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

$70 - $110

Cheapest option

Bus  •  4 h 20 min

  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

$92 - $140

Train via Hereford  •  4 h 41 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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The cheapest way to get from Cardiff to Leicester is to bus which costs £14 - £21 and takes 4 h 20 min.

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The quickest way to get from Cardiff to Leicester is to drive which costs £24 - £40 and takes 2 h 34 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 train from Cardiff Central to Leicester takes 3 h 3 min including transfers and departs once a week.

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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 4 h 20 min.

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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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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 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
$70 - $110
Website
crosscountrytrains.co.uk
Advanced Single
$40 - $65
Anytime Single
$70 - $110
Off-Peak Single
$65 - $95
Train from Cardiff Central to Birmingham New Street
Ave. Duration
2 h
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$55 - $85
Website
crosscountrytrains.co.uk
Advanced Single
$35 - $55
Anytime Single
$55 - $85
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
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
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
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$7 - $11
Website
nationalexpress.com

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