Directions from Birmingham to Cardiff

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Recommended option

Train CrossCountry  •  1 h 51 min

  1. Take the train from Birmingham New Street to Cardiff Central

$55 - $90

Cheapest option

Bus  •  2 h 20 min

  1. Take the bus from Birmingham to Cardiff Coach Station National Express

$12 - $17

2 alternative options

Train Arriva Trains Wales  •  2 h 59 min

  1. Take the train from Birmingham New Street to Hereford
  2. Take the train from Hereford to Cardiff Central

$45 - $66

Drive  •  1 h 55 min

  1. Drive from Birmingham to Cardiff 107.9 miles

$23 - $35

What companies run services between Birmingham, England and Cardiff, Wales?

CrossCountry operates a train from Birmingham to Cardiff hourly. Tickets cost $55 - $90 and the journey takes 1 h 51 min. Alternatively, National Express operates a bus from Birmingham to Cardiff every 4 hours. Tickets cost $12 - $17 and the journey takes 2 h 20 min.

Train operators
Arriva Trains Wales
Phone
03333 211 202
Email
customer.relations@arrivatrainswales.co.uk
Website
arrivatrainswales.co.uk
Train from Hereford to Cardiff Central
Ave. Duration
1 h 5 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$23 - $35
Website
arrivatrainswales.co.uk
Advanced Single
$11 - $16
Anytime Day Single
$23 - $35
First Anytime Day Single
$35 - $55
Bus operators

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Questions & Answers

The distance between Birmingham and Cardiff is 142 km. The road distance is 173 km.

The cheapest way to get from Birmingham to Cardiff is to bus which costs £9 - £13 and takes 2 h 20 min.

The quickest way to get from Birmingham to Cardiff is to train which takes 1 h 51 min and costs £40 - £70.

Yes, there is a direct train departing from Birmingham New Street and arriving at Cardiff Central. Services depart hourly. The journey takes approximately 1 h 51 min.

Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Birmingham and arriving at Cardiff Coach Station. Services depart every four hours, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 2 h 20 min.

The train from Birmingham New Street to Cardiff Central takes 1 h 51 min including transfers and departs hourly.