There are 6 ways to get from Leeds to Cardiff by train, 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 CrossCountry  •  4 h 24 min

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

$98 - $173

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Bus  •  6 h 45 min

  1. Take the bus from Leeds Coach Station, Dyer Street to Cardiff University National Express

$19 - $25

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Train Arriva Trains Wales  •  5 h

  1. Take the train from Leeds to Manchester Piccadilly
  2. Take the train from Manchester Piccadilly to Cardiff Central

$82 - $123

Bus via Birmingham Coach Station, Digbeth  •  5 h 40 min

  1. Take the bus from Leeds Coach Station, Dyer Street to Birmingham Coach Station, Digbeth National Express
  2. Take the bus from Birmingham Coach Station, Digbeth to Cardiff Coach Station, Sophia Gardens National Express

$24 - $32

Drive  •  3 h 48 min

  1. Drive from Leeds to Cardiff 228.6 miles

$45 - $75

Train, fly  •  5 h 30 min

  1. Take the train from Leeds to Newcastle
  2. Fly from Newcastle (NCL) to Bristol (BRS) NCL - BRS
  3. Take the train from Bristol Temple Meads to Cardiff Central

$104 - $321

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Leeds to Cardiff is to bus which costs £15 - £20 and takes 6 h 45 min.

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The quickest way to get from Leeds to Cardiff is to drive which costs £35 - £60 and takes 3 h 48 min.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Leeds Coach Station, Dyer Street station and arriving at Cardiff University. Services depart once daily, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 6 h 45 min.

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No, there is no direct train from Leeds to Cardiff. However, there are services departing from Leeds and arriving at Cardiff Central via Cheltenham Spa. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 4 h 24 min.

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The distance between Leeds and Cardiff is 175 miles. The road distance is 228.6 miles.

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The best way to get from Leeds to Cardiff without a car is to train which takes 4 h 24 min and costs £75 - £140.

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It takes approximately 4 h 24 min to get from Leeds to Cardiff, including transfers.

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Leeds to Cardiff bus services, operated by National Express, arrive at Leeds Coach Station, Dyer Street.

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Map of how to get from Leeds to Cardiff.
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  • Distance: 175.1 miles
  • Duration: 4 h 24 min

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

You can take a train from Leeds to Cardiff via Cheltenham Spa in around 4 h 24 min. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Leeds to Cardiff via Birmingham Coach Station, Digbeth in around 5 h 40 min.

Airlines
easyJet
Website
easyjet.com
Flights from Newcastle to Bristol
Ave. Duration
1 h 5 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$60 - $230
Flights from Newcastle to Bristol via Belfast (Aldergrove)
Ave. Duration
2 h 50 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$60 - $230
Train operators
CrossCountry
Phone
0344 736 9123
Email
customer.relations@crosscountrytrains.co.uk
Website
crosscountrytrains.co.uk
Train from Leeds to Cheltenham Spa
Ave. Duration
2 h 39 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$70 - $110
Website
crosscountrytrains.co.uk
Advanced Single
$45 - $70
Anytime Single
$70 - $110
Off-Peak Single
$65 - $110
Train from Cheltenham Spa to Cardiff Central
Ave. Duration
1 h 10 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$40 - $65
Website
crosscountrytrains.co.uk
Advanced Single
$28 - $45
Anytime Single
$40 - $65
Off-Peak Single
$30 - $45
Train from Leeds to Newcastle
Ave. Duration
1 h 21 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$55 - $85
Website
crosscountrytrains.co.uk
Advanced Single
$35 - $55
Anytime Single
$55 - $85
Off-Peak Single
$45 - $70
Train from Bristol Temple Meads to Cardiff Central
Ave. Duration
50 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$30 - $55
Website
crosscountrytrains.co.uk
Advanced Single
$24 - $40
Anytime Single
$30 - $55
Off-Peak Single
$20 - $30
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
$25 - $40
Website
arrivatrainswales.co.uk
Advanced Single
$12 - $17
Anytime Day Single
$25 - $40
First Anytime Day Single
$40 - $60
Train from Manchester Piccadilly to Cardiff Central
Ave. Duration
3 h 7 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$65 - $100
Website
arrivatrainswales.co.uk
Advanced Single
$30 - $45
Anytime Day Single
$65 - $100
First Anytime Day Single
$100 - $160
TransPennine Express
Phone
+44 345 600 1671
Email
tpecustomer.relations@firstgroup.com
Website
tpexpress.co.uk
Train from Leeds to Manchester Piccadilly
Ave. Duration
58 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$17 - $24
Website
tpexpress.co.uk
Advance Single
$9 - $13
Off-Peak Day Single
$15 - $23
Anytime Day Single
$17 - $24
Train from Leeds to Newcastle
Ave. Duration
1 h 25 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$40 - $60
Website
tpexpress.co.uk
Advance Single
$18 - $26
Off-Peak Day Single
$29 - $45
Anytime Day Single
$40 - $60
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
Bus operators
National Express
Phone
+44 08717 818178
Website
nationalexpress.com
Bus from Leeds Coach Station, Dyer Street to Birmingham Coach Station, Digbeth
Ave. Duration
2 h 20 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$12 - $17
Website
nationalexpress.com
Bus from Birmingham Coach Station, Digbeth to Cardiff Coach Station, Sophia Gardens
Ave. Duration
2 h 20 min
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$11 - $16
Website
nationalexpress.com
Bus from Leeds Coach Station, Dyer Street to Cardiff University
Ave. Duration
6 h 45 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$19 - $25
Website
nationalexpress.com

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