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There are 6 ways to get from Dover to Cardiff by train, bus, car or plane

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Train  •  4 h 35 min

  1. Take the train from Dover Priory to London Charing Cross
  2. Take the train from London Paddington to Cardiff Central

$115 - $196

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Bus  •  6 h 38 min

  1. Take the bus from Dover, Pencester Road to Victoria Coach Station Arrivals 007 / ...
  2. Take the bus from London Victoria Coach Station to Cardiff, Castle Street National Express

$26 - $34

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Train via St Pancras International  •  5 h 9 min

  1. Take the train from Dover Priory to St Pancras International
  2. Take the train from London Paddington to Cardiff Central

$124 - $209

Bus Megabus UK  •  7 h 5 min

  1. Take the bus from Dover, Pencester Road to Victoria Coach Station Arrivals 007 / ...
  2. Take the bus from Belgravia, Victoria Coach Station to Cardiff, Kingsway M7

$35 - $54

Drive  •  3 h 45 min

  1. Drive from Dover to Cardiff 227 miles

$45 - $75

Train, fly  •  8 h 25 min

  1. Take the train from Dover Priory to Stratford International
  2. Take the train from Stratford (London) to Southend Airport
  3. Fly from Southend (SEN) to Cardiff (CWL) SEN - CWL

$204 - $738

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The cheapest way to get from Dover to Cardiff is to bus which costs £19 - £27 and takes 6 h 38 min.

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The quickest way to get from Dover to Cardiff is to drive which costs £35 - £55 and takes 3 h 45 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from Dover to Cardiff. However, there are services departing from Dover, Pencester Road and arriving at Cardiff, Castle Street via London Victoria Coach Station. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 6 h 38 min.

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The distance between Dover and Cardiff is 197 miles. The road distance is 227 miles.

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The best way to get from Dover to Cardiff without a car is to train which takes 4 h 35 min and costs £85 - £150.

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It takes approximately 4 h 35 min to get from Dover to Cardiff, including transfers.

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Dover to Cardiff bus services, operated by National Express, depart from Dover, Pencester Road station.

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The best way to get from Dover to Cardiff is to train which takes 4 h 35 min and costs £85 - £150. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs £19 - £27 and takes 6 h 38 min.

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There is no direct flight from Southend Airport to Cardiff Airport. The quickest flight takes 3 h 10 min and has one stopover.

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Dover to Cardiff bus services, operated by National Express, arrive at Cardiff, Castle Street station.

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Map of how to get from Dover to Cardiff.
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  • Distance: 196.7 miles
  • Duration: 4 h 35 min

What companies run services between Dover, England and Cardiff, Wales?

You can take a train from Dover to Cardiff via London Charing Cross, Charing Cross station, Paddington station, and London Paddington in around 4 h 35 min. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Dover to Cardiff via Victoria Coach Station Arrivals and London Victoria Coach Station in around 6 h 38 min.

Airlines
Flybe
Website
flybe.com
Flights from Southend to Cardiff via Dublin
Ave. Duration
3 h 38 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $650
Flights from Southend to Cardiff via Manchester, Edinburgh
Ave. Duration
5 h 50 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday
Estimated price
$160 - $700
Flights from Southend to Cardiff via Geneva
Ave. Duration
5 h 50 min
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$210 - $900
KLM
Website
klm.com
Flights from Southend to Cardiff via Amsterdam Schiphol
Ave. Duration
3 h 15 min
When
Monday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$260 - $1,000
Train operators
Southeastern
Phone
+44 345 322 7021
Website
southeasternrailway.co.uk
Train from Dover Priory to London Charing Cross
Ave. Duration
1 h 54 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$35 - $55
Schedules at
ojp.nationalrail.co.uk
Schedules at
southeasternrailway.co.uk
Off-Peak Day Single
$35 - $50
Anytime Day Single
$35 - $55
Train from Dover Priory to St Pancras International
Ave. Duration
2 h 23 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$45 - $70
Schedules at
ojp.nationalrail.co.uk
Schedules at
southeasternrailway.co.uk
Off-Peak Day Single
$40 - $65
Anytime Day Single
$45 - $70
Train from Dover Priory to Stratford International
Ave. Duration
2 h 16 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$45 - $65
Schedules at
ojp.nationalrail.co.uk
Schedules at
southeasternrailway.co.uk
Off-Peak Day Single
$40 - $60
Anytime Day Single
$45 - $65
Great Western Railway
Website
gwr.com
Train from London Paddington to Cardiff Central
Ave. Duration
2 h
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$75 - $140
Website
gwr.com
Off-Peak Day Single
$40 - $65
Advanced Single
$40 - $65
Anytime Day Single
$75 - $140
Greater Anglia
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 Dover, Pencester Road to Victoria Coach Station Arrivals
Ave. Duration
2 h 20 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$10 - $15
Website
nationalexpress.com
Bus from London Victoria Coach Station to Cardiff, Castle Street
Ave. Duration
3 h 35 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$15 - $20
Website
nationalexpress.com

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Yes, the driving distance between Dover to Cardiff is 227 miles. It takes approximately 3 h 45 min to drive from Dover to Cardiff.

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

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