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There are 10 ways to get from Cardiff to Inverness by train, plane, bus, night train or car

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Train to Bristol, fly to Inverness  •  4h 34m

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

£67 - £376

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Bus  •  14h 45m

  1. Take the bus from Cardiff Coach Station, Sophia Gardens to Birmingham Coach Station, Digbeth
  2. Take the bus from Birmingham Coach Station, Digbeth to Glasgow
  3. Take the bus from Buchanan Bus Station to Inverness, Bus Station M10

£48 - £68

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Train to Birmingham, fly to Inverness  •  5h 49m

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

£119 - £615

Train to Bristol, fly to Edinburgh, train  •  8h 2m

  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 Gateway to Inverness

£83 - £412

Train to Bristol, fly to Aberdeen, train  •  6h 51m

  1. Take the train from Cardiff Central to Bristol Temple Meads
  2. Fly from Bristol (BRS) to Aberdeen (ABZ) BRS - ABZ
  3. Take the train from Dyce to Inverness

£113 - £491

Train, train to London Luton, fly to Inverness  •  6h 34m

  1. Take the train from Cardiff Central to London Paddington
  2. Take the train from London St Pancras International LL to Luton
  3. Fly from London Luton (LTN) to Inverness (INV) LTN - INV

£101 - £406

Train  •  11h 25m

  1. Take the train from Cardiff Central to Crewe
  2. Take the train from Crewe to Haymarket
  3. Take the train from Haymarket to Inverness

£177 - £591

Train, bus  •  12h 49m

  1. Take the train from Cardiff Central to Bristol Parkway
  2. Take the train from Bristol Parkway to Edinburgh
  3. Take the bus from Edinburgh, Bus Station to Inverness, Bus Station M90 / ...

£212 - £566

Train, night train  •  12h 34m

  1. Take the train from Cardiff Central to Crewe
  2. Take the night train from Crewe to Inverness

£110 - £141

Drive  •  9h 9m

  1. Drive from Cardiff to Inverness 542.1 miles

£80 - £120

Cardiff to Inverness by train

The train journey time between Cardiff and Inverness is around 14h 11m and covers a distance of around 552 miles. The fastest train normally takes 10h 9m. Operated by Transport for Wales, Avanti West Coast, First ScotRail Service and others, the Cardiff to Inverness train service departs from Cardiff Central and arrives in Inverness. Typically 32 trains run weekly, although weekend and holiday schedules can vary so check in advance.

Train route overview

Average train time:
14h 11m
Fastest train time:
10h 9m
Trains per week:
32
Cheapest price:
£177
Carbon emissions:
46 kg CO2

First and last trains

First train departs at:
05:37
Last train departs at:
21:55

The schedules shown below are for the next available departures.

Cardiff to Inverness train schedules

Cardiff → Inverness
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The cheapest way to get from Cardiff to Inverness is to bus which costs £45 - £70 and takes 14h 45m.

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The quickest way to get from Cardiff to Inverness is to train and fly which costs £65 - £380 and takes 4h 34m.

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No, there is no direct bus from Cardiff station to Inverness station. However, there are services departing from Cardiff Coach Station, Sophia Gardens and arriving at Inverness, Bus Station via Birmingham Coach Station, Digbeth and Buchanan Bus Station. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 14h 45m.

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No, there is no direct train from Cardiff to Inverness. However, there are services departing from Cardiff Central and arriving at Inverness via Crewe and Haymarket. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 11h 25m.

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The distance between Cardiff and Inverness is 419 miles. The road distance is 542.1 miles.

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The best way to get from Cardiff to Inverness without a car is to train which takes 11h 25m and costs £170 - £600.

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It takes approximately 4h 34m to get from Cardiff to Inverness, including transfers.

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Cardiff to Inverness bus services, operated by National Express, depart from Cardiff Coach Station, Sophia Gardens.

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Cardiff to Inverness train services, operated by Transport for Wales, depart from Cardiff Central station.

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The best way to get from Cardiff to Inverness is to train which takes 11h 25m and costs £170 - £600. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs £45 - £70 and takes 14h 45m.

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Map of how to get from Cardiff to Inverness.
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  • Distance: 419 miles
  • Duration: 4h 34m

What companies run services between Cardiff, Wales and Inverness, Scotland?

You can take a train from Cardiff to Inverness via Crewe and Haymarket in around 11h 25m. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Cardiff to Inverness via Birmingham Coach Station, Digbeth and Buchanan Bus Station in around 14h 45m.

Airlines
easyJet
Website
easyjet.com
Flights from Bristol to Inverness
Ave. Duration
1h 30m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
£40 - £240
Flights from Bristol to Edinburgh
Ave. Duration
1h 13m
When
Every day
Estimated price
£30 - £220
Flights from London Luton to Inverness
Ave. Duration
1h 30m
When
Every day
Estimated price
£55 - £120
Loganair
Website
loganair.co.uk
Flights from Birmingham to Inverness
Ave. Duration
1h 25m
When
Every day
Estimated price
£110 - £270
Flights from Bristol to Aberdeen
Ave. Duration
1h 25m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
£130 - £410
Train operators
First Great Western Service
Phone
+44 3457 000 125
Email
gwr.feedback@gwr.com
Website
gwr.com
Train from Cardiff Central to Bristol Temple Meads
Ave. Duration
46 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
£15 - £19
Website
First Great Western Service
Anytime Day
£15 - £19
Anytime Day 1st Class
£26 - £35
Train from Cardiff Central to London Paddington
Ave. Duration
1h 54m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
£50 - £65
Website
First Great Western Service
Anytime Day
£50 - £65
Anytime Day 1st Class
£90 - £120
Train from Cardiff Central to Bristol Parkway
Ave. Duration
34 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
£13 - £17
Website
First Great Western Service
Anytime Day
£13 - £17
Anytime Day 1st Class
£23 - £35
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
48 min
Frequency
5 times a week
Estimated price
£29 - £110
Website
crosscountrytrains.co.uk
Anytime Day
£29 - £35
Anytime Day 1st Class
£75 - £110
Train from Cardiff Central to Birmingham New Street
Ave. Duration
2h
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
£55 - £170
Website
crosscountrytrains.co.uk
Anytime Day
£55 - £70
Anytime Day 1st Class
£120 - £170
Train from Cardiff Central to Bristol Parkway
Ave. Duration
36 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
£27 - £110
Website
crosscountrytrains.co.uk
Anytime Day
£27 - £33
Anytime Day 1st Class
£75 - £110
Train from Bristol Parkway to Edinburgh
Ave. Duration
6h 21m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
£170 - £420
Website
crosscountrytrains.co.uk
Anytime Day
£170 - £220
Anytime Day 1st Class
£300 - £420
First ScotRail Service
Phone
+44 344 811 0141
Email
customer.relations@scotrail.co.uk
Website
scotrail.co.uk
Train from Edinburgh Gateway to Inverness
Ave. Duration
3h 24m
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
£35 - £110
Website
First ScotRail Service
Anytime Day Single
£35 - £55
Anytime Day Single 1st Class
£80 - £110
Train from Dyce to Inverness
Ave. Duration
2h 3m
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
£21 - £65
Website
First ScotRail Service
Anytime Day Single
£21 - £35
Anytime Day Single 1st Class
£50 - £65
Train from Haymarket to Inverness
Ave. Duration
3h 30m
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
£35 - £110
Website
First ScotRail Service
Anytime Day Single
£35 - £55
Anytime Day Single 1st Class
£85 - £110
Thameslink
Phone
0345 026 4700
Website
thameslinkrailway.com
Train from London St Pancras International LL to Luton
Ave. Duration
35 min
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
£14 - £17
Website
Thameslink
Anytime
£14 - £17
East Midlands Railways
LNER
Website
lner.co.uk
Train from Haymarket to Inverness
Ave. Duration
3h 27m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
£22 - £190
Website
lner.co.uk
Advance Single
£22 - £35
Anytime Day Single
£85 - £120
Anytime Day Single 1st Class
£130 - £190
Bus operators
Scottish Citylink
Phone
0871 266 33 33
Email
info@citylink.co.uk
Website
citylink.co.uk
Bus from Edinburgh, Bus Station to Inverness, Bus Station
Ave. Duration
3h 45m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
£28 - £40
Website
Scottish Citylink
Bus from Buchanan Bus Station to Inverness, Bus Station
Ave. Duration
3h 35m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
£30 - £45
Website
Scottish Citylink
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
2h 30m
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
£6 - £9
Website
National Express
Bus from Birmingham Coach Station, Digbeth to Glasgow
Ave. Duration
6h 40m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
£11 - £15
Website
National Express

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The quickest flight from Bristol Airport to Inverness Airport is the direct flight which takes 1h 30m.

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Cardiff to Inverness bus services, operated by Scottish Citylink, arrive at Inverness, Bus Station.

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Cardiff to Inverness train services, operated by First ScotRail Service, arrive at Inverness station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Cardiff to Inverness is 542 miles. It takes approximately 9h 9m to drive from Cardiff to Inverness.

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easyJet offers flights from Bristol Airport to Inverness Airport.

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