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Journey Information

There are 57 intercity coaches per day from London to Cardiff. Traveling by coach from London to Cardiff usually takes around 3 hours and 57 minutes, but the fastest National Express coach can make the trip in 2 hours and 55 minutes.

Distance131 mi (211 km)
Shortest duration2h 55m
Cheapest price£4.23
Trips per day44
Most frequent serviceNational Express
Coach lines3

Coach Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for coaches from London to Cardiff

(Based on 1 ratings and reviews)

5.0

5.0

Inass

2 July 2022- Business

National Express

Pros: It was a pleasant experience, the driver made me feel (as a first-time traveler to Wales by coach) safe & as if I were in good, capable hands. Cons: The seats were slightly awkward & uncomfortable but not too big of a deal. Tips: Bring snacks, water, a good book ...

Pros: It was a pleasant experience, the driver made me feel (as a first-time traveler to Wales by coach) safe & as if I were in good, capable hands. Cons: The seats were slightly awkward & uncomfortable but not too big of a deal. Tips: Bring snacks, water, a good book & a neck pillow! Oh, P.S, the charger port is between the two seats (... I didn’t notice this until nearly 2hrs into my journey!).

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How much is a coach ticket from London to Cardiff?

£4.37 is the average price of a bus ticket from London to Cardiff. 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 London to Cardiff 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 £13 whenever you decide to travel.

Prices as travel date approaches

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Most coach companies charge higher ticket prices the closer you book to the date of travel, so it’s a good idea to buy your coach tickets as early as possible. The best way to find cheap coach tickets is to book at least 26 days in advance. By doing so, you can expect to save £17.82 on your coach ticket compared to booking at the last minute.

What coach companies travel from London to Cardiff?

There are 3 bus lines from London to Cardiff available for you to search and compare on Wanderu. With 39 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 27m£11.70
Megabus264h 5m£16.99
National Express393h 47m£19.56
  • FlixBus

    FlixBus

    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 2 trips from London to Cardiff, and usually makes the trip in about 4 hours and 27 minutes. On your trip, you'll enjoy Wi-Fi and live GPS, as well as restrooms, air conditioning, and power outlets.

  • Megabus

    Megabus

    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

    National Express

    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

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.

Although masks are no longer required on public transportation, we stand behind CDC guidelines that encourage passengers to wear a mask over their nose and mouth while on the coach or in stations.

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 from London to Cardiff?

The coach takes an average of 3 hours and 57 minutes to cover the 131 miles from London to Cardiff. However, the fastest coach only takes 2 hours and 55 minutes. It's the perfect amount of time to take a nap, get some work done, or watch a movie. 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.

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, Monday is typically the least busy day for coach travel on this route. For a less crowded trip, try to book your coach travel for the beginning of the week.

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 57 scheduled coaches that travel from London to Cardiff every day, so you have a decent number of options to choose from. This includes 44 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 £34.70.

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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Main departure 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.

All coach stations in London:

  • Victoria Coach Station

  • Hammersmith Bus Station (Stop D)

  • London Stratford Also for Westfield

  • Golders Green Bus Station

  • London Elephant and Castle

Where does the coach arrive in Cardiff?

Main arrival station: Cardiff University

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

Coach stations in Cardiff:

  • Cardiff University

  • North Rd 330

  • North Road Bus Stop

  • Sophia Gardens

  • Castle Green - North Road

  • National Museum Bus Stop

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