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Cardiff to Heathrow Airport

From £17.60 one-way*

Duration: 2 hrs 50 mins (fastest)
Departures: up to 14 services per day

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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 Heathrow Airport

Our coaches travel from Cardiff (Sophia Gardens) to Heathrow Airport (terminals and coach station) up to 14 times a day, from just £17.60 one-way*.

Our fastest journey will get you there in 2 hrs 50 minutes. With reliable services, low fares, and comfortable travel, you can head to the airport in style for less.

Cardiff to Heathrow journey information
Fastest journey time 2 hrs 50 mins
Cheapest price From £17.60 *
Distance (approx) 220km
No. of stops 2 (other services may use further stops)
First & last journey daily 1:40am/23:40pm

Our Cardiff to Heathrow 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 9 times a day and calls at the following stops:

  • Cardiff Sophia Gardens
  • Cardiff Gate Service Area
  • Newport (S.Wales) Kingsway
  • Bristol Bus & Coach Station
  • Heathrow Airport Central Bus Station
  • Heathrow Airport (Terminal 5)

202 coach towards Heathrow

Our 202 service travels up to 5 times a day and calls at the following stops:

  • Cardiff Sophia Gardens
  • Newport (S.Wales) Kingsway
  • Bristol Bus & Coach Station
  • Heathrow Airport Central Bus Station
  • Heathrow Airport (Terminal 5)
  • Heathrow Airport (Terminal 4)

Cardiff to Heathrow route map


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 is just a 15-minute stroll through the city centre from Cardiff Rail Station, and is served by a dedicated taxi tank.

The station is close to city centre amenities, so there are no shortage of shops and sights to pass the time.

Take a look at our Cardiff (Sophia Gardens) facilities and information page.

Travelling to Terminal 4 or 5? 

For more frequent coach services, search for Heathrow Airport London (Terminals 2, 3) in the blue Journey Planner above. You can then take the free Heathrow Express train in between terminals.

Arriving at Heathrow 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.

Our coaches from Cardiff's Sophia Gardens to Heathrow arrive up to 8 times a day. At Heathrow, you will find many facilities to pass the time before travelling.

Facilities near to the stop include: a wide assortment of cafes, shops and restaurants, as well as rest areas, toilet facilities, cash machines and ticket machines.

Arrival and Departure information: 

Terminal 2 & 3: Coaches arrive and depart from the Heathrow Central Bus Station.

Terminal 4: Coaches arrive and depart outside of Heathrow Terminal 4.

Terminal 5: Coaches arrive and depart outside of Heathrow Terminal 5.

Frequently asked questions

When is the first coach from Cardiff to Heathrow?

The first coach leaves from Cardiff Coach Station at 1.40am, arriving at Heathrow Central Bus Station at 4.30am.

When is the last coach from Cardiff to Heathrow?

The last coach leaves from Cardiff Coach Station at 23.40pm, arriving at Heathrow Central Bus Station at 3.00am.

How much is the coach from Cardiff to Heathrow?

A one-way journey from Cardiff to Heathrow is available from £17.60*.

How long does the coach take from Cardiff to Heathrow?

Our fastest coach journeys from Cardiff to Heathrow take 2 hrs 50 mins.

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

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 5 May 2023 for travel between 5 May 2023 and 1 September 2023.

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