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There are 5 ways to get from Waterford to Cardiff by bus, car ferry, train, car, night bus or plane

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Bus, car ferry, train  •  9h 7m

  1. Take the bus from Fountain Street, stop 353221 to Rosslare Europort, stop 355501 40
  2. Take the car ferry from Rosslare to Fishguard
  3. Take the train from Fishguard Harbour to Cardiff Central

Cheapest option

Night bus to Dublin, fly, train  •  6h 42m

  1. Take the night bus from Waterford Bus Stn, stop 355051 to Zone 21, stop 111911
  2. Fly from Dublin (DUB) to Bristol (BRS) DUB - BRS
  3. Take the train from Bristol Temple Meads to Cardiff Central

£52 - £585

3 alternative options

Bus, car ferry, train via Pembroke Dock  •  11h 50m

  1. Take the bus from Waterford Bus Stn, stop 355051 to Rosslare Europort, stop 355501 40 / ...
  2. Take the car ferry from Rosslare to Pembroke
  3. Take the train from Haverfordwest to Cardiff Central

£88 - £120

Drive, car ferry  •  6h 14m

  1. Drive from Waterford to Rosslare
  2. Take the car ferry from Rosslare to Fishguard
  3. Drive from Fishguard to Cardiff

Bus to Cork, fly, train  •  7h 17m

  1. Take the bus from Days Hotel Merchants Quay Waterford to St. Patricks Quay
  2. Fly from Cork (ORK) to Bristol (BRS) ORK - BRS
  3. Take the train from Bristol Temple Meads to Cardiff Central

£80 - £340

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The cheapest way to get from Waterford to Cardiff is to bus and car ferry and train via Pembroke Dock which costs 100€ - 140€ and takes 11h 50m.

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The quickest way to get from Waterford to Cardiff is to night bus and fly and train which costs 60€ - 700€ and takes 6h 42m.

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The distance between Waterford and Cardiff is 177 miles.

The best way to get from Waterford to Cardiff without a car is to bus and car ferry and train which takes 9h 7m and costs .

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It takes approximately 9h 7m to get from Waterford to Cardiff, including transfers.

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The quickest flight from Dublin Airport to Bristol Airport is the direct flight which takes 1h.

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Aer Lingus and Ryanair offer flights from Dublin Airport to Bristol Airport.

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There are 466+ hotels available in Cardiff. Prices start at £75 per night.

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Map of how to get from Waterford to Cardiff.
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  • Distance: 177.2 miles
  • Duration: 9h 7m

What companies run services between Waterford, Ireland and Cardiff, Wales?

There is no direct connection from Waterford to Cardiff. However, you can take the bus to Rosslare Europort, stop 355501, take the walk to Rosslare, take the car ferry to Fishguard, take the walk to Fishguard Harbour, then take the train to Cardiff Central. Alternatively, you can take a vehicle from Waterford to Cardiff via Rosslare Europort, stop 355501, Rosslare, Pembroke, Pembroke Dock, Albion Square, Haverfordwest, Bus Station 4, and Haverfordwest in around 11h 50m.

Airlines
Ryanair
Website
ryanair.com
Flights from Dublin to Bristol
Ave. Duration
1h
When
Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
£9 - £75
Aer Lingus
Website
aerlingus.com
Flights from Dublin to Bristol
Ave. Duration
1h 15m
When
Every day
Estimated price
£35 - £150
Flights from Cork to Bristol
Ave. Duration
1h 15m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
£55 - £200
Train operators
Transport for Wales
Website
tfw.gov.wales
Train from Fishguard Harbour to Cardiff Central
Ave. Duration
2h 36m
Frequency
6 times a week
Estimated price
£55 - £80
Website
tfw.wales
Train from Haverfordwest to Cardiff Central
Ave. Duration
2h 22m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
£50 - £75
Website
tfw.wales
Great Western Railway
Website
gwr.com
Train from Bristol Temple Meads to Cardiff Central
Ave. Duration
51 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
£15 - £19
Website
gwr.com
Anytime Day
£15 - £19
Anytime Day 1st Class
£26 - £35
Bus operators
Bus Eireann

Bus and coach operator Bus Éireann operates local bus services throughout Ireland, including city bus services in Cork, Galway, Limerick, and Waterford, as well as commuter and intercity bus services throughout the country. Fares vary by region and distance; purchase tickets with cash on the bus or use a Leap Card.

Contact Details
Phone
1850 836 611
Website
buseireann.ie
Bus from Fountain Street, stop 353221 to Rosslare Europort, stop 355501
Ave. Duration
1h 16m
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
£8 - £12
Website
Bus Eireann
Bus from Waterford Bus Stn, stop 355051 to Rosslare Europort, stop 355501
Ave. Duration
1h 20m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
£8 - £13
Website
Bus Eireann
Night bus from Waterford Bus Stn, stop 355051 to Zone 21, stop 111911
Ave. Duration
2h 5m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
£13 - £19
Website
Bus Eireann
Bus from Waterford Bus Stn, stop 355051 to Parnell Place, stop 255021
Ave. Duration
2h 15m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
£10 - £15
Website
Bus Eireann
Dublin Coach
Phone
+353 (0)1 465 9972
Email
info@dublincoach.ie
Website
dublincoach.ie
Bus from Days Hotel Merchants Quay Waterford to St. Patricks Quay
Ave. Duration
1h 50m
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
£9 - £12
Website
Dublin Coach
Transport for Ireland
Phone
+353 1 879 8300
Email
info@nationaltransport.ie
Website
transportforireland.ie
Bus from Days Hotel Merchants Quay Waterford to St. Patricks Quay
Ave. Duration
1h 50m
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
£8 - £12
Website
Transport for Ireland
Ferry operators
Stena Line
Irish Ferries
Phone
+353 818 300 400
Email
info@irishferries.com
Website
irishferries.com
Car ferry from Rosslare to Pembroke
Ave. Duration
4h 1m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
£29 - £33
Website
Irish Ferries
Car
£100 - £120
On Foot
£29 - £33

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