There are 8 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.

Recommended option

Train CrossCountry  •  4 h 39 min

  1. Take the train from Leeds to Birmingham New Street
  2. Take the train from Birmingham New Street to Cardiff Central

$124 - $189

Cheapest option

Bus  •  6 h 45 min

  1. Take the bus from Leeds to Cardiff University National Express

$21 - $27

6 alternative options

Train Arriva Trains Wales  •  4 h 58 min

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

$89 - $135

Bus via Birmingham  •  5 h 40 min

  1. Take the bus from Leeds to Birmingham National Express
  2. Take the bus from Birmingham to Cardiff Coach Station National Express

$26 - $35

Drive  •  3 h 48 min

  1. Drive from Leeds to Cardiff 228.6 miles

$45 - $75

Train to Newcastle, fly to Bristol, train  •  5 h 28 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

$111 - $334

Fly Leeds Bradford to Southampton, train  •  6 h 8 min

  1. Fly from Leeds Bradford (LBA) to Southampton (SOU) LBA - SOU
  2. Take the train from Southampton Airport Parkway to Reading
  3. Take the train from Reading to Cardiff Central

$175 - $415

Train to Manchester, fly to London Heathrow, train  •  6 h 9 min

  1. Take the train from Leeds to Manchester Airport
  2. Fly from Manchester (MAN) to London Heathrow (LHR) MAN - LHR
  3. Take the train from London Paddington to Cardiff Central

$197 - $473

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

You can take a train from Leeds to Cardiff via Birmingham New Street in around 4 h 39 min. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Leeds to Cardiff via Birmingham in around 5 h 40 min.

Airlines
British Airways
Website
britishairways.com
Flights from Manchester to London Heathrow
Ave. Duration
1 h 6 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$80 - $360
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 and Saturday
Estimated price
$60 - $230
Flybe
Website
flybe.com
Flights from Leeds Bradford to Southampton
Ave. Duration
1 h 18 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$130 - $550
Aer Lingus
Website
aerlingus.com
Flights from Leeds Bradford to Southampton via Dublin
Ave. Duration
3 h 20 min
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$130 - $550
Train operators
CrossCountry
Phone
0344 736 9123
Email
customer.relations@crosscountrytrains.co.uk
Website
crosscountrytrains.co.uk
Train from Leeds to Birmingham New Street
Ave. Duration
1 h 57 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$60 - $95
Website
crosscountrytrains.co.uk
Advanced Single
$40 - $60
Anytime Single
$60 - $95
Off-Peak Single
$55 - $85
Train from Birmingham New Street to Cardiff Central
Ave. Duration
1 h 51 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$60 - $95
Website
crosscountrytrains.co.uk
Advanced Single
$35 - $60
Anytime Single
$60 - $95
Off-Peak Single
$50 - $80
Train from Leeds to Newcastle
Ave. Duration
1 h 21 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$60 - $90
Website
crosscountrytrains.co.uk
Advanced Single
$35 - $60
Anytime Single
$60 - $90
Off-Peak Single
$50 - $75
Train from Bristol Temple Meads to Cardiff Central
Ave. Duration
50 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$35 - $60
Website
crosscountrytrains.co.uk
Advanced Single
$26 - $40
Anytime Single
$35 - $60
Off-Peak Single
$22 - $35
Train from Southampton Airport Parkway to Reading
Ave. Duration
42 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$35 - $60
Website
crosscountrytrains.co.uk
Advanced Single
$27 - $40
Anytime Single
$35 - $60
Off-Peak Single
$24 - $35
TransPennine Express
Phone
+44 345 600 1671
Email
tpecustomer.relations@firstgroup.com
Website
tpexpress.co.uk
Train from Leeds to Manchester Piccadilly
Ave. Duration
56 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$18 - $26
Website
tpexpress.co.uk
Advance Single
$10 - $14
Off-Peak Day Single
$17 - $25
Anytime Day Single
$18 - $26
Train from Leeds to Newcastle
Ave. Duration
1 h 25 min
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$45 - $65
Website
tpexpress.co.uk
Advance Single
$19 - $28
Off-Peak Day Single
$30 - $50
Anytime Day Single
$45 - $65
Train from Leeds to Manchester Airport
Ave. Duration
1 h 16 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$24 - $35
Website
tpexpress.co.uk
Advance Single
$12 - $17
Off-Peak Day Single
$20 - $29
Anytime Day Single
$24 - $35
Arriva Trains Wales
Phone
03333 211 202
Email
customer.relations@arrivatrainswales.co.uk
Website
arrivatrainswales.co.uk
Train from Manchester Piccadilly to Cardiff Central
Ave. Duration
3 h 7 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$70 - $110
Website
arrivatrainswales.co.uk
Advanced Single
$30 - $50
Anytime Day Single
$70 - $110
First Anytime Day Single
$110 - $170
Great Western Railway
Website
gwr.com
Train from Bristol Temple Meads to Cardiff Central
Ave. Duration
44 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$21 - $40
Website
gwr.com
Off-Peak Day Single
$14 - $22
Advanced Single
$15 - $22
Anytime Day Single
$21 - $40
Train from Reading to Cardiff Central
Ave. Duration
1 h 33 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$60 - $120
Website
gwr.com
Off-Peak Day Single
$30 - $55
Advanced Single
$35 - $50
Anytime Day Single
$60 - $120
Train from London Paddington to Cardiff Central
Ave. Duration
2 h
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$80 - $150
Website
gwr.com
Off-Peak Day Single
$40 - $70
Advanced Single
$45 - $65
Anytime Day Single
$80 - $150
Bus operators
National Express
Phone
+44 08717 818178
Website
nationalexpress.com
Bus from Leeds to Birmingham
Ave. Duration
2 h 20 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$13 - $18
Website
nationalexpress.com
Bus from Birmingham to Cardiff Coach Station
Ave. Duration
2 h 20 min
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$12 - $17
Website
nationalexpress.com
Bus from Leeds to Cardiff University
Ave. Duration
6 h 45 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$21 - $27
Website
nationalexpress.com

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Questions & Answers

The distance between Leeds and Cardiff is 280 km. The road distance is 366 km.

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

The quickest way to get from Leeds to Cardiff is to drive which takes 3 h 48 min and costs £35 - £55.

No, there is no direct train from Leeds to Cardiff. However, there are services departing from Leeds and arriving at Cardiff Central via Birmingham New Street. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 4 h 39 min.

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

It takes approximately 4 h 39 min to get from Leeds to Cardiff, including transfers.