There are 4 ways to get from London Heathrow Airport (LHR) to Cardiff by train, bus or car

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  •  2 h 42 min

  1. Take the train from London Paddington to Cardiff Central

$102 - $187

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Bus  •  3 h 10 min

  1. Take the bus from Heathrow Central Bus Station to Cardiff, Sophia Gardens 201 / ...

$45 - $55

2 alternative options

Train via Reading  •  3 h 6 min

  1. Take the train from West Drayton to Reading
  2. Take the train from Reading to Cardiff Central

$75 - $136

Drive  •  2 h 17 min

  1. Drive from London Heathrow Airport (LHR) to Cardiff 137.6 miles

$29 - $45

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from London Heathrow Airport (LHR) to Cardiff is to drive which costs £22 - £35 and takes 2 h 17 min.

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The quickest way to get from London Heathrow Airport (LHR) to Cardiff is to drive which takes 2 h 17 min and costs £22 - £35.

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The distance between London Heathrow Airport (LHR) and Cardiff is 189 km. The road distance is 220 km.

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It takes approximately 2 h 42 min to get from London Heathrow Airport (LHR) to Cardiff, including transfers.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Heathrow Central Bus Station and arriving at Cardiff, Sophia Gardens. Services depart hourly, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 3 h 10 min.

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No, there is no direct train from London Heathrow Airport (LHR) to Cardiff. However, there are services departing from Heathrow Terminals 1-3 and arriving at Cardiff Central via London Paddington. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 2 h 42 min.

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What companies run services between London Heathrow Airport (LHR), England and Cardiff, Wales?

Great Western Railway operates a train from London Heathrow Airport (LHR) to Cardiff hourly. Tickets cost $75 - $150 and the journey takes 2 h. Alternatively, National Express operates a bus from London Heathrow Airport (LHR) to Cardiff hourly. Tickets cost $45 - $55 and the journey takes 3 h 10 min.

Train operators
Great Western Railway
Website
gwr.com
Train from London Paddington to Cardiff Central
Ave. Duration
2 h
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$75 - $150
Website
gwr.com
Off-Peak Day Single
$40 - $65
Advanced Single
$40 - $65
Anytime Day Single
$75 - $150
Train from West Drayton to Reading
Ave. Duration
34 min
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
Estimated price
$12 - $23
Website
gwr.com
Off-Peak Day Single
$9 - $15
Advanced Single
$10 - $15
Anytime Day Single
$12 - $23
Train from Reading to Cardiff Central
Ave. Duration
1 h 33 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$60 - $110
Website
gwr.com
Off-Peak Day Single
$30 - $50
Advanced Single
$30 - $50
Anytime Day Single
$60 - $110
Bus operators
National Express

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