There are 4 ways to get from London Luton Airport (LTN) 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.

Recommended option

Train  •  3 h 6 min

  1. Take the train from Luton Airport Parkway to West Hampstead Thameslink
  2. Take the train from London Paddington to Cardiff Central

$97 - $202

Cheapest option

Bus via Victoria, Green Line Coach Station  •  5 h 28 min

  1. Take the bus from Luton Airport, Express Holiday Inn to Victoria, Green Line Coach Station 757
  2. Take the bus from London Victoria Coach Station to Cardiff, Castle Street National Express

$27 - $32

2 alternative options

Bus  •  5 h 15 min

  1. Take the bus from Luton Airport to Heathrow Airport London National Express / ...
  2. Take the bus from Heathrow Central Bus Station to Cardiff, Sophia Gardens 202 / ...

$53 - $71

Drive  •  2 h 46 min

  1. Drive from London Luton Airport (LTN) to Cardiff 166.8 miles

$35 - $55

What companies run services between London Luton Airport (LTN), England and Cardiff, Wales?

You can take a train from London Luton Airport (LTN) to Cardiff via West Hampstead Thameslink, West Hampstead Underground Station, Baker Street Underground Station, Paddington Underground Station, and London Paddington in around 3 h 6 min. Alternatively, you can take a bus from London Luton Airport (LTN) to Cardiff via Heathrow Airport London and Heathrow Central Bus Station in around 5 h 15 min.

Train operators
Thameslink
Website
thameslinkrailway.com
Train from Luton Airport Parkway to West Hampstead Thameslink
Ave. Duration
25 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$13 - $18
Schedules at
thameslinkrailway.com
CrossCountry
Phone
0344 736 9123
Email
customer.relations@crosscountrytrains.co.uk
Website
crosscountrytrains.co.uk
Train from Luton Airport Parkway to West Hampstead Thameslink
Ave. Duration
23 min
Frequency
5 times a week
Estimated price
$30 - $50
Website
crosscountrytrains.co.uk
Advanced Single
$23 - $35
Anytime Single
$30 - $50
Off-Peak Single
$16 - $24
Great Western Railway
Website
gwr.com
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 - $65
Advanced Single
$40 - $65
Anytime Day Single
$80 - $150
Bus operators
National Express
Phone
+44 08717 818178
Website
nationalexpress.com
Bus from Luton Airport to Heathrow Airport London
Ave. Duration
1 h 5 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$8 - $12
Website
nationalexpress.com
Bus from Heathrow Central Bus Station to Cardiff, Sophia Gardens
Ave. Duration
3 h 15 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$45 - $60
Website
nationalexpress.com
Bus from London Victoria Coach Station to Cardiff, Castle Street
Ave. Duration
3 h 20 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$15 - $20
Website
nationalexpress.com
Green Line (operated by Arriva)
Phone
0344 801 7261
Email
greenline.customerservices@googlemail.com
Website
greenline.co.uk
Bus from Luton Airport, Express Holiday Inn to Victoria, Green Line Coach Station
Ave. Duration
1 h 22 min
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
Estimated price
$13
Schedules at
Green Line
Book at
Green Line (Arriva)

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Questions & Answers

The distance between London Luton Airport (LTN) and Cardiff is 198 km. The road distance is 267 km.

The cheapest way to get from London Luton Airport (LTN) to Cardiff is to bus which costs £20 - £24 and takes 5 h 28 min.

The quickest way to get from London Luton Airport (LTN) to Cardiff is to drive which takes 2 h 46 min and costs £26 - £40.

No, there is no direct bus from London Luton Airport (LTN) to Cardiff. However, there are services departing from Luton Airport and arriving at Cardiff, Sophia Gardens via Heathrow Central Bus Station. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 5 h 15 min.

It takes approximately 3 h 6 min to get from London Luton Airport (LTN) to Cardiff, including transfers.