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There are 9 ways to get from Cardiff to Paris by train, bus, car, car ferry, car train or plane

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Train  •  5h 29m

  1. Take the train from Cardiff Central to London Paddington
  2. Take the train from London St Pancras Eurostar to Paris Nord Eil

€173 - €426

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Fly from Cardiff  •  7h 56m

  1. Fly from Cardiff (CWL) to Paris CDG (CDG) CWL - CDG

€42 - €148

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Bus  •  13h 9m

  1. Take the bus from Cardiff to London Victoria Coach Station National Express
  2. Take the bus from London Victoria to Paris Bercy

€55 - €57

Drive, car ferry  •  9h 36m

  1. Drive from Cardiff to Newhaven Ferry Port
  2. Take the car ferry from Newhaven Ferry Port to Dieppe
  3. Drive from Dieppe to Paris

Drive, Eurotunnel  •  6h 57m

  1. Drive from Cardiff to Folkestone
  2. Take the Eurotunnel from Folkestone to Calais-Fréthun
  3. Drive from Calais-Fréthun to Paris

€221 - €254

Train to Birmingham, fly  •  6h 33m

  1. Take the train from Cardiff Central to Birmingham New Street
  2. Fly from Birmingham (BHX) to Paris CDG (CDG) BHX - CDG

€134 - €541

Train to London Heathrow, fly  •  6h 9m

  1. Take the train from Cardiff Central to London Paddington
  2. Fly from London Heathrow (LHR) to Paris CDG (CDG) LHR - CDG

€121 - €322

Train, train to London Gatwick, fly  •  6h 45m

  1. Take the train from Cardiff Central to London Paddington
  2. Take the train from London Victoria to Gatwick Airport
  3. Fly from London Gatwick (LGW) to Paris CDG (CDG) LGW - CDG

€108 - €342

Train to Manchester, fly  •  8h 14m

  1. Take the train from Cardiff Central to Wilmslow
  2. Fly from Manchester (MAN) to Paris CDG (CDG) MAN - CDG

€138 - €374

Cardiff to Paris by train and subway

The journey time between Cardiff and Paris is around 5h 26m and covers a distance of around 687 km. The fastest journey normally takes 4h 29m. Operated by First Great Western Service, London Underground (Tube) and Eurostar, the Cardiff to Paris service departs from Cardiff Central and arrives in Paris Nord. Typically 23 services run weekly, although weekend and holiday schedules can vary so check in advance.

Route overview

Average journey time:
5h 26m
Fastest journey time:
4h 29m
Journey distance:
687 km
Services per week:
23
Cheapest price:
€173
Carbon emissions:
36 kg CO2

First and last service

First service departs at:
05:07
Last service departs at:
20:23

The schedules shown below are for the next available departures.

Cardiff to Paris train and subway schedules

United Kingdom → France
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International entry into France from United Kingdom

  • Entry is partially open for citizens and permanent residents of United Kingdom
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Allowed for: All visitors

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Conditions of entry into France from United Kingdom

  • Negative COVID-19 test issued at most 3 days before arrival
  • Entry is allowed only for fully vaccinated travellers
This applies to arrivals from United Kingdom
  • Travellers with a certificate of vaccination are exempt from providing a negative COVID-19 test
  • Health declaration required
  • Exempted International Movement Certificate for travel required
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  • Negative COVID-19 test issued at most 3 days before arrival
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Rules to follow in France

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Considerations leaving from United Kingdom

The official advice is to avoid non-essential international travel to high risk countries

Frequently Asked Questions


Yes, but conditions apply when entering France from United Kingdom.

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Domestic travel is not restricted, but some conditions may apply

  • Face masks are mandatory
  • There is a social distancing requirement of 1 metre
  • Nationwide control measures in place

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The national COVID-19 helpline number in Paris is 800 130 000.

Wearing a face mask on public transport in Paris is mandatory.

The social distance requirement in Paris is 1 metre.

Make yourself known to an official member of staff and/or call the national coronavirus helpline number on 800 130 000.

No, but conditions apply when returning to United Kingdom from France.

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Last updated: 24 Jul 2021
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Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Cardiff to Paris is to bus which costs £47 - £50 and takes 13h 9m.

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The quickest way to get from Cardiff to Paris is to train which costs £140 - £370 and takes 5h 29m.

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No, there is no direct bus from Cardiff to Paris. However, there are services departing from Cardiff and arriving at Paris Bercy via London Victoria. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 13h 9m.

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No, there is no direct train from Cardiff to Paris. However, there are services departing from Cardiff Central and arriving at Paris Nord via Paddington and London St Pancras Eurostar. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 5h 29m.

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The distance between Cardiff and Paris is 490 km.

The best way to get from Cardiff to Paris without a car is to train which takes 5h 29m and costs £140 - £370.

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It takes approximately 5h 29m to get from Cardiff to Paris, including transfers.

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Cardiff to Paris bus services, operated by National Express, depart from Cardiff station.

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Cardiff to Paris train services, operated by First Great Western Service, depart from Cardiff Central station.

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The best way to get from Cardiff to Paris is to train which takes 5h 29m and costs £140 - £370. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs £47 - £50 and takes 13h 9m, you could also fly, which costs £35 - £130 and takes 7h 56m.

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Map of how to get from Cardiff to Paris.
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  • Distance: 490 km
  • Duration: 5h 29m

What companies run services between Cardiff, Wales and Paris, France?

You can take a train from Cardiff to Paris via London Paddington, Paddington, King's Cross St. Pancras station, and London St Pancras Eurostar in around 5h 29m. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Cardiff to Paris Bercy via London Victoria Coach Station and London Victoria in around 13h 9m.

Airlines
Air France
Website
airfrance.com
Flights from Birmingham to Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
1h 22m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€80 - €270
Flights from Cardiff to Paris CDG via Amsterdam Schiphol
Ave. Duration
5h 25m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€110 - €310
Flights from Cardiff to Paris CDG via Barcelona
Ave. Duration
5h 15m
When
Tuesday and Saturday
Estimated price
€24 - €120
Flights from Cardiff to Paris CDG via Palma Mallorca
Ave. Duration
6h 20m
When
Thursday and Sunday
Estimated price
€50 - €190
Flights from London Heathrow to Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
1h 18m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€65 - €230
Flights from Manchester to Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
1h 28m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€65 - €270
British Airways
Website
britishairways.com
Flights from London Heathrow to Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
1h 17m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
€55 - €500
Flights from Manchester to Paris CDG via Dublin
Ave. Duration
3h 50m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€160 - €360
KLM
Website
klm.com
Flights from Cardiff to Paris CDG via Amsterdam Schiphol
Ave. Duration
5h 25m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€110 - €310
Flights from Cardiff to Paris CDG via Palma Mallorca
Ave. Duration
6h 20m
When
Thursday and Sunday
Estimated price
€50 - €190
Flights from Manchester to Paris CDG via Amsterdam Schiphol
Ave. Duration
3h 40m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€100 - €320
easyJet
Website
easyjet.com
Flights from Cardiff to Paris CDG via Faro
Ave. Duration
7h 5m
When
Friday
Estimated price
€30 - €140
Flights from Cardiff to Paris CDG via Malaga
Ave. Duration
7h 50m
When
Thursday and Saturday
Estimated price
€30 - €140
Flights from London Gatwick to Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
1h 25m
When
Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
€40 - €150
Flights from Manchester to Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
1h 30m
When
Sunday
Estimated price
€29 - €140
Vueling Airlines
Website
vueling.com
Flights from London Gatwick to Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
1h 15m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€28 - €100
Jet2.com
Website
jet2.com
Flights from Birmingham to Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
1h 20m
When
Thursday and Sunday
Estimated price
€23 - €280
Aer Lingus
Website
aerlingus.com
Flights from Manchester to Paris CDG via Dublin
Ave. Duration
3h 50m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€160 - €360
Train operators
First Great Western Service
Phone
+44 3457 000 125
Email
gwr.feedback@gwr.com
Website
gwr.com
Train from Cardiff Central to London Paddington
Ave. Duration
1h 52m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
€60 - €75
Website
First Great Western Service
Anytime Day
€60 - €75
Anytime Day 1st Class
€100 - €140
Eurotunnel
Phone
+44 (0) 8443 35 35 35
Website
eurotunnel.com
Car train from Folkestone to Calais-Fréthun
Ave. Duration
35 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
€153
Website
Eurotunnel
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 to London Victoria Coach Station
Ave. Duration
3h 47m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
€9 - €12
Website
National Express
Traveleuro Tours & Travels
Phone
07710115044
Email
info@traveleuro.co.uk
Website
traveleuro.co.uk
Bus from London Victoria to Paris Bercy
Ave. Duration
8h 15m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
€46
Schedules at
traveleuro.co.uk
Ferry operators
DFDS Seaways
Phone
+45 33 42 30 10
Email
incoming@dfdsseaways.dk​​
Website
dfds.com
Car ferry from Newhaven Ferry Port to Dieppe
Ave. Duration
4h
Frequency
3 times a day
Website
dfds.co.uk

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The quickest flight from Birmingham Airport to Paris CDG Airport is the direct flight which takes 1h 20m.

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Cardiff to Paris bus services, operated by Traveleuro Tours & Travels, arrive at Paris Bercy station.

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Paris is 1h ahead of Cardiff. It is currently 6:00 AM in Cardiff and 7:00 AM in Paris.

Cardiff to Paris train services, operated by Eurostar, arrive at Paris Nord station.

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Jet2.com and Air France offer flights from Birmingham Airport to Paris CDG Airport.

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