Directions from Cardiff to Lake District

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Recommended option

Train via Oxenholme Lake District  •  6 h 44 min

  1. Take the train from Cardiff Central to Crewe
  2. Take the train from Crewe to Oxenholme Lake District

$226 - $310

Cheapest option

Bus  •  10 h 43 min

  1. Take the bus from Cardiff Coach Station to Birmingham National Express
  2. Take the bus from Birmingham to Keswick National Express

$34 - $44

8 alternative options

Train  •  8 h 10 min

  1. Take the train from Cardiff Central to Crewe
  2. Take the train from Crewe to Penrith North Lakes

$143 - $219

Train, bus  •  10 h 10 min

  1. Take the train from Cardiff Central to Manchester Piccadilly
  2. Take the train from Manchester Piccadilly to Carnforth
  3. Take the bus from Carnforth, Railway Station to Keswick, Bus Station (K) (Booths Supermarket) 555

$101 - $148

Bus Megabus UK  •  13 h 45 min

  1. Take the bus from Cardiff, Kingsway to Shudehill Interchange M35
  2. Take the bus from Manchester to Keswick National Express

$50 - $80

Drive  •  5 h 3 min

  1. Drive from Cardiff to Lake District 288.9 miles

$60 - $90

Fly Cardiff to Edinburgh, train, bus, line 78 bus  •  8 h 26 min

  1. Fly from Cardiff (CWL) to Edinburgh (EDI) CWL - EDI
  2. Take the train from Haymarket to Penrith North Lakes
  3. Take the bus from Penrith, Rail Station (Penrith Railway Station main entrance) to Keswick, Bus Station (K) (Booths Supermarket)
  4. Take the line 78 bus from Keswick, Bus Station (K) (Booths Supermarket) to Seatoller, National Trust car park (entrance to Seatoller National Trust car park)

$109 - $327

Fly Cardiff to Newcastle, train, bus, line 78 bus  •  9 h 9 min

  1. Fly from Cardiff (CWL) to Newcastle (NCL) CWL - NCL
  2. Take the train from Newcastle to Carlisle
  3. Take the bus from Penrith, Rail Station (Penrith Railway Station main entrance) to Keswick, Bus Station (K) (Booths Supermarket)
  4. Take the line 78 bus from Keswick, Bus Station (K) (Booths Supermarket) to Seatoller, National Trust car park (entrance to Seatoller National Trust car park)

$101 - $354

Train to Bristol, fly to Edinburgh, train  •  9 h 11 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 Haymarket to Penrith North Lakes

$126 - $346

Train to Bristol, fly to Newcastle, train, bus, line 78 bus  •  9 h 39 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 Carlisle
  4. Take the bus from Penrith, Rail Station (Penrith Railway Station main entrance) to Keswick, Bus Station (K) (Booths Supermarket)
  5. Take the line 78 bus from Keswick, Bus Station (K) (Booths Supermarket) to Seatoller, National Trust car park (entrance to Seatoller National Trust car park)

$103 - $313

What companies run services between Cardiff, Wales and Lake District, England?

You can take a train from Cardiff to Lake District via Crewe, Oxenholme Lake District, and Windermere in around 6 h 44 min. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Cardiff to Lake District via Birmingham, Keswick, and Keswick, Bus Station (K) (Booths Supermarket) in around 10 h 43 min.

Airlines
easyJet
Website
easyjet.com
Flights from Bristol to Edinburgh
Ave. Duration
1 h 12 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$45 - $200
Flights from Bristol to Newcastle
Ave. Duration
1 h 5 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$60 - $230
Flights from Bristol to Newcastle via Belfast (Aldergrove)
Ave. Duration
3 h 10 min
When
Monday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$60 - $230
Flybe
Website
flybe.com
Flights from Cardiff to Edinburgh
Ave. Duration
1 h 13 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$50 - $260
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
Every day
Estimated price
$900 - $2,200
Train operators
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 41 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$55 - $85
Website
arrivatrainswales.co.uk
Advanced Single
$26 - $40
Anytime Day Single
$55 - $85
First Anytime Day Single
$90 - $140
Train from Cardiff Central to Manchester Piccadilly
Ave. Duration
3 h 17 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$65 - $110
Website
arrivatrainswales.co.uk
Advanced Single
$30 - $45
Anytime Day Single
$65 - $110
First Anytime Day Single
$110 - $170
Virgin West Coast Trains
Phone
0344 556 5650
Website
virgintrains.co.uk
Train from Crewe to Oxenholme Lake District
Ave. Duration
1 h 11 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$55 - $90
Website
virgintrains.co.uk
Advanced Single
$35 - $55
Anytime Day Single
$55 - $90
Train from Crewe to Penrith North Lakes
Ave. Duration
1 h 34 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$75 - $120
Website
virgintrains.co.uk
Advanced Single
$45 - $70
Anytime Day Single
$75 - $120
Train from Haymarket to Penrith North Lakes
Ave. Duration
1 h 22 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$70 - $120
Website
virgintrains.co.uk
Advanced Single
$45 - $70
Anytime Day Single
$70 - $120
Northern Rail
Website
northernrailway.co.uk
Train from Manchester Piccadilly to Carnforth
Ave. Duration
1 h 20 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$20 - $30
Website
northernrailway.co.uk
Train from Newcastle to Carlisle
Ave. Duration
1 h 25 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$21 - $35
Website
northernrailway.co.uk
TransPennine Express
Phone
+44 345 600 1671
Email
tpecustomer.relations@firstgroup.com
Website
tpexpress.co.uk
Train from Haymarket to Penrith North Lakes
Ave. Duration
1 h 30 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$45 - $70
Website
tpexpress.co.uk
Advance Single
$20 - $29
Off-Peak Day Single
$30 - $50
Anytime Day Single
$45 - $70
ScotRail
Phone
+44 344 811 0141
Email
customer.relations@scotrail.co.uk
Website
scotrail.co.uk
Train from Newcastle to Carlisle
Ave. Duration
1 h 34 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$18 - $24
Website
scotrail.co.uk
Advanced Single
$12 - $17
Anytime Day Single
$18 - $24
Great Western Railway
Website
gwr.com
Train from Cardiff Central to Bristol Temple Meads
Ave. Duration
48 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$21 - $40
Website
gwr.com
Off-Peak Day Single
$13 - $21
Advanced Single
$15 - $21
Anytime Day Single
$21 - $40
Bus operators
Stagecoach UK
Email
customer.services@stagecoachbus.com
Website
stagecoachbus.com
Bus from Carnforth, Railway Station to Keswick, Bus Station (K) (Booths Supermarket)
Ave. Duration
2 h 39 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$7 - $11
Schedules at
stagecoachbus.com
National Express
Phone
+44 08717 818178
Website
nationalexpress.com
Bus from Cardiff Coach Station to Birmingham
Ave. Duration
2 h 20 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$12 - $17
Website
nationalexpress.com
Bus from Birmingham to Keswick
Ave. Duration
5 h 55 min
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
$17 - $23
Website
nationalexpress.com
Bus from Manchester to Keswick
Ave. Duration
3 h 50 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$12 - $17
Website
nationalexpress.com
Bus from Penrith, Rail Station (Penrith Railway Station main entrance) to Keswick, Bus Station (K) (Booths Supermarket)
Ave. Duration
27 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$6 - $10
Website
nationalexpress.com
Stagecoach Cumbria & North Lancashire
Phone
0871 200 22 33
Email
cumbrianorthlancs.enquiries@stagecoachbus.com
Website
stagecoachbus.com
Bus from Penrith, Rail Station (Penrith Railway Station main entrance) to Keswick, Bus Station (K) (Booths Supermarket)
Ave. Duration
40 min
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
$8
Schedules at
stagecoachbus.com
Bus from Keswick, Bus Station (K) (Booths Supermarket) to Seatoller, National Trust car park (entrance to Seatoller National Trust car park)
Ave. Duration
28 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$5
Schedules at
stagecoachbus.com

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Questions & Answers

The distance between Cardiff and Lake District is 336 km. The road distance is 462 km.

The cheapest way to get from Cardiff to Lake District is to bus which costs £25 - £35 and takes 10 h 43 min.

The quickest way to get from Cardiff to Lake District is to drive which takes 5 h 3 min and costs £45 - £70.

No, there is no direct bus from Cardiff to Lake District. However, there are services departing from Cardiff Coach Station and arriving at Seatoller, National Trust car park (entrance to Seatoller National Trust car park) via Birmingham and Keswick, Bus Station (K) (Booths Supermarket). The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 10 h 43 min.

It takes approximately 6 h 44 min to get from Cardiff to Lake District, including transfers.