There are 3 ways to get from Cardiff to Chester Zoo by train, bus or car

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Train  •  3 h 50 min

  1. Take the train from Cardiff Central to Chester

$64 - $96

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Bus  •  5 h 56 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 Chester National Express

$25 - $33

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Drive  •  3 h 7 min

  1. Drive from Cardiff to Chester Zoo 156.3 miles

$30 - $50

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The cheapest way to get from Cardiff to Chester Zoo is to bus which costs £19 - £25 and takes 5 h 56 min.

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The quickest way to get from Cardiff to Chester Zoo is to drive which costs £25 - £40 and takes 3 h 7 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from Cardiff station to Chester Zoo. However, there are services departing from Cardiff Coach Station, Sophia Gardens and arriving at Chester Zoo, Zoo Main Entrance (Chester Zoo) via Birmingham Coach Station, Digbeth and Chester Bus Interchange. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 5 h 56 min.

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The distance between Cardiff and Chester Zoo is 122 miles. The road distance is 156.3 miles.

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The best way to get from Cardiff to Chester Zoo without a car is to train which takes 3 h 50 min and costs £45 - £75.

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It takes approximately 3 h 50 min to get from Cardiff to Chester Zoo, including transfers.

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

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The best way to get from Cardiff to Chester Zoo is to train which takes 3 h 50 min and costs £45 - £75. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs £19 - £25 and takes 5 h 56 min.

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Cardiff to Chester Zoo bus services, operated by National Express, arrive at Chester station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Cardiff to Chester Zoo is 156 miles. It takes approximately 3 h 7 min to drive from Cardiff to Chester Zoo.

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  • Distance: 122.1 miles
  • Duration: 3 h 50 min

What companies run services between Cardiff, Wales and Chester Zoo, England?

Arriva Trains Wales operates a train from Cardiff to Chester Zoo every 3 hours. Tickets cost $60 - $90 and the journey takes 2 h 57 min. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Cardiff to Chester Zoo via Birmingham Coach Station, Digbeth, Chester, and Chester Bus Interchange in around 5 h 56 min.

Train operators
Arriva Trains Wales
Phone
03333 211 202
Email
customer.relations@arrivatrainswales.co.uk
Website
arrivatrainswales.co.uk
Train from Cardiff Central to Chester
Ave. Duration
2 h 57 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$60 - $90
Website
arrivatrainswales.co.uk
Advanced Single
$28 - $40
Anytime Day Single
$60 - $90
First Anytime Day Single
$95 - $140
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.

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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 Chester
Ave. Duration
1 h 50 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$10 - $14
Website
nationalexpress.com

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