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There are 6 ways to get from London Stansted Airport (STN) 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 Great Western Railway  •  3 h 36 min

  1. Take the train from Stansted Airport to London Liverpool Street Stansted Express
  2. Take the train from London Paddington to Cardiff Central

$103 - $169

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Bus  •  6 h 7 min

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

$25 - $35

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Train CrossCountry  •  5 h 47 min

  1. Take the train from Stansted Airport to Birmingham New Street
  2. Take the train from Birmingham New Street to Cardiff Central

$129 - $195

Drive  •  3 h 14 min

  1. Drive from London Stansted Airport (STN) to Cardiff 196.3 miles

$40 - $65

Fly to Cardiff  •  4 h 11 min

  1. Fly from London Stansted (STN) to Cardiff (CWL) STN - CWL

$100 - $950

Fly to Bristol, train  •  5 h 5 min

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

$232 - $676

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from London Stansted Airport (STN) to Cardiff is to bus which costs £19 - £28 and takes 6 h 7 min.

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The quickest way to get from London Stansted Airport (STN) to Cardiff is to drive which costs £30 - £50 and takes 3 h 14 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from London Stansted Airport (STN) to Cardiff. However, there are services departing from Stansted Airport London and arriving at Cardiff, Castle Street via London Victoria Coach Station. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 6 h 7 min.

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No, there is no direct train from London Stansted Airport (STN) to Cardiff. However, there are services departing from Stansted Airport and arriving at Cardiff Central via Birmingham New Street. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 5 h 47 min.

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The distance between London Stansted Airport (STN) and Cardiff is 151 miles. The road distance is 196.3 miles.

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The best way to get from London Stansted Airport (STN) to Cardiff without a car is to train which takes 3 h 36 min and costs £75 - £130.

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It takes approximately 3 h 36 min to get from London Stansted Airport (STN) to Cardiff, including transfers.

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London Stansted Airport (STN) to Cardiff bus services, operated by National Express, depart from Stansted Airport London station.

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London Stansted Airport (STN) to Cardiff train services, operated by CrossCountry, depart from Stansted Airport station.

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The best way to get from London Stansted Airport (STN) to Cardiff is to train which takes 3 h 36 min and costs £75 - £130. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs £19 - £28 and takes 6 h 7 min, you could also fly, which costs £80 - £750 and takes 4 h 11 min.

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Map of how to get from London Stansted Airport (STN) to Cardiff.
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  • Distance: 151 miles
  • Duration: 3 h 36 min

What companies run services between London Stansted Airport (STN), England and Cardiff, Wales?

You can take a train from London Stansted Airport (STN) to Cardiff via London Liverpool Street, Liverpool Street station, Lancaster Gate station, and London Paddington in around 3 h 36 min. Alternatively, you can take a bus from London Stansted Airport (STN) to Cardiff via London Victoria Coach Station in around 6 h 7 min.

Airlines
easyJet
Website
easyjet.com
Flights from London Stansted to Bristol via Belfast (Aldergrove)
Ave. Duration
3 h 56 min
When
Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$90 - $430
Flights from London Stansted to Bristol via Amsterdam Schiphol
Ave. Duration
4 h 30 min
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$85 - $400
Flights from London Stansted to Bristol via Glasgow
Ave. Duration
4 h 25 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$95 - $450
Flights from London Stansted to Bristol via Edinburgh
Ave. Duration
4 h 23 min
When
Monday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$95 - $450
Flights from London Stansted to Bristol via Geneva
Ave. Duration
5 h 5 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $600
Flights from London Stansted to Bristol via Ibiza
Ave. Duration
5 h 40 min
When
Monday
Estimated price
$170 - $950
Flights from London Stansted to Bristol via Grenoble
Ave. Duration
6 h 20 min
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$120 - $650
Flights from London Stansted to Bristol via Naples
Ave. Duration
7 h 5 min
When
Friday
Estimated price
$190 - $1,100
Ryanair
Website
ryanair.com
Flights from London Stansted to Cardiff via Dublin
Ave. Duration
5 h
When
Friday
Estimated price
$50 - $330
Flights from London Stansted to Bristol via Dublin
Ave. Duration
4 h 50 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$45 - $300
Flights from London Stansted to Bristol via Cologne Bonn
Ave. Duration
4 h
When
Monday, Wednesday and Friday
Estimated price
$60 - $330
Flights from London Stansted to Bristol via Budapest
Ave. Duration
6 h 10 min
When
Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday
Estimated price
$120 - $500
Flights from London Stansted to Bristol via Milan Bergamo
Ave. Duration
7 h 45 min
When
Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday
Estimated price
$90 - $410
Flybe
Website
flybe.com
Flights from London Stansted to Cardiff via Dublin
Ave. Duration
3 h 30 min
When
Monday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$50 - $330
Flights from London Stansted to Cardiff via Edinburgh
Ave. Duration
3 h 40 min
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$100 - $490
Thomas Cook
Website
thomascookairlines.com
Flights from London Stansted to Cardiff via Reus
Ave. Duration
5 h 40 min
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$190 - $1,100
Flights from London Stansted to Cardiff via Palma Mallorca
Ave. Duration
6 h 55 min
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$220 - $1,300
KLM
Website
klm.com
Flights from London Stansted to Cardiff via Amsterdam Schiphol
Ave. Duration
3 h 20 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$250 - $950
Train operators
Stansted Express
Website
stanstedexpress.com
Train from Stansted Airport to London Liverpool Street
Ave. Duration
44 min
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
Estimated price
$25
Schedules at
stanstedexpress.com
Standard
$25
First
$40
Business
$38
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 Bristol Temple Meads to Cardiff Central
Ave. Duration
46 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$20 - $40
Website
gwr.com
Off-Peak Day Single
$13 - $20
Advanced Single
$14 - $21
Anytime Day Single
$20 - $40
CrossCountry
Phone
0344 736 9123
Email
customer.relations@crosscountrytrains.co.uk
Website
crosscountrytrains.co.uk
Train from Stansted Airport to Birmingham New Street
Ave. Duration
3 h 11 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$70 - $110
Website
crosscountrytrains.co.uk
Advanced Single
$45 - $70
Anytime Single
$70 - $110
Off-Peak Single
$70 - $110
Train from Birmingham New Street to Cardiff Central
Ave. Duration
1 h 51 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$55 - $85
Website
crosscountrytrains.co.uk
Advanced Single
$35 - $55
Anytime Single
$55 - $85
Off-Peak Single
$45 - $75
Train from Bristol Temple Meads to Cardiff Central
Ave. Duration
50 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$35 - $55
Website
crosscountrytrains.co.uk
Advanced Single
$24 - $40
Anytime Single
$35 - $55
Off-Peak Single
$20 - $30
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 Stansted Airport London to London Victoria Coach Station
Ave. Duration
1 h 50 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$9 - $16
Website
National Express
Bus from London Victoria Coach Station to Cardiff, Castle Street
Ave. Duration
3 h 35 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$15 - $20
Website
National Express

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More Questions & Answers

There is no direct flight from London Stansted Airport to Cardiff Airport. The quickest flight takes 5 h and has one stopover.

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London Stansted Airport (STN) to Cardiff bus services, operated by National Express, arrive at Cardiff, Castle Street station.

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London Stansted Airport (STN) to Cardiff train services, operated by CrossCountry, arrive at Cardiff Central station.

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Yes, the driving distance between London Stansted Airport (STN) to Cardiff is 196 miles. It takes approximately 3 h 14 min to drive from London Stansted Airport (STN) to Cardiff.

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KLM, easyJet, Flybe and two other airlines offer flights from London Stansted Airport to Cardiff Airport.

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