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There are 6 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  •  9h 42m

  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 - $130

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Fly Cardiff to Dublin, bus  •  6h 26m

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

$56 - $219

4 alternative options

Drive, car ferry  •  6h 32m

  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  •  7h 14m

  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

$63 - $242

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

  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

$107 - $336

Train to Birmingham, fly to Dublin, bus  •  8h 24m

  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

$90 - $305

Questions & Answers

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

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The quickest way to get from Cardiff to Waterford is to fly and bus which costs £40 - £170 and takes 6h 26m.

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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 9h 42m and costs £75 - £100.

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It takes approximately 9h 42m 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 1h.

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Aer Lingus, Ryanair and Flybe offer flights from Cardiff Airport to Dublin Airport.

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There are 142+ hotels available in Waterford. Prices start at $57 USD per night.

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

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Map of how to get from Cardiff to Waterford.
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  • Distance: 177.2 miles
  • Duration: 9h 42m

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 the drive to Fishguard, take the car ferry to Rosslare, then take the drive to Waterford.

Airlines
Aer Lingus
Website
aerlingus.com
Flights from Cardiff to Dublin
Ave. Duration
1h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$250 - $900
Flights from Bristol to Dublin
Ave. Duration
1h 13m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$40 - $300
Flights from Bristol to Cork
Ave. Duration
1h 22m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$65 - $480
Flights from Birmingham to Dublin
Ave. Duration
1h 12m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$30 - $290
Ryanair
Website
ryanair.com
Flights from Cardiff to Dublin
Ave. Duration
1h
When
Friday
Estimated price
$110 - $600
Flights from Bristol to Dublin
Ave. Duration
1h 5m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$27 - $240
Flights from Birmingham to Dublin
Ave. Duration
1h 9m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$20 - $230
Flybe
Website
flybe.com
Flights from Cardiff to Dublin
Ave. Duration
1h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$50 - $300
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
2h 47m
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 - $110
Great Western Railway
Website
gwr.com
Train from Cardiff Central to Bristol Temple Meads
Ave. Duration
48m
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
51m
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 - $30
Train from Cardiff Central to Birmingham New Street
Ave. Duration
2h
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$55 - $85
Website
crosscountrytrains.co.uk
Advanced Single
$35 - $55
Anytime Single
$55 - $85
Off-Peak Single
$45 - $75
Bus operators
Bus Eireann
Phone
1850 836 611
Website
buseireann.ie
Bus from Rosslare Harbour, Rosslare Harbour to Waterford, Waterford Bus Station
Ave. Duration
1h 25m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$16 - $19
Website
Bus Eireann
Bus from Red Cow LUAS to Waterford, Waterford Bus Station
Ave. Duration
2h 17m
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$28 - $34
Website
Bus Eireann
Bus from Cork Bus Station, Cork Parnell Place Bus Station to Waterford, Waterford Bus Station
Ave. Duration
2h 15m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$22 - $27
Website
Bus Eireann
Dublin Coach
Phone
+353 (0)1 465 9972
Email
info@dublincoach.ie
Website
dublincoach.ie
Bus from Red Cow LUAS to Days Hotel Merchants Quay Waterford
Ave. Duration
2h 5m
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$9 - $14
Website
Dublin Coach
Bus from St. Patricks Quay to Days Hotel Merchants Quay Waterford
Ave. Duration
1h 55m
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$7 - $11
Website
Dublin Coach
Eurobus
Website
transportforireland.ie
Bus from Red Cow LUAS to Days Hotel Merchants Quay Waterford
Ave. Duration
2h 5m
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$16 - $20
Schedules at
transportforireland.ie
Bus from St. Patricks Quay to Days Hotel Merchants Quay Waterford
Ave. Duration
1h 55m
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$12 - $15
Schedules at
transportforireland.ie
Ferry operators
Stena Line

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