There are 5 ways to get from Cardiff to Leicester by train, bus or car

Select an option below to see step-by-step directions and to compare ticket prices and travel times in Rome2rio's travel planner.

Recommended option

Train  •  3 h 3 min

  1. Take the train from Cardiff Central to Leicester

$75 - $120

Cheapest option

Bus  •  4 h 20 min

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

$21 - $29

3 alternative options

Train via Birmingham New Street  •  3 h 16 min

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

$97 - $153

Bus Megabus UK  •  6 h 8 min

  1. Take the bus from Cardiff, Kingsway to Birmingham Airport, B'ham Airport Bus Terminal M35
  2. Take the bus from Coventry, Sainsbury's to Haymarket Bus Station 48

$45 - $63

Drive  •  2 h 34 min

  1. Drive from Cardiff to Leicester 149.9 miles

$30 - $50

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

CrossCountry operates a train from Cardiff to Leicester once a week. Tickets cost $75 - $120 and the journey takes 3 h 3 min. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Cardiff to Leicester via Birmingham in around 4 h 20 min.

Train operators
CrossCountry
Phone
0344 736 9123
Email
customer.relations@crosscountrytrains.co.uk
Website
crosscountrytrains.co.uk
Train from Cardiff Central to Leicester
Ave. Duration
3 h 3 min
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
$75 - $120
Website
crosscountrytrains.co.uk
Advanced Single
$45 - $75
Anytime Single
$75 - $120
Off-Peak Single
$70 - $110
Train from Cardiff Central to Birmingham New Street
Ave. Duration
2 h
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$60 - $95
Website
crosscountrytrains.co.uk
Advanced Single
$40 - $60
Anytime Single
$60 - $95
Off-Peak Single
$50 - $80
Train from Birmingham New Street to Leicester
Ave. Duration
55 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$35 - $60
Website
crosscountrytrains.co.uk
Advanced Single
$27 - $40
Anytime Single
$35 - $60
Off-Peak Single
$23 - $35
Bus operators
National Express
Phone
+44 08717 818178
Website
nationalexpress.com
Bus from Cardiff Coach Station to Birmingham
Ave. Duration
2 h 20 min
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$13 - $18
Website
nationalexpress.com
Bus from Birmingham to Leicester
Ave. Duration
1 h
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$8 - $12
Website
nationalexpress.com
Megabus UK
Phone
0871 266 3333
Email
enquiries@megabus.com
Website
uk.megabus.com
Bus from Cardiff, Kingsway to Birmingham Airport, B'ham Airport Bus Terminal
Ave. Duration
2 h 55 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$26 - $45
Book at
uk.megabus.com
Stagecoach Warwickshire
Phone
01604 67 60 60
Email
midlands.enquiries@stagecoachbus.com
Website
stagecoachbus.com
Bus from Coventry, Sainsbury's to Haymarket Bus Station
Ave. Duration
2 h 12 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$12
Schedules at
stagecoachbus.com

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Questions & Answers

How far is it from Cardiff to Leicester?

The distance between Cardiff and Leicester is 190 km. The road distance is 240 km.

What is the cheapest way to get from Cardiff to Leicester?

The cheapest way to get from Cardiff to Leicester is to bus which costs £14 - £21 and takes 4 h 20 min.

What is the fastest way to get from Cardiff to Leicester?

The quickest way to get from Cardiff to Leicester is to drive which takes 2 h 34 min and costs £22 - £35.

Is there a direct train between Cardiff and Leicester?

Yes, there is a direct train departing from Cardiff Central and arriving at Leicester. Services depart once a week. The journey takes approximately 3 h 3 min.

Is there a direct bus between Cardiff and Leicester?

No, there is no direct bus from Cardiff to Leicester. However, there are services departing from Cardiff Coach Station and arriving at Leicester via Birmingham. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 4 h 20 min.

How long does it take to get from Cardiff to Leicester?

The train from Cardiff Central to Leicester takes 3 h 3 min including transfers and departs once a week.