There are 5 ways to get from Caernarfon to Cardiff by train, bus, car or plane

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  •  5 h 40 min

  1. Take the train from Bangor (Gwynedd) to Cardiff Central

$83 - $135

Cheapest option

Bus to Anglesey, fly to Cardiff  •  4 h 55 min

  1. Take the bus from Caernarfon, Bus Station (Caernarfon Bus Station) to Bangor, Railway Station (Bangor Railway Station)
  2. Fly from Anglesey (VLY) to Cardiff (CWL) VLY - CWL

$39 - $119

3 alternative options

Bus  •  7 h 38 min

  1. Take the bus from Caernarfon, Rhes Gwstenin to Aberystwyth, Bus Station Stand 4 (Aberystwyth Bus Station) T2
  2. Take the bus from Aberystwyth, Bus Station Stand 7 (Aberystwyth Bus Station) to Cardiff, Customhouse Street (Old Customhouse) T1c

$61

Drive  •  3 h 43 min

  1. Drive from Caernarfon to Cardiff 162.5 miles

$35 - $55

Train to Chester, fly to Bristol, train  •  6 h 18 min

  1. Take the train from Bangor (Gwynedd) to Chester
  2. Fly from Chester (CEG) to Bristol (BRS) CEG - BRS
  3. Take the train from Bristol Temple Meads to Cardiff Central

$134 - $294

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Caernarfon to Cardiff is to drive which costs £26 - £40 and takes 3 h 43 min.

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The quickest way to get from Caernarfon to Cardiff is to drive which costs £26 - £40 and takes 3 h 43 min.

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The distance between Caernarfon and Cardiff is 124 miles. The road distance is 162.5 miles.

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It takes approximately 5 h 40 min to get from Caernarfon to Cardiff, including transfers.

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No, there is no direct bus from Caernarfon to Cardiff. However, there are services departing from Caernarfon, Rhes Gwstenin and arriving at Cardiff, Customhouse Street (Old Customhouse) via Aberystwyth, Bus Station Stand 7 (Aberystwyth Bus Station). The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 7 h 38 min.

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What companies run services between Caernarfon, Wales and Cardiff, Wales?

Arriva Trains Wales operates a train from Caernarfon to Cardiff every 4 hours. Tickets cost $80 - $130 and the journey takes 4 h 11 min. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Caernarfon to Cardiff via Aberystwyth, Bus Station Stand 4 (Aberystwyth Bus Station) and Aberystwyth, Bus Station Stand 7 (Aberystwyth Bus Station) in around 7 h 38 min.

Airlines
Flybe
Website
flybe.com
Flights from Anglesey to Cardiff
Ave. Duration
50 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$50 - $240
Germania
Website
flygermania.com
Flights from Chester to Bristol
Ave. Duration
45 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday
Estimated price
$75 - $160
Train operators
Arriva Trains Wales
Phone
03333 211 202
Email
customer.relations@arrivatrainswales.co.uk
Website
arrivatrainswales.co.uk
Train from Bangor (Gwynedd) to Cardiff Central
Ave. Duration
4 h 11 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$80 - $130
Website
arrivatrainswales.co.uk
Advanced Single
$35 - $55
Anytime Day Single
$80 - $130
First Anytime Day Single
$130 - $200
Train from Bangor (Gwynedd) to Chester
Ave. Duration
1 h 14 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$24 - $40
Website
arrivatrainswales.co.uk
Advanced Single
$12 - $17
Anytime Day Single
$24 - $40
First Anytime Day Single
$35 - $60
Virgin West Coast Trains
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 - $21
Advanced Single
$14 - $21
Anytime Day Single
$20 - $40
Bus operators
Lloyds Coaches
Phone
+44 1654 702100
Email
info@lloydscoaches.com
Website
lloydscoaches.com
Bus from Caernarfon, Rhes Gwstenin to Aberystwyth, Bus Station Stand 4 (Aberystwyth Bus Station)
Ave. Duration
3 h 3 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$25
Schedules at
lloydscoaches.com
Bus from Caernarfon, Bus Station (Caernarfon Bus Station) to Bangor, Ysgol Gynradd
Ave. Duration
16 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$5
Schedules at
lloydscoaches.com
New Adventure Travel
Phone
+44 29 2044 2040
Email
sales@natgroup.co.uk
Website
natgroup.co.uk
Bus from Aberystwyth, Bus Station Stand 7 (Aberystwyth Bus Station) to Cardiff, Customhouse Street (Old Customhouse)
Ave. Duration
3 h 35 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$37
Schedules at
natgroup.co.uk
Arriva Cymru
Phone
0344 800 4411
Website
arrivabus.co.uk
Bus from Caernarfon, Bus Station (Caernarfon Bus Station) to Bangor, Railway Station (Bangor Railway Station)
Ave. Duration
29 min
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
Estimated price
$3 - $5
Schedules at
arrivabus.co.uk
Clynnog & Trefor Motor C
Phone
+44(0)1286 660208
Email
info@clynnogandtrefor.com
Website
clynnogandtrefor.com
Bus from Caernarfon, Bus Station (Caernarfon Bus Station) to Bangor, Railway Station (Bangor Railway Station)
Ave. Duration
27 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$5
Schedules at
clynnogandtrefor.com
Gwynfor Coaches
Phone
01248 722 694
Email
mail@gwynforcoaches.co.uk
Website
gwynforcoaches.co.uk
Bus from Caernarfon, Bus Station (Caernarfon Bus Station) to Bangor, Railway Station (Bangor Railway Station)
Ave. Duration
23 min
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
$5
Schedules at
gwynforcoaches.co.uk

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