There are 6 ways to get from Cardiff to London Gatwick Airport (LGW) by train, bus, night bus, car or plane

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 30 min

  1. Take the train from Cardiff Central to Reading
  2. Take the train from Reading to Gatwick Airport

$87 - $160

Cheapest option

Night bus, bus  •  5 h 32 min

  1. Take the night bus from Cardiff, Kingsway to Heathrow Central Bus Station M25
  2. Take the bus from Heathrow Central Bus Station to East Croydon Rail Station X26

$37 - $58

4 alternative options

Bus  •  4 h 50 min

  1. Take the bus from Cardiff, Sophia Gardens to South Terminal Bus Station 201 / ...

$40 - $65

Drive  •  2 h 48 min

  1. Drive from Cardiff to London Gatwick Airport (LGW) 167.2 miles

$35 - $55

Fly from Cardiff  •  5 h 10 min

  1. Fly from Cardiff (CWL) to London Gatwick (LGW) CWL - LGW

$71 - $316

Train to Bristol, fly  •  5 h 14 min

  1. Take the train from Cardiff Central to Bristol Temple Meads
  2. Fly from Bristol (BRS) to London Gatwick (LGW) BRS - LGW

$68 - $294

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Cardiff to London Gatwick Airport (LGW) is to drive which costs £27 - £40 and takes 2 h 48 min.

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The quickest way to get from Cardiff to London Gatwick Airport (LGW) is to drive which costs £27 - £40 and takes 2 h 48 min.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Cardiff, Sophia Gardens and arriving at South Terminal Bus Station station. Services depart five times a day, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 4 h 50 min.

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No, there is no direct train from Cardiff to London Gatwick Airport (LGW). However, there are services departing from Cardiff Central and arriving at Gatwick Airport via Reading. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 3 h 30 min.

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The distance between Cardiff and London Gatwick Airport (LGW) is 133 miles. The road distance is 167.2 miles.

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The best way to get from Cardiff to London Gatwick Airport (LGW) without a car is to train which takes 3 h 30 min and costs £65 - £130.

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It takes approximately 3 h 30 min to get from Cardiff to London Gatwick Airport (LGW), including transfers.

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Cardiff to London Gatwick Airport (LGW) bus services, operated by National Express, depart from Cardiff, Sophia Gardens station.

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Map of how to get from Cardiff to London Gatwick Airport (LGW).
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  • Distance: 133 miles
  • Duration: 3 h 30 min

What companies run services between Cardiff, Wales and London Gatwick Airport (LGW), England?

You can take a train from Cardiff to London Gatwick Airport (LGW) via Reading in around 3 h 30 min. Alternatively, National Express operates a bus from Cardiff to London Gatwick Airport (LGW) 5 times a day. Tickets cost $40 - $65 and the journey takes 4 h 50 min.

Airlines
easyJet
Website
easyjet.com
Flights from Cardiff to London Gatwick via Amsterdam
Ave. Duration
3 h 45 min
When
Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$150 - $600
Flights from Cardiff to London Gatwick via Edinburgh
Ave. Duration
4 h 10 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$65 - $310
Flights from Bristol to London Gatwick via Geneva
Ave. Duration
4 h 5 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$90 - $450
Flights from Bristol to London Gatwick via Amsterdam
Ave. Duration
4 h
When
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$65 - $310
Flights from Bristol to London Gatwick via Basel
Ave. Duration
4 h 15 min
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$85 - $440
Flights from Bristol to London Gatwick via Glasgow
Ave. Duration
4 h 53 min
When
Monday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$75 - $350
Flights from Bristol to London Gatwick via Toulouse
Ave. Duration
4 h 45 min
When
Monday
Estimated price
$95 - $480
Flights from Bristol to London Gatwick via Belfast (Aldergrove)
Ave. Duration
4 h 52 min
When
Monday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$70 - $330
Flights from Bristol to London Gatwick via Edinburgh
Ave. Duration
5 h 12 min
When
Monday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$75 - $350
Flights from Bristol to London Gatwick via Isle Of Man
Ave. Duration
5 h 35 min
When
Monday and Friday
Estimated price
$65 - $290
Flights from Bristol to London Gatwick via Nice
Ave. Duration
5 h 50 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $550
Flights from Bristol to London Gatwick via Alicante
Ave. Duration
5 h 40 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $700
Flights from Bristol to London Gatwick via Palma Mallorca
Ave. Duration
6 h
When
Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$120 - $700
Flights from Bristol to London Gatwick via Berlin Schoenefeld
Ave. Duration
6 h 5 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $550
British Airways
Website
britishairways.com
Flights from Cardiff to London Gatwick via Glasgow
Ave. Duration
3 h 40 min
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday
Estimated price
$100 - $440
Flights from Cardiff to London Gatwick via Edinburgh
Ave. Duration
4 h
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$100 - $440
Flights from Cardiff to London Gatwick via Amsterdam
Ave. Duration
4 h 15 min
When
Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$150 - $600
Flights from Bristol to London Gatwick via Dublin
Ave. Duration
4 h 55 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$75 - $420
Thomas Cook
Website
thomascookairlines.com
Flights from Cardiff to London Gatwick via Reus
Ave. Duration
5 h 15 min
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$110 - $650
Flights from Cardiff to London Gatwick via Palma Mallorca
Ave. Duration
7 h 5 min
When
Wednesday
Estimated price
$130 - $750
Flights from Cardiff to London Gatwick via Enfidha
Ave. Duration
8 h 5 min
When
Wednesday
Estimated price
$190 - $1,100
Flights from Bristol to London Gatwick via Palma Mallorca
Ave. Duration
5 h 40 min
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$150 - $850
Aer Lingus
Website
aerlingus.com
Flights from Cardiff to London Gatwick via Dublin
Ave. Duration
5 h 55 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$65 - $370
Flights from Bristol to London Gatwick via Dublin
Ave. Duration
4 h 55 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$75 - $420
Ryanair
Website
ryanair.com
Flights from Bristol to London Gatwick via Dublin
Ave. Duration
4 h 26 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$35 - $230
Vueling Airlines
Website
vueling.com
Flights from Cardiff to London Gatwick via Barcelona
Ave. Duration
6 h 30 min
When
Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday
Estimated price
$130 - $550
Aurigny
Website
aurigny.com
Flights from Bristol to London Gatwick via Guernsey
Ave. Duration
3 h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$190 - $470
Train operators
Great Western Railway
Website
gwr.com
Train from Cardiff Central to Reading
Ave. Duration
1 h 31 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$55 - $110
Website
gwr.com
Off-Peak Day Single
$30 - $50
Advanced Single
$30 - $50
Anytime Day Single
$55 - $110
Train from Reading to Gatwick Airport
Ave. Duration
1 h 16 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$28 - $55
Website
gwr.com
Off-Peak Day Single
$17 - $26
Advanced Single
$18 - $26
Anytime Day Single
$28 - $55
Train from Cardiff Central to Bristol Temple Meads
Ave. Duration
48 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$20 - $40
Website
gwr.com
Off-Peak Day Single
$13 - $20
Advanced Single
$14 - $21
Anytime Day Single
$20 - $40
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, Sophia Gardens to South Terminal Bus Station
Ave. Duration
4 h 50 min
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$40 - $65
Website
nationalexpress.com
Megabus UK
Phone
0871 266 3333
Email
enquiries@megabus.com
Website
uk.megabus.com
Night bus from Cardiff, Kingsway to Heathrow Central Bus Station
Ave. Duration
3 h 20 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$24 - $40
Book at
uk.megabus.com
London Buses
Website
tfl.gov.uk
Bus from Heathrow Central Bus Station to East Croydon Rail Station
Ave. Duration
1 h 42 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$3
Schedules at
tfl.gov.uk

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