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There are 4 ways to get from London to Wales by train, bus, rideshare or car

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Train  •  2h

  1. Take the train from London Paddington to Cardiff Central

$75 - $140

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Rideshare  •  3h 7m

  1. Take the rideshare from London to Cardiff 150.4 miles

$13 - $27

2 alternative options

Bus  •  3h 35m

  1. Take the bus from London Victoria Coach Station to Cardiff, Castle Street National Express / ...

$15 - $40

Drive  •  2h 37m

  1. Drive from London to Cardiff 150.9 miles

$30 - $50

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The cheapest way to get from London to Wales is to rideshare which costs £10 - £20 and takes 3h 7m.

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The quickest way to get from London to Wales is to train which costs £60 - £110 and takes 2h.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from London Victoria Coach Station station and arriving at Cardiff, Castle Street. Services depart hourly, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 3h 35m.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from London Paddington and arriving at Cardiff Central. Services depart hourly, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 2h.

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The distance between London and Wales is 164 miles. The road distance is 150.9 miles.

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The best way to get from London to Wales without a car is to train which takes 2h and costs £60 - £110.

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The train from London Paddington to Cardiff Central takes 2h including transfers and departs hourly.

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London to Wales bus services, operated by National Express, arrive at London Victoria Coach Station.

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London to Wales train services, operated by Great Western Railway, depart from London Paddington station.

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The best way to get from London to Wales is to train which takes 2h and costs £60 - £110. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs £11 - £35 and takes 3h 35m.

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Map of how to get from London to Wales.
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  • Distance: 164.2 miles
  • Duration: 2h

What companies run services between London, England and Wales?

Great Western Railway operates a train from London to Cardiff hourly. Tickets cost $75 - $140 and the journey takes 2h. Alternatively, National Express operates a bus from London to Cardiff hourly. Tickets cost $15 - $20 and the journey takes 3h 35m. Megabus UK also services this route twice daily.

Train operators
Great Western Railway
Website
gwr.com
Train from London Paddington to Cardiff Central
Ave. Duration
2h
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$75 - $140
Website
gwr.com
Off-Peak Day Single
$40 - $65
Advanced Single
$40 - $65
Anytime Day Single
$75 - $140
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.

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Phone
+44 08717 818178
Website
nationalexpress.com
Bus from London Victoria Coach Station to Cardiff, Castle Street
Ave. Duration
3h 35m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$15 - $20
Website
National Express
Other operators
BlaBlaCar

A ridesharing platform with 40 million users, Blablacar gives you access to destinations without worrying about on-the-road chaos. The basic idea is that you carpool with locals who are already planning to drive your route and have space in their car. With some flexibility you’ll get to your destination – often faster and cheaper than other means. On the website or app, enter your departure and arrival points and your date of travel, sift through the profiles of drivers who’ve posted pre-planned drives and find one whose timing and preferences match yours. Request to join the ride, wait be accepted, and pay your share of the set price.

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Contact Details
Website
blablacar.com
Rideshare from London to Cardiff
Ave. Duration
3h 7m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$13 - $27
Book at
blablacar.co.uk

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London to Wales bus services, operated by National Express, arrive at Cardiff, Castle Street station.

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London to Wales train services, operated by Great Western Railway, arrive at Cardiff Central station.

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Yes, the driving distance between London to Wales is 151 miles. It takes approximately 2h 37m to drive from London to Wales.

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There are 233+ hotels available in Wales. Prices start at $59 USD per night.

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Check out Blablacar's carpooling service for rideshare options between London and Wales. A great option if you don't have a driver's licence or want to avoid public transport.

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