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There are 6 ways to get from Cardiff to Dublin by train, car ferry, bus, bus and ferry, car or plane

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, car ferry  •  9 h 24 min

  1. Take the train from Cardiff Central to Holyhead
  2. Take the car ferry from Holyhead to Dublin

$131 - $179

Cheapest option

Bus, bus and ferry  •  11 h 50 min

  1. Take the bus from Cardiff Coach Station, Sophia Gardens to Birmingham Coach Station, Digbeth National Express
  2. Take the bus and ferry from Birmingham to Dublin 871

$32 - $42

4 alternative options

Drive, car ferry  •  7 h 33 min

  1. Drive from Cardiff to Holyhead
  2. Take the car ferry from Holyhead to Dublin

$79 - $101

Fly from Cardiff  •  3 h 51 min

  1. Fly from Cardiff (CWL) to Dublin (DUB) CWL - DUB

$49 - $184

Train to Bristol, fly  •  4 h 38 min

  1. Take the train from Cardiff Central to Bristol Temple Meads
  2. Fly from Bristol (BRS) to Dublin (DUB) BRS - DUB

$57 - $207

Train to Birmingham, fly  •  5 h 51 min

  1. Take the train from Cardiff Central to Birmingham New Street
  2. Fly from Birmingham (BHX) to Dublin (DUB) BHX - DUB

$83 - $270

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Cardiff to Dublin is to bus and bus and ferry which costs £24 - £35 and takes 11 h 50 min.

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The quickest way to get from Cardiff to Dublin is to fly which costs £35 - £150 and takes 3 h 51 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from Cardiff station to Dublin. However, there are services departing from Cardiff Coach Station, Sophia Gardens and arriving at Dublin via Birmingham. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 11 h 50 min.

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The distance between Cardiff and Dublin is 183 miles.

The best way to get from Cardiff to Dublin without a car is to train and car ferry which takes 9 h 24 min and costs £100 - £140.

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It takes approximately 9 h 24 min to get from Cardiff to Dublin, including transfers.

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

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The quickest flight from Cardiff Airport to Dublin Airport is the direct flight which takes 1 h.

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

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Flybe offers flights from Cardiff Airport to Dublin Airport.

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Map of how to get from Cardiff to Dublin.
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  • Distance: 183 miles
  • Duration: 9 h 24 min

What companies run services between Cardiff, Wales and Dublin, Ireland?

Flybe flies from Cardiff to Dublin twice daily.

Airlines
Aer Lingus
Website
aerlingus.com
Flights from Cardiff to Dublin
Ave. Duration
1 h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$50 - $300
Flights from Bristol to Dublin
Ave. Duration
1 h 13 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$40 - $300
Flights from Birmingham to Dublin
Ave. Duration
1 h 11 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$30 - $290
Ryanair
Website
ryanair.com
Flights from Bristol to Dublin
Ave. Duration
1 h 5 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$27 - $240
Flights from Birmingham to Dublin
Ave. Duration
1 h 9 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$20 - $230
Flybe
Website
flybe.com
Flights from Cardiff to Dublin
Ave. Duration
1 h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$50 - $300
Train operators
Arriva Trains Wales
Phone
03333 211 202
Email
customer.relations@arrivatrainswales.co.uk
Website
arrivatrainswales.co.uk
Train from Cardiff Central to Holyhead
Ave. Duration
4 h 48 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$90 - $140
Website
arrivatrainswales.co.uk
Advanced Single
$40 - $60
Anytime Day Single
$90 - $140
First Anytime Day Single
$150 - $220
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
CrossCountry
Phone
0344 736 9123
Email
customer.relations@crosscountrytrains.co.uk
Website
crosscountrytrains.co.uk
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 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
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
nationalexpress.com
Bus and ferry from Birmingham to Dublin
Ave. Duration
8 h 30 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$20 - $26
Website
nationalexpress.com
Ferry operators
Irish Ferries
Phone
+353 818 300 400
Email
info@irishferries.com
Website
irishferries.com
Car ferry from Holyhead to Dublin
Ave. Duration
3 h 15 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$38 - $42
Schedules at
irishferries.com
Car
$140 - $170
On Foot
$38 - $42
car
$115
Passenger
$41
Stena Line
Website
stenaline.co.uk
Car ferry from Holyhead to Dublin
Ave. Duration
3 h 30 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$45 - $160
Schedules at
stenaline.co.uk
Passenger
$46
Small Car
$155

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