Bristol to Cardiff train

Cheap train tickets from Bristol to Cardiff

Showing times and prices for Nov 30

Cheapest

7

Average

17

The best way to find a cheap train ticket from Bristol to Cardiff is to book your journey as far in advance as possible and to avoid traveling at rush hour.

Great Western Railway
06:06AMBristol0h57 07:03AMCardiff
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71One-way
Great Western Railway
08:58AMBristol0h50 09:48AMCardiff
0 transfers
161One-way
Cross Country
04:20AMBristol1h01 05:21AMCardiff
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161One-way
Great Western Railway
07:58AMBristol0h50 08:48AMCardiff
0 transfers
181One-way
Great Western Railway
09:39AMBristol0h58 10:37AMCardiff
0 transfers
191One-way

Train schedule from Bristol to Cardiff

Showing trains for tomorrow, Wednesday, November 30
Cross Country
04:20AMBristol1h01 05:21AMCardiff
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Great Western Railway
04:53AMBristol0h49 05:42AMCardiff
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Great Western Railway
05:28AMBristol0h50 06:18AMCardiff
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Great Western Railway
06:06AMBristol0h57 07:03AMCardiff
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Great Western Railway
06:28AMBristol0h50 07:18AMCardiff
0 transfers
Great Western Railway
07:58AMBristol0h50 08:48AMCardiff
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Great Western Railway
08:58AMBristol0h50 09:48AMCardiff
0 transfers
Great Western Railway
09:39AMBristol0h58 10:37AMCardiff
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Fastest train times from Bristol to Cardiff

Showing times and prices for Nov 30

Fastest Journey

49 m

Average

53 m

Trains per day

8

Distance

41 km

Of the 8 trains that leave Bristol for Cardiff every day 8 travel direct so it’s quite easy to avoid journeys where you’ll have to change along the way.

Great Western Railway
04:53AMBristol0h49 05:42AMCardiff
0 transfers
211One-way
Great Western Railway
07:58AMBristol0h50 08:48AMCardiff
0 transfers
181One-way
Great Western Railway
05:28AMBristol0h50 06:18AMCardiff
0 transfers
211One-way
Great Western Railway
06:28AMBristol0h50 07:18AMCardiff
0 transfers
211One-way
Great Western Railway
08:58AMBristol0h50 09:48AMCardiff
0 transfers
161One-way

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Overview: Train from Bristol to Cardiff

distanceDistance25 miles (40 km)
durationAverage train duration50 min
priceAverage train ticket price$23 (€21)
frequencyTrain frequency51 a day
changesDirect trainYes, there are 31 direct trains a day
carriersTrain providersCross Country, Great Western Railway or First Great Western Service

Trains from Bristol to Cardiff cover the 25 miles (40 km) long journey taking on average 50 min with our travel partners like Cross Country, Great Western Railway or First Great Western Service. Normally, there are 51 trains operating per day, including direct services available. While the average ticket price for this journey costs around $23 (€21), you can find the cheapest train ticket for as low as $21 (€19). Travelers depart most frequently from Bristol Temple Meads and arrive in Cardiff Central.

Train companies: CrossCountry and Great Western Rail from Bristol to Cardiff trains

You can travel by train to Cardiff from Bristol with CrossCountry and Great Western Rail for as low as $21 (€19). When you search for schedules and tickets, Omio will show you the best route.

CrossCountry
Great Western Rail

CrossCountry is a fast speed train company in the United Kingdom and for your next train between Bristol and Cardiff you can choose between Standard Class and First Class tickets on Omio.

Looking for trains from Bristol to Cardiff? CrossCountry is one of the best companies to travel with on the 25 miles (40 km) journey between Bristol and Cardiff. As an official travel partner of CrossCountry, Omio quickly shows you the latest CrossCountry train schedules and timetables, tickets and offers (such as baggage allowance and amenities provided onboard), travel information, and prices so that you can check for ideal departure and arrival times, compare the fastest Bristol to Cardiff routes, find the best amenities to make your trip smooth and easy, and buy the most affordable CrossCountry train tickets that fit your budget. If you use the Omio app to search for trains between Bristol and Cardiff, you can quickly see if the CrossCountry ticket is a mobile ticket, making it easy for you to go paperless when taking a train. Once you’re ready, book your Bristol - Cardiff train now on Omio quickly and easily and enjoy your upcoming trip with CrossCountry!

CrossCountry from Bristol to Cardiff train information:

  • Average Duration: 1 h 1 min
  • CrossCountry frequency: 1 a day

One of the best ways to travel from Bristol to Cardiff is by taking a train with Great Western Rail. Omio helps you find the ideal Great Western Rail train from Bristol to Cardiff by showing you Great Western Rail current train schedules and timetables, the train tickets on offer (including amenities offered onboard and travel information like baggage allowance) and the best prices for this Bristol to Cardiff route. You can expect to travel 25 miles (40 km) to Cardiff from Bristol on a train with Great Western Rail. If you are using the Omio app to search for trains to Cardiff from Bristol, you can check straight away if the Great Western Rail ticket is a mobile ticket, which makes it easy for you to go paperless when traveling without needing to purchase tickets in person at the train station. Once you’ve found that perfect train, book your Great Western Rail train ticket on Omio quickly and easily, then enjoy your upcoming trip from Bristol to Cardiff!

Train information from Bristol to Cardiff with Great Western Rail:

  • Average Duration: 52 min
  • Great Western Rail frequency: 30 a day

Trains from Bristol to Cardiff

Catching the train is usually the best way to travel from Bristol to the Welsh capital. 2-3 direct trains leave Bristol Temple Meads Station every hour from 7:00 a.m. until late evening, so travelers won't lack for choice. And with a journey time between 48 minutes and one hour three minutes, reaching Cardiff is easy.

Which train companies travel from Bristol to Cardiff?

Travelers will only have one company to use when heading from Bristol to Cardiff. Great Western Railway is the only operator on the busy route, running regular direct services every day of the week.

How long is the train from Bristol to Cardiff?

Journeys from Bristol to Cardiff aren't particularly time-consuming. Expect direct journeys to take between 48 minutes and one hour three minutes in the vast majority of cases.

How many trains are there from Bristol to Cardiff?

Trains leave every hour, seven days a week between Bristol and Cardiff. In fact, travelers can generally expect a choice of 35-45 trains every day, all of which run directly to the heart of Cardiff.

What are the departure and arrival stations for trains from Bristol to Cardiff?

Departure train station: Trains from Bristol to Cardiff will leave from Bristol Temple Meads Station, the city's major rail hub. Temple Meads has direct coach links to Bristol Airport via the Bristol Airport Flyer Express. Leave at least 30 minutes for the transfer. Those coming from locations in the Bristol metropolitan area can take a range of buses. For example, the 8 route runs from Clifton, while bus 9 serves Redland, and the X39 bus runs from nearby Bath. The station offers a variety of shops and eateries, allowing customers to prepare for their journeys.

Arrival train station: All trains from Bristol will arrive at Cardiff Central Station, which is located in the city's Central Square. As the name suggests, the station isn't far from the center of the city. Arrivals can simply walk 5-10 minutes northwards, and they will find Cardiff's downtown shopping district. Cardiff Castle is 15 minutes walk to the north along the River Taff, as is the Principality Stadium. Those headed to the university may wish to take additional rail services to Cathays Station, while anyone seeking to reach the airport can take the 905 express bus or trains to Rhoose Station.

Travel Tips: Trains from Bristol to Cardiff

Travel Tips: Travel by train to Cardiff easily. Whether you want fast, cheap or something entirely different, our travel experts have collected everything you need to know so you can find the best option from Bristol to Cardiff.
FAQs
Train tickets from Bristol to Cardiff for some dates and times can be found for as cheap as $21 (€19)  one way in the next 7 days.
If you are looking to purchase your train ticket in the next 7 days, you can expect the Bristol to Cardiff train to cost on average $23 (€21)  one way.
The Bristol to Cardiff train distance is approximately 25 miles (40 km).
While the time it takes to travel 25 miles (40 km) between Bristol and Cardiff can vary based on specific dates, weekends, and holidays, the Bristol to Cardiff train journey time is on average 50 min.

Omio customers who travel this route most frequently depart from Bristol Temple Meads   and arrive in Cardiff Central.

Passengers booking this route most frequently board their trains from Bristol Temple Meads and need to travel around 1.9 miles (3 km) from the city center to get to this train station.

Passengers arriving in Cardiff most often arrive at Cardiff Central and need to travel around 1.1 miles (1.8 km) from this train station to the city center.

If you're looking for trains from Bristol to Cardiff, you can rely on Cross Country, Great Western Railway or First Great Western Service to get you to Cardiff. It's also good to check out all possible train providers for the Bristol to Cardiff journey to see if there might be differences in the amenities they offer.
Yes, there are 31 direct trains to Cardiff from Bristol per day with Great Western Railway  on Omio. This is worth paying attention to when you purchase your train ticket as direct services tend to offer more convenience and help save you time traveling to your destination.
On average, there are 51 trains a day from Bristol to Cardiff. The train times and services may be different on weekends and holidays compared to weekdays.
You can take the earliest train from Bristol to Cardiff at 9: 34 PM   or take the last train from Bristol to Cardiff leaving at 9: 34 PM. Look for the latest Bristol to Cardiff train schedules on Omio and book the best time to take the train for this journey.
If you book the Bristol to Cardiff train within the next 7 days, you can find one way tickets to cost on average $23 (€21). However, booking your train ticket in advance gives you access to the best prices for trains from Bristol to Cardiff. Look out for train tickets for this journey to go on sale a few months before your planned departure date to find the best deals.

Important Stations and Airports in Bristol and Cardiff

Bristol
Cardiff
The major railway station for departures from Bristol is Bristol Temple Meads. Read all the information you need to know about services, amenities and connections at Bristol Temple Meads for your journey from Bristol to Cardiff.
Amenities at station
WifiWifi
LockersLockers
ShoppingShopping
ParkingParking
ATMATM
TaxisTaxis
AccessibilityAccessibility
ticketOfficeHours
Ticket Office Hours
Mon - Sat: 05: 30 - 21: 30 | Sun: 06: 45 - 21: 30
Public transit options for Bristol Temple Meads
Bus lines: A1, 1, 2, 8, 39/349/X39, 70, 73, 178, 376
Train lines: CrossCountry, Great Western Main Line, Severn Beach Line
Location for Rail Replacement Services: Station front. Alternative: the lower approach road, outside the front of Bristol & Exeter House

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