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

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Recommended option

Train  •  4 h 49 min

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

$88 - $130

Cheapest option

Fly Cardiff to Anglesey, bus  •  4 h 55 min

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

$38 - $118

3 alternative options

Bus  •  7 h 52 min

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

$62

Drive  •  3 h 44 min

  1. Drive from Cardiff to Caernarfon Castle 163.1 miles

$35 - $55

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

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

$163 - $344

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Cardiff to Caernarfon Castle is to drive which costs £26 - £40 and takes 3 h 44 min.

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The quickest way to get from Cardiff to Caernarfon Castle is to drive which costs £26 - £40 and takes 3 h 44 min.

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The distance between Cardiff and Caernarfon Castle is 124 miles. The road distance is 163.1 miles.

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It takes approximately 4 h 49 min to get from Cardiff to Caernarfon Castle, including transfers.

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No, there is no direct bus from Cardiff to Caernarfon Castle. However, there are services departing from Cardiff, Customhouse Street (Old Customhouse) and arriving at Caernarfon, Turf Square via Aberystwyth, Bus Station Stand 4 (Aberystwyth Bus Station). The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 7 h 52 min.

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

Arriva Trains Wales operates a train from Cardiff to Caernarfon Castle every 4 hours. Tickets cost $80 - $130 and the journey takes 4 h 8 min. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Cardiff to Caernarfon Castle via Aberystwyth, Bus Station Stand 7 (Aberystwyth Bus Station), Aberystwyth, Bus Station Stand 4 (Aberystwyth Bus Station), and Caernarfon, Turf Square in around 7 h 52 min.

Airlines
Flybe
Website
flybe.com
Flights from Cardiff to Anglesey
Ave. Duration
50 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$55 - $270
Germania
Website
flygermania.com
Flights from Bristol to Chester
Ave. Duration
45 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday
Estimated price
$100 - $210
Train operators
Arriva Trains Wales
Phone
03333 211 202
Email
customer.relations@arrivatrainswales.co.uk
Website
arrivatrainswales.co.uk
Train from Cardiff Central to Bangor (Gwynedd)
Ave. Duration
4 h 8 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 Chester to Bangor (Gwynedd)
Ave. Duration
1 h 12 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$25 - $40
Website
arrivatrainswales.co.uk
Advanced Single
$12 - $17
Anytime Day Single
$25 - $40
First Anytime Day Single
$35 - $60
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
Virgin West Coast Trains
Bus operators
New Adventure Travel
Phone
+44 29 2044 2040
Email
sales@natgroup.co.uk
Website
natgroup.co.uk
Bus from Cardiff, Customhouse Street (Old Customhouse) to Aberystwyth, Bus Station Stand 7 (Aberystwyth Bus Station)
Ave. Duration
3 h 54 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$37
Schedules at
natgroup.co.uk
Lloyds Coaches
Phone
+44 1654 702100
Email
info@lloydscoaches.com
Website
lloydscoaches.com
Bus from Aberystwyth, Bus Station Stand 4 (Aberystwyth Bus Station) to Caernarfon, Turf Square
Ave. Duration
2 h 55 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$26
Schedules at
lloydscoaches.com
Bus from Bangor, Railway Station (Bangor Railway Station) to Caernarfon, Bus Station (Caernarfon Bus Station)
Ave. Duration
22 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$5
Schedules at
lloydscoaches.com
Arriva Cymru
Phone
0344 800 4411
Website
arrivabus.co.uk
Bus from Bangor, Railway Station (Bangor Railway Station) to Caernarfon, Bus Station (Caernarfon Bus Station)
Ave. Duration
30 min
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
Estimated price
$3 - $5
Schedules at
arrivabus.co.uk
Efco
Phone
01407 721111
Email
Mail@EifionsCoaches.co.uk
Website
eifionscoaches.co.uk
Bus from Bangor, Railway Station (Bangor Railway Station) to Caernarfon, Bus Station (Caernarfon Bus Station)
Ave. Duration
25 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$5
Schedules at
eifionscoaches.co.uk
Clynnog & Trefor Motor C
Phone
+44(0)1286 660208
Email
info@clynnogandtrefor.com
Website
clynnogandtrefor.com
Bus from Bangor, Railway Station (Bangor Railway Station) to Caernarfon, Bus Station (Caernarfon Bus Station)
Ave. Duration
28 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 Bangor, Railway Station (Bangor Railway Station) to Caernarfon, Bus Station (Caernarfon Bus Station)
Ave. Duration
23 min
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
$5
Schedules at
gwynforcoaches.co.uk

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