There are 10 ways to get from Cardiff to Athens by train, plane, bus, car, car ferry or car train

Select an option below to see step-by-step directions and to compare ticket prices and travel times in Rome2rio's travel planner.

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Train, train to London Gatwick, fly  •  4 h 52 min

  1. Take the train from Cardiff Central to Reading
  2. Take the train from Reading to Gatwick Airport
  3. Fly from London Gatwick (LGW) to Athens (ATH) LGW - ATH

$177 - $481

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Bus BG Razpisanie  •  2 days 12 h

  1. Take the bus from Cardiff, Castle Street to London Victoria Coach Station
  2. Take the bus from London Victoria to Sofia
  3. Take the bus from Sofia to Athens

$164 - $249

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Train to Bristol, fly  •  8 h 7 min

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

$223 - $674

Fly from Cardiff  •  9 h 2 min

  1. Fly from Cardiff (CWL) to Athens (ATH) CWL - ATH

$226 - $766

Train to London Heathrow, fly  •  9 h 1 min

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

$200 - $500

Train, bus via Prague, Wilsonova  •  47 h 4 min

  1. Take the train from Cardiff Central to London Paddington
  2. Take the bus from London, Victoria Green Line Station to Prague, Wilsonova
  3. Take the bus from Prague to Thessaloniki
  4. Take the train from Thessaloniki to Athens

$226 - $350

Bus FlixBus  •  2 days 7 h

  1. Take the bus from Cardiff, Castle Street to London Victoria Coach Station
  2. Take the bus from London to Budapest, Budapest Népliget
  3. Take the bus from Budapest to Athens

$195 - $294

Train, bus Radina VIP  •  2 days 12 h

  1. Take the train from Cardiff Central to London Paddington
  2. Take the bus from London - Victoria Station to Sofia
  3. Take the bus from Sofia Zentral Omnibus Bahnhof to Thessaloniki Monastiriou
  4. Take the train from Thessaloniki to Athens

$231 - $351

Drive, car ferry  •  43 h 52 min

  1. Drive from Cardiff to Dover
  2. Take the car ferry from Dover to Calais
  3. Drive from Calais to Venice
  4. Take the car ferry from Venice to Igoumenitsa
  5. Drive from Igoumenitsa to Athens

$423 - $736

Drive, Eurotunnel, train  •  35 h 26 min

  1. Drive from Cardiff to Folkestone
  2. Take the Eurotunnel from Folkestone to Calais
  3. Take the train from Calais-Fréthun to Paris Nord Tgv
  4. Take the train from Paris Est to Stuttgart Hbf Tgv / ...
  5. Take the train from Stuttgart Hbf to München Hbf Ice / ...
  6. Take the train from München Hbf to Kufstein M / ...
  7. Drive from Kufstein to Athens

$786 - $1,061

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Cardiff to Athens is to bus which costs £120 - £190 and takes 2 days 12 h.

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The quickest way to get from Cardiff to Athens is to train and fly which costs £130 - £370 and takes 4 h 52 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from Cardiff to Athens. However, there are services departing from Cardiff, Castle Street and arriving at Athens via London and Budapest. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 2 days 7 h.

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The distance between Cardiff and Athens is 1611 miles.

The best way to get from Cardiff to Athens without a car is to train and bus which takes 47 h 4 min and costs £170 - £270.

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It takes approximately 4 h 52 min to get from Cardiff to Athens, including transfers.

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Cardiff to Athens bus services, operated by National Express, depart from Cardiff, Castle Street station.

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The best way to get from Cardiff to Athens is to fly which takes 9 h 2 min and costs £170 - £600. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs £140 - £230 and takes 2 days 7 h.

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The quickest flight from London Gatwick Airport to Athens Airport is the direct flight which takes 0 min.

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Cardiff to Athens bus services, operated by Siamos Tours, arrive at Athens station.

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Map of how to get from Cardiff to Athens.
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  • Distance: 1611 miles
  • Duration: 4 h 52 min

What companies run services between Cardiff, Wales and Athens, Greece?

KLM, Flybe and seven other airlines fly from Cardiff to Athens 5 times a day. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Cardiff to Athens via London Victoria Coach Station, London, Budapest, Budapest Népliget, and Budapest in around 2 days 7 h.

Airlines
Aegean Airlines
Website
aegeanair.com
Flights from Cardiff to Athens via Berlin Tegel
Ave. Duration
5 h 55 min
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$90 - $490
Flights from Cardiff to Athens via Rhodes
Ave. Duration
6 h 30 min
When
Wednesday
Estimated price
$150 - $850
Flights from Cardiff to Athens via Munich
Ave. Duration
6 h 35 min
When
Monday and Friday
Estimated price
$220 - $1,100
Flights from London Heathrow to Athens
Ave. Duration
3 h 36 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $700
Flights from London Heathrow to Athens via Munich
Ave. Duration
5 h 20 min
When
Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday
Estimated price
$240 - $850
British Airways
Website
britishairways.com
Flights from London Heathrow to Athens
Ave. Duration
3 h 40 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $750
KLM
Website
klm.com
Flights from Bristol to Athens via Amsterdam
Ave. Duration
6 h 50 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$290 - $1,200
Flights from Cardiff to Athens via Amsterdam
Ave. Duration
7 h 2 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$470 - $1,700
Flights from London Heathrow to Athens via Amsterdam
Ave. Duration
5 h 35 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $850
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Bristol to Athens via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
5 h 40 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$440 - $1,400
Flights from Bristol to Athens via Munich
Ave. Duration
6 h 15 min
When
Tuesday, Thursday and Friday
Estimated price
$440 - $1,400
Flights from Cardiff to Athens via Munich
Ave. Duration
6 h 35 min
When
Monday and Friday
Estimated price
$220 - $1,100
Flights from London Heathrow to Athens via Munich
Ave. Duration
5 h 27 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$240 - $850
Air France
Website
airfrance.com
Flights from Bristol to Athens via Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
5 h 45 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday
Estimated price
$390 - $2,000
Flights from Cardiff to Athens via Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
6 h 12 min
When
Monday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$300 - $1,600
Flights from London Heathrow to Athens via Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
5 h 35 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$190 - $1,100
Cobaltair
Website
cobalt.aero
Flights from London Gatwick to Athens
Ave. Duration
0 min
When
Tuesday and Saturday
Estimated price
$80 - $240
easyJet
Website
easyjet.com
Flights from Bristol to Athens
Ave. Duration
3 h 50 min
When
Monday and Friday
Estimated price
$110 - $600
Ryanair
Website
ryanair.com
Flights from Bristol to Athens via Malta
Ave. Duration
6 h 5 min
When
Tuesday
Estimated price
$85 - $340
Olympic Air
Website
olympicair.com
Flights from Cardiff to Athens via Rhodes
Ave. Duration
6 h 30 min
When
Wednesday
Estimated price
$150 - $850
Swiss
Website
swiss.com
Flights from London Heathrow to Athens via Zurich
Ave. Duration
5 h 35 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$240 - $850
Austrian Airlines
Website
austrian.com
Flights from London Heathrow to Athens via Vienna
Ave. Duration
5 h 35 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$260 - $1,200
Alitalia
Website
alitalia.com
Flights from London Heathrow to Athens via Milan Linate
Ave. Duration
5 h 35 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $1,300
Train operators
Great Western Railway
Website
gwr.com
Train from Cardiff Central to Reading
Ave. Duration
1 h 31 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 Reading to Gatwick Airport
Ave. Duration
1 h 16 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$28 - $55
Website
gwr.com
Off-Peak Day Single
$17 - $26
Advanced Single
$18 - $26
Anytime Day Single
$28 - $55
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 - $140
Website
gwr.com
Off-Peak Day Single
$40 - $65
Advanced Single
$40 - $65
Anytime Day Single
$75 - $140
Greek Railways (OSE)
Website
trainose.gr
Train from Thessaloniki to Athens
Ave. Duration
5 h 20 min
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$28 - $40
Website
trainose.gr
Book at
Raileurope.com
Second Class
$28 - $40
First Class
$35 - $50
Eurotunnel
Phone
+44 (0) 8443 35 35 35
Website
eurotunnel.com
Car train from Folkestone to Calais
Ave. Duration
25 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$172
Website
eurotunnel.com
TGV
Phone
0033 892 353535
Website
sncf.com
Train from Calais-Fréthun to Paris Nord
Ave. Duration
1 h 42 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$65 - $75
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
$65 - $75
1st Class
$95 - $130
Train from Paris Est to Stuttgart Hbf
Ave. Duration
3 h 9 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$110 - $130
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
$110 - $130
1st Class
$150 - $230
Train from Stuttgart Hbf to München Hbf
Ave. Duration
2 h 17 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$50 - $60
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
$50 - $60
1st Class
$75 - $100
Deutsche Bahn

Deutsche Bahn is the German railway company, and the largest railway operator and infrastructure owner in Europe. Based in Berlin, Deutsche Bahn was founded in 1994, and offers many different types of rail transportation including ICE or Intercity-Express for high-speed services between major cities and regions, IC (InterCity) for long-distance trains, RE (Regional Express) trains that connect regions and cities, and the S-Bahn rapid transit service. There are two main tickets on offer: the Flexpreis that has full flexibility, and the Sparpreis which is the cheaper, advanced fare.

Contact Details
Phone
+49 0180 6 99 66 33
Website
bahn.com
Train from Paris Est to Stuttgart Hbf
Ave. Duration
3 h 9 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$110 - $170
Website
bahn.de
Train from Stuttgart Hbf to München Hbf
Ave. Duration
2 h 13 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$50 - $75
Website
bahn.de
Train from München Hbf to Kufstein
Ave. Duration
1 h 15 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$25 - $40
Website
bahn.de
Bus operators
RegioJet
Phone
+420 542 42 42 42
Email
info@regiojet.cz
Website
regiojet.sk
Bus from London, Victoria Green Line Station to Prague, Wilsonova
Ave. Duration
19 h 20 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$40 - $55
Schedules at
regiojet.sk
Simeonidis Tours
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, Castle Street to London Victoria Coach Station
Ave. Duration
3 h 42 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$15 - $20
Website
nationalexpress.com
FlixBus

One of Europe’s leading bus companies, Flixbus serves over 1400 destinations, in 26 countries including Germany, France, Italy, Austria, the Netherlands, Croatia, Spain, and across Scandinavia and central and eastern Europe. Founded in 2012, Flixbus’ extensive network connects cities with approximately 200,000 trips, with buses often departing every 30 minutes. One of the most affordable ways to get around Europe (and expanding soon into the US), a Flixbus journey is cost-effective, well-connected, comfortable and safe.

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Contact Details
Phone
+49 1807 123 99 123
Email
info@flixbus.de
Website
flixbus.de
Bus from London to Budapest, Budapest Népliget
Ave. Duration
28 h 10 min
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
$100 - $180
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Eurolines CZ
Email
info@eurolines.cz
Website
elines.cz
Bus from London Victoria Coach Station to Budapest Népliget
Ave. Duration
29 h
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
$90 - $140
Schedules at
elines.cz
Siamos Tours
Phone
0030 2108219900
Email
vsiamos@otenet.gr
Website
siamostours.gr
Bus from Budapest to Athens
Ave. Duration
21 h 9 min
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
$80 - $95
Schedules at
siamostours.gr
Radina VIP
Phone
+359 879 321 588
Email
radinavip@gmail.com
Website
radinavip.com
Bus from London - Victoria Station to Sofia
Ave. Duration
44 h
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
$110 - $150
Schedules at
radinavip.com
Arda Tur
Phone
0700 20 544
Website
ardatur.bg
Bus from Sofia Zentral Omnibus Bahnhof to Thessaloniki Monastiriou
Ave. Duration
5 h 30 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$15
Schedules at
ardatur.bg
Union Ivkoni
Phone
02/989 0000
Website
union-ivkoni.com
Bus from Sofia to Thessaloniki station
Ave. Duration
5 h 20 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$11 - $17
Schedules at
online.union-ivkoni.com
Bus from Sofia to Athens
Ave. Duration
12 h
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$29 - $70
Schedules at
online.union-ivkoni.com
Georg
Phone
+ 359/38/66 34 04
Email
georg_ltd@abv.bg
Website
georg-bg.com
Bus from Sofia to Thessaloniki
Ave. Duration
5 h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$40 - $55
Schedules at
georg-bg.com
Ilias Travel
Phone
+359 2831 9192
Email
office@iliastravel.com
Website
iliastravel.com
Bus from Sofia to Thessaloniki
Ave. Duration
5 h 13 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$23 - $25
Schedules at
iliastravel.com
BG Razpisanie
Website
bgrazpisanie.com
Bus from London Victoria to Sofia
Ave. Duration
42 h 31 min
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
$120 - $160
Schedules at
bgrazpisanie.com
Valeross
Phone
046/ 66 13 21
Email
valeross_holiday@abv.bg
Website
valeross.com
Bus from Sofia to Athens
Ave. Duration
10 h 3 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$30 - $70
Schedules at
valeross.com
Ferry operators

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More Questions & Answers

Athens is 2 h ahead of Cardiff. It is currently 6:55 AM in Cardiff and 8:55 AM in Athens.

Cobaltair offers flights from London Gatwick Airport to Athens Airport.

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There are 3826+ hotels available in Athens. Prices start at $53 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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