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Cardiff docks, Wales

Heathrow Airport to Cardiff

From £17.60 one-way*

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Departures: up to 9 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 Heathrow Airport to Cardiff

Our coaches travel from Heathrow Airport (terminals and coach station) to Cardiff (Sophia Gardens) up to 9 times a day on the 202 route, from £17.60 one-way*.

With reliable services, low fares, and stylish coaches, it's a great time to travel onboard our coaches.

Heathrow to Cardiff journey information
Fastest journey time 3 hrs 30 mins
Cheapest price From £17.60 *
Distance (approx) 222km
No. of stops 2 (other services may use further stops)
First & last journey daily 8:45am/23:30pm (from Heathrow Terminal 2)


Our Heathrow to Cardiff services and stops

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

202 coach towards Swansea

Our 202 service travels up to 9 times a day and calls at the following stops:

  • Heathrow Airport London Terminal 2
  • Bristol Bus & Coach Station
  • Newport
  • Cardiff Coach Station

Heathrow to Cardiff route map

Departing from Heathrow Airport

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.

Arriving in Cardiff

Cardiff Coach Station, at Sophia Gardens, is located next to a sprawling shopping centre, which is home to many high street favourites and independent stores.

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 and information page to find out more.

Frequently asked questions

When is the first coach from Heathrow to Cardiff?

The first coach leaves from Heathrow Terminal 2 at 8.45am, arriving at Cardiff Coach Station at 12.15pm.

When is the last coach from Heathrow to Cardiff?

The last coach departs from Heathrow Terminal 2 at 23.30pm, terminating at Cardiff Coach Station at 3.00am.

How much is the coach from Heathrow to Cardiff?

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

How long does the coach take from Heathrow to Cardiff?

Coach journeys from Heathrow to Cardiff take 3 hrs 30 mins.

What happens if I miss my coach from Heathrow 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.


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.

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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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