There are 6 ways to get from Cardiff to Southend-on-Sea by train, bus, night bus, car or plane

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Train  •  3 h 34 min

  1. Take the train from Cardiff Central to London Paddington
  2. Take the train from London Liverpool Street to Southend Victoria

$101 - $172

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Bus  •  6 h 57 min

  1. Take the bus from Cardiff, Castle Street to London Victoria Coach Station National Express
  2. Take the bus from London Victoria Coach Station to Southend-on-Sea National Express

$23 - $31

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Night bus, train  •  5 h 38 min

  1. Take the night bus from Cardiff, Kingsway to Heathrow Central Bus Station M25
  2. Take the train from Barking to Southend Central

$44 - $68

Drive  •  3 h 29 min

  1. Drive from Cardiff to Southend-on-Sea 208.7 miles

$45 - $65

Fly to Southend  •  5 h 23 min

  1. Fly from Cardiff (CWL) to Southend (SEN) CWL - SEN

$68 - $279

Fly to London City, train  •  6 h 4 min

  1. Fly from Cardiff (CWL) to London City (LCY) CWL - LCY
  2. Take the train from West Ham to Southend Central

$59 - $196

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The cheapest way to get from Cardiff to Southend-on-Sea is to bus which costs £17 - £24 and takes 6 h 57 min.

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The quickest way to get from Cardiff to Southend-on-Sea is to drive which costs £30 - £50 and takes 3 h 29 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from Cardiff to Southend-on-Sea. However, there are services departing from Cardiff, Castle Street and arriving at Southend-on-Sea via London Victoria Coach Station. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 6 h 57 min.

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The distance between Cardiff and Southend-on-Sea is 168 miles. The road distance is 208.7 miles.

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The best way to get from Cardiff to Southend-on-Sea without a car is to train which takes 3 h 34 min and costs £75 - £140.

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It takes approximately 3 h 34 min to get from Cardiff to Southend-on-Sea, including transfers.

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Cardiff to Southend-on-Sea bus services, operated by National Express, depart from Cardiff, Castle Street station.

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The best way to get from Cardiff to Southend-on-Sea is to train which takes 3 h 34 min and costs £75 - £140. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs £17 - £24 and takes 6 h 57 min, you could also fly, which costs £50 - £220 and takes 5 h 23 min.

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There is no direct flight from Cardiff Airport to Southend Airport. The quickest flight takes 3 h 25 min and has one stopover.

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Cardiff to Southend-on-Sea bus services, operated by National Express, arrive at Southend-on-Sea station.

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Map of how to get from Cardiff to Southend-on-Sea.
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  • Distance: 168.5 miles
  • Duration: 3 h 34 min

What companies run services between Cardiff, Wales and Southend-on-Sea, England?

You can take a train from Cardiff to Southend-on-Sea via London Paddington, Lancaster Gate Underground Station, Liverpool Street Underground Station, and London Liverpool Street in around 3 h 34 min. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Cardiff to Southend-on-Sea via London Victoria Coach Station in around 6 h 57 min.

Airlines
Flybe
Website
flybe.com
Flights from Cardiff to Southend via Dublin
Ave. Duration
5 h 20 min
When
Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$95 - $420
Flights from Cardiff to London City via Belfast City
Ave. Duration
3 h 50 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$45 - $280
Flights from Cardiff to London City via Edinburgh
Ave. Duration
4 h 5 min
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$45 - $280
Flights from Cardiff to London City via Jersey
Ave. Duration
6 h 5 min
When
Monday, Wednesday and Friday
Estimated price
$45 - $280
easyJet
Website
easyjet.com
Flights from Cardiff to Southend via Jersey
Ave. Duration
3 h 45 min
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$60 - $270
Flights from Cardiff to Southend via Amsterdam
Ave. Duration
4 h 12 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $700
Flights from Cardiff to Southend via Palma Mallorca
Ave. Duration
6 h 5 min
When
Wednesday
Estimated price
$160 - $900
KLM
Website
klm.com
Flights from Cardiff to London City via Amsterdam
Ave. Duration
3 h 25 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $1,400
Train operators
Great Western Railway
Website
gwr.com
Train from Cardiff Central to London Paddington
Ave. Duration
1 h 59 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$75 - $150
Website
gwr.com
Off-Peak Day Single
$40 - $65
Advanced Single
$40 - $65
Anytime Day Single
$75 - $150
c2c
Website
c2c-online.co.uk
Train from Barking to Southend Central
Ave. Duration
40 min
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
Estimated price
$10 - $15
Website
c2c-online.co.uk
Train from West Ham to Southend Central
Ave. Duration
45 min
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
Estimated price
$11 - $16
Website
c2c-online.co.uk
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, Castle Street to London Victoria Coach Station
Ave. Duration
3 h 42 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$15 - $20
Website
nationalexpress.com
Bus from London Victoria Coach Station to Southend-on-Sea
Ave. Duration
2 h 15 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$8 - $12
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
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uk.megabus.com

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Yes, the driving distance between Cardiff to Southend-on-Sea is 209 miles. It takes approximately 3 h 29 min to drive from Cardiff to Southend-on-Sea.

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Thomas Cook, KLM, easyJet and Flybe offer flights from Cardiff Airport to Southend Airport.

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Book your Cardiff to Southend-on-Sea bus tickets online with Distribusion and Distribusion.

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There are 204+ hotels available in Southend-on-Sea. Prices start at $65 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Cardiff to Cardiff Airport is to bus which takes 30 min and costs £5.

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