There are 6 ways to get from Cardiff to Calais by train, car ferry, bus, night bus, car 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  •  4 h 54 min

  1. Take the train from Cardiff Central to London Paddington
  2. Take the train from London St. Pancras International to Calais-Fréthun Est

$127 - $248

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Bus  •  9 h 17 min

  1. Take the bus from Cardiff, Castle Street to London Victoria Coach Station National Express
  2. Take the bus from London to Calais Ouibus

$23 - $31

4 alternative options

Train, carferry  •  7 h 58 min

  1. Take the train from Cardiff Central to London Paddington
  2. Take the train from London Charing Cross to Dover Priory
  3. Take the carferry from Dover to Calais

$142 - $237

Night bus, train, carferry  •  10 h 23 min

  1. Take the night bus from Cardiff, Kingsway to Heathrow Central Bus Station M25
  2. Take the train from London Charing Cross to Dover Priory
  3. Take the carferry from Dover to Calais

$90 - $136

Drive, Eurotunnel  •  4 h 3 min

  1. Drive from Cardiff to Folkestone
  2. Take the Eurotunnel from Folkestone to Calais

$219 - $240

Drive, carferry  •  5 h 26 min

  1. Drive from Cardiff to Dover
  2. Take the carferry from Dover to Calais

$73 - $106

Questions & Answers

No, there is no direct bus from Cardiff to Calais. However, there are services departing from Cardiff, Castle Street and arriving at Calais via London. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 9 h 17 min.

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The distance between Cardiff and Calais is 222 miles.

The best way to get from Cardiff to Calais without a car is to train which takes 4 h 54 min and costs .

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It takes approximately 4 h 54 min to get from Cardiff to Calais, including transfers.

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

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The best way to get from Cardiff to Calais is to train which takes 4 h 54 min and costs . Alternatively, you can bus, which costs and takes 9 h 17 min.

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Cardiff to Calais bus services, operated by Ouibus, arrive at Calais station.

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Calais is 1 h ahead of Cardiff. It is currently 10:00 PM in Cardiff and 11:00 PM in Calais.

There are 249+ hotels available in Calais. Prices start at $68 USD per night.

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Map of how to get from Cardiff to Calais.
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  • Distance: 222.2 miles
  • Duration: 4 h 54 min

What companies run services between Cardiff, Wales and Calais, France?

You can take a train from Cardiff to Calais via London Paddington, Paddington (H&C Line)-Underground, King's Cross St. Pancras Underground Station, London St. Pancras International, and Calais-Fréthun in around 4 h 54 min. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Cardiff to Calais via London Victoria Coach Station and London in around 9 h 17 min.

Train operators
Great Western Railway
Website
gwr.com
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
Eurostar
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Contact Details
Website
eurostar.com
Train from London St. Pancras International to Calais-Fréthun
Ave. Duration
55 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$40 - $90
Website
eurostar.com
Standard
$40 - $90
Premier
$85 - $110
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
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, Castle Street to London Victoria Coach Station
Ave. Duration
3 h 42 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$15 - $20
Website
nationalexpress.com
Ouibus

As the bus subsidiary of French railway SNCF, Ouibus offers comfortable, eco-friendly coaches serving 35 French cities and 11 European cities at affordable fares. Ouibus journeys are safe and comfortable, with the four-star coaches offering power outlets, restrooms and WiFi. All Ouibus stations are located close to town centres for easy access to public transport. Getting on one of the 130 daily journeys is easy - electronic travel documents include your ticket and a personalised mini-guide with handy information.

Contact Details
Phone
0890715298
Website
ouibus.com
Bus from London to Calais
Ave. Duration
4 h 35 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$8 - $12
Website
Ouibus
Megabus UK
Phone
0871 266 3333
Email
enquiries@megabus.com
Website
uk.megabus.com
Night bus from Cardiff, Kingsway to Heathrow Central Bus Station
Ave. Duration
3 h 20 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$24 - $40
Book at
uk.megabus.com
Ferry operators

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