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London to Cardiff bus and train tickets

47 daily departures, tickets starting at €4.99, and the fastest trip in 1h 48m

London to Cardiff bus times

Check out the next buses departing from London to Cardiff for Sunday, 25 February

CompanyDeparture time/Arrival timeDeparture Station/Arrival StationTransport TypePriceView schedule
National Express
3h 5m
National Express
12.75
National Express
4h 35m
National Express
18.37
Megabus
4h 10m
Megabus
£10.99
National Express
3h 20m
National Express
12.75
Megabus
3h 40m
Megabus
£10.99

Over 47 schedules for your journey.

Bus London to Cardiff

It takes an average of 3h 49m to travel from London to Cardiff by bus, over a distance of around 211 km. There are normally 29 buses per day traveling from London to Cardiff and tickets for this journey start from €4.99 when you book in advance.

Distance211 km
Price€4.99
Frequency29
Fastest3h 5m

Train London to Cardiff

It takes an average of 1h 57m to travel from London to Cardiff by train, over a distance of around 211 km. There are normally 18 trains per day traveling from London to Cardiff and tickets for this journey start from €77 when you book in advance.

Distance211 km
Price€77
Frequency18
Fastest1h 48m

What companies travel from London to Cardiff?

Whether you're seeking speed, comfort, affordability, or a blend of all, our detailed overview covers the key players in the industry. Get insights into schedules, booking tips, and amenities offered by each company, ensuring your journey between these iconic cities is as smooth and enjoyable as possible.

Best Travel Options

Exploring travel options from London to Cardiff brings to light these pivotal aspects:

Travel Time: Trains whisk you to Cardiff in about 2 hours, while buses take 3-4 hours, offering more sightseeing opportunities. Car travel also averages 3 hours with schedule flexibility.

Cost: Buses serve the budget traveler well, while train fares can be cost-effective when booked ahead. Car travel costs can be shared, making it economical for groups.

Experience: Trains offer swift, relaxing journeys ideal for business commuters. Buses and cars allow for a slower-paced, scenic exploration preferable for leisure trips.

🧳 Covering nearly 150 miles (241 kilometers), choose the mode that best aligns with your travel needs and immerse yourself in the journey’s details below.

Best Travel Options

Bus vs Train

Travelers choosing between bus and train for London to Cardiff routes have aspects to deliberate:

Speed of Travel: Trains whisk passengers to Cardiff considerably quicker, taking about 2 hours, compared to buses, which complete the trip in 3 to 4 hours.

Cost and Savings: Both modes offer competitive pricing but buses win for frugality, and when booked early, trains can also be a bargain for speed-seekers.

Travel Comfort: Trains feature amenities like dining cars and Wi-Fi for a convenient ride, while buses offer scenic views and a chance to unwind during longer travels.

Bus vs Train

Cheapest Travel Options

Navigating from London to Cardiff doesn’t have to break the bank. National Express and Megabus connect these cities with fares ranging from a budget-friendly £5 to £12. Onboard amenities like Wi-Fi ensure a comfortable ride. Train options via Great Western Railway start at £15, providing a faster, equally cost-effective travel experience.

Undertake a journey tailored to your needs and wallet. Families can make the most of Great Western Railway’s comfortable setting, while budget travelers can opt for Megabus’s economical seats. Business individuals and small groups will find value with National Express’s on-the-go facilities. Discover the best routes and deals that match your travel requirements and the finer details of cost-saving connections for a savvy expedition.

Cheapest Travel Options

Frequently asked questions

Embark on your scenic journey from the historic heart of London to the charm of Cardiff. Discover seamless travel, picturesque views, and modern comforts, ensuring a swift and enjoyable trip. Experience the best of British landscapes en route.

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Cheap tickets from London to Cardiff

The price of tickets from London to Cardiff is cheaper for a one-way standard class ticket if you book in advance. Booking on the day is usually more expensive and costs can vary depending on the time of day, route or class.

Book in advance

Most of the companies release their tickets around three to six months in advance, many of which can be cheaper the earlier you book. If you know the dates you want to travel, you may be able to find some cheaper tickets from London to Cardiff by booking early.

Be flexible with your travel times

Many of the services are also popular commuter services, lots of companies increase ticket prices during “peak hours” (generally between 06:00 – 10:00 and 15:00 – 19:00 on weekdays). If you can, consider traveling outside of peak hours to find lower priced tickets.

Choose a slower or connecting transport

On some of the busier routes, you might also have the option to take a slower or connecting transport. It may take a little longer than some high-speed or direct services, but if you have a little extra time on your hands, you might find a cheaper fare. Plus, you'll have more time to enjoy the view of the countryside!

Seasonal Travel Pack Essentials Guide

Seasonal Travel Pack Essentials Guide

Embarking on a jaunt to Cardiff? Arm yourself with our expertly crafted Seasonal Travel Pack Essentials Guide, your indispensable companion for navigating Cardiff’s shifting climes with ease. Whether it’s the fresh spring mornings, summer’s balmy days, the crisp ambiance of autumn, or the brisk winter chill, we’ve got you covered—literally. Pack smart and traverse the enchanting landscapes of Cardiff without a hitch.

Your First Arrival by Bus or Train

Your First Arrival by Bus or Train

Welcome to Cardiff, the bustling heart of Wales, where an efficient transport network awaits you upon arrival. From the historic castle to the serene bay, Cardiff is a treasure trove for adventurers and culture seekers alike. Thriving on its rich Welsh heritage, this city offers a seamless integration of the old and the new. Optimal preparation and understanding the transportation options upon arrival ensure a memorable first-time visit to this charming capital.

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Budget-Friendly Things To Do

Budget-Friendly Things To Do

Planning a trip to Cardiff and want to keep expenses down? Dive into our curated selection of Cardiff’s top free and cheap attractions. From scenic parks to historic museums, experience the best of the city on a budget, all easily accessible from the central bus and train network.

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Transportation Options

Transportation Options

Planning to explore Cardiff? Navigating the city has never been easier with an array of transportation options right at your fingertips. Whether you prefer the simplicity of buses, the speed of trains, the convenience of taxis, or the charm of a water bus, you’ll find a mode of transport that aligns with your travel style. Opt for bicycle hire to weave through the streets at your own pace, or choose a coach service for wallet-friendly regional travel. And if you crave ultimate freedom, there’s always a car hire to steer you on an adventure. Cardiff’s transport network is designed for every type of journey.

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Travel Tips

The best tips from our team for your next trip

"Research sightseeing opportunities along your route, such as landmarks, tourist attractions, or scenic routes, and plan your itinerary accordingly."

Ethan Hughes
Ethan Hughes
Transport Trekker

"Choosing the right seat, such as one with extralegroom or a window seat, can help maximize comfort during your journey."

John Anderson
John Anderson
Adventurous Explorer

"Check the pet policies of the bus or train company you are traveling with, and make sure your pet is allowed on board."

Charlotte Adams
Charlotte Adams
Transit Seeker

"Learn basic phrases in the local language, such as greetings or common phrases, to show respect and build connections with locals."

William Lewis
William Lewis
Commuting Maverick

"Keep your valuables like cash, passport, andimportant documents in a secure place, like a neck wallet or a money belt.Avoid carrying large sums of money or expensive jewelry."

Isabella Wright
Isabella Wright
Route Seeker

"Choose a mode of transportation that allows you to work comfortably, such as a train with spacious seating or a bus with Wi-Fi."

David Thompson
David Thompson
Nomadic Voyager

"Research the local culture and customs of the places you will be traveling through, and learn about the history, traditions, and values of the people."

Emily Roberts
Emily Roberts
Serene Wanderer

"Bring a refillable water bottle and stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water throughout your journey."

Olivia Rodriguez
Olivia Rodriguez
Rail Trailblazer

"Traveling during off-peak hours can save moneyon bus and train fares, as prices tend to be lower during non-peak times."

Mia Bennett
Mia Bennett
Bus Explorer

"Arrive on time for your bus or train, and be respectful of other passengers' schedules."

Michael Turner
Michael Turner
Transit Connoisseur

"Consider choosing eco-friendly transport options like buses or trains instead of driving alone in a car, which can help reduce your carbon footprint."

Sophia Mitchell
Sophia Mitchell
Journey Enthusiast
Travel Hotspots

Discover the Top Transit Hubs

Discover the top transit hubs with our comprehensive list of the busiest and most important bus and train stations. Find out which stations offer the best connections and travel options for your next trip. Plan your trip with ease and efficiency by exploring our guide to the key transit hubs.