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

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Train  •  2 h 49 min

  1. Take the train from London Paddington to Cardiff Central

$102 - $177

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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 13 min

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

$70 - $135

Drive  •  2 h 17 min

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

$29 - $45

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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 costs £22 - £35 and takes 2 h 17 min.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Heathrow Central Bus Station station and arriving at Cardiff, Sophia Gardens. Services depart every four hours, 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 2 & 3 and arriving at Cardiff Central via London Paddington. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 2 h 49 min.

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The distance between London Heathrow Airport (LHR) and Cardiff is 118 miles. The road distance is 137.6 miles.

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The best way to get from London Heathrow Airport (LHR) to Cardiff without a car is to train which takes 2 h 49 min and costs £75 - £140.

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It takes approximately 2 h 49 min to get from London Heathrow Airport (LHR) to Cardiff, including transfers.

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London Heathrow Airport (LHR) to Cardiff bus services, operated by National Express, arrive at Heathrow Central Bus Station.

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London Heathrow Airport (LHR) to Cardiff train services, operated by Great Western Railway, depart from London Paddington station.

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The best way to get from London Heathrow Airport (LHR) to Cardiff is to train which takes 2 h 49 min and costs £75 - £140. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs £30 - £45 and takes 3 h 10 min.

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Map of how to get from London Heathrow Airport (LHR) to Cardiff.
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  • Distance: 118 miles
  • Duration: 2 h 49 min

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 - $140 and the journey takes 2 h. Alternatively, National Express operates a bus from London Heathrow Airport (LHR) to Cardiff every 4 hours. 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 - $140
Website
gwr.com
Off-Peak Day Single
$40 - $65
Advanced Single
$40 - $65
Anytime Day Single
$75 - $140
Train from West Drayton to Reading
Ave. Duration
34 min
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
Estimated price
$12 - $22
Website
gwr.com
Off-Peak Day Single
$9 - $15
Advanced Single
$10 - $15
Anytime Day Single
$12 - $22
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 Heathrow Central Bus Station to Cardiff, Sophia Gardens
Ave. Duration
3 h 10 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$45 - $55
Website
nationalexpress.com

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London Heathrow Airport (LHR) to Cardiff bus services, operated by National Express, arrive at Cardiff, Sophia Gardens station.

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

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Yes, the driving distance between London Heathrow Airport (LHR) to Cardiff is 138 miles. It takes approximately 2 h 17 min to drive from London Heathrow Airport (LHR) to Cardiff.

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