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There are 5 ways to get from Essex to Wales by train, bus, car or plane

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Train  •  3 h 48 min

  1. Take the train from White Notley to London Liverpool Street
  2. Take the train from London Paddington to Cardiff Central

$97 - $171

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Bus  •  7 h 50 min

  1. Take the bus from Stansted Airport London to London Victoria Coach Station National Express
  2. Take the bus from London Victoria Coach Station to Cardiff, Castle Street National Express

$29 - $43

3 alternative options

Train, bus  •  6 h 33 min

  1. Take the train from White Notley to London Liverpool Street
  2. Take the bus from Belgravia, Victoria Coach Station to Cardiff, Kingsway M7

$46 - $70

Drive  •  3 h 32 min

  1. Drive from Essex to Cardiff 213 miles

$45 - $70

Train, fly, line 4 bus  •  7 h 6 min

  1. Take the train from White Notley to Shenfield
  2. Fly from Southend (SEN) to Manchester (MAN) SEN - MAN
  3. Take the train from Manchester Airport to Chester
  4. Take the line 4 bus from Chester, Railway Station to Buckley, Black Lion

$107 - $379

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The cheapest way to get from Essex to Wales is to bus which costs £22 - £35 and takes 7 h 50 min.

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The quickest way to get from Essex to Wales is to drive which costs £35 - £55 and takes 3 h 32 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from Essex to Wales. However, there are services departing from Black Notley, Bulford Lane and arriving at Cardiff, Castle Street via Braintree Town Centre, Victoria Street, Stansted Airport London and London Victoria Coach Station. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 7 h 50 min.

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The distance between Essex and Wales is 187 miles. The road distance is 213 miles.

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The best way to get from Essex to Wales without a car is to train which takes 3 h 48 min and costs £70 - £140.

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It takes approximately 3 h 48 min to get from Essex to Wales, including transfers.

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Essex to Wales bus services, operated by National Express, depart from Stansted Airport London station.

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The best way to get from Essex to Wales is to train which takes 3 h 48 min and costs £70 - £140. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs £22 - £35 and takes 7 h 50 min.

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

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

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Map of how to get from Essex to Wales.
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  • Distance: 187.4 miles
  • Duration: 3 h 48 min

What companies run services between Essex, England and Wales?

You can take a train from Essex to Cardiff via London Liverpool Street, Liverpool Street station, Lancaster Gate station, and London Paddington in around 3 h 48 min. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Essex to Cardiff via Braintree Town Centre, Bus Park, Braintree Town Centre, Victoria Street, Stansted Airport, Coach Station, Stansted Airport London, and London Victoria Coach Station in around 7 h 50 min.

Airlines
Flybe
Website
flybe.com
Flights from Southend to Manchester
Ave. Duration
1 h 6 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$65 - $310
Train operators
Greater Anglia
Website
abelliogreateranglia.co.uk
Train from White Notley to London Liverpool Street
Ave. Duration
53 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$19 - $27
Website
abelliogreateranglia.co.uk
Schedules at
ojp.nationalrail.co.uk
Train from White Notley to Shenfield
Ave. Duration
29 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$10 - $15
Website
abelliogreateranglia.co.uk
Schedules at
ojp.nationalrail.co.uk
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
Arriva Trains Wales
Phone
03333 211 202
Email
customer.relations@arrivatrainswales.co.uk
Website
arrivatrainswales.co.uk
Train from Manchester Airport to Chester
Ave. Duration
1 h 16 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$20 - $35
Website
arrivatrainswales.co.uk
Advanced Single
$10 - $14
Anytime Day Single
$20 - $35
First Anytime Day Single
$30 - $50
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 Stansted Airport London to London Victoria Coach Station
Ave. Duration
1 h 50 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$9 - $16
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
Arriva Cymru
Phone
0344 800 4411
Website
arrivabus.co.uk
Bus from Chester, Railway Station to Buckley, Black Lion
Ave. Duration
48 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$3 - $5
Schedules at
arrivabus.co.uk

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Yes, the driving distance between Essex to Wales is 213 miles. It takes approximately 3 h 32 min to drive from Essex to Wales.

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Flybe offers flights from Southend Airport to Manchester Airport.

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There are 226+ hotels available in Wales. Prices start at $76 USD per night.

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