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Journey Information

There are 51 intercity coaches per day from Cardiff to London. Traveling by coach from Cardiff to London usually takes around 4 hours and 6 minutes, but the fastest National Express coach can make the trip in 3 hours and 10 minutes.

Distance131 mi (211 km)
Shortest duration3h 10m
Cheapest price£4.23
Trips per day38
Most frequent serviceNational Express
Coach lines3

Coach Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for coaches from Cardiff to London

(Based on 1 ratings and reviews)

4.0

4.0

Nabila

29 June 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 coach ticket from Cardiff to London?

£5.64 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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Traveling from Cardiff to London by bus will cost you about the same throughout the year. In general, bus ticket prices for that route are fairly consistent, so expect to pay around £14 whenever you decide to travel.

What coach 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 24 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:

CoachDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
FlixBus83h 54m£12.29
Megabus224h 10m£15.01
National Express244h 11m£16.00
  • 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 coach takes an average of 4 hours and 6 minutes to cover the 131 miles from Cardiff to London. However, the fastest coach only takes 3 hours and 10 minutes. In other words, you'll have plenty of time to rest and relax on the road. Keep in mind that your actual coach may arrive earlier or later than scheduled, depending on whether there is more or less traffic than usual.

"Because many passengers travel from Cardiff to London at the beginning of the work week, Monday is usually the busiest day for coaches. If you are planning to travel on a Monday, you should make sure to book tickets well in advance as they may sell out.

On the other hand, Saturday is typically the least busy day for coach travel on this route. If you’re looking for a little extra space, a Saturday ticket is the way to go."

The first coach leaves at 02:00 and the last coach leaves at 23:00. To see the times for all coaches from Cardiff to London, enter your specific travel dates in the search bar.

There are 51 scheduled coaches that travel from Cardiff to London every day, so you have a decent number of options to choose from. This includes 38 direct coaches, where you can stay on the same coach without having to transfer to a connecting coach at any point during your trip.

Need more travel options? Consider taking the train from Cardiff to London; ticket prices start at £48.93.

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 coach leave from in Cardiff?

Main departure station: Cardiff University

Coaches to London leave from 6 stations in Cardiff.

All coach stations in Cardiff:

  • Cardiff University

  • North Rd 330

  • Cardiff University

  • North Road Bus Stop

  • Cardiff Royal Welsh College of Music

  • 2 Sophia Cl

Where does the coach arrive in London?

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Main arrival station: London Victoria

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.

Coach stations in London:

  • London Victoria

  • Elephant and Castle

  • Hammersmith Bridge Road

  • Dunton Rd (Stop WN)

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