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Cardiff - London Bus Schedule

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Journey Information

There are 51 intercity buses per day from Cardiff to London. Traveling by bus from Cardiff to London usually takes around 4 hours, but the fastest National Express bus can make the trip in 2 hours and 45 minutes.

Distance131 mi (211 km)
Shortest duration2h 45m
Cheapest price$7.24
Trips per day40
Most frequent serviceNational Express
Bus lines3

Bus Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for buses from Cardiff to London

(Based on 1 ratings and reviews)

4.0

4.0

Nabila

June 29, 2023- Solo travel

National Express

Pros: Good trip. Cons: On doit diminuer la climatisation quand il fait froid. Tips: Il faut toujours prévoir des snacks avec soi surtout pour les longs trajets.

How much is a bus ticket from Cardiff to London?

$14.16 is the average price of a bus ticket from Cardiff to London. This is currently one of the best deals in bus travel. It’s easy to find a bus ticket at this price or lower when you use Wanderu to book your trip online in advance of your travel date.

Monthly average prices

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The lowest bus ticket prices on this route can usually be found in October. That’s when the average price of a bus ticket is expected to be just $23 – the lowest of the year.

Alternatively, if you plan to travel from Cardiff to London in December, expect to spend more on your bus trip, as the average ticket price may surge to $38 at that time of year. However, if you book your trip ahead of time, you can still score a ticket at a lower price.

What bus companies travel from Cardiff to London?

There are 3 bus lines from Cardiff to London available for you to search and compare on Wanderu. With 26 daily trips, National Express usually has the most buses running on any given day. Here are some time and price comparisons for all the available options:

BusDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
FlixBus83h 54m$18.34
Megabus214h 10m$19.84
National Express263h 58m$24.58
  • First launched in Germany in 2013, FlixBus has become one of the largest intercity bus companies in Europe. Its fleet travels through nearly every country in Europe, including the U.K. FlixBus operates an average of 8 trips from Cardiff to London, and usually makes the trip in about 3 hours and 54 minutes. On your trip, you'll enjoy Wi-Fi and live GPS, as well as restrooms, air conditioning, and power outlets.

  • Founded in 2003, Megabus UK was created to provide travelers with greener, more straightforward and smarter travel. The carrier has routes all across the United Kingdom in England, Scotland, and Wales. The Megabus UK fleet, easily distinguishable by its dark blue and yellow colors, has free Wi-Fi, outlets and charging ports, onboard restrooms, and 20 kg luggage allowances on each bus.

  • National Express is probably the UK's best-known bus company, offering intercity services to London, Manchester, Southampton, and Edinburgh. Onboard the single and double-decker vehicles, travelers enjoy a good amount of legroom – roomier than airlines have in coach class – alongside WiFi, restrooms, and air conditioning.

Frequently Asked Questions

The bus takes an average of 4 hours to cover the 211 kilometers from Cardiff to London. However, the fastest bus only takes 2 hours and 45 minutes. In other words, you'll have plenty of time to rest and relax on the road. Keep in mind that your actual bus may arrive earlier or later than scheduled, depending on whether there is more or less traffic than usual.

"Friday is the busiest travel day for buses as people head from Cardiff to London for the weekend. If you are planning to travel on a Friday, you should make sure to book tickets well in advance as they may sell out.

On the other hand, Sunday is typically the least busy day for bus travel on this route. If you are looking for less crowded buses to London, book your ticket for the last day of the week."

The first bus leaves at 2:00am and the last bus leaves at 11:00pm. To see the times for all buses from Cardiff to London, enter your specific travel dates in the search bar.

There are 51 scheduled buses that travel from Cardiff to London every day, so you have a decent number of options to choose from. This includes 40 direct buses, where you can stay on the same bus without having to transfer to a connecting bus at any point during your trip.

Need more travel options? Consider taking the train from Cardiff to London; ticket prices start at $83.22.

City Information

Cardiff

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Cardiff is the capital of Wales, as well as its largest city. Although the city was initially founded as a Roman fort, Cardiff has glided effortlessly into the 21st century, offering tourists a diverse mix of old and new.

Looking to explore the city's history? Cardiff Castle at the heart of the city makes for an exciting day out, where visitors can learn about the fascinating 2,000 years of history that the castle represents.

If the castle gets you in the mood to explore more history, the St Fagans National Museum of History will surely satisfy your historical appetite. As one of Europe's leading open-air museums, the museum offers historical attractions that detail history back to the Celtic era.

For those seeking a more modern experience, Cardiff boasts a fantastic selection of shops and cafes, with Cardiff Central Market as the top choice for retail therapy.

Cardiff has excellent transport links, making it an easy place to visit no matter where you're coming from. Cardiff Airport provides access for visitors traveling from off the island, while high-speed rail services make access to and from London simple. Cardiff Central Station also offers direct routes from Bristol, Bath, Manchester, Nottingham, as well as other main cities and towns.

London

One of the most important cities in the world, London is where the traditional blends seamlessly with the modern. As a vibrant modern city, London has something for everyone. For visitors interested in the Royal Family as well as their history, check out Buckingham Palace. The palace is open all days in summer, but only on selected days in winter. The Tower of London, where the crown jewels are put on exhibition, is also a great spot to check out. For fans of history, you might not want to miss out on the famous British Museum, considered by many to be the best museum in all of London. The museum currently carries an impressive collection of 8 million historic objects from all around the world, making it an eye-opening destination for many.

London’s food scene reflects its multiculturalism. Here you can find restaurants serving cuisines from various countries around the world, from India to Malaysia. If you opt for a lavish dining experience, Restaurant Gordon Ramsay, run by the famous chef himself, will be a great choice. Also don’t forget to stop by at a local pub and enjoy the beer like a true Londoner.

The city’s centers of intercity rail services are King’s Cross Station and Euston Station, from which you can take a train to other places in the UK or hop on the Eurostar train to Paris and beyond. The largest coach station in the city is Victoria Coach Station, serving big local carriers like National Express. The city’s air services are fulfilled by eight airports, of which London Heathrow Airport, located west of the city, is the busiest one.

Station Information

Where does the bus leave from in Cardiff?

Main departure station: Cardiff University

Buses to London leave from 6 stations in Cardiff.

All bus stations in Cardiff:

  • Cardiff University

  • Cardiff University

  • North Rd 330

  • Cardiff Royal Welsh College of Music

  • 2 Sophia Cl

  • North Road Bus Stop

Where does the bus arrive in London?

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Main arrival station: Victoria Coach Station

London's Victoria Coach Station has its main entrance on Buckingham Palace Road. Well-signposted but slightly hidden in an attractive art deco office block, the station welcomes around 14 million passengers each year. The arrival and departure areas are at different ends of Elizabeth Street, with the departure zone containing food concession stands, left-luggage facilities, and restrooms. As London's largest coach station, most major coach companies, including FlixBus, Megabus, and National Express, operate from Victoria Coach Station. It is a ten-minute walk to rail and Underground services at Victoria Rail Station, whose 19 platforms include express services to Gatwick Airport.

Bus stations in London:

  • Victoria Coach Station

  • Elephant and Castle

  • Hammersmith Bridge Road

  • Hammersmith Bus Station (Stop D)

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