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There are 5 ways to get from Bristol to Cardiff by train, bus, rideshare, taxi or car

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Train  •  50 min

  1. Take the train from Bristol Temple Meads to Cardiff Central

£15 - £110

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Rideshare  •  1h 6m

  1. Take the rideshare from Bristol to Cardiff 43.3 miles

£4 - £7

3 alternative options

Bus  •  1h 20m

  1. Take the bus from Bristol Bus & Coach Station to Cardiff Coach Station, Sophia Gardens National Express / ...

£5 - £7

Taxi  •  48 min

  1. Take a taxi from Bristol to Cardiff 43.4 miles

£90 - £110

Drive  •  48 min

  1. Drive from Bristol to Cardiff 43.4 miles

£6 - £10

Bristol to Cardiff by train

The train journey time between Bristol and Cardiff is around 53 min and covers a distance of around 38 miles. The fastest train normally takes 44 min. Operated by First Great Western Service and CrossCountry, the Bristol to Cardiff train service departs from Bristol Temple Meads and arrives in Cardiff Central. Typically 238 trains run weekly, although weekend and holiday schedules can vary so check in advance.

Train route overview

Average train time:
53 min
Fastest train time:
44 min
Trains per week:
238
Cheapest price:
£15
Carbon emissions:
3 kg CO2

First and last trains

First train departs at:
05:20
Last train departs at:
22:57

The schedules shown below are for the next available departures.

Bristol to Cardiff train schedules

Bristol → Cardiff
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The cheapest way to get from Bristol to Cardiff is to rideshare which costs £4 - £7 and takes 1h 6m.

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The quickest way to get from Bristol to Cardiff is to taxi which costs £90 - £110 and takes 48 min.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Bristol Bus & Coach Station station and arriving at Cardiff Coach Station, Sophia Gardens station. Services depart every four hours, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 1h 20m.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Bristol Temple Meads and arriving at Cardiff Central. Services depart hourly, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 50 min.

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The distance between Bristol and Cardiff is 25 miles. The road distance is 43.4 miles.

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The best way to get from Bristol to Cardiff without a car is to train which takes 50 min and costs £15 - £110.

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The train from Bristol Temple Meads to Cardiff Central takes 50 min including transfers and departs hourly.

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Bristol to Cardiff bus services, operated by National Express, depart from Bristol Bus & Coach Station.

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Bristol to Cardiff train services, operated by First Great Western Service, depart from Bristol Temple Meads station.

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The best way to get from Bristol to Cardiff is to train which takes 50 min and costs £15 - £110. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs £5 - £7 and takes 1h 20m.

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Map of how to get from Bristol to Cardiff.
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  • Distance: 25.3 miles
  • Duration: 50 min

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

First Great Western Service operates a train from Bristol Temple Meads to Cardiff Central hourly. Tickets cost £15 - £19 and the journey takes 50 min. CrossCountry also services this route 5 times a week. Alternatively, National Express operates a bus from Bristol Bus & Coach Station to Cardiff Coach Station, Sophia Gardens 5 times a day. Tickets cost £5 - £7 and the journey takes 1h 20m. Two other operators also service this route.

Train operators
Bus operators
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 from Bristol Bus & Coach Station to Cardiff Coach Station, Sophia Gardens
Ave. Duration
1h 20m
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
£5 - £7
Website
National Express
Megabus UK
Phone
0871 266 3333
Email
enquiries@megabus.com
Website
uk.megabus.com
Bus from Cabot Circus to Cathays Park, University RE
Ave. Duration
1h 10m
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
£7 - £13
Website
Megabus UK
FlixBus

One of Europe’s leading bus companies, Flixbus serves 2000+ destinations in 29 countries, including Germany, France, Italy, Austria, the Netherlands and Croatia and into Scandinavia and eastern Europe, as well as some US cities. Coaches have toilets, free WiFi and power outlets, plus snacks and drinks for purchase on board. Flixbus is a good choice for the budget-conscious traveller; purchase tickets in advance for the cheapest fares (note: there is no option to reserve a seat in advance).

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Contact Details
Phone
+49 1807 123 99 123
Email
info@flixbus.de
Website
flixbus.de
Bus from Bristol City Centre to Cardiff City Centre
Ave. Duration
55 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
£5 - £7
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Other operators
BlaBlaCar

Blablacar is a popular ridesharing platform with 70 million users over 22 (mostly European) countries. The basic idea is that you carpool with locals who are already planning to drive your route and have space in their car. With some flexibility, you’ll get to your destination often faster and cheaper than other means. On the website or app, enter your departure and arrival points and your date of travel, sift through the profiles of drivers who’ve posted pre-planned drives and find one whose timing and preferences match yours. Request to join the ride, wait to be accepted, and pay your share of the set price.

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Contact Details
Website
blablacar.com
Rideshare from Bristol to Cardiff
Ave. Duration
1h 6m
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
£4 - £7
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blablacar.co.uk
Taxi from Bristol to Cardiff
Ave. Duration
48 min
Estimated price
£90 - £110
Yellow Cabs
Phone
+44 117 923 1515
Website
yellowcabsbristol.co.uk
Gloucester Road Taxis
Phone
+44 117 325 5255
CityFox Taxis
Phone
+44 117 403 2798
Bristol City Taxis
Phone
+44 117 214 0944
Website
bctaxis.co.uk
AA Taxis Bristol
Phone
+44 117 955 5000
Website
aataxibristol.co.uk
1st Call Taxis
Phone
+44 117 955 5111

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

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Bristol to Cardiff train services, operated by First Great Western Service, arrive at Cardiff Central station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Bristol to Cardiff is 43 miles. It takes approximately 48 min to drive from Bristol to Cardiff.

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Check out Blablacar's carpooling service for rideshare options between Bristol and Cardiff. A great option if you don't have a driver's licence or want to avoid public transport.

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