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London to Cardiff by Train, Bus and Car

How to get from London to Cardiff


Details of how to get from London to Cardiff by various forms of transportation. Use these information resources to plan your journey.
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London to Cardiff by Train

UK Travel Tip The cheapest train fares are those designated "Advance" - how far in advance depends upon the journey as most rail companies offer advance fares on a first come first served basis. Advance tickets are usually sold as one-way or "single" tickets. Whether or not you buy advance tickets, always compare the "single" ticket price to the round trip or "return" price as it is often cheaper to buy two single tickets rather than one round trip ticket.

Trains to Cardiff Central Station leave from Paddington Station in London every half hour during the busiest times of the day. The journey takes a little over 2 hours. Round trip advance fares start at about £32.50.

London to Cardiff by Bus

UK Travel Tip National Express offers a limited number of "funfare" promotional tickets that are very cheap (£6.50 for a £39.00 fare, for example). These can only be purchased on line and they are usually posted on the website a month to a few weeks before the trip. It is worth checking the website to see if "funfare" tickets are available for your chosen journey.

Buses from London to Cardiff take 3h30 to 3h45 hours and cost about £33 round trip. There is a regular bus service between Victoria Coach Station in London and Cardiff Bus Station.

Bus tickets can be purchased online. There is usually a 50pence booking fee.

London to Cardiff by Car

Cardiff is 151 miles west of London via the M4 and M48 motorways. It takes about 3 hours to drive. Keep in mind that gasoline, called petrol in the UK, is sold by the liter (a little more than a quart) and the price is usually more than $1 a quart.

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