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Journey Information

There are 2 intercity coaches per day from Reading to Cardiff. Traveling by coach from Reading to Cardiff usually takes around 8 hours and 9 minutes, but the fastest National Express coach can make the trip in 5 hours,

Distance95 mi (152 km)
Shortest duration5h 0m
Cheapest price£18.50
Most frequent serviceMegabus
Coach lines2

How much is a coach ticket from Reading to Cardiff?

Bus tickets for a trip from Reading to Cardiff cost £18.50 on average. Opting to take a bus is a wallet-friendly way to make this trip. If you book your trip ahead of time using Wanderu, you can easily find bus tickets at or below this price.

Monthly average prices

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If you're on the hunt for the cheapest bus tickets from Reading to Cardiff, mark your calendar for February. During this period, you can expect to find the lowest average ticket price of the year, just £16. However, taking the bus from Reading to Cardiff during October is not so cheap. This time of year, ticket prices often reach an average of £33. The best way to find deals on a trip in October is to plan ahead and book your bus ticket as early as possible.

What coach companies travel from Reading to Cardiff?

There are two bus lines that have daily service from Reading to Cardiff that you can compare and book on Wanderu. Of these two carriers, Megabus usually offers more choice, with 2 scheduled trips per day.

CoachDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Megabus28h 13m£19.64
National Express45h 28m£60.78
  • 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 8 hours and 9 minutes to cover the 95 miles from Reading to Cardiff. However, the fastest coach only takes 5 hours. It’s definitely on the longer side, so plan to get comfortable for a long road trip. 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.

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.

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

There are usually only 2 coaches per day from Reading to Cardiff. However, neither coach offers direct service, so you will have to get off your original vehicle to transfer coaches during the trip.

Need more travel options? Consider taking the train from Reading to Cardiff; ticket prices start at £29.60.

City Information

Reading

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Located only 20 minutes west of London, Reading is a large university and market town in the English county of Berkshire. Reading has an intriguing mix of the past and the present, with a vibrant student scene thriving among the city's medieval and Victorian architecture.

Reading sits on the River Thames, at the end-point of the Kennet and Avon Canal, so there are a number of pretty riverside walks to take in the scenery. Explore the gardens and meet the animals at Beadle Wildlife Park, a vast park crisscrossed with nature trails.

To discover the town's past, visit the Reading Museum, where you can take a trip through time from early Saxon settlements to the Industrial Revolution through 21st-century life.

Since Reading is home to a large university, you are always guaranteed exciting nightlife. Filled with many restaurants, pubs, bars, and clubs, Reading is the perfect place for a night on the town. Try The Nag's Head, The Lyndhurst, or The Purple Turtle to start your night right.

Because Reading is only a short way from London, getting to Reading is simple. Fly to one of London's large international airports for access from around the world. Reading Train Station is also one of Britain's main railway interchanges, making it easy to reach from all over the country by train. National Express coaches also operate through the city from many destinations around the United Kingdom.

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 Reading?

Main departure station: Trooper Potts Way

Reading has two coach stations with service to Cardiff.

All coach stations in Reading:

  • Trooper Potts Way

  • Reading Station

Where does the coach arrive in Cardiff?

Main arrival station: Cardiff University

Coaches arrive in Cardiff at 3 stations, depending on which coach line you are traveling with.

Coach stations in Cardiff:

  • Cardiff University

  • North Rd 330

  • 2 Sophia Cl

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