Cardiff docks, Wales

Coach travel from Gatwick Airport to Cardiff

From £19 one-way*

Free Wi-Fi available onboard
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 Gatwick to Cardiff

Our coaches travel from Gatwick Airport's north and south terminals to Cardiff Coach Station (Sophia Gardens) up to 8 times a day. Not only that but with fares from £19 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.

Gatwick to Cardiff journey information
Fastest journey time 4 hrs 30 mins
Cheapest price From £19 *
Distance (approx) 280km
No. of stops 4 (other services may use further stops)
First & last journey daily 6:45am/22:50pm (from South Terminal)

Our Gatwick 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 8 times a day and calls at the following stops:

  • Gatwick Airport (South)
  • Gatwick Airport (North)
  • Heathrow Airport (Terminal 5)
  • Heathrow Airport Central Bus Station
  • Bristol Coach Station
  • Newport
  • Cardiff Gate
  • Cardiff Coach Station

Gatwick to Cardiff route map


You can bring 1x large suitcase (or 2x medium cases) & 1x soft hand luggage item onboard our coaches. However, be sure to check your flight luggage allowance with your airline before your pack.

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Departing from Gatwick Airport

Within a five-minute walk from the terminal, you'll find newsagents, restaurants and other stores including coffees shops, kids entertainment and more.

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

Arriving in Cardiff

Cardiff Coach Station is based at Sophia Gardens. Located next to a sprawling shopping complex, you are a stone's throw away from dozens of high street favourites and independent stores as soon as you arrive.

For travelling further afield, Cardiff Rail Station is just a 15-minute stroll through the city centre, and is also served by a dedicated taxi rank. The station is close to all city centre amenities, so there are no shortage of shops and sights to pass the time.

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

Frequently asked questions

When is the first coach from Gatwick to Cardiff?

The first coach leaves from Gatwick (South Terminal) at 6.45am, arriving at Cardiff Coach Station at 12.05pm.

When is the last coach from Gatwick to Cardiff?

The last coach leaves from Gatwick (South Terminal) at 22.50pm, arriving at Cardiff Coach Station at 4.00am.

How much is the coach from Gatwick to Cardiff?

A one-way journey from Gatwick to Cardiff is available from £19*.

How long does the coach take from Gatwick to Cardiff?

Our fastest coach journeys from Gatwick to Cardiff take 4 hrs 30 mins.

What happens if I miss my coach from Gatwick 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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*Limited Availability. No booking fee when logged into My Account and purchasing on the National Express website or app, otherwise £1.50 booking fee applies. Fares correct 3 June 2024 for travel between 3 June 2024 - 30 September 2024.

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