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Coming to Cardiff

How do I get from London Heathrow to the University?

By coach

10% off National Express tickets in September

To help make traveling to Cardiff cheaper, National Express are currently offering all international students 10% off tickets from Heathrow to Cardiff when travelling in September.

You must use the following link to access this discount:

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The cheapest way to travel to Cardiff is by National Express Coach. Coaches leave approximately every hour, with fewer coaches leaving during the night.

A single journey from Heathrow to Cardiff is approximately £34 - £45 and takes about 3 hours and 30 minutes.

You can buy your ticket online or at the National Express Booking Office in Heathrow airport. Follow signs for the Central Bus Station from the arrivals into terminals 1, 2 ,3 and 4. If you are arriving into terminal 5, check at the information desk.

By train

Train travel is more expensive than travelling by coach and you will have to change trains.

Take the Heathrow Express train from Heathrow Airport into Paddington Station in London. Trains leave every 15 minutes from all terminals at Heathrow to London. Once at Paddington you take the train to Cardiff. On weekdays the train to Cardiff from Paddington leaves every 30 minutes.

A single journey from Heathrow to Cardiff will be £44 - £138 and the journey time is 3 hours. Tickets can be bought online at (it’s usually cheaper in advance) or at the ticket office at the railway station in the airport.

By taxi

Travelling by taxi is a very expensive option and not advisable. A taxi to Cardiff from Heathrow would cost around £180.

This could be an option if there were a few of you travelling to split the cost but you will not be able to have much luggage.

Arriving at Cardiff Central Bus/Railway Station

Both the coach and train drop off at Cardiff Central Bus/Railway Station.

From here it is recommended you take a taxi to your accommodation. This will cost about £5-£10 depending on the distance to your accommodation and how much luggage you are carrying.

There are taxis easily available from outside the Railway station.

Travel discount cards

You may be able to purchase discount cards for the coach and/or train, see: what student discount cards are available?

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