There are 5 ways to get from London Gatwick Airport (LGW) 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  •  3 h 15 min

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

$83 - $161

Cheapest option

Bus  •  4 h 50 min

  1. Take the bus from South Terminal Bus Station to Cardiff, Sophia Gardens 201 / ...

$40 - $65

3 alternative options

Drive  •  2 h 49 min

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

$35 - $55

Fly to Cardiff  •  4 h 3 min

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

$50 - $276

Fly to Bristol, train  •  4 h 48 min

  1. Fly from London Gatwick (LGW) to Bristol (BRS) LGW - BRS
  2. Take the train from Bristol Temple Meads to Cardiff Central

$70 - $311

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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 takes 2 h 49 min and costs £27 - £40.

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The distance between London Gatwick Airport (LGW) and Cardiff is 213 km. The road distance is 269 km.

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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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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from South Terminal Bus Station and arriving at Cardiff, Sophia Gardens. Services depart every three 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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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 3 hours. Tickets cost $40 - $65 and the journey takes 4 h 50 min.

Airlines
easyJet
Website
easyjet.com
Flights from London Gatwick to Bristol via Amsterdam
Ave. Duration
3 h 45 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$75 - $340
Flights from London Gatwick to Bristol via Glasgow
Ave. Duration
3 h 50 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$80 - $390
Flights from London Gatwick to Bristol via Belfast (Aldergrove)
Ave. Duration
4 h 23 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$75 - $360
Flights from London Gatwick to Bristol via Edinburgh
Ave. Duration
4 h 32 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$80 - $380
Flights from London Gatwick to Bristol via Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
5 h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$70 - $320
Flights from London Gatwick to Bristol via Geneva
Ave. Duration
5 h 20 min
When
Monday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$95 - $490
Flights from London Gatwick to Bristol via Copenhagen
Ave. Duration
5 h 5 min
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$110 - $600
Flights from London Gatwick to Bristol via Nice
Ave. Duration
5 h 50 min
When
Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$110 - $600
Flights from London Gatwick to Bristol via Venice
Ave. Duration
5 h 50 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $700
Flights from London Gatwick to Bristol via Basel
Ave. Duration
5 h 50 min
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$95 - $480
Flights from London Gatwick to Bristol via Pula
Ave. Duration
5 h 55 min
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$130 - $750
Flights from London Gatwick to Bristol via Mahon
Ave. Duration
6 h
When
Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday
Estimated price
$130 - $750
Flights from London Gatwick to Bristol via Alicante
Ave. Duration
6 h 10 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $800
Aer Lingus
Website
aerlingus.com
Flights from London Gatwick to Cardiff via Dublin
Ave. Duration
5 h 16 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$65 - $380
Flights from London Gatwick to Bristol via Dublin
Ave. Duration
4 h 12 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$85 - $450
Flybe
Website
flybe.com
Flights from London Gatwick to Cardiff via Jersey
Ave. Duration
3 h 20 min
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$65 - $290
Flights from London Gatwick to Cardiff via Dublin
Ave. Duration
3 h 40 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$40 - $270
Flights from London Gatwick to Cardiff via Guernsey
Ave. Duration
3 h 35 min
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$230 - $600
Flights from London Gatwick to Cardiff via Glasgow
Ave. Duration
3 h 40 min
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$90 - $420
Thomas Cook
Website
thomascookairlines.com
Flights from London Gatwick to Cardiff via Reus
Ave. Duration
5 h 35 min
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$150 - $850
Flights from London Gatwick to Cardiff via Palma Mallorca
Ave. Duration
6 h 20 min
When
Tuesday
Estimated price
$180 - $1,000
Flights from London Gatwick to Bristol via Palma Mallorca
Ave. Duration
6 h 5 min
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$160 - $900
KLM
Website
klm.com
Flights from London Gatwick to Cardiff via Amsterdam
Ave. Duration
3 h 37 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$210 - $800
Ryanair
Website
ryanair.com
Flights from London Gatwick to Bristol via Dublin
Ave. Duration
6 h 2 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$40 - $250
Aurigny
Website
aurigny.com
Flights from London Gatwick to Bristol via Guernsey
Ave. Duration
3 h 15 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$210 - $550
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 - $55
Website
gwr.com
Off-Peak Day Single
$17 - $26
Advanced Single
$18 - $27
Anytime Day Single
$28 - $55
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
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 - $21
Advanced Single
$14 - $21
Anytime Day Single
$20 - $40
Bus operators
National Express

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