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from Preston to Cardiff

You can get from Preston to Cardiff by train, bus or flight.

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25 Oct
£83Arriva Trains Wales
£57National Express
30 Oct
£83Arriva Trains Wales
£37National Express
31 Oct
£83Arriva Trains Wales
£50National Express

Travel Information between Preston and Cardiff

distanceDistance159 miles (256 km)
modeAvailable travel modesCoach or train
priceTicket price range£30 - £82
cheapestCheapest modeCoach • £30 • 9 h
fastestFastest modeTrain • £82 • 4 h 8 min
carriersPopular travel companiesNational Express or Arriva Trains Wales

Travel 159 miles (256 km) by coach or train to Cardiff from Preston. If speed is a priority, then a train is the best option with an average duration of 4 h 8 min; whereas, if saving money is more important, then a coach is the best option with prices starting as low as £30. The most popular travel providers which serve this journey are National Express or Arriva Trains Wales among others. Travellers can even take a direct coach or train from Preston to Cardiff.

Travel Tips

Travel from Preston to Cardiff
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 Preston to Cardiff.
What are my travel options from Preston to Cardiff?

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

What is the cheapest way to travel between Preston and Cardiff?

The cheapest way from Preston to Cardiff is by taking a coach. You can find average ticket prices around £30 compared to other travel options to Cardiff:

A coach is generally £53 less than a train for the same route. A train costs on average £82 from Preston to Cardiff.

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

The fastest way from Preston to Cardiff is by train with an average journey time of 4 h 8 min.

Other travel options from Preston to Cardiff can usually take longer:

In comparison, going by coach can take 9 h   on average.

What is the distance from Preston to Cardiff?

Cardiff is approximately 159 miles (256 km) away from Preston.

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

The average frequency per day from Preston to Cardiff is:

  • 24 trains a day.

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

What are the departure and arrival points in Preston and in Cardiff?

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

  • Coaches most often depart from Preston at Preston, Bus Station and arrive in Cardiff at Cardiff, Sophia Gardens.
  • Trains from Preston to Cardiff most often leave from Preston and arrive in Cardiff Central.
Which travel companies can help me find a way to get from Preston to Cardiff?

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

  • National Express can take you to Cardiff by coach. If searching for a good deal on coaches, you can find tickets for National Express from Preston to Cardiff for £30.
  • Arriva Trains Wales can take you to Cardiff by train. If searching for a good deal on trains, you can find tickets for Arriva Trains Wales from Preston to Cardiff for £82.
Is there a way to travel directly from Preston to Cardiff?

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

  • You'll find direct coaches per day with.
  • You'll find 24 direct trains per day with.

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 to Cardiff from Preston.

Where else should I travel to after my journey between Preston and Cardiff ends?
Many of our customers travelling from Preston to Cardiff don't make Cardiff their final stop. Some of the destinations worth visiting after are London, Bristol or Birmingham, either of which you could add to your Preston and Cardiff trip itinerary. Check Omio for the best and cheapest ways to travel from Cardiff to any of these top destinations today!
How early should I book tickets between Preston and Cardiff online for the best deals?

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

  • The price of a coach ticket is £30 one way on average for this route.
  • The price of a train ticket for this journey is on average £82 one way.

But we recommend booking Preston 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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