There are 5 ways to get from Cardiff to Cambridge by train, bus, night bus or car

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Train Great Western Railway  •  3 h 11 min

  1. Take the train from Cardiff Central to London Paddington
  2. Take the train from London Kings Cross to Cambridge

$103 - $178

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Bus  •  6 h 47 min

  1. Take the bus from Cardiff, Castle Street to London Victoria Coach Station National Express
  2. Take the bus from Belgravia, Victoria Coach Station to Cambridge, Parkside (Parker's Piece) 010 / ...

$24 - $32

3 alternative options

Train CrossCountry  •  5 h 57 min

  1. Take the train from Cardiff Central to Gloucester
  2. Take the train from Gloucester to Cambridge

$103 - $190

Night bus, bus  •  6 h 39 min

  1. Take the night bus from Cardiff, Kingsway to Heathrow Central Bus Station M25
  2. Take the bus from Heathrow Airport London T2,3 to Cambridge Parkside National Express / ...

$48 - $68

Drive  •  3 h 21 min

  1. Drive from Cardiff to Cambridge 186.9 miles

$40 - $60

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No, there is no direct bus from Cardiff to Cambridge. However, there are services departing from Cardiff, Castle Street and arriving at Cambridge, Parkside (Parker's Piece) via Belgravia, Victoria Coach Station. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 6 h 47 min.

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No, there is no direct train from Cardiff to Cambridge. However, there are services departing from Cardiff Central and arriving at Cambridge via Gloucester. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 5 h 57 min.

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The distance between Cardiff and Cambridge is 150 miles. The road distance is 186.9 miles.

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The best way to get from Cardiff to Cambridge without a car is to train which takes 3 h 11 min and costs .

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It takes approximately 3 h 11 min to get from Cardiff to Cambridge, including transfers.

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

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Cardiff to Cambridge train services, operated by CrossCountry, depart from Cardiff Central station.

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The best way to get from Cardiff to Cambridge is to train which takes 3 h 11 min and costs . Alternatively, you can bus, which costs and takes 6 h 47 min.

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Cardiff to Cambridge bus services, operated by National Express, arrive at Cambridge, Parkside (Parker's Piece) station.

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Cardiff to Cambridge train services, operated by CrossCountry, arrive at Cambridge station.

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Map of how to get from Cardiff to Cambridge.
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  • Distance: 150.1 miles
  • Duration: 3 h 11 min

What companies run services between Cardiff, Wales and Cambridge, England?

You can take a train from Cardiff to Cambridge via London Paddington, Paddington (H&C Line)-Underground, King's Cross St. Pancras Underground Station, and London Kings Cross in around 3 h 11 min. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Cardiff to Cambridge via London Victoria Coach Station and Belgravia, Victoria Coach Station in around 6 h 47 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
Train from Cardiff Central to Gloucester
Ave. Duration
1 h 28 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$30 - $55
Website
gwr.com
Off-Peak Day Single
$18 - $27
Advanced Single
$19 - $28
Anytime Day Single
$30 - $55
Great Northern
Phone
0345 026 4700
Website
thameslinkrailway.com
Train from London Kings Cross to Cambridge
Ave. Duration
46 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$23 - $35
Website
greatnorthernrail.com
CrossCountry
Phone
0344 736 9123
Email
customer.relations@crosscountrytrains.co.uk
Website
crosscountrytrains.co.uk
Train from Cardiff Central to Gloucester
Ave. Duration
59 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$40 - $65
Website
crosscountrytrains.co.uk
Advanced Single
$28 - $45
Anytime Single
$40 - $65
Off-Peak Single
$28 - $45
Train from Gloucester to Cambridge
Ave. Duration
3 h 58 min
Frequency
6 times a week
Estimated price
$80 - $130
Website
crosscountrytrains.co.uk
Advanced Single
$50 - $80
Anytime Single
$80 - $130
Off-Peak Single
$80 - $120
Arriva Trains Wales
Phone
03333 211 202
Email
customer.relations@arrivatrainswales.co.uk
Website
arrivatrainswales.co.uk
Train from Cardiff Central to Gloucester
Ave. Duration
1 h 8 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$23 - $35
Website
arrivatrainswales.co.uk
Advanced Single
$11 - $16
Anytime Day Single
$23 - $35
First Anytime Day Single
$35 - $55
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
Bus from Belgravia, Victoria Coach Station to Cambridge, Parkside (Parker's Piece)
Ave. Duration
2 h 5 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$9 - $13
Website
nationalexpress.com
Bus from Heathrow Airport London T2,3 to Cambridge Parkside
Ave. Duration
2 h 55 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$23 - $28
Website
nationalexpress.com
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

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Yes, the driving distance between Cardiff to Cambridge is 187 miles. It takes approximately 3 h 21 min to drive from Cardiff to Cambridge.

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