There are 4 ways to get from Cheltenham to Cardiff Central Station by train, bus or car

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Train  •  1 h 10 min

  1. Take the train from Cheltenham Spa to Cardiff Central

$26 - $65

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Bus  •  2 h 17 min

  1. Take the bus from Cheltenham to Cardiff Coach Station, Sophia Gardens National Express

$9 - $14

2 alternative options

Train via Bristol Parkway  •  1 h 28 min

  1. Take the train from Cheltenham Spa to Bristol Parkway
  2. Take the train from Bristol Parkway to Cardiff Central

$39 - $103

Drive  •  1 h 11 min

  1. Drive from Cheltenham to Cardiff Central Station 68.6 miles

$14 - $22

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Cheltenham and arriving at Cardiff Coach Station, Sophia Gardens station. Services depart twice a week, and operate Tuesday. The journey takes approximately 2 h.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Cheltenham Spa and arriving at Cardiff Central. Services depart hourly. The journey takes approximately 1 h 10 min.

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The distance between Cheltenham and Cardiff Central Station is 56 miles. The road distance is 68.6 miles.

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The best way to get from Cheltenham to Cardiff Central Station without a car is to train which takes 1 h 10 min and costs .

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The train from Cheltenham Spa to Cardiff Central takes 1 h 10 min including transfers and departs hourly.

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Cheltenham to Cardiff Central Station bus services, operated by National Express, depart from Cheltenham station.

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Cheltenham to Cardiff Central Station train services, operated by CrossCountry, depart from Cheltenham Spa station.

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The best way to get from Cheltenham to Cardiff Central Station is to train which takes 1 h 10 min and costs . Alternatively, you can bus, which costs and takes 2 h 17 min.

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Cheltenham to Cardiff Central Station bus services, operated by National Express, arrive at Cardiff Coach Station, Sophia Gardens.

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Cheltenham to Cardiff Central Station train services, operated by CrossCountry, arrive at Cardiff Central station.

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Map of how to get from Cheltenham to Cardiff Central Station.
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  • Distance: 55.8 miles
  • Duration: 1 h 10 min

What companies run services between Cheltenham, England and Cardiff Central Station, Wales?

CrossCountry operates a train from Cheltenham to Cardiff Central Station every 2 hours. Tickets cost $40 - $65 and the journey takes 1 h 10 min. Two other operators also service this route. Alternatively, National Express operates a bus from Cheltenham to Cardiff Central Station twice a week. Tickets cost $9 - $14 and the journey takes 2 h.

Train operators
CrossCountry
Phone
0344 736 9123
Email
customer.relations@crosscountrytrains.co.uk
Website
crosscountrytrains.co.uk
Train from Cheltenham Spa to Cardiff Central
Ave. Duration
1 h 10 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$40 - $65
Website
crosscountrytrains.co.uk
Advanced Single
$29 - $45
Anytime Single
$40 - $65
Off-Peak Single
$30 - $50
Train from Cheltenham Spa to Bristol Parkway
Ave. Duration
26 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$35 - $55
Website
crosscountrytrains.co.uk
Advanced Single
$25 - $40
Anytime Single
$35 - $55
Off-Peak Single
$21 - $35
Train from Bristol Parkway to Cardiff Central
Ave. Duration
38 min
Frequency
5 times a week
Estimated price
$30 - $50
Website
crosscountrytrains.co.uk
Advanced Single
$24 - $40
Anytime Single
$30 - $50
Off-Peak Single
$19 - $28
Arriva Trains Wales
Phone
03333 211 202
Email
customer.relations@arrivatrainswales.co.uk
Website
arrivatrainswales.co.uk
Train from Cheltenham Spa to Cardiff Central
Ave. Duration
1 h 22 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$26 - $40
Website
arrivatrainswales.co.uk
Advanced Single
$12 - $18
Anytime Day Single
$26 - $40
First Anytime Day Single
$40 - $60
Great Western Railway
Website
gwr.com
Train from Cheltenham Spa to Cardiff Central
Ave. Duration
1 h 43 min
Frequency
6 times a week
Estimated price
$30 - $65
Website
gwr.com
Off-Peak Day Single
$20 - $30
Advanced Single
$21 - $30
Anytime Day Single
$30 - $65
Train from Cheltenham Spa to Bristol Parkway
Ave. Duration
48 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$21 - $40
Website
gwr.com
Off-Peak Day Single
$13 - $21
Advanced Single
$15 - $21
Anytime Day Single
$21 - $40
Train from Bristol Parkway to Cardiff Central
Ave. Duration
36 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$18 - $35
Website
gwr.com
Off-Peak Day Single
$12 - $19
Advanced Single
$13 - $19
Anytime Day Single
$18 - $35
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 Cheltenham to Cardiff Coach Station, Sophia Gardens
Ave. Duration
2 h
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
$9 - $14
Website
nationalexpress.com

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Yes, the driving distance between Cheltenham to Cardiff Central Station is 69 miles. It takes approximately 1 h 11 min to drive from Cheltenham to Cardiff Central Station.

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