There are 12 ways to get from Cardiff to Aberdeen by train, plane, bus or car

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Train to Bristol, fly to Aberdeen  •  4 h 23 min

  1. Take the train from Cardiff Central to Bristol Temple Meads
  2. Fly from Bristol (BRS) to Aberdeen (ABZ) BRS - ABZ

$118 - $439

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Bus  •  13 h 45 min

  1. Take the bus from Cardiff Coach Station, Sophia Gardens to Birmingham Coach Station, Digbeth National Express
  2. Take the bus from Birmingham Coach Station, Digbeth to Aberdeen, Scotland National Express

$47 - $61

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Train to Birmingham, fly to Aberdeen  •  5 h 32 min

  1. Take the train from Cardiff Central to Birmingham New Street
  2. Fly from Birmingham (BHX) to Aberdeen (ABZ) BHX - ABZ

$111 - $281

Train to London Heathrow, fly to Aberdeen  •  5 h 37 min

  1. Take the train from Cardiff Central to London Paddington
  2. Fly from London Heathrow (LHR) to Aberdeen (ABZ) LHR - ABZ

$151 - $386

Fly Cardiff to Edinburgh, train  •  6 h 24 min

  1. Fly from Cardiff (CWL) to Edinburgh (EDI) CWL - EDI
  2. Take the train from Haymarket to Aberdeen

$80 - $287

Train to Bristol, fly to Edinburgh, train  •  7 h 9 min

  1. Take the train from Cardiff Central to Bristol Temple Meads
  2. Fly from Bristol (BRS) to Edinburgh (EDI) BRS - EDI
  3. Take the train from Haymarket to Aberdeen

$97 - $305

Train to Manchester, fly to Aberdeen  •  7 h 18 min

  1. Take the train from Cardiff Central to Wilmslow
  2. Fly from Manchester (MAN) to Aberdeen (ABZ) MAN - ABZ

$110 - $242

Train to Bristol, fly to Inverness, train  •  7 h 19 min

  1. Take the train from Cardiff Central to Bristol Temple Meads
  2. Fly from Bristol (BRS) to Inverness (INV) BRS - INV
  3. Take the train from Inverness to Aberdeen

$103 - $359

Train via Crewe  •  9 h 54 min

  1. Take the train from Cardiff Central to Crewe
  2. Take the train from Crewe to Haymarket
  3. Take the train from Haymarket to Aberdeen

$221 - $398

Train CrossCountry  •  10 h 37 min

  1. Take the train from Cardiff Central to Bristol Parkway
  2. Take the train from Bristol Parkway to Aberdeen

$218 - $332

Bus, train  •  14 h

  1. Take the bus from Cardiff, Kingsway to Shudehill Interchange M35
  2. Take the train from Manchester Piccadilly to Edinburgh
  3. Take the bus from Edinburgh, Bus Station (Stances 11 & 12) to Union Square Bus Station M92 / ...

$145 - $226

Drive  •  8 h 37 min

  1. Drive from Cardiff to Aberdeen 526.6 miles

$110 - $170

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The cheapest way to get from Cardiff to Aberdeen is to bus which costs £35 - £50 and takes 13 h 45 min.

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The quickest way to get from Cardiff to Aberdeen is to train and fly which costs £85 - £340 and takes 4 h 23 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from Cardiff station to Aberdeen. However, there are services departing from Cardiff Coach Station, Sophia Gardens and arriving at Aberdeen, Scotland via Birmingham Coach Station, Digbeth. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 13 h 45 min.

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No, there is no direct train from Cardiff to Aberdeen. However, there are services departing from Cardiff Central and arriving at Aberdeen via Crewe and Haymarket. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 9 h 54 min.

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The distance between Cardiff and Aberdeen is 396 miles. The road distance is 526.6 miles.

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The best way to get from Cardiff to Aberdeen without a car is to train which takes 9 h 54 min and costs £160 - £310.

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It takes approximately 4 h 23 min to get from Cardiff to Aberdeen, including transfers.

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

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Cardiff to Aberdeen train services, operated by Arriva Trains Wales, depart from Cardiff Central station.

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The best way to get from Cardiff to Aberdeen is to train which takes 9 h 54 min and costs £160 - £310. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs £35 - £50 and takes 13 h 45 min.

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Map of how to get from Cardiff to Aberdeen.
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  • Distance: 396 miles
  • Duration: 4 h 23 min

What companies run services between Cardiff, Wales and Aberdeen, Scotland?

You can take a train from Cardiff to Aberdeen via Crewe and Haymarket in around 9 h 54 min. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Cardiff to Aberdeen via Birmingham Coach Station, Digbeth in around 13 h 45 min.

Airlines
Flybe
Website
flybe.com
Flights from Birmingham to Aberdeen
Ave. Duration
1 h 25 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$60 - $270
Flights from London Heathrow to Aberdeen
Ave. Duration
2 h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$50 - $300
Flights from Cardiff to Edinburgh
Ave. Duration
1 h 13 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$50 - $260
Flights from Manchester to Aberdeen
Ave. Duration
1 h 20 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$70 - $260
British Airways
Website
britishairways.com
Flights from London Heathrow to Aberdeen
Ave. Duration
1 h 35 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$95 - $370
easyJet
Website
easyjet.com
Flights from Bristol to Edinburgh
Ave. Duration
1 h 13 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$45 - $200
Flights from Bristol to Inverness
Ave. Duration
1 h 25 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$50 - $220
BMI Regional
Website
flybmi.com
Flights from Bristol to Aberdeen
Ave. Duration
1 h 27 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$170 - $850
Scandinavian Airlines
Website
flysas.com
Flights from London Heathrow to Aberdeen via Stavanger
Ave. Duration
3 h 55 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$190 - $950
Train operators
Great Western Railway
Website
gwr.com
Train from Cardiff Central to Bristol Temple Meads
Ave. Duration
48 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
Train from Cardiff Central to London Paddington
Ave. Duration
1 h 59 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$75 - $150
Website
gwr.com
Off-Peak Day Single
$40 - $65
Advanced Single
$40 - $65
Anytime Day Single
$75 - $150
Train from Cardiff Central to Bristol Parkway
Ave. Duration
35 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$18 - $35
Website
gwr.com
Off-Peak Day Single
$12 - $19
Advanced Single
$13 - $19
Anytime Day Single
$18 - $35
CrossCountry
Phone
0344 736 9123
Email
customer.relations@crosscountrytrains.co.uk
Website
crosscountrytrains.co.uk
Train from Cardiff Central to Bristol Temple Meads
Ave. Duration
51 min
Frequency
6 times a week
Estimated price
$35 - $55
Website
crosscountrytrains.co.uk
Advanced Single
$25 - $40
Anytime Single
$35 - $55
Off-Peak Single
$21 - $35
Train from Cardiff Central to Birmingham New Street
Ave. Duration
2 h
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$55 - $90
Website
crosscountrytrains.co.uk
Advanced Single
$35 - $60
Anytime Single
$55 - $90
Off-Peak Single
$50 - $75
Train from Haymarket to Aberdeen
Ave. Duration
2 h 27 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$60 - $95
Website
crosscountrytrains.co.uk
Advanced Single
$40 - $65
Anytime Single
$60 - $95
Off-Peak Single
$55 - $85
Train from Bristol Parkway to Aberdeen
Ave. Duration
9 h 2 min
Frequency
6 times a week
Estimated price
$200 - $300
Website
crosscountrytrains.co.uk
Advanced Single
$110 - $180
Anytime Single
$200 - $300
Off-Peak Single
$230 - $340
ScotRail
Phone
+44 344 811 0141
Email
customer.relations@scotrail.co.uk
Website
scotrail.co.uk
Train from Haymarket to Aberdeen
Ave. Duration
2 h 15 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$35 - $50
Website
scotrail.co.uk
Advanced Single
$21 - $30
Anytime Day Single
$35 - $50
Train from Inverness to Aberdeen
Ave. Duration
2 h 8 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$30 - $40
Website
scotrail.co.uk
Advanced Single
$18 - $26
Anytime Day Single
$30 - $40
Arriva Trains Wales
Phone
03333 211 202
Email
customer.relations@arrivatrainswales.co.uk
Website
arrivatrainswales.co.uk
Train from Cardiff Central to Wilmslow
Ave. Duration
3 h 8 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$60 - $95
Website
arrivatrainswales.co.uk
Advanced Single
$30 - $45
Anytime Day Single
$60 - $95
First Anytime Day Single
$100 - $150
Train from Cardiff Central to Crewe
Ave. Duration
2 h 36 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$55 - $85
Website
arrivatrainswales.co.uk
Advanced Single
$26 - $40
Anytime Day Single
$55 - $85
First Anytime Day Single
$90 - $130
Virgin West Coast Trains
Phone
0344 556 5650
Website
virgintrains.co.uk
Train from Crewe to Haymarket
Ave. Duration
3 h 3 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$140 - $220
Website
virgintrains.co.uk
Advanced Single
$85 - $130
Anytime Day Single
$140 - $220
TransPennine Express
Phone
+44 345 600 1671
Email
tpecustomer.relations@firstgroup.com
Website
tpexpress.co.uk
Train from Manchester Piccadilly to Edinburgh
Ave. Duration
3 h 8 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$90 - $130
Website
tpexpress.co.uk
Advance Single
$35 - $50
Off-Peak Day Single
$55 - $85
Anytime Day Single
$90 - $130
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 Cardiff Coach Station, Sophia Gardens to Birmingham Coach Station, Digbeth
Ave. Duration
2 h 20 min
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$12 - $16
Website
nationalexpress.com
Bus from Birmingham Coach Station, Digbeth to Aberdeen, Scotland
Ave. Duration
10 h 25 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$35 - $45
Website
nationalexpress.com
Megabus UK
Phone
0871 266 3333
Email
enquiries@megabus.com
Website
uk.megabus.com
Bus from Cardiff, Kingsway to Shudehill Interchange
Ave. Duration
6 h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$30 - $55
Book at
uk.megabus.com
Bus from Edinburgh, Bus Station (Stances 11 & 12) to Union Square Bus Station
Ave. Duration
3 h
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$23 - $40
Book at
uk.megabus.com

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The quickest flight from Bristol Airport to Aberdeen Airport is the direct flight which takes 1 h 25 min.

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Cardiff to Aberdeen bus services, operated by National Express, arrive at Aberdeen, Scotland station.

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Cardiff to Aberdeen train services, operated by ScotRail, arrive at Aberdeen station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Cardiff to Aberdeen is 527 miles. It takes approximately 8 h 37 min to drive from Cardiff to Aberdeen.

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BMI Regional offers flights from Bristol Airport to Aberdeen Airport.

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There are 323+ hotels available in Aberdeen. Prices start at $56 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Cardiff to Cardiff Airport is to bus which takes 30 min and costs £5.

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