There are 4 ways to get from Bournemouth to Cardiff by train, bus 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

Train  •  3 h 20 min

  1. Take the train from Bournemouth to Reading
  2. Take the train from Reading to Cardiff Central

$108 - $181

Cheapest option

Bus, train via Bath City Centre, Bus Station  •  6 h 18 min

  1. Take the bus from Bournemouth Square to Salisbury, Blue Boar Row X3
  2. Take the bus from Salisbury, New Canal to Bath City Centre, Bus Station D1
  3. Take the train from Bath Spa to Cardiff Central

$43 - $68

2 alternative options

Bus, train  •  4 h 18 min

  1. Take the bus from Bournemouth Square to Salisbury, Blue Boar Row X3
  2. Take the train from Salisbury to Cardiff Central

$58 - $104

Drive  •  2 h 31 min

  1. Drive from Bournemouth to Cardiff 118.4 miles

$25 - $40

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The cheapest way to get from Bournemouth to Cardiff is to drive which costs £19 - £28 and takes 2 h 31 min.

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The quickest way to get from Bournemouth to Cardiff is to drive which costs £19 - £28 and takes 2 h 31 min.

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The distance between Bournemouth and Cardiff is 78 miles. The road distance is 118.4 miles.

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It takes approximately 3 h 20 min to get from Bournemouth to Cardiff, including transfers.

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No, there is no direct train from Bournemouth to Cardiff. However, there are services departing from Bournemouth and arriving at Cardiff Central via Reading. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 3 h 20 min.

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

You can take a train from Bournemouth to Cardiff via Reading in around 3 h 20 min.

Train operators
CrossCountry
Great Western Railway
Website
gwr.com
Train from Reading to Cardiff Central
Ave. Duration
1 h 33 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$60 - $110
Website
gwr.com
Off-Peak Day Single
$30 - $50
Advanced Single
$30 - $50
Anytime Day Single
$60 - $110
Train from Salisbury to Cardiff Central
Ave. Duration
1 h 58 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$45 - $90
Website
gwr.com
Off-Peak Day Single
$27 - $45
Advanced Single
$29 - $45
Anytime Day Single
$45 - $90
Train from Bath Spa to Cardiff Central
Ave. Duration
1 h 2 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$27 - $50
Website
gwr.com
Off-Peak Day Single
$16 - $25
Advanced Single
$18 - $26
Anytime Day Single
$27 - $50
Bus operators
More Bus
Website
morebus.co.uk
Bus from Bournemouth Square to Salisbury, Blue Boar Row
Ave. Duration
1 h 22 min
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
Estimated price
$11
Schedules at
morebus.co.uk

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