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

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Fly Belfast City to Cardiff  •  3 h 4 min

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

$49 - $205

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Fly Belfast (Aldergrove) to Bristol, train  •  4 h 30 min

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

$74 - $191

Fly Belfast City to Birmingham, train  •  5 h 28 min

  1. Fly from Belfast City (BHD) to Birmingham (BHX) BHD - BHX
  2. Take the train from Birmingham New Street to Cardiff Central

$97 - $300

Car ferry, drive  •  9 h 51 min

  1. Take the car ferry from Belfast to Douglas, Isle of Man
  2. Take the car ferry from Douglas, Isle of Man to Liverpool
  3. Drive from Liverpool to Cardiff

$71 - $191

Car ferry, train  •  11 h 30 min

  1. Take the car ferry from Belfast to Douglas, Isle of Man
  2. Take the car ferry from Douglas, Isle of Man to Liverpool
  3. Take the train from Chester to Cardiff Central

$92 - $229

Train, car ferry  •  13 h 43 min

  1. Take the train from Belfast City Centre, Lanyon Place Train Station to Connolly
  2. Take the car ferry from Dublin to Holyhead
  3. Take the train from Holyhead to Cardiff Central

$169 - $237

Bus, car ferry, train  •  13 h 55 min

  1. Take the bus from Belfast, Europa Bus Centre to The Gresham Hotel
  2. Take the car ferry from Dublin to Holyhead
  3. Take the train from Holyhead to Cardiff Central

$149 - $208

Bus, bus and ferry  •  15 h 30 min

  1. Take the bus from Belfast, Europa Bus Centre to Busáras X2a / ...
  2. Take the bus and ferry from Dublin to Birmingham 871
  3. Take the bus from Birmingham Coach Station, Digbeth to Cardiff Coach Station, Sophia Gardens

$62 - $77

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The cheapest way to get from Belfast to Cardiff is to bus and bus and ferry which costs £45 - £60 and takes 15 h 30 min.

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The quickest way to get from Belfast to Cardiff is to fly which costs £35 - £160 and takes 3 h 4 min.

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

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The distance between Belfast and Cardiff is 245 miles.

The best way to get from Belfast to Cardiff without a car is to car ferry and train which takes 11 h 30 min and costs £70 - £180.

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It takes approximately 3 h 4 min to get from Belfast to Cardiff, including transfers.

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Belfast to Cardiff bus services, operated by Bus Eireann, depart from Belfast, Europa Bus Centre station.

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The quickest flight from Belfast City Airport to Cardiff Airport is the direct flight which takes 1 h 5 min.

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Belfast to Cardiff bus services, operated by National Express, arrive at Cardiff Coach Station, Sophia Gardens.

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Flybe offers flights from Belfast City Airport to Cardiff Airport.

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Map of how to get from Belfast to Cardiff.
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  • Distance: 245.1 miles
  • Duration: 3 h 4 min

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

Flybe flies from Belfast to Cardiff once daily.

Airlines
Flybe
Website
flybe.com
Flights from Belfast City to Cardiff
Ave. Duration
1 h 5 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$45 - $350
Flights from Belfast City to Birmingham
Ave. Duration
1 h 4 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$40 - $250
Flights from Belfast City to Birmingham via Glasgow
Ave. Duration
2 h 55 min
When
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$40 - $250
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 Glasgow
Ave. Duration
2 h 45 min
When
Monday
Estimated price
$50 - $240
Flights from Belfast (Aldergrove) to Bristol via Edinburgh
Ave. Duration
3 h 2 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$50 - $240
Train operators
Great Western Railway
Website
gwr.com
Train from Bristol Temple Meads to Cardiff Central
Ave. Duration
46 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$20 - $40
Website
gwr.com
Off-Peak Day Single
$13 - $20
Advanced Single
$14 - $21
Anytime Day Single
$20 - $40
Arriva Trains Wales
Phone
03333 211 202
Email
customer.relations@arrivatrainswales.co.uk
Website
arrivatrainswales.co.uk
Train from Chester to Cardiff Central
Ave. Duration
2 h 58 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$55 - $90
Website
arrivatrainswales.co.uk
Advanced Single
$28 - $40
Anytime Day Single
$55 - $90
First Anytime Day Single
$95 - $140
Train from Holyhead to Cardiff Central
Ave. Duration
4 h 39 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$90 - $140
Website
arrivatrainswales.co.uk
Advanced Single
$40 - $60
Anytime Day Single
$90 - $140
First Anytime Day Single
$150 - $220
Bus operators
Aircoach
Phone
+353 1 844 7118
Website
aircoach.ie
Bus from Belfast, Europa Bus Centre to The Gresham Hotel
Ave. Duration
2 h 10 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$15 - $22
Schedules at
aircoach.ie
Bus Eireann
Website
buseireann.ie
Bus from Belfast, Europa Bus Centre to Busáras
Ave. Duration
2 h 20 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$29 - $35
Schedules at
buseireann.ie
National Express

National Express Coaches are a quick and convenient way of travelling around the UK. Over 550 National Express coaches run on Britain's roads every day, serving over 900 destinations across the UK. National Express Coaches carry around 19 million passenger journeys every year. For added convenience, National Express operate coach services to all major UK airports 24 hours per day, and is on its way to being 100% wheelchair accessible. The company also has a 24-hour control centre that receives a GPS signal to update on location, speed and the temperature inside coaches, ensuring the smoothest journey possible.

Contact Details
Phone
+44 08717 818178
Website
nationalexpress.com
Bus and ferry from Dublin to Birmingham
Ave. Duration
8 h 50 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$20 - $26
Website
nationalexpress.com
Bus from Birmingham Coach Station, Digbeth to Cardiff Coach Station, Sophia Gardens
Ave. Duration
2 h 20 min
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$12 - $16
Website
nationalexpress.com
Ferry operators
Isle of Man Steam Packet Company
Website
steam-packet.com
Car ferry from Belfast to Douglas, Isle of Man
Ave. Duration
2 h 45 min
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
$14 - $65
Schedules at
steam-packet.com
Single offer
$34
Standard fare
$62
Car ferry from Douglas, Isle of Man to Liverpool
Ave. Duration
2 h 45 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$17 - $65
Schedules at
steam-packet.com
Irish Ferries
Phone
+353 818 300 400
Email
info@irishferries.com
Website
irishferries.com
Car ferry from Dublin to Holyhead
Ave. Duration
3 h 15 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$38 - $42
Schedules at
irishferries.com
Car
$140 - $170
On Foot
$38 - $42
car
$115
Passenger
$41
Stena Line
Website
stenaline.co.uk
Car ferry from Dublin to Holyhead
Ave. Duration
3 h 30 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$45 - $160
Schedules at
stenaline.co.uk
Passenger
$46
Small Car
$155

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The best way to get from Belfast to Belfast City Airport is to line 600 shuttle which takes 8 min and costs £2 - £4.

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