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There are 9 ways to get from Frankfurt Airport (FRA) to Cardiff by plane, train, bus, bus and ferry, car train, car or car ferry

Select an option below to see step-by-step directions and to compare ticket prices and travel times in Rome2rio's travel planner.

Recommended option

Fly to Bristol, train  •  3 h 25 min

  1. Fly from Frankfurt (FRA) to Bristol (BRS) FRA - BRS
  2. Take the train from Bristol Temple Meads to Cardiff Central

$119 - $375

Cheapest option

Bus  •  21 h 31 min

  1. Take the bus from Frankfurt, Frankfurt central station to London 1920
  2. Take the bus from London Victoria Coach Station to Cardiff, Castle Street National Express

$91 - $156

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Fly to Cardiff  •  4 h 41 min

  1. Fly from Frankfurt (FRA) to Cardiff (CWL) FRA - CWL

$160 - $550

Fly to Birmingham, train  •  4 h 40 min

  1. Fly from Frankfurt (FRA) to Birmingham (BHX) FRA - BHX
  2. Take the train from Birmingham New Street to Cardiff Central

$130 - $364

Fly to London Heathrow, train  •  4 h 29 min

  1. Fly from Frankfurt (FRA) to London Heathrow (LHR) FRA - LHR
  2. Take the train from London Paddington to Cardiff Central

$166 - $443

Train  •  9 h 30 min

  1. Take the train from Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf to Köln Hbf Ice
  2. Take the train from Köln Hauptbahnhof to Brussels Midi-Zuid Ice
  3. Take the train from Brussel-Zuid/Midi to London St. Pancras International
  4. Take the train from London Paddington to Cardiff Central

$226 - $469

Bus, bus and ferry  •  19 h 9 min

  1. Take the bus from Frankfurt to Lille
  2. Take the bus and ferry from Lille to London Victoria
  3. Take the bus from Belgravia, Victoria Coach Station to Cardiff, Kingsway M10 / ...

$141 - $221

Train, Eurotunnel, drive  •  11 h 2 min

  1. Take the train from Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf to Köln Hbf Ice
  2. Take the train from Köln Hauptbahnhof to Brussels Midi-Zuid Ice
  3. Take the train from Brussel-Zuid/Midi to Gare de Calais-Fréthun
  4. Take the Eurotunnel from Calais-Fréthun to Folkestone
  5. Drive from Folkestone to Cardiff

$380 - $531

Drive, car ferry  •  10 h 44 min

  1. Drive from Frankfurt Airport (FRA) to Calais
  2. Take the car ferry from Calais to Dover
  3. Drive from Dover to Cardiff

$148 - $224

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Frankfurt Airport (FRA) to Cardiff is to bus which costs 75€ - 140€ and takes 21 h 31 min.

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The quickest way to get from Frankfurt Airport (FRA) to Cardiff is to fly and train which costs 100€ - 330€ and takes 3 h 25 min.

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The distance between Frankfurt Airport (FRA) and Cardiff is 841 km.

The best way to get from Frankfurt Airport (FRA) to Cardiff without a car is to train which takes 9 h 30 min and costs 190€ - 410€.

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It takes approximately 3 h 25 min to get from Frankfurt Airport (FRA) to Cardiff, including transfers.

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The best way to get from Frankfurt Airport (FRA) to Cardiff is to fly which takes 4 h 41 min and costs 140€ - 470€. Alternatively, you can train, which costs 190€ - 410€ and takes 9 h 30 min, you could also bus, which costs 75€ - 140€ and takes 21 h 31 min.

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The quickest flight from Frankfurt Airport to Bristol Airport is the direct flight which takes 1 h 45 min.

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Cardiff is 1 h behind Frankfurt Airport (FRA). It is currently 4:02 AM in Frankfurt Airport (FRA) and 3:02 AM in Cardiff.

Lufthansa, BMI Regional and KLM offer flights from Frankfurt Airport to Bristol Airport.

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There are 545+ hotels available in Cardiff. Prices start at $61 USD per night.

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Map of how to get from Frankfurt Airport (FRA) to Cardiff.
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  • Distance: 525.4 miles
  • Duration: 3 h 25 min

What companies run services between Frankfurt Airport (FRA), Germany and Cardiff, Wales?

KLM, Air France and five other airlines fly from Frankfurt Airport (FRA) to Cardiff every 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train from Frankfurt Airport (FRA) to Cardiff via Köln Hauptbahnhof, Brussels Midi-Zuid, Brussel-Zuid/Midi, London St. Pancras International, King's Cross St. Pancras station, Paddington, and London Paddington in around 9 h 30 min.

Airlines
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Frankfurt to Bristol
Ave. Duration
1 h 45 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$220 - $850
Flights from Frankfurt to Birmingham
Ave. Duration
1 h 35 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $600
Flights from Frankfurt to Birmingham via Munich
Ave. Duration
4 h 5 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $600
Flights from Frankfurt to Birmingham via Dusseldorf
Ave. Duration
3 h 30 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$55 - $250
Flights from Frankfurt to Birmingham via Brussels
Ave. Duration
3 h 45 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$130 - $500
Flights from Frankfurt to London Heathrow
Ave. Duration
1 h 45 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $600
KLM
Website
klm.com
Flights from Frankfurt to Bristol via Amsterdam Schiphol
Ave. Duration
3 h 53 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $600
Flights from Frankfurt to Cardiff via Amsterdam Schiphol
Ave. Duration
4 h 41 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$300 - $900
Flights from Frankfurt to Birmingham via Amsterdam Schiphol
Ave. Duration
3 h 40 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $550
Flights from Frankfurt to London Heathrow via Amsterdam Schiphol
Ave. Duration
3 h 35 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$150 - $650
British Airways
Website
britishairways.com
Flights from Frankfurt to London Heathrow
Ave. Duration
1 h 46 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $500
BMI Regional
Website
flybmi.com
Flights from Frankfurt to Bristol
Ave. Duration
1 h 45 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$220 - $850
Brussels Airlines
Website
brusselsairlines.com
Flights from Frankfurt to Bristol via Brussels
Ave. Duration
3 h 40 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$220 - $850
Flights from Frankfurt to Birmingham via Brussels
Ave. Duration
3 h 45 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$130 - $500
Alitalia
Website
alitalia.com
Flights from Frankfurt to Cardiff via Milan Malpensa
Ave. Duration
6 h 55 min
When
Monday
Estimated price
$150 - $650
Flights from Frankfurt to Cardiff via Berlin Tegel
Ave. Duration
4 h 15 min
When
Thursday
Estimated price
$150 - $650
Flybe
Website
flybe.com
Flights from Frankfurt to Cardiff via Dublin
Ave. Duration
4 h 5 min
When
Monday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$210 - $950
Flights from Frankfurt to Cardiff via Berlin Tegel
Ave. Duration
4 h 15 min
When
Thursday
Estimated price
$150 - $650
Air France
Website
airfrance.com
Flights from Frankfurt to Cardiff via Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
5 h 40 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$110 - $480
Train operators
Great Western Railway
Website
gwr.com
Train from Bristol Temple Meads to Cardiff Central
Ave. Duration
46 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
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
CrossCountry
Phone
0344 736 9123
Email
customer.relations@crosscountrytrains.co.uk
Website
crosscountrytrains.co.uk
Train from Bristol Temple Meads to Cardiff Central
Ave. Duration
50 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$35 - $55
Website
crosscountrytrains.co.uk
Advanced Single
$24 - $40
Anytime Single
$35 - $55
Off-Peak Single
$20 - $30
Train from Birmingham New Street to Cardiff Central
Ave. Duration
1 h 51 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$55 - $85
Website
crosscountrytrains.co.uk
Advanced Single
$35 - $55
Anytime Single
$55 - $85
Off-Peak Single
$45 - $75
Deutsche Bahn

Deutsche Bahn is the German railway company, and the largest railway operator and infrastructure owner in Europe. Based in Berlin, Deutsche Bahn was founded in 1994, and offers many different types of rail transportation including ICE or Intercity-Express for high-speed services between major cities and regions, IC (InterCity) for long-distance trains, RE (Regional Express) trains that connect regions and cities, and the S-Bahn rapid transit service. There are two main tickets on offer: the Flexpreis that has full flexibility, and the Sparpreis which is the cheaper, advanced fare.

Contact Details
Phone
+49 0180 6 99 66 33
Website
bahn.com
Train from Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf to Köln Hbf
Ave. Duration
56 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$35 - $60
Website
bahn.de
Train from Köln Hauptbahnhof to Brussels Midi-Zuid
Ave. Duration
1 h 52 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$45 - $70
Website
bahn.de
Eurostar
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Contact Details
Website
eurostar.com
Train from Brussel-Zuid/Midi to London St. Pancras International
Ave. Duration
2 h 1 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$65 - $200
Website
eurostar.com
Standard
$65 - $200
Premier
$150 - $230
Train from Brussel-Zuid/Midi to Gare de Calais-Fréthun
Ave. Duration
1 h 9 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$45 - $110
Website
eurostar.com
Standard
$45 - $110
Premier
$100 - $130
Eurotunnel
Phone
+44 (0) 8443 35 35 35
Website
eurotunnel.com
Car train from Calais-Fréthun to Folkestone
Ave. Duration
25 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$171
Website
eurotunnel.com
Bus operators
Eurolines DE
Phone
+49 6196 2078-501
Email
service@eurolines.de
Website
eurolines.de
Bus from Frankfurt to Lille
Ave. Duration
7 h 45 min
Frequency
5 times a week
Estimated price
$50 - $80
Website
eurolines.de
Low
$55
High
$58
FlixBus

One of Europe’s leading bus companies, Flixbus serves over 1400 destinations, in 26 countries including Germany, France, Italy, Austria, the Netherlands, Croatia, Spain, and across Scandinavia and central and eastern Europe. Founded in 2012, Flixbus’ extensive network connects cities with approximately 200,000 trips, with buses often departing every 30 minutes. One of the most affordable ways to get around Europe (and expanding soon into the US), a Flixbus journey is cost-effective, well-connected, comfortable and safe.

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Contact Details
Phone
+49 1807 123 99 123
Email
info@flixbus.de
Website
flixbus.de
Bus from Frankfurt, Frankfurt central station to London
Ave. Duration
16 h
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
$65 - $120
Website
flixbus.co.uk
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 London Victoria Coach Station to Cardiff, Castle Street
Ave. Duration
3 h 35 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$15 - $20
Website
National Express
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