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London to Cardiff by National Express & Megabus


National Express coach from London to Cardiff

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Coach services from London to Cardiff are operated by two UKs’ well-known carriers - National Express and Megabus.
National Express and Megabus provide a direct intercity coach service between London and Cardiff. There is no other coach operator, which offers similar shuttle service between these two cities.
National Express offers more than 15 direct services per day, while Megabus has about 10 connections a day.
Some National Express and Megabus services terminate in Cardiff, but most of them are not intended to serve the route from London to Cardiff only, the coaches run on larger distances and Cardiff is only an intermediate stop. National Express service stops at Cardiff University.
The National Express direct coach line between London and Cardiff is 509 and there are few other carriers’ routes passing through Cardiff.

Megabus direct coach from London to Cardiff

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Useful links to coach timetables & fares

On this page you’ll also find:

M7 is the Megabus direct line from London to Cardiff.
Most of the services from Cardiff to London begin their journey at one of the UKs’ south-western cities or towns, however, all terminate at Victoria Coach Station in London (see details below).
National Express & Megabus’ coaches are high-class vehicles, equipped with toilet, air conditioning, reclining seats and radio. Both carriers put the safety and comfort of passengers first, so the vehicles are equipped with a large number of safeguards. The operators are using modern vehicles with large panoramic windows and increased legroom. Some coaches on this route provide free Wi-Fi and can take passengers in wheelchairs on board the bus.
Travelling between London and Cardiff with National Express takes about 3 hours and 3½ hours with Megabus. This is one of the cheapest transport options between Central London and Cardiff.

Go to National Express or Megabus website to check current timetable and prices and book a ticket for your journey.

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Timetables and fares...

London to Cardiff by National Express

National Express service number 509
509 509 509 509 509 509 509 509
Days of operation Daily Daily Daily Daily Daily Daily Daily Daily Daily
Period(s) of operation - - - - - - - - -
LONDON, Victoria Coach Station Dep. 8:00 9:30 10:30 11:30 12:30 13:30 14:30 15:30 16:30
LONDON, (Hammersmith)
Dep. - 9:50 - - 12:50 - - 15:50 -
CARDIFF, University Arr. 11:15 - 13:30 - 15:35 - 17:45k - 19:30k
CARDIFF, Bus Station
Arr. 11:25 12:50 13:40 14:45 15:45 16:45 17:55k 18:50k 19:40k

London to Cardiff by National Express

National Express service number 509 509 509 509 509 509 509 322
Days of operation Daily Daily Daily Daily Daily Fr,Su Daily Daily
Period(s) of operation - - - - - 1 2 -
LONDON, Victoria Coach Station Dep. 17:30 18:30 19:00 20:00 21:00 21:30 22:00 23:30
LONDON, (Hammersmith) Dep. - - 19:20 - - - - -
CARDIFF, University Arr. - 21:40 - 23:00 - - 1:00 2:15
CARDIFF, Bus Station Arr. 20:50k 21:50 22:20 23:10 0:05
0:30 1:10 2:20

1 = Does not operate 6, 8 April, 6 May, 3 June & 26 August, but operates additionally 5, 9 April, 7 May, 3 June & 27 August
M = Monday, T= Tuesday, W = Wednesday, Th = Thursday, Fr = Friday, Sa = Saturday, Su = Sunday
k = Operates 15 mins later Friday

Cardiff to London by National Express

National Express service number 509 509 509 509 507
509
507 509 507
Days of operation Daily Daily Daily Daily Daily Daily Daily Daily Daily
Period(s) of operation -
-
-
-
- - - - -
CARDIFF, Bus Station Dep. 2:45 4:15g 5:30x 6:30x 7:30g 8:15g 9:15 10:00 11:00
CARDIFF, University Dep. 2:50 - 5:35x - 7:35g - 9:20 - 11:05
LONDON, (Hemmersmith) Arr. - - - 9:35 - - - - -
LONDON, Earl's Court Arr. 6:10 7:40 9:00 - 11:05 11:35 12:35 13:10 14:05
LONDON, Victoria Coach Station Arr. 6:20 7:50 9:10 10:10 11:15 11:45 12:45 13:20 14:15

Cardiff to London by National Express

National Express service number 509 509 509
509 509 509 509 509 509
Days of operation Daily Daily Daily Daily Daily Fr,Su Daily Fr,Su Daily
Period(s) of operation - - - -
- 1 2 1 2
CARDIFF, Bus Station Dep. 12:00 13:00 14:00 15:00 16:00 16:45 17:30 18:15 19:00
CARDIFF, University Dep. - 13:05 - 15:05 - - 17:35 - 19:05
LONDON, (Hemmersmith) Arr. - 16:00 - - 19:15k - - - 22:05
LONDON, Earl's Court Arr. 15:10 - 17:10k 18:25k - 19:55 20:40 21:25 -
LONDON, Victoria Coach Station Arr. 15:20 16:20 17:20k 18:35k 19:35k 20:05 20:50 21:35 22:20

M = Monday, T= Tuesday, W = Wednesday, Th = Thursday, Fr = Friday, Sa = Saturday, Su = Sunday
25 December - No service.
26 December & 1 January - Limited service
1 =  Does not operate 26 August, 23 - 30 December, 29, 31 March & 5 May, but operates additionally 27 August, 28 March, 1 April & 6 May.
2 = Does not operate 24 & 31 December.
Normal service will operate on all other occasions.
g = Operates 15 minutes later Saturday, Sunday & Bank Holidays. (Also 24, 27, 28 & 31 December)
k = Operates 15 minutes later Friday.
x = Operates 30 minutes later Saturday, Sunday & Bank Holidays. (Also 24, 27, 28 & 31 December)

Bus and coach boarding points

LONDON, Victoria Coach Station, Departure Hall
LONDON (Earl's Court), West Cromwell Rd, Stop D, near Tesco (to London only)
LONDON, (Hammersmith), Hammersmith Bridge Road,
CARDIFF, University, Park Place, Bus Stop, opposite Cathays Rail Station
CARDIFF, Bus Station, Wood Street

Prices for online tickets

London to Cardiff by National Express
Adult Youth/Senior Child Online Booking
Single Return Single Return Single Return
London to Cardiff (Standard)
£25.20 £46.10 £20.20 £36.90 £12.60 £23.05
London to Cardiff
Cardiff to London (Standard) £25.20 £46.10 £20.20 £36.90 £12.60 £23.50 Cardiff to London
London to Cardiff (APEX/Funfare) from £6 one way from £6 one way from £6 one way London to Cardiff
Cardiff to London (APEX/Funfare) from £6 one way from £6 one way from £6 one way Cardiff to London
  • Age categories: Children: 3-15 years, Seniors: 60+ years. Children aged under 3 travel free.

Timetables and fares...

London to Cardiff by Megabus

Megabus service number MG MB7
MG MB7 MB7 MB7 MG MB7 MB7 MB7 MB7 MB7 MG MB7 MB7 MB7 MB7
Days of operation Daily Daily Daily Daily Daily Su Daily Daily Su Daily Fr,Sa,Su Daily Daily Daily Daily Daily Daily
LONDON, Victoria Coach Station Dep. 7:30 8:30 9:30 10:00 11:30 13:00 14:00 14:00 15:00 16:00 17:00 17:30 19:00 20:00 21:00 22:00 23:00
CARDIFF, Kingsway Fford Y Brenin
Arr. 11:15 12:20 10:00 13:30 15:15 16:45 17:45 18:00 18:45 20:10 20:50 21:15 23:00 23:15 0:45 1:45 2:20

M = Monday, T= Tuesday, W = Wednesday, Th = Thursday, Fr = Friday, Sa = Saturday, Su = Sunday

Cardiff to London by Megabus

Megabus service number MB7 MB7 MG MB7 MB7 MB7 MB7 MG MB7 MB7 MB7 MB7 MB7 MB7 MB7 MB7
Days of operation Daily Daily Daily Daily Daily Daily Fr,Sa,Su Daily Daily Daily Daily Daily Daily Daily Fr,Su Daily
CARDIFF, Kingsway Fford Y Brenin Dep. 3:30^ 5:30^ 6:30 7:45 9:15 10:15 11:15 11:40 12:20 13:30 15:15 16:30+ 17:20 18:30+ 19:40 20:15
LONDON, Victoria Coach Station Arr. 7:30 9:10 10:30 11:20 13:20 14:00 15:10 15:15 16:05 17:15 19:00 20:05 21:00 22:00 23:00 23:30

M = Monday, T= Tuesday, W = Wednesday, Th = Thursday, Fr = Friday, Sa = Saturday, Su = Sunday
^ = Departs 30 mins later Sa & Su
+ = An extra double service which departs 10/15 mins before
MG = MegabusGold first class service

Bus and coach boarding points

LONDON, Victoria Coach Station, Departure Hall
CARDIFF, Kingsway Fford Y Brenin

Prices for online tickets

London to Cardiff by Megabus
Adult Youth/Senior Child Online booking
Single Return Single Return Single Return
London to Cardiff
from £1+50p one way from £1+50p one way from £1+50p one way London to Cardiff
Cardiff to London from £1+50p one way from £1+50p one way from £1+50p one way Cardiff to London

Printable timetables, frequency, travel times and fares for coach services between London and Cardiff

Route Carrier Frequency Travel time Timetable Online prices Bookings
London to Cardiff National Express up to 18 per day approx 3:00 stops & times from £6
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Cardiff to London National Express up to 18 per day approx 3:00 stops & times from £6 Book now
London to Cardiff Megabus up to 14 per day approx 3:30 stops & times from £1+50p Book now
Cardiff to London Megabus uo to 14 per day approx 3:30 stops & times from £1+50p Book now

How to buy tickets online for travel from London to Cardiff?

To purchase tickets online for National Express routes you can do it directly at the Europebus home page using a journey planner provided. You can also do it on the National Express website. For Megabus connections visit Megabus website. Simply fill out all fields in the journey planner and follow the instructions to buy a ticket. Discounted tickets are also available for youths, children and seniors. If you book early and your travel dates and times are flexible, you may get ticket with a discount. Early booking is highly recommended, because services between London and Cardiff are very popular and the coaches are fully booked on some days.

Carriage of luggage and bikes

The National Express’ coach driver will load and unload customers’ luggage but customers are responsible for seeing their own luggage onto and off the coach on which they are travelling.
Each customer has a free luggage allowance of two medium sized suitcases, weighing no more than 20 kilograms each and 1 piece of hand luggage, which must be located on the shelf above your head or under the passenger seat.

Megabus doesn’t check luggage or provide receipts for luggage transported on the bus by the passenger.  Passengers are advised that Megabus will accept up to one piece of luggage per passenger. For guidance this should be no more than the size of a standard suitcase and should not weigh more than 20kg.  Passengers can also take on board one small piece of luggage that must fit either on your lap or under the seat in front of you.

Of course you can take a bike but... In a bike bag as carry-on luggage, semi-dismantled, free of charge. You can take a bicycle with you as carry-on luggage free of charge on any coach, if you put it in a zip-up 'bike bag', with wheels and pedals removed and handlebars turned. Bike bags are available from most cycle shops, for example www.wiggle.co.uk

Overview of alternative transports between London and Cardiff. Trains & airlines services within the UK.

If our information is insufficient for you to convince you to travel by coach, or simply you don’t like this transportation arrangement then we encourage you to take advantage of rail or in some cases flight services. If you want to travel for example from London to Cardiff or vice versa by train we suggest you to visit the Train Line website, while good flights between British cities are recommend on the Budget Air’s website

Rail services in the UK are fast, frequent and convenient. Tickets can be bought in advance easily via a train reservation service available at the Train Line website
Regular air links to distant cities in Britain can be checked and booked at www.budgetair.co.uk. Flights connections are available to various destinations in the UK, Europe and worldwide.

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