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Edinburgh to Cardiff

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How to get from Edinburgh to Cardiff?

We are suggesting 21 routes by train, bus, carpooling, plane to plan your trip Edinburgh Cardiff. Routes displayed are sorted depending on a performance indicator (calculated from number of changes, expected duration, distance between an airport and the center of the city it serves...). You'll be able to:
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  • Locate cities of Edinburgh and Cardiff on a map as well as the route Edinburgh Cardiff and the different connecting points (Cardiff-Wales Airport, Cardiff Coach Station, Cardiff Central Railway Station, Edinburgh Airport, Edinburgh Waverley Railway Station, ...) by clicking on the 'Details & Map' button.
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All modes of transport Edinburgh Cardiff

For your trip from Edinburgh (Scotland, United Kingdom) to Cardiff (Wales, United Kingdom) with a distance of 309 mi you will be able to take 4 modes of transport, eventually by combining plane, carpooling, bus and/or train, and according to which the duration of the journey will be significantly different.
The direct flight Edinburgh > Cardiff will be the fastest way to get to your destination.
Leave Edinburgh and arrive early enough (at least 2 hours before the departure time) at Edinburgh EDI airport, 7.5 mi away, to check in your luggage for the flight to Cardiff (Cardiff-Wales airport, IATA code: CWL) operated by FlyBE.
It is not possible to travel directly by train from Edinburgh to Cardiff without changing trains but some trains run on lines Edinburgh-Birmingham and Birmingham-Cardiff allowing you to make the entire trip only by rail.
Trains of CrossCountry or Virgin Trains to Birmingham leave from Edinburgh Waverley railway station in Edinburgh. Arrival in Birmingham will take place at Birmingham New Street station (0.4 mi from the city centre). Correspondence or change is required in Birmingham where the train operated by CrossCountry leave for Cardiff.
No coach company allows you to get you directly to Cardiff from Edinburgh without changing buses, you will have to take the coach lines Edinburgh-Birmingham and Birmingham-Cardiff.
You will board a coach of MegaBus in Edinburgh. The bus will drop you off at Birmingham bus station (0.5 mi from Birmingham, United Kingdom). Please make sure to show up on time at Edinburgh bus station (11.2 mi from Edinburgh) at least 15 minutes before the time of departure for Birmingham. Once arrived in Birmingham, take another coach of MegaBus or National Express that will take you to Cardiff bus station (Wales United Kingdom).
Blablacar is the main carpooling platform in Europe where drivers having the route Edinburgh-Bristol will be able to share a ride with you that you will combine with a trip by train in order to cover the entire trip.

Which carriers to travel between Edinburgh and Cardiff?

Railway companies
CrossCountry provides rail connections Edinburgh-Bristol with the train from Edinburgh Waverley railway station (0.1 mi from city-centre) and serving the rail station of Bristol Temple Meads at arrival (0.6 mi from centre) and from Bristol to Cardiff with the train which leaves Bristol Temple Meads station to arrive at Cardiff Central railway station (Wales United Kingdom)
First Great Western transports passengers on a rail line Bristol-Cardiff with the train from Parson Street railway station (1.7 mi from city-centre) and serving the rail station of Cardiff Central at arrival (0.4 mi from centre)
First TransPennine Express operates the train journey from Edinburgh to Manchester with the train which leaves Edinburgh Waverley station to arrive at Manchester Piccadilly railway station (England United Kingdom)
Arriva Trains Wales provides a rail connection Manchester-Cardiff with the train from Manchester Piccadilly railway station (0.3 mi from city-centre) and serving the rail station of Cardiff Central at arrival (0.4 mi from centre)
Virgin Trains transports passengers on a rail line from Edinburgh to Birmingham with the train which leaves Edinburgh Waverley station to arrive at Birmingham New Street railway station (England United Kingdom)
Bus companies
National Express operates the intercity bus services from the bus station of Edinburgh in Edinburgh and to the one of Manchester (England United Kingdom) and between the city of Manchester (serving Manchester Airport bus station at 8.7 mi from centre) and the city of Cardiff where the coach will drop you off at Cardiff station situated at about 0.4 mi from Cardiff city centre.
MegaBus is the bus operator that allows to travel on the lines from the bus station of Edinburgh in Edinburgh and to the one of Birmingham (England United Kingdom) and between the city of Birmingham (serving Birmingham bus station at 0.5 mi from centre) and the city of Cardiff where the coach will drop you off at Cardiff station situated at about 0.4 mi from Cardiff city centre.
Airlines
FlyBE carries out a flight from Edinburgh EDI airport situated 7.5 mi away from the city centre of Edinburgh to Cardiff (arrival at Cardiff-Wales CWL airport)
Eastern Airways flies on the route from Birmingham International BHX airport (located 6.8 mi from Birmingham, United Kingdom) to Cardiff (serving Cardiff-Wales CWL airport)
Easyjet schedules the flight from Edinburgh EDI airport situated 7.5 mi away from the city centre of Edinburgh to Bristol (arrival at Bristol BRS airport)
Carpooling
Depending on the requested date, Blablacar can display an offer to share a ride Edinburgh-Bristol (311.9 mi)

Stop cities from Edinburgh or cities to visit near Cardiff

When travelling from Cardiff to Edinburgh by plane, carpooling, bus, train, you might have to change at Bristol located at 26 mi from Cardiff, Birmingham 88 mi away from Cardiff, Liverpool situated at 134 mi from Cardiff, Manchester at approximately 144 mi from Cardiff, Wolverhampton located at 89 mi from Cardiff (United Kingdom). If you have some time on your way to Cardiff or back to Edinburgh, this may be a really good opportunity to visit and have a short stay in those cities.
 
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