There are 8 ways to get from Cardiff to Waterford by train, car ferry, 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.

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Train, car ferry, bus  •  9 h 51 min

  1. Take the train from Cardiff Central to Fishguard Harbour
  2. Take the car ferry from Fishguard to Rosslare
  3. Take the bus from Rosslare Harbour, Rosslare Harbour to Waterford, Waterford Bus Station 40 / ...

$104 - $131

Cheapest option

Fly Cardiff to Dublin, bus  •  6 h 18 min

  1. Fly from Cardiff (CWL) to Dublin (DUB) CWL - DUB
  2. Take the bus from Red Cow LUAS to Days Hotel Merchants Quay Waterford

$58 - $211

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Train, car ferry, bus via Wexford  •  10 h 39 min

  1. Take the train from Cardiff Central to Fishguard Harbour
  2. Take the car ferry from Fishguard to Rosslare
  3. Take the bus from Wexford, Wexford Station to Waterford, Clock Tower The Quay 340

$106 - $139

Drive, car ferry  •  6 h 32 min

  1. Drive from Cardiff to Fishguard
  2. Take the car ferry from Fishguard to Rosslare
  3. Drive from Rosslare to Waterford

$74 - $90

Train to Bristol, fly to Dublin, bus  •  6 h 58 min

  1. Take the train from Cardiff Central to Bristol Temple Meads
  2. Fly from Bristol (BRS) to Dublin (DUB) BRS - DUB
  3. Take the bus from Red Cow LUAS to Days Hotel Merchants Quay Waterford

$66 - $229

Train to Bristol, fly to Cork, bus  •  7 h 39 min

  1. Take the train from Cardiff Central to Bristol Temple Meads
  2. Fly from Bristol (BRS) to Cork (ORK) BRS - ORK
  3. Take the bus from St. Patricks Quay to Days Hotel Merchants Quay Waterford

$110 - $326

Train to Birmingham, fly to Dublin, bus  •  8 h 12 min

  1. Take the train from Cardiff Central to Birmingham New Street
  2. Fly from Birmingham (BHX) to Dublin (DUB) BHX - DUB
  3. Take the bus from Red Cow LUAS to Days Hotel Merchants Quay Waterford

$91 - $290

Fly Cardiff to Cork, bus  •  6 h 34 min

  1. Fly from Cardiff (CWL) to Cork (ORK) CWL - ORK
  2. Take the bus from St. Patricks Quay to Days Hotel Merchants Quay Waterford

$118 - $978

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Cardiff to Waterford is to drive and car ferry which costs £55 - £70 and takes 6 h 32 min.

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The quickest way to get from Cardiff to Waterford is to fly and bus which costs £40 - £170 and takes 6 h 18 min.

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The distance between Cardiff and Waterford is 177 miles.

The best way to get from Cardiff to Waterford without a car is to train and car ferry and bus which takes 9 h 51 min and costs £75 - £100.

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It takes approximately 9 h 51 min to get from Cardiff to Waterford, including transfers.

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The quickest flight from Cardiff Airport to Dublin Airport is the direct flight which takes 1 h 5 min.

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Flybe offers flights from Cardiff Airport to Dublin Airport.

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There are 155+ hotels available in Waterford. Prices start at $64 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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Map of how to get from Cardiff to Waterford.
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  • Distance: 177.2 miles
  • Duration: 9 h 51 min

What companies run services between Cardiff, Wales and Waterford, Ireland?

There is no direct connection from Cardiff to Waterford. However, you can take the train to Fishguard Harbour, take the walk to Fishguard, take the car ferry to Rosslare, take the walk to Rosslare Harbour, Rosslare Harbour, then take the bus to Waterford, Waterford Bus Station. Alternatively, you can take a vehicle from Cardiff to Waterford via Fishguard Harbour, Fishguard, Rosslare, Rosslare Europort, Wexford, and Wexford, Wexford Station in around 10 h 39 min.

Airlines
Aer Lingus
Website
aerlingus.com
Flights from Cardiff to Dublin
Ave. Duration
1 h 5 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$50 - $300
Flights from Bristol to Dublin
Ave. Duration
1 h 15 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$40 - $300
Flights from Bristol to Cork
Ave. Duration
1 h 25 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$65 - $480
Flights from Birmingham to Dublin
Ave. Duration
1 h 10 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$30 - $290
Ryanair
Website
ryanair.com
Flights from Bristol to Dublin
Ave. Duration
1 h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$27 - $240
Flights from Birmingham to Dublin
Ave. Duration
1 h 9 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$20 - $230
Flybe
Website
flybe.com
Flights from Cardiff to Dublin
Ave. Duration
1 h 5 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$50 - $300
Flights from Cardiff to Cork
Ave. Duration
1 h 5 min
When
Thursday and Sunday
Estimated price
$75 - $360
Train operators
Arriva Trains Wales
Phone
03333 211 202
Email
customer.relations@arrivatrainswales.co.uk
Website
arrivatrainswales.co.uk
Train from Cardiff Central to Fishguard Harbour
Ave. Duration
2 h 47 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$45 - $75
Website
arrivatrainswales.co.uk
Advanced Single
$22 - $35
Anytime Day Single
$45 - $75
First Anytime Day Single
$75 - $120
Great Western Railway
Website
gwr.com
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
CrossCountry
Phone
0344 736 9123
Email
customer.relations@crosscountrytrains.co.uk
Website
crosscountrytrains.co.uk
Train from Cardiff Central to Bristol Temple Meads
Ave. Duration
51 min
Frequency
6 times a week
Estimated price
$35 - $55
Website
crosscountrytrains.co.uk
Advanced Single
$24 - $40
Anytime Single
$35 - $55
Off-Peak Single
$20 - $35
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
Bus operators
Bus Eireann
Website
buseireann.ie
Bus from Rosslare Harbour, Rosslare Harbour to Waterford, Waterford Bus Station
Ave. Duration
1 h 25 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$16 - $20
Schedules at
buseireann.ie
Wexford Bus
Website
wexfordbus.com
Bus from Wexford, Wexford Station to Waterford, Clock Tower The Quay
Ave. Duration
1 h
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$14 - $21
Schedules at
wexfordbus.com
Eurobus
Website
transportforireland.ie
Bus from Red Cow LUAS to Days Hotel Merchants Quay Waterford
Ave. Duration
2 h 5 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$17 - $20
Schedules at
transportforireland.ie
Bus from St. Patricks Quay to Days Hotel Merchants Quay Waterford
Ave. Duration
1 h 55 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$13 - $15
Schedules at
transportforireland.ie
Dublin Coach
Website
dublincoach.ie
Bus from Red Cow LUAS to Days Hotel Merchants Quay Waterford
Ave. Duration
2 h 5 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$9 - $14
Schedules at
dublincoach.ie
Bus from St. Patricks Quay to Days Hotel Merchants Quay Waterford
Ave. Duration
1 h 55 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$7 - $11
Schedules at
dublincoach.ie
Ferry operators
Stena Line

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