach station and arriving at Cardiff central - usually taking around 3 to 3.5 hours.

Buses from London to Cardiff

Coaches leave London Victoria Coach Station for Cardiff Central Bus Station from 8.00 a.m. each morning with a service running at least once every 2 hours throughout the day and more in peak times. Final departures leave London Victoria at 11.00 p.m. every evening. Operated by National Express direct services usually take around 3 hours 10 minutes to 3 hours 30 minutes. An express 2 hour 50 minute service runs as the final departure from London Victoria nightly. Ideal for quick travel from London to Cardiff.

Trains from London to Cardiff

Train services depart London Paddington rail station daily from 4.48 a.m. with a departure at least once every 2 hours - and more through peak until a final departure time of 23:30 p.m. each evening before services recommence the following morning. Direct services from London Paddington to Cardiff Central can take as little as 2 hours 8 minutes on express routes with local services taking upwards of 3 hours 30 minutes. Trains run every hour or more during peak times but are subject to longer routes more stops and longer travel times.

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All travel companies: Train and Coach Companies from London to Cardiff

You can travel by travel from London to Cardiff with National Express, FlixBus and South Western Railway. When you search Omio for times and tickets, we’ll show you the best deals available.

South Western Railway is a train operating company in the United Kingdom, providing services in the south and south-west of England. It operates a variety of train types, including high-speed trains, local stopping services, and suburban commuter trains. It also offers a range of ticket types, including Advance, Off-Peak, and Super Off-Peak tickets. Onboard facilities include free Wi-Fi, power sockets, and a range of food and drink options. The most popular routes for South Western Railway include London Waterloo to Portsmouth Harbour, London Waterloo to Weymouth, and London Waterloo to Bournemouth.

    FlixBus is one of the most popular low-cost travel 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 travel at an affordable price. FlixBus also operates overnight travel 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 travel journeys, extra legroom, luggage space and toilets.

      FAQs: London to Cardiff

      FAQs: Travel 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 London to Cardiff.
      FAQs

      There are 2 travel options from London to Cardiff: train or coach.

      The cheapest way to get from London to Cardiff is by taking a coach with average ticket prices of £4 compared to other travel options to Cardiff:

      Taking a coach costs less than taking a ferry, which costs on average for the same trip.

      Taking a coach costs less than taking a flight, which average ticket prices of.

      Taking a coach costs £25 less than taking a train, which average ticket prices of £30.

      The fastest way from London to Cardiff is by train with an average journey time of 1 h 47 min.

      There are alternative travel options to Cardiff that take longer:

      Taking a coach requires on average 3 h 5 min of travel time.

      The distance from London to Cardiff is approximately 131 miles.

      The average frequency per day from London to Cardiff is:

      • Around 25 coaches per day.
      • Around 25 trains per day.

      However, we recommend checking specific travel dates for your route between London and Cardiff as scheduled services by train or coach can vary by season or day of the week.

      These are the most popular departure and arrival points when travelling from London to Cardiff:

      • Most travellers who buy a coach ticket from London to Cardiff depart from London, Victoria Coach Station to Cardiff, University.
      • Most travellers take a flight from London Gatwick Airport to Cardiff Airport.
      • Most travellers board their train from London Euston and arrive in Cardiff Central.

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

      • You can go to Cardiff from London by coach with National Express, Megabus or FlixBus. You'll see cheap coach tickets for £4 with FlixBus from London to Cardiff on Omio.
      • You can travel by train to Cardiff from London with Great Western Rail or South Western Railway, and you can find Great Western Rail London to Cardiff tickets for £30 on Omio.

      Yes, there are direct routes from London to Cardiff with the following travel companies:

      • You can check for a direct coach to Cardiff with National Express, Megabus or FlixBus with 25 direct coaches per day.
      • You can find 15 direct trains per day to Cardiff with Great Western Rail.

      Direct services to Cardiff tend to save you time and add more convenience as you won't need to transfer at another stop in between, so it's worth paying attention to before booking tickets for your journey.

      Many of our customers who book a trip from London to Cardiff often extend their holiday and travel to other popular destinations like Bristol, Manchester, Birmingham or Edinburgh. If you’re thinking of adding another destination to your London and Cardiff itinerary, let Omio find you the best connections between Cardiff and any of these top destinations today!

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