Cardiff docks, Wales

Coach travel from Bristol to Cardiff

From £6.60 one-way*

Duration: 1 hr 15 mins (fastest)
Departures: up to 8 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 Bristol to Cardiff in 1 hour 15 mins (fastest journey)

Our coaches travel from Bristol Bus Station to Cardiff Coach Station (Sophia Gardens) up to 8 times a day. Not only that but with fares from £6.60 one-way*, this service is one of the most cost-effective ways to Cardiff possible.

With regular, reliable services, low fares, and stylish travel, it's a great time to travel with us.

Bristol to Cardiff journey information
Fastest journey time 1 hr 15 mins
Cheapest price From £6.60 *
Distance (approx) 73km
No. of stops 1 (other services may use further stops)
First & last journey daily 4:30am/21:15pm (from Bristol Coach Station)

Our Bristol to Cardiff services and stops

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

201 coach towards Swansea

Our 201 service travels up to 1 time a day and calls at the following stops:

  • Bristol Coach Station
  • Newport
  • Cardiff Gate
  • Cardiff Coach Station

202 coach towards Cardiff

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

  • Bristol Coach Station
  • Newport
  • Cardiff Coach Station

216 coach towards Cardiff

Our 216 service travels up to 2 times a day and calls at the following stops:

  • Bristol Coach Station
  • Newport
  • Cardiff University
  • Cardiff Castle
  • Cardiff Coach Station

Bristol to Cardiff route map

Departing from Bristol Coach Station

Bristol Bus Station is based Marlborough Street – just an 8-minute walk from the city centre and served by many regular bus routes, with a car park nearby at the St James Barton Car Park, postcode: BS1 3LJ.

Take a look at our Bristol Bus Station facilities.

Arriving in Cardiff Coach Station

Cardiff Coach Station is a 15-minute stroll from Cardiff Rail Station, and just a short stroll through the city centre, making it a great arrival point for your big Welsh adventure.

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

Frequently asked questions

When is the first coach from Bristol to Cardiff?

The first coach leaves from Bristol Coach Station at 4.30am, arriving at Cardiff Coach Station at 5.40am.

When is the last coach from Bristol to Cardiff?

The last coach leaves from Bristol Coach Station at 21.15pm, arriving at Cardiff Coach Station at 22.30pm.

How much is the coach from Bristol to Cardiff?

A one-way journey from Bristol to Cardiff is available from £6.60*.

How long does the coach take from Bristol to Cardiff?

Our fastest coach journeys from Bristol to Cardiff take 1 hr 15 mins.

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

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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