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Journey Information

There are 48 intercity buses per day from London to Cardiff. Traveling by bus from London to Cardiff usually takes around 4 hours and 27 minutes, but the fastest National Express bus can make the trip in 2 hours and 55 minutes.

Distance131 mi (211 km)
Shortest duration2h 55m
Cheapest price£2.47
Trips per day35
Most frequent serviceNational Express
Coach lines3

What coach companies travel from London to Cardiff?

There are 3 bus lines from London to Cardiff available for you to search and book on Wanderu. With 33 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
FlixBus24h 14m£4.77
Megabus214h 5m£13.09
National Express334h 41m£13.14
  • FlixBus

    FlixBus

    Book FlixBus from London to Cardiff from £2. There are 2 FlixBus schedules from London to Cardiff and you can expect on average to pay for a FlixBus ticket to Cardiff. In London, FlixBus departs to Cardiff from Victoria Coach Station and no other station. In Cardiff, FlixBus arrives at National Museum Bus Stop and no other station.

    An average trip on FlixBus from London to Cardiff takes 4 hours and 14 minutes , while the fastest available FlixBus trip will get you to Cardiff in 2 hours and 55 minutes .

    On weekends, FlixBus offers 2 trips per day and you could expect to pay for a weekend getaway to Cardiff.

  • Megabus

    Megabus

    Book Megabus from London to Cardiff from £5. There are 21 Megabus schedules from London to Cardiff and you can expect on average to pay for a Megabus ticket to Cardiff. In London, Megabus departs to Cardiff from Victoria Coach Station and no other station. In Cardiff, Megabus arrives at North Rd 330 and 1 other station.

    An average trip on Megabus from London to Cardiff takes 4 hours and 5 minutes , while the fastest available Megabus trip will get you to Cardiff in 2 hours and 55 minutes .

    On weekends, Megabus offers 21 trips per day and you could expect to pay for a weekend getaway to Cardiff.

  • National Express

    National Express

    Book National Express from London to Cardiff from £8. There are 33 National Express schedules from London to Cardiff and you can expect on average to pay for a National Express ticket to Cardiff. In London, National Express departs to Cardiff from Victoria Coach Station and 3 other stations. In Cardiff, National Express arrives at North Road Bus Stop and 3 other stations.

    An average trip on National Express from London to Cardiff takes 4 hours and 41 minutes , while the fastest available National Express trip will get you to Cardiff in 2 hours and 55 minutes .

    On weekends, National Express offers 34 trips per day and you could expect to pay for a weekend getaway to Cardiff.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe to travel by coach from London to Cardiff during the COVID-19 pandemic?

Our coach partners have implemented several different policies to keep you safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. From limiting vehicle capacity to enhancing cleaning protocols and upgrading air filters, coach carriers are committed to maintaining a safe environment. For details on what each company is doing to ensure their fleet remains safe for travel, click here.

In addition, federal law requires all coach passengers to wear a face covering for the entire duration of the trip. Please make sure you are wearing a face mask or you may not be allowed to board the coach.

Please visit our COVID-19 Travel Guide for more information on all carrier policies and the latest travel advisories issued by every U.S. state, Canadian province, and European country.

How long is the coach ride?

The bus takes an average of 4 hours and 27 minutes to cover the 131 miles from London to Cardiff. However, the fastest bus only takes 2 hours and 55 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.

What is the busiest day of the week to travel by coach?

Sunday tends to be the busiest day for coaches, as many passengers take the coach to Cardiff at the end of the week. If you are planning to travel on a Sunday, you should make sure to book tickets well in advance as they may sell out.

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

When do the earliest and latest coaches leave London?

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

How many coaches are there each day?

There are 48 scheduled coaches that travel from London to Cardiff every day, so you have a decent number of options to choose from. This includes 35 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 London to Cardiff; ticket prices start at £24.70.

City Information

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.

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.

Station Information

Where does the coach leave from in London?

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Departure stations

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.

All coach stations in London:

  • Victoria Coach Station

  • Golders Green Bus Station

  • Hammersmith Bus Station (Stop D)

  • Stratford City Bus Station

Where does the coach arrive in Cardiff?

Arrival stations

Coaches arrive in Cardiff at 6 stations, depending on which coach line you are traveling with.

Coach stations in Cardiff:

  • Cardiff University

  • North Road Bus Stop

  • North Rd 330

  • Sophia Gardens

  • Castle Green - North Road

  • National Museum Bus Stop

Need a return trip from Cardiff to London?

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