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Best way to purchase National Express bus tickets from Heathrow to Cardiff

Hello there. My daughter and I are traveling from Heathrow, Terminal 2, to Cardiff (Sophia Gardens) on a Monday in March. I was going to purchase the tickets ahead of time but from what I've been reading many forum users are saying to wait until you arrive to purchase the tickets. Is that way more expensive? And do you purchase them from the driver, or at the bus terminal via a kiosk? Thank you in advance for any information you are able to provide.

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The reason for waiting is that it is impossible to predict when you'll be ready to board a bus when you're flying in. I think National Express offers an option of paying a bit more so you can take a different bus if you need to. You'll find the information on the website.

You can fiddle around with travel dates to see how much it costs to travel today or tomorrow vs. months in the future. It may be best to buy now and pay for the flexibility option, but read and understand the fare rules.

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Thank you for that information. I'll look at the National Express site again for more information.

Posted by
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There are ticket windows with humans there at the terminal as well.

Posted by
18739 posts

Yes, I forgot to include the fact that I'm sure you have to approach the bus with the ticket already purchased. It would be a shame to miss a bus because you had to pause to buy a ticket at the airport.

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If you are travelling back by coach where you won't be at the mercy if a delayed flight check out Megabus as well as they do tickets from Cardiff to Heathrow from £10 one way.

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I think we'll buy our bus tickets when we arrive in London on our way to Wales and purchase our return trip ahead of time. Thank you again for all the replies. I really appreciate it!