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

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Train  •  3 h 20 min

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

$102 - $180

Cheapest option

Bus, train via Trowbridge  •  6 h

  1. Take the bus from Bournemouth Square to Salisbury, Blue Boar Row X3
  2. Take the bus from Salisbury, New Canal to Trowbridge, Trinity Church D1
  3. Take the train from Trowbridge to Cardiff Central

$35 - $65

2 alternative options

Bus, train  •  4 h 26 min

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

$47 - $93

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 - £29 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 - £29 and takes 2 h 31 min.

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

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The best way to get from Bournemouth to Cardiff without a car is to train which takes 3 h 20 min and costs £75 - £140.

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

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Bournemouth to Cardiff train services, operated by CrossCountry, depart from Bournemouth station.

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Bournemouth to Cardiff train services, operated by Great Western Railway, arrive at Cardiff Central station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Bournemouth to Cardiff is 118 miles. It takes approximately 2 h 31 min to drive from Bournemouth to Cardiff.

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  • Distance: 77.5 miles
  • Duration: 3 h 20 min

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
$55 - $110
Website
gwr.com
Off-Peak Day Single
$30 - $50
Advanced Single
$30 - $50
Anytime Day Single
$55 - $110
Train from Salisbury to Cardiff Central
Ave. Duration
1 h 58 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$45 - $90
Website
gwr.com
Off-Peak Day Single
$27 - $45
Advanced Single
$28 - $40
Anytime Day Single
$45 - $90
Train from Trowbridge to Cardiff Central
Ave. Duration
1 h 22 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$30 - $60
Website
gwr.com
Off-Peak Day Single
$19 - $30
Advanced Single
$21 - $30
Anytime Day Single
$30 - $60
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 30 minutes
Schedules at
morebus.co.uk

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