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There are 7 ways to get from Cardiff to Darlington by train, bus, car or plane

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Train CrossCountry  •  5 h 9 min

  1. Take the train from Cardiff Central to Birmingham New Street
  2. Take the train from Birmingham New Street to Darlington

$132 - $205

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Bus  •  7 h 25 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 Darlington National Express

$28 - $38

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Train via Manchester Piccadilly  •  6 h 54 min

  1. Take the train from Cardiff Central to Crewe
  2. Take the train from Crewe to Manchester Piccadilly
  3. Take the train from Manchester Piccadilly to Darlington

$111 - $182

Drive  •  4 h 41 min

  1. Drive from Cardiff to Darlington 282.4 miles

$60 - $90

Fly Cardiff to Newcastle, train  •  4 h 3 min

  1. Fly from Cardiff (CWL) to Newcastle (NCL) CWL - NCL
  2. Take the train from Newcastle to Darlington

$71 - $330

Train to Bristol, fly to Newcastle, train  •  4 h 30 min

  1. Take the train from Cardiff Central to Bristol Temple Meads
  2. Fly from Bristol (BRS) to Newcastle (NCL) BRS - NCL
  3. Take the train from Newcastle to Darlington

$76 - $292

Train to Bristol, fly to Edinburgh, train  •  6 h 25 min

  1. Take the train from Cardiff Central to Bristol Temple Meads
  2. Fly from Bristol (BRS) to Edinburgh (EDI) BRS - EDI
  3. Take the train from Edinburgh to Darlington

$99 - $319

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The cheapest way to get from Cardiff to Darlington is to bus which costs £21 - £29 and takes 7 h 25 min.

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The quickest way to get from Cardiff to Darlington is to fly and train which costs £50 - £260 and takes 4 h 3 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from Cardiff station to Darlington. However, there are services departing from Cardiff Coach Station, Sophia Gardens and arriving at Darlington via Birmingham Coach Station, Digbeth. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 7 h 25 min.

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No, there is no direct train from Cardiff to Darlington. However, there are services departing from Cardiff Central and arriving at Darlington via Birmingham New Street. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 5 h 9 min.

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The distance between Cardiff and Darlington is 222 miles. The road distance is 282.4 miles.

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The best way to get from Cardiff to Darlington without a car is to train which takes 5 h 9 min and costs £100 - £160.

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It takes approximately 5 h 9 min to get from Cardiff to Darlington, including transfers.

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

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

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The best way to get from Cardiff to Darlington is to train which takes 5 h 9 min and costs £100 - £160. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs £21 - £29 and takes 7 h 25 min.

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Map of how to get from Cardiff to Darlington.
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  • Distance: 222.3 miles
  • Duration: 5 h 9 min

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

You can take a train from Cardiff to Darlington via Birmingham New Street in around 5 h 9 min. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Cardiff to Darlington via Birmingham Coach Station, Digbeth in around 7 h 25 min.

Airlines
easyJet
Website
easyjet.com
Flights from Bristol to Newcastle
Ave. Duration
1 h 5 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$60 - $230
Flights from Bristol to Edinburgh
Ave. Duration
1 h 11 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$45 - $200
Flybe
Website
flybe.com
Flights from Cardiff to Newcastle
Ave. Duration
1 h 23 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$210 - $800
Aer Lingus
Website
aerlingus.com
Flights from Cardiff to Newcastle via Dublin
Ave. Duration
3 h 15 min
When
Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday
Estimated price
$900 - $2,200
Train operators
CrossCountry
Phone
0344 736 9123
Email
customer.relations@crosscountrytrains.co.uk
Website
crosscountrytrains.co.uk
Train from Cardiff Central to Birmingham New Street
Ave. Duration
2 h
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$55 - $85
Website
crosscountrytrains.co.uk
Advanced Single
$35 - $55
Anytime Single
$55 - $85
Off-Peak Single
$45 - $75
Train from Birmingham New Street to Darlington
Ave. Duration
2 h 41 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$75 - $120
Website
crosscountrytrains.co.uk
Advanced Single
$45 - $75
Anytime Single
$75 - $120
Off-Peak Single
$75 - $110
Train from Newcastle to Darlington
Ave. Duration
28 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$30 - $55
Website
crosscountrytrains.co.uk
Advanced Single
$24 - $40
Anytime Single
$30 - $55
Off-Peak Single
$19 - $29
Train from Cardiff Central to Bristol Temple Meads
Ave. Duration
51 min
Frequency
6 times a week
Estimated price
$35 - $55
Website
crosscountrytrains.co.uk
Advanced Single
$24 - $40
Anytime Single
$35 - $55
Off-Peak Single
$20 - $30
Train from Edinburgh to Darlington
Ave. Duration
2 h 6 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$70 - $110
Website
crosscountrytrains.co.uk
Advanced Single
$45 - $70
Anytime Single
$70 - $110
Off-Peak Single
$70 - $110
Arriva Trains Wales
Phone
03333 211 202
Email
customer.relations@arrivatrainswales.co.uk
Website
arrivatrainswales.co.uk
Train from Cardiff Central to Crewe
Ave. Duration
2 h 45 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$55 - $85
Website
arrivatrainswales.co.uk
Advanced Single
$26 - $40
Anytime Day Single
$55 - $85
First Anytime Day Single
$85 - $130
Train from Crewe to Manchester Piccadilly
Ave. Duration
40 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$13 - $20
Website
arrivatrainswales.co.uk
Advanced Single
$6 - $10
Anytime Day Single
$13 - $20
First Anytime Day Single
$19 - $29
Northern Rail
Website
northernrailway.co.uk
Train from Crewe to Manchester Piccadilly
Ave. Duration
52 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$10 - $16
Website
northernrailway.co.uk
Train from Newcastle to Darlington
Ave. Duration
41 min
Frequency
6 times a week
Estimated price
$12 - $18
Website
northernrailway.co.uk
Virgin West Coast Trains
Phone
0344 556 5650
Website
virgintrains.co.uk
Train from Crewe to Manchester Piccadilly
Ave. Duration
33 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$21 - $35
Website
virgintrains.co.uk
Advanced Single
$14 - $21
Anytime Day Single
$21 - $35
TransPennine Express
Phone
+44 345 600 1671
Email
tpecustomer.relations@firstgroup.com
Website
tpexpress.co.uk
Train from Manchester Piccadilly to Darlington
Ave. Duration
1 h 57 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$45 - $65
Website
tpexpress.co.uk
Advance Single
$19 - $28
Off-Peak Day Single
$30 - $50
Anytime Day Single
$45 - $65
Train from Newcastle to Darlington
Ave. Duration
28 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$15 - $21
Website
tpexpress.co.uk
Advance Single
$8 - $12
Off-Peak Day Single
$14 - $21
Anytime Day Single
$15 - $21
LNER
Website
lner.co.uk
Train from Newcastle to Darlington
Ave. Duration
27 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$13 - $20
Website
lner.co.uk
2nd Class
$13 - $20
1st Class
$24 - $40
Train from Edinburgh to Darlington
Ave. Duration
1 h 55 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$29 - $45
Website
lner.co.uk
2nd Class
$29 - $45
1st Class
$55 - $85
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 - $20
Advanced Single
$14 - $21
Anytime Day Single
$20 - $40
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 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
National Express
Bus from Birmingham Coach Station, Digbeth to Darlington
Ave. Duration
4 h 5 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$16 - $22
Website
National Express

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The quickest flight from Cardiff Airport to Newcastle Airport is the direct flight which takes 1 h 20 min.

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

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

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Yes, the driving distance between Cardiff to Darlington is 282 miles. It takes approximately 4 h 41 min to drive from Cardiff to Darlington.

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Aer Lingus and Flybe offer flights from Cardiff Airport to Newcastle Airport.

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