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

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Train  •  3 h 3 min

  1. Take the train from Cardiff Central to Leicester

$70 - $110

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Bus  •  5 h

  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 Leicester St Margarets Bus Station National Express

$19 - $27

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

$93 - $140

Train via Hereford  •  4 h 40 min

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

$79 - $119

Drive  •  2 h 34 min

  1. Drive from Cardiff to Leicester 149.9 miles

$30 - $50

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No, there is no direct bus from Cardiff station to Leicester station. However, there are services departing from Cardiff Coach Station, Sophia Gardens and arriving at Leicester St Margarets Bus Station via Birmingham Coach Station, Digbeth. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 5 h.

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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.

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The distance between Cardiff and Leicester is 119 miles. The road distance is 149.9 miles.

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The best way to get from Cardiff to Leicester without a car is to train which takes 3 h 3 min and costs .

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

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

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

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The best way to get from Cardiff to Leicester is to train which takes 3 h 3 min and costs . Alternatively, you can bus, which costs and takes 5 h.

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Cardiff to Leicester bus services, operated by National Express, arrive at Leicester St Margarets Bus Station.

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

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Map of how to get from Cardiff to Leicester.
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  • Distance: 118.9 miles
  • Duration: 3 h 3 min

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

CrossCountry operates a train from Cardiff to Leicester once a week. Tickets cost $70 - $110 and the journey takes 3 h 3 min. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Cardiff to Leicester via Birmingham Coach Station, Digbeth in around 5 h.

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
$70 - $110
Website
crosscountrytrains.co.uk
Advanced Single
$40 - $70
Anytime Single
$70 - $110
Off-Peak Single
$65 - $100
Train from Cardiff Central to Birmingham New Street
Ave. Duration
2 h
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$55 - $90
Website
crosscountrytrains.co.uk
Advanced Single
$35 - $55
Anytime Single
$55 - $90
Off-Peak Single
$45 - $75
Train from Birmingham New Street to Leicester
Ave. Duration
55 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$35 - $55
Website
crosscountrytrains.co.uk
Advanced Single
$25 - $40
Anytime Single
$35 - $55
Off-Peak Single
$21 - $35
Arriva Trains Wales
Phone
03333 211 202
Email
customer.relations@arrivatrainswales.co.uk
Website
arrivatrainswales.co.uk
Train from Cardiff Central to Hereford
Ave. Duration
1 h 8 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$22 - $35
Website
arrivatrainswales.co.uk
Advanced Single
$11 - $16
Anytime Day Single
$22 - $35
First Anytime Day Single
$35 - $55
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 45 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$12 - $16
Website
nationalexpress.com
Bus from Birmingham Coach Station, Digbeth to Leicester St Margarets Bus Station
Ave. Duration
1 h 15 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$7 - $11
Website
nationalexpress.com

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Yes, the driving distance between Cardiff to Leicester is 150 miles. It takes approximately 2 h 34 min to drive from Cardiff to Leicester.

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