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London to Cardiff by bus

The journey from London to Cardiff by bus is 133 mi and takes 3 hrs 48 mins. There are 290 connections per day, with the first departure at 00:25 and the last at 23:59. It is possible to travel from London to Cardiff by bus for as little as £3.44 or as much as £57.40. The best price for this journey is £3.44.

Lowest Price£3.44
Journey Duration3 hrs 48 mins
Connection per Day290
Lowest Price£3.44
Highest Price£57.40
First Departure00:25
Last Departure23:59
Distance133 mi
CarriersFlixBus, MegabusMore

London to Cardiff Bus Times

Departure date
Thursday, 25 Jul 2024

Traveling from London to Cardiff with Virail

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How can I get the cheapest bus tickets to travel from London to Cardiff?

When you're traveling from London to Cardiff, you can expect to pay an average of approximately £24.79. You might be able to find prices as low as £3.44, but it all depends on how you travel. Some forms of transport are cheaper than others, and prices will vary according to time of day, day of the week, season, and other factors. For the cheapest bus tickets, make your reservation well in advance. If you can, travel at an off-peak time, as bus ticket prices will often be reduced. You might also be able to save money by booking a connecting journey, rather than a direct route. Be sure to check the conditions of the ticket before booking, as sometimes cheaper bus tickets cannot be changed or refunded. Use Virail to check your options before booking, to ensure that you find the lowest price for your journey.
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The prices for bus tickets from London to Cardiff vary depending on a range of factors including how far in advance you're booking, your travel dates, and the type of transport you want to use. On certain routes, there may be different classes available, which will also affect the price. The average bus ticket price is approximately £24.79. For the lowest prices, it is usually best to book as far in advance as possible and look out for low-cost options, such as non-refundable tickets or traveling outside of peak hours. Be aware that some providers do not offer refunds or changes on their lower priced tickets, so it is advised to check before completing your transaction.

How long does the journey from London to Cardiff take by bus?

Traveling from London to Cardiff by bus will usually take 3 hrs 48 mins. This journey covers a distance of 133 mi . When planning your trip, bear in mind that 3 hrs 48 mins is an average, and route times may vary from day to day. Weather conditions, issues with transport, unexpected diversions, and local events could all cause delays to your journey. Please keep the possibility of these exceptional events in mind when making travel plans. The journey between London and Cardiff by bus usually takes 3 hrs 48 mins to cover a distance of 133 mi. The shortest journey from London to Cardiff will take you 2 hrs 30 mins. Remember, as always, that this time does not include any delays that might occur due to weather conditions, construction, or unexpected diversions and disruptions. If arriving in Cardiff quickly is a priority for you, look for express or non-stop services. You may also find that a connecting route reaches your destination faster than some direct journeys. Virail will allow you to explore all your options and come to a decision that suits your needs.

How many times a day do journeys run from London to Cardiff?

The exact number of journeys from London to Cardiff can vary from day to day. Some services may only run on particular days of the week, while others might be seasonal. In general, an average of 290 departures leave each day. These are run by a number of different transport providers, including . On particularly busy days, there can be up to departures. You can usually expect there to be more connections on weekdays. Many providers run fewer journeys on weekends or public holidays. As a traveler, you may prefer to take a direct route from London to Cardiff. However, you will find more options available to you if you are willing to take a connecting route. These pass through one or more different cities, and you'll have to change along the way. Not all travelers feel comfortable making multiple connections, but if you are, then you will enjoy greater flexibility when making your booking. The exact number of daily departures from London to Cardiff varies, but in general, you can expect to find 256 direct connections with no changes leaving each day. Travelers who are happy to take an indirect route will find, on average, 34 journeys with one change or more. Unfortunately, no connection was found for your trip from London to Cardiff. Selecting a new departure or arrival city, without dramatically changing your itinerary could help you find connections.

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Cheap bus tickets from London to Cardiff
Looking for the best deal on a train ticket for your trip? Here are 4 ways to get cheap train tickets from London to Cardiff.

Book in advance and save

If you're looking for the best deal for your trip from London to Cardiff, booking train tickets in advance is a great way to save money, but keep in mind that advance tickets are usually not available until 3 months before your travel date.

Stay flexible with your travel time and explore off-peak journeys

Planning your trips around off-peak travel times not only means that you'll be able to avoid the crowds, but can also end up saving you money. Being flexible with your schedule and considering alternative routes or times will significantly impact the amount of money you spend on getting from London to Cardiff.

Always check special offers

Checking on the latest deals can help save a lot of money, making it worth taking the time to browse and compare prices. So make sure you get the best deal on your ticket and take advantage of special fares for children, youth and seniors as well as discounts for groups.

Unlock the potential of slower trains or connecting trains

If you're planning a trip with some flexible time, why not opt for the scenic route? Taking slower trains or connecting trains that make more stops may save you money on your ticket – definitely worth considering if it fits in your schedule.

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Price as departure date approaches

Bus companies may charge higher ticket prices as the date of departure approaches. Prices in the next days can range from around £1.98 to £7.96 but may be subject to change. Our advice is to book as early as possible to potentially save up to 75% on your trip!

Best time to book cheap bus tickets from London to Cardiff

The cheapest London - Cardiff bus tickets can be found for as low as £5.24 if you’re lucky, or £6.68 on average. The most expensive ticket can cost as much as £8.72.

Find the best day to travel to Cardiff by bus

When travelling to Cardiff by bus, if you want to avoid crowds you can check how frequently our customers are travelling in the next 30-days using the graph below. On average, the peak hours to travel are between 6:30am and 9am in the morning, or between 4pm and 7pm in the evening. Please keep this in mind when travelling to your point of departure as you may need some extra time to arrive, particularly in big cities!

Carriers on this route

Find out more about the carriers on this route.

FlixBus, a long-distance bus company, operates in both Europe and the United States. Founded in 2013, it has grown to become one of the largest bus operators in Europe, connecting over 2,500 destinations in 30 countries. Originating in Germany, FlixBus has expanded quickly to neighboring countries including France, Italy, Denmark, the Netherlands, and Croatia, while also offering regular services to Norway, Spain, and England. With affordable fares and comfortable amenities such as free Wi-Fi, power outlets, and onboard toilets, FlixBus provides a convenient and enjoyable travel experience.

Megabus is a low-cost intercity bus service that operates in North America, Canada, and Europe. It was founded in 2003 and is owned by Stagecoach Group, a multinational transport company. Megabus retains its own brand in Britain and North America, but in Continental Europe, including France, Germany, Belgium, Spain, Italy, and the Netherlands, its services have been rebranded as Flixbus since the acquisition by a German company in June 2016.

National Express is a British multinational public transport company that operates bus, and rail services in the UK, Europe, North Africa, and North America. The company was founded in 1972 and has its headquarters in Birmingham, UK. National Express operates a fleet of over 1,600 buses, serving over 900 destinations across the UK. The company also operates rail services in the UK, including the East Anglia franchise.

Services on board FlixBus, Megabus and National Express from London to Cardiff
Compare services on board when travelling from London to Cardiff by bus.
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London to Cardiff CO2 Emissions by Bus


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Frequently Asked Questions

How much is a bus ticket from London to Cardiff?
A bus ticket from London to Cardiff is £24.79. However the price varies depending on how early you buy, and if it's peak time to travel. Occasionally you can find them for as cheap as £3.44.
What's the cheapest bus ticket from London to Cardiff?
The cheapest ticket you can get from London to Cardiff is £3.44. We recommend booking as early as possible and off-peak hours to get the cheapest ticket possible. Off-peak times are usually from 09:30 to 16:00, and after 19:00.
What's the distance between London and Cardiff by bus?
London to Cardiff is 133 mi.
How long does the bus between London and Cardiff take?
London to Cardiff is on average 3 hrs 48 mins. However the fastest option will get you there in 2 hrs 30 mins.
Which companies operate from London to Cardiff?
The bus journey from London to Cardiff is covered by 3 operator(s). On Virail you can find these carriers that provide services on this route: FlixBus, Megabus, National Express and FLIXBUS UK LTD.
How many bus connections per day go from London to Cardiff?
London to Cardiff has 290 connection(s) per day on average.
What time does the first bus from London to Cardiff leave?
The earliest bus from London to Cardiff departs at 00:25. However be sure to check with us the schedule on the day you want to leave as the time may differ.
What time does the last bus from London to Cardiff depart?
The latest bus from London to Cardiff departs at 23:59. However be sure to check with us the schedule on the day you want to leave as the time may differ.
Should I book my ticket from London to Cardiff in advance?
If you can, we recommend booking your ticket as early as possible to ensure you get better savings. The cheapest bus ticket we have found is £3.44 but this may be subject to change depending on the day of travel, hour you wish to depart and how far in advance you book.
How many direct connections depart from London to Cardiff?
There are on average 256 direct connection(s) from London to go to Cardiff.
What's the fastest journey time between London to Cardiff by bus?
The fastest journey time by bus between London and Cardiff is 2 hrs 30 mins.
Is there a direct bus from London to Cardiff?
Yes, there is a direct bus between London and Cardiff.
What are the CO2 emissions for London to Cardiff by bus?
The bus journey from London to Cardiff creates 16.05kg of CO2 emissions.

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