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Train Information to Edinburgh from Cardiff

distanceDistance308 miles (497 km)
durationAverage train duration6 h 22 min
priceAverage train ticket price$278 (€223)
frequencyTrain frequency7 a day
changesDirect trainYes, there are 7 direct trains a day
carriersTrain providersArriva Trains Wales, Avanti West Coast or Cross Country

Trains from Cardiff to Edinburgh cover the 308 miles (497 km) long route taking on average 6 h 22 min with our travel partners like Arriva Trains Wales, Avanti West Coast or Cross Country. Normally, there are 7 trains operating per day, including direct services available. While the average ticket price for this trip costs around $278 (€223), you can find the cheapest train ticket for as low as $254 (€205). Travelers depart most frequently from Cardiff Central and arrive in Edinburgh Waverley.

CrossCountry

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

Find cheap tickets for CrossCountry trains between Cardiff and Edinburgh on Omio. Omio can help you find the best train deals and prices all in one place by showing you the most up-to-date Cardiff to Edinburgh train schedule from CrossCountry, the latest train ticket offers available and other travel information for the 308 miles (497 km) trip from Cardiff to Edinburgh, including information on baggage allowance and amenities offered onboard depending on the class fare you pick and choose. If you search for trains from Cardiff to Edinburgh in the Omio app, you can check to see if the CrossCountry trains available are mobile tickets, which makes it even more convenient for you to go paperless when traveling. Check the CrossCountry train schedule for your ideal departure and arrival times, compare the best route available to get to Edinburgh from Cardiff and then book a cheap train with ease. Sit back and enjoy your upcoming train between Cardiff and Edinburgh with CrossCountry!

CrossCountry has updated its ticket policies due to the coronavirus. Keep these in mind when booking your CrossCountry tickets from Cardiff to Edinburgh and when traveling by train:

  • Refund or voucher policy
  • If you have an Off-Peak or Anytime ticket, you can get a full refund and the £10 admin fee has been waived. Advance tickets are normally non-refundable but you can now also get a full refund if your Advance ticket was booked before 23 March 2020.
  • Cashless payments recommended
  • Online booking and check-in recommended

Trains from Cardiff to Edinburgh: Journey Details

During the week, rail service from Cardiff to Edinburgh runs 3 times an hour from 5:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., with one peak fare period occurring before 9:00 a.m. As direct journeys are not possible for this 6 to 7.5-hour journey, passengers should expect to transfer 1 to 3 times at stations such as Crewe, Lancaster, Bristol, Birmingham, and/or Preston. On the weekend, service slows slightly, with 1 to 2 trains departing per hour between 5:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, and one train departing per hour from shortly after 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. on Sunday. Passengers should be aware that some weekend connections can take up to 8 hours to reach Edinburgh. Rail services on this route are operated by Arriva Trains Wales, First Great Western, Transpennine Express and Virgin Trains.

Return trains from Edinburgh to Cardiff are also available.

Departing Cardiff by train

Tenth most populous city in the United Kingdom, Cardiff is the capital and driving economic force of Wales. The city's extensive cultural history is evidenced in the varying architectural styles recalling Roman and Norman influences as well as exposing the impact of the industrial revolution. Points of interest include the Welsh National Museum, the Pierhead Building, and the Millennium Stadium. Visitors should also be sure to check out the Cardiff Castle in the centre of the city.

Getting into Edinburgh by train

As the capital city of Scotland, Edinburgh attracts approximately 13 million visitors every year. Home to four major universities and a thriving cultural scene, it was the first city to be bestowed with the honour of UNESCO City of Literature. Visitors should be sure to check out both the Royal Mile and the church of St-Giles in the Old Town and the National Gallery of Scotland in the New Town. The city fills with artists in August for the alternative Edinburgh Festival Fringe which is an incredible cultural experience not to be missed.

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Trains from Cardiff to Edinburgh
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FAQs
How much do cheap train tickets to Edinburgh from Cardiff cost?
Omio customers have found cheap train tickets to Edinburgh from Cardiff for as low as $254 (€205)  for the next 7 days.
How much is the train to Edinburgh from Cardiff on average?
In the next 7 days you can expect to pay on average $278 (€223)  for a train ticket between Cardiff and Edinburgh.
How far is Cardiff to Edinburgh by train?
The train distance from Cardiff to Edinburgh is around 308 miles (497 km).
How long is the train to Edinburgh from Cardiff?
The Cardiff to Edinburgh train duration is on average 6 h 22 min, which is to be expected when traveling 308 miles (497 km) between Cardiff and Edinburgh. However, the time it takes can vary based on specific dates, weekends, and holidays.
What is the departure train station in Cardiff and arrival train station in Edinburgh?

There are a few train stations in Cardiff to start your journey from including Cardiff Central, Cardiff (Queen Street) and Cardiff (Cathays). In Edinburgh you have a few train station options to choose from for your arrival including Edinburgh Waverley, Edinburgh Haymarket and Edinburgh Gateway.

Omio customers traveling this route depart most frequently from Cardiff Central   and arrive in Edinburgh Waverley.

Where is the departure train station in Cardiff located? Where is the arrival train station in Edinburgh located?

The most popular departure train station with passengers for this journey, called Cardiff Central, is located 0 mile (s) / 0 km from the city center of Cardiff.

The most popular arrival train station, Edinburgh Waverley, is located 0 mile (s) / 0 km away from the city center of Edinburgh.

Which train providers can get me from Cardiff to Edinburgh?
If you're looking for trains from Cardiff to Edinburgh, you can rely on Arriva Trains Wales, Avanti West Coast or Cross Country to get you to Edinburgh. It's also good to check out all possible train providers for the Cardiff to Edinburgh journey to see if there might be differences in the amenities they offer.
How many trains are there to Edinburgh from Cardiff a day?
The average number of trains departing Cardiff for Edinburgh is 7 a day. The train schedules and services may vary between weekdays and weekends.
What time is the earliest train from Cardiff to Edinburgh? What time is the last train from Cardiff to Edinburgh?
The earliest train departing from Cardiff to Edinburgh leaves at 7: 30 AM. The last train departing from Cardiff to Edinburgh leaves at 10: 56 AM. You can find the latest Cardiff to Edinburgh train schedule on Omio and book the best time to leave for your journey on your chosen travel date.
How early should I book Cardiff to Edinburgh train tickets to get the best deals?
If you purchase the Cardiff to Edinburgh train within the next 7 days, you can find one way tickets to cost on average $278 (€223). However, booking your train ticket in advance gives you access to the best prices for trains between Cardiff and Edinburgh. Look out for train tickets for this route to go on sale a few months before your planned departure date to find the best deals.
Stations

Important Stations and Airports for this Journey

Cardiff
Edinburgh
Cardiff (Queen Street)
Amenities
Cardiff Central
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