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Journey Information

There are 44 intercity buses per day from London to Cardiff. Traveling by bus from London to Cardiff usually takes around 4 hours and 20 minutes, but the fastest National Express bus can make the trip in 3 hours,

Distance131 mi (211 km)
Shortest duration3h 0m
Cheapest price$5.39
Trips per day29
Most frequent serviceNational Express
Bus lines3

Bus Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Average score for buses from London to Cardiff

(Based on 1 ratings and reviews)

5.0

5.0

Inass

July 2, 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 & 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!).

How much is a bus ticket from London to Cardiff?

Bus tickets for a trip from London to Cardiff cost $14.76 on average. This is an excellent value for the trip. If you book your trip ahead of time using Wanderu, you can easily find bus tickets at or below this price.

Monthly avg. prices

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Taking the bus from London to Cardiff is usually cheapest in March, when the average ticket price is only $17. If you're planning to take the bus from London to Cardiff during December, keep in mind that bus ticket prices may be higher than usual, with an average price of $25. However, booking your trip in advance can help you score a ticket at a better price.

Prices as travel date approaches

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The easiest way to save money on bus tickets is by booking in advance! Many carriers increase prices as the travel date approaches, so it's always a good idea to buy your tickets as early as possible. Book at least 8 days in advance to save $7.78 or more on your ticket, compared to booking at the last minute.

What bus 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 23 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
FlixBus53h 58m$13.82
Megabus224h 6m$13.75
National Express234h 38m$19.41
  • 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 5 trips from London to Cardiff, and usually makes the trip in about 3 hours and 58 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 and 20 minutes to cover the 131 miles from London to Cardiff. However, the fastest bus only takes 3 hours. 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.

Saturday is usually the day when buses are busiest, as many travelers take the bus to enjoy the weekend in Cardiff. If you are planning to travel on a Saturday, you should make sure to book tickets well in advance as they may sell out.

On the other hand, Wednesday is typically the least busy day for bus travel on this route. If you're looking for some extra space on the bus, traveling mid-week is your best bet.

The first bus leaves at 12:00am and the last bus leaves at 11:00pm. To see the times for all buses from London to Cardiff, enter your specific travel dates in the search bar.

There are 44 scheduled buses that travel from London to Cardiff every day, so you have a decent number of options to choose from. This includes 29 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 London to Cardiff; ticket prices start at $69.60.

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 bus leave from in London?

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Main departure 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.

All bus stations in London:

  • London Victoria

  • Elephant and Castle

  • London Lewisham

  • Hammersmith Bus Station (Stop D)

  • Eltham Road / Westhorne Avenue

Where does the bus arrive in Cardiff?

Main arrival station: Cardiff University

Buses arrive in Cardiff at 5 stations, depending on which bus line you are traveling with.

All bus stations in Cardiff:

  • Cardiff University

  • North Rd 330

  • 2 Sophia Cl

  • North Road Bus Stop

  • Cardiff Royal Welsh College of Music

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