There are 8 ways to get from Belfast to Cardiff by plane, train, bus, car ferry, bus and ferry or car

Select an option below to see step-by-step directions and to compare ticket prices and travel times in Rome2rio's travel planner.

Recommended option

Fly Belfast City to Cardiff  •  2 h 56 min

  1. Fly from Belfast City (BHD) to Cardiff (CWL) BHD - CWL

$56 - $212

Cheapest option

Bus, bus and ferry  •  15 h 30 min

  1. Take the bus from Belfast, Europa Bus Centre to The Gresham Hotel
  2. Take the bus and ferry from Dublin to Birmingham 871
  3. Take the bus from Birmingham to Cardiff Coach Station

$49 - $66

6 alternative options

Fly Belfast (Aldergrove) to Bristol, train  •  4 h 7 min

  1. Fly from Belfast (Aldergrove) (BFS) to Bristol (BRS) BFS - BRS
  2. Take the train from Bristol Temple Meads to Cardiff Central

$73 - $205

Bus to Dublin, fly to Cardiff  •  5 h 28 min

  1. Take the bus from Belfast, Europa Bus Centre to Dublin Airport
  2. Fly from Dublin (DUB) to Cardiff (CWL) DUB - CWL

$63 - $208

Car ferry, bus, train  •  12 h 21 min

  1. Take the car ferry from Belfast to Cairnryan
  2. Take the bus from Cairnryan to Carlisle
  3. Take the train from Carlisle to Crewe
  4. Take the train from Crewe to Cardiff Central

$193 - $282

Car ferry, train  •  13 h 24 min

  1. Take the car ferry from Belfast to Liverpool Birkenhead
  2. Take the train from Chester to Cardiff Central

$106 - $154

Car ferry, train via Birmingham New Street  •  13 h 40 min

  1. Take the car ferry from Belfast to Liverpool Birkenhead
  2. Take the train from Liverpool Lime Street to Birmingham New Street
  3. Take the train from Birmingham New Street to Cardiff Central

$131 - $185

Car ferry, drive  •  9 h 14 min

  1. Take the car ferry from Belfast to Cairnryan
  2. Drive from Cairnryan to Cardiff

$125 - $170

What companies run services between Belfast, Northern Ireland and Cardiff, Wales?

Flybe flies from Belfast to Cardiff twice daily.

Airlines
Flybe
Website
flybe.com
Flights from Belfast City to Cardiff
Ave. Duration
1 h 5 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$45 - $350
Flights from Belfast City to Cardiff via Glasgow
Ave. Duration
3 h
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$45 - $350
Flights from Dublin to Cardiff
Ave. Duration
1 h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$50 - $300
easyJet
Website
easyjet.com
Flights from Belfast (Aldergrove) to Bristol
Ave. Duration
1 h 5 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$50 - $240
Flights from Belfast (Aldergrove) to Bristol via Edinburgh
Ave. Duration
3 h 5 min
When
Monday
Estimated price
$50 - $240
Flights from Belfast (Aldergrove) to Bristol via Newcastle
Ave. Duration
3 h 10 min
When
Wednesday
Estimated price
$50 - $240
Train operators
Great Western Railway
Website
gwr.com
Train from Bristol Temple Meads to Cardiff Central
Ave. Duration
44 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$21 - $40
Website
gwr.com
Off-Peak Day Single
$13 - $21
Advanced Single
$15 - $22
Anytime Day Single
$21 - $40
CrossCountry
Phone
0344 736 9123
Email
customer.relations@crosscountrytrains.co.uk
Website
crosscountrytrains.co.uk
Train from Bristol Temple Meads to Cardiff Central
Ave. Duration
50 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$35 - $55
Website
crosscountrytrains.co.uk
Advanced Single
$25 - $40
Anytime Single
$35 - $55
Off-Peak Single
$21 - $35
Train from Birmingham New Street to Cardiff Central
Ave. Duration
1 h 51 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$55 - $90
Website
crosscountrytrains.co.uk
Advanced Single
$35 - $60
Anytime Single
$55 - $90
Off-Peak Single
$50 - $75
Virgin West Coast Trains
Arriva Trains Wales
Phone
03333 211 202
Email
customer.relations@arrivatrainswales.co.uk
Website
arrivatrainswales.co.uk
Train from Crewe to Cardiff Central
Ave. Duration
2 h 30 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$55 - $85
Website
arrivatrainswales.co.uk
Advanced Single
$27 - $40
Anytime Day Single
$55 - $85
First Anytime Day Single
$90 - $140
Train from Chester to Cardiff Central
Ave. Duration
2 h 56 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$60 - $95
Website
arrivatrainswales.co.uk
Advanced Single
$29 - $40
Anytime Day Single
$60 - $95
First Anytime Day Single
$95 - $150
Bus operators
Aircoach
Phone
+353 1 844 7118
Website
aircoach.ie
Bus from Belfast, Europa Bus Centre to Dublin Airport
Ave. Duration
1 h 45 min
Frequency
Every 10 minutes
Estimated price
$15 - $22
Schedules at
aircoach.ie
Bus from Belfast, Europa Bus Centre to The Gresham Hotel
Ave. Duration
2 h 10 min
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
Estimated price
$16 - $22
Schedules at
aircoach.ie
National Express
Phone
+44 08717 818178
Website
nationalexpress.com
Bus from Cairnryan to Carlisle
Ave. Duration
2 h 45 min
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
$13 - $17
Website
nationalexpress.com
Bus and ferry from Dublin to Birmingham
Ave. Duration
8 h 50 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$21 - $27
Website
nationalexpress.com
Bus from Birmingham to Cardiff Coach Station
Ave. Duration
2 h 20 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$12 - $17
Website
nationalexpress.com
Ferry operators
Stena Line
Website
stenaline.co.uk
Car ferry from Belfast to Cairnryan
Ave. Duration
2 h 22 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$41
Schedules at
stenaline.co.uk
Passenger
$41
Small Car
$174
Car ferry from Belfast to Liverpool Birkenhead
Ave. Duration
8 h
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$41
Schedules at
stenaline.co.uk
Passenger
$41
Small Car
$232

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Questions & Answers

The distance between Belfast and Cardiff is 392 km.

The cheapest way to get from Belfast to Cardiff is to bus and bus and ferry which costs £35 - £50 and takes 15 h 30 min.

The quickest way to get from Belfast to Cardiff is to fly which takes 2 h 56 min and costs £40 - £160.

No, there is no direct bus from Belfast to Cardiff. However, there are services departing from Belfast, Europa Bus Centre and arriving at Cardiff Coach Station via Dublin and Birmingham. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 15 h 30 min.

It takes approximately 2 h 56 min to get from Belfast to Cardiff, including transfers.