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Cardiff to Gatwick Airport

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Children under 14 years of age are not permitted to travel without being accompanied throughout the journey by a responsible person aged 16 years or over.
Children aged 14 - 15 years old may travel unaccompanied, as from 5am, arriving at their booked destination no later than 10pm. Unaccompanied children will be asked for proof of age or a signed letter of permission from their parent/guardian. (sms or chat based messages are not permissible)

One infant aged 0-2 travels free when accompanied by an adult with a valid ticket. Additional infants aged 0-2 must be paid for. If you are travelling with more than 1 infant aged 0-2, please book the additional infant as 'Children (3-15).

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Coach from Cardiff to Gatwick Airport

Our coaches travel from Cardiff (Sophia Gardens) to Gatwick Airport (North & South Terminals) 8 times a day.

With reliable services, low fares, and convenient travel timings, you can travel in style for less.

Cardiff to Gatwick journey information
Fastest journey time 4 hrs 30 mins
Cheapest price From £23 *
Distance (approx) 279km
No. of stops 5 (other services may use further stops)
First & last journey daily 1:40am/23:40pm

Our Cardiff to Gatwick services and stops

Click below to see the stops for each service and plan your journey with ease.

201 coach towards Gatwick

Our 201 service travels up to 8 times a day and calls at the following stops:

  • Cardiff Sophia Gardens
  • Newport (Wales) Kingsway
  • Bristol Bus & Coach Station
  • Chepstow Bus Station
  • Heathrow Airport Central Bus Station
  • Heathrow Airport (Terminal 5) Bus & Coach Station
  • Gatwick Airport (North)
  • Gatwick Airport (South)

Cardiff to Gatwick route map

Luggage

You can take two 20kg suitcases and one item of hand luggage per adult on our coaches. However, be sure to check your flight luggage allowance with your airline before your pack.

View our luggage policy 

Departing from Cardiff

Cardiff Coach Station, at Sophia Gardens, is just a 15-minute stroll through the city centre from Cardiff Rail Station.

It is easy to reach via the city's bus links, and is also served by a dedicated taxi rank.

The station is close to all city centre shops and amenities, so there's no shortage of ways to help pass the time while you wait for your coach.

Read more on our Cardiff (Sophia Gardens) facilities page.

Arriving at Gatwick Airport

To ensure a stress-free travel experience we recommend you get to the airport at least 3 hours before your scheduled flight departure time.

Gatwick Airport has a wide range of fantastic facilities to keep you entertained between trips.

Less than five minutes from the terminal, you'll find newsagents, restaurants, and other shops including coffee shops, clothing, entertainment for the kids and much more.

Take a look at our Gatwick Airport facilities pages for more information:

Frequently asked questions

When is the first coach from Cardiff to Gatwick?

The first coach leaves from Cardiff Coach Station at 1.40am, arriving at Gatwick South Terminal at 6.10am.

When is the last coach from Cardiff to Gatwick?

The last coach leaves from Cardiff Coach Station at 23.40pm, arriving at Gatwick South Terminal at 4.30am.

How much is the coach from Cardiff to Gatwick?

A one-way journey from Cardiff to Gatwick is available from £23*.

How long does the coach take from Cardiff to Gatwick?

Coach journeys from Cardiff to Gatwick take on average 4 hrs 30 mins.

What happens if I miss my coach from Cardiff to Gatwick?

We have fare types available to give you more flexibility when you travel. Both our Standard and Fully Flexible fares are amendable, however, excess fees may apply. For more information, please visit our tickets page.

Alternatively, when buying your ticket you can add Change and Go to your booking. Change and Go allows you to board any available coach 12 hours before or after your original departure time for just £5 per journey. Find out more at our Change and Go page.

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*Limited Availability. No booking fee when logged into My Account and purchasing on the National Express website or app, otherwise £1 booking fee applies. Fares correct 16 November 2022 for travel between 16 November 2022 and 15 March 2023.

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