I arrived at the station just after the gates closed. As there were no staff on entrance to direct to the bus. I know the recommended time is 15 minutes before, so partly my fault however I think there could have been staff to direct me to the coach.
It was raining heavily, several National Express drivers were stood in the bus with the door wide open having a chat, they easily could have invited me to take my seat on the bus. Instead I was made to wait in the rain. When it came time to board two women walked to the front of the queue and pushed passed everyone else, the driver saw everything and said nothing.
The USB and charging sockets were broken on both journeys, I had to miss part of the event I was travelling for in order to go to a bar I didn't want to go to simply to charge my phone so I could show my ticket for the return journey. By the time we had arrived back in Cardiff my battery had died again so I wad unable to book an uber. There were no taxis at the bus station so I had to walk home to Fairwater at 4am in the rain.
I spent the following day in bed with a cold.
A completely wasted journey, I wish I hadn't spent the money in the first place.
Good bus ride, would’ve appreciated better signage on the departure location though. I had to ask around to make sure I was in the right spot, which was an anxiety that could’ve been avoided. Also, someone was playing pop music out loud, or at least audibly, which made it hard to sleep, though obviously that’s not really in your control completely. Otherwise, it was extremely comfortable and timely, and I had good experiences with the staff! Thanks for a safe and prompt journey home!
The outgoing trip to London was delayed by forty five minutes and it was requested that eight people volunteer to take a coach more than an hour later to Heathrow and then an exchange to Victoria Station. It was said that until eight people volunteered we wouldn't be moving. About ten minutes later, we got moved to a coach right next to us which had been there the entire time and which would have enough seats for everybody.
On my way from London to Cardiff I found the driver rude and incompetent. He spoke to passengers in a derogatory manner. The doors stopped working and when somebody asked what was wrong he replied with attitude. He also gave attitude to two women who tried to board the bus when they had the wrong tickets. We also arrived at Cardiff later than planned.
FlixBus, Great Western Railway, Megabus UK, National Express
Frequently asked questions on the trip Cardiff - London
How much does a bus ticket from Cardiff to London cost?
The average bus ticket price from Cardiff to London is £17. The best way to find cheap bus tickets from Cardiff to London is to book your tickets as early as possible. Prices tend to rise as your travel date approaches, so book in advance to secure the best prices!
How long is the bus ride from Cardiff to London?
The average travel time between Cardiff and London is around 3h 37m, although the fastest bus will take about 2h 55m. This is the time it takes to travel the 132 miles that separates the two cities.
How many daily bus connections are there between Cardiff and London?
The number of buses from Cardiff to London can differ depending on the day of the week. On average, there are 126 on this route. Some buses run direct routes, while others have layovers. Simplify your bus trip from Cardiff to London by comparing and selecting the bus that fits your travel style and budget on Busbud.
Which bus companies travel from Cardiff to London?
When taking the bus from Cardiff to London, you can travel comfortably and safely with FlixBus, BlaBlaCar, Great Western Railway.
What are the departure and arrival stations when taking the bus from Cardiff to London?
Buses travelling between Cardiff and London leave from Sophia Gardens or Cardiff - Castle Street Bus Stop and arrive at Buckingham Palace Road, Earl's Court, Hammersmith.
Best time to book your trip
Price is for a one-way ticket for one passenger and based on past departures.
Days before departure
Buddy tip: the best time to book this trip is usually 7 days before departure.
The average bus ticket from Cardiff to London costs around £14 for departures 7 days prior.
Over the last 90 days, ticket prices from Cardiff to London vary and during peak season, ticket prices are around £70 while at other times, you can expect to pay around £8.
To save money and be sure you have the best seat, it's a good idea to buy your bus tickets from Cardiff to London, as early as possible. The best time to find and book cheap bus tickets is to book at least 7 days in advance.
About Bus Travel
Bus Travel Tips
Make friends with the driver. They usually know a lot about your destination and may even recommend which side of the bus to sit on to get the best views on the road between Cardiff and London!
Much more than a mere vehicle taking you from Cardiff to London, riding the bus will expose you to some of the most stunning panoramas while enroute to your final bus stop.
Buses are energy-efficient. Carrying a passenger over 100 kms by coach only takes 0.6-0.9 liters of gas. Compare that to the 2.6 liters required by high-speed train, 6.6 liters by airplane and 7.6 liters by gas-powered car, and it's clear that the bus is a more environmentally-conscious option for your bus transportation from Cardiff to London.
Create your own real life musical score by curating a personalized bus travel playlist - the perfect accompaniment to your bus ride from Cardiff to London.
Did you know?
The bus driver with the longest career in the world drove more than 2,000,000 miles and is a happy World Record holder.
9.2% of ground transportation in Europe is done by bus versus 7.4% by train.
The average number of passengers on a coach bus is 32 meaning that a bus could replace a minimum of at least 30 cars!
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