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There are 4 ways to get from London Gatwick Airport (LGW) to Cardiff by train, bus, car or plane

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Train  •  3 h 15 min

  1. Take the train from Gatwick Airport to Reading
  2. Take the train from Reading to Cardiff Central

$83 - $160

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Bus  •  4 h 50 min

  1. Take the bus from Gatwick Airport London South to Cardiff Coach Station, Sophia Gardens National Express / ...

$40 - $65

2 alternative options

Drive  •  2 h 49 min

  1. Drive from London Gatwick Airport (LGW) to Cardiff 168 miles

$35 - $55

Fly  •  4 h 6 min

  1. Fly from London Gatwick (LGW) to Cardiff (CWL) LGW - CWL

$40 - $270

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The cheapest way to get from London Gatwick Airport (LGW) to Cardiff is to drive which costs £27 - £40 and takes 2 h 49 min.

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The quickest way to get from London Gatwick Airport (LGW) to Cardiff is to drive which costs £27 - £40 and takes 2 h 49 min.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Gatwick Airport London South and arriving at Cardiff Coach Station, Sophia Gardens station. Services depart every four hours, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 4 h 50 min.

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No, there is no direct train from London Gatwick Airport (LGW) to Cardiff. However, there are services departing from Gatwick Airport and arriving at Cardiff Central via Reading. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 3 h 15 min.

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The distance between London Gatwick Airport (LGW) and Cardiff is 133 miles. The road distance is 168 miles.

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The best way to get from London Gatwick Airport (LGW) to Cardiff without a car is to train which takes 3 h 15 min and costs £60 - £130.

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It takes approximately 3 h 15 min to get from London Gatwick Airport (LGW) to Cardiff, including transfers.

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London Gatwick Airport (LGW) to Cardiff bus services, operated by National Express, depart from Gatwick Airport London South station.

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London Gatwick Airport (LGW) to Cardiff train services, operated by Great Western Railway, depart from Gatwick Airport station.

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The best way to get from London Gatwick Airport (LGW) to Cardiff is to train which takes 3 h 15 min and costs £60 - £130. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs £30 - £50 and takes 4 h 50 min, you could also fly, which costs £30 - £210 and takes 4 h 6 min.

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Map of how to get from London Gatwick Airport (LGW) to Cardiff.
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  • Distance: 133 miles
  • Duration: 3 h 15 min

What companies run services between London Gatwick Airport (LGW), England and Cardiff, Wales?

You can take a train from London Gatwick Airport (LGW) to Cardiff via Reading in around 3 h 15 min. Alternatively, National Express operates a bus from London Gatwick Airport (LGW) to Cardiff every 4 hours. Tickets cost $40 - $65 and the journey takes 4 h 50 min.

Airlines
Flybe
Website
flybe.com
Flights from London Gatwick to Cardiff via Dublin
Ave. Duration
3 h 27 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$40 - $270
Flights from London Gatwick to Cardiff via Edinburgh
Ave. Duration
3 h 52 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$90 - $420
Flights from London Gatwick to Cardiff via Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
3 h 50 min
When
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday
Estimated price
$110 - $480
Flights from London Gatwick to Cardiff via Jersey
Ave. Duration
4 h 15 min
When
Friday
Estimated price
$65 - $290
Flights from London Gatwick to Cardiff via Glasgow
Ave. Duration
4 h 30 min
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday
Estimated price
$90 - $420
Flights from London Gatwick to Cardiff via Geneva
Ave. Duration
5 h 35 min
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$160 - $700
Aer Lingus
Website
aerlingus.com
Flights from London Gatwick to Cardiff via Dublin
Ave. Duration
3 h 56 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$65 - $380
KLM
Website
klm.com
Flights from London Gatwick to Cardiff via Amsterdam Schiphol
Ave. Duration
4 h 20 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$210 - $800
Train operators
Great Western Railway
Website
gwr.com
Train from Gatwick Airport to Reading
Ave. Duration
1 h 15 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$28 - $50
Website
gwr.com
Off-Peak Day Single
$17 - $26
Advanced Single
$18 - $26
Anytime Day Single
$28 - $50
Train from Reading to Cardiff Central
Ave. Duration
1 h 33 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$55 - $110
Website
gwr.com
Off-Peak Day Single
$30 - $50
Advanced Single
$30 - $50
Anytime Day Single
$55 - $110
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 Gatwick Airport London South to Cardiff Coach Station, Sophia Gardens
Ave. Duration
4 h 50 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$40 - $65
Website
nationalexpress.com

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There is no direct flight from London Gatwick Airport to Cardiff Airport. The quickest flight takes 3 h 45 min and has one stopover.

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London Gatwick Airport (LGW) to Cardiff bus services, operated by National Express, arrive at Cardiff Coach Station, Sophia Gardens.

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London Gatwick Airport (LGW) to Cardiff train services, operated by Great Western Railway, arrive at Cardiff Central station.

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Yes, the driving distance between London Gatwick Airport (LGW) to Cardiff is 168 miles. It takes approximately 2 h 49 min to drive from London Gatwick Airport (LGW) to Cardiff.

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Aer Lingus, Vueling Airlines, Ryanair and four other airlines offer flights from London Gatwick Airport to Cardiff Airport.

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