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Cheap train tickets from Cardiff to Edinburgh

Showing times and prices for May 23

Cheapest

$288

Average

$338

The best way to find a cheap fare is to book your ticket as far in advance as you can and to avoid traveling at rush hour.

The average ticket from Cardiff to Edinburgh will cost around $ 338 if you buy it on the day, but the cheapest tickets can be found for only $ 288.

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10:52AMCardiff Central6h47 05:39PMEdinburgh Waverley
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$2881One-way
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10:52AMCardiff Central7h29 06:21PMEdinburgh Waverley
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$2881One-way
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09:51AMCardiff Central7h14 05:05PMEdinburgh Waverley
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$2881One-way
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10:45AMCardiff Central7h22 06:07PMEdinburgh Waverley
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$2881One-way
08:50AMCardiff Central6h47 03:37PMEdinburgh Waverley
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$3091One-way

Train schedule from Cardiff to Edinburgh

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08:50AMCardiff Central6h47 03:37PMEdinburgh Waverley
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09:51AMCardiff Central7h14 05:05PMEdinburgh Waverley
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09:56AMCardiff Central6h22 04:18PMEdinburgh Waverley
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10:45AMCardiff Central7h22 06:07PMEdinburgh Waverley
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10:52AMCardiff Central6h47 05:39PMEdinburgh Waverley
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10:52AMCardiff Central7h29 06:21PMEdinburgh Waverley
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Mon
May 23
$288Cross Country
$45National Express
$207Loganair
Tue
May 24
$119Avanti West Coast
$33National Express
$151Loganair
Wed
May 25
$119Avanti West Coast
$29National Express
$109Loganair
Thu
May 26
$241Avanti West Coast
$45National Express
$180Loganair
Fri
May 27
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$46National Express
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Sat
May 28
$240Cross Country
$44National Express
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Sun
May 29
$241Cross Country
$54National Express
$180Loganair
Mon
May 30
$240Avanti West Coast
$44National Express
$109Loganair
Tue
May 31
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$35National Express
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Wed
Jun 1
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$40National Express
$178Loganair
Thu
Jun 2
$148Avanti West Coast
$39National Express
$205Loganair
Fri
Jun 3
$231Avanti West Coast
$40National Express
$151Loganair
Sat
Jun 4
$289Avanti West Coast
$41National Express
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Sun
Jun 5
$287Avanti West Coast
$42National Express
$152Loganair
Mon
Jun 6
$287Avanti West Coast
$32National Express
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Tue
Jun 7
$119Avanti West Coast
$29National Express
$151Loganair
Wed
Jun 8
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$26National Express
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Thu
Jun 9
$149Avanti West Coast
$26National Express
$179Loganair
Fri
Jun 10
$239Avanti West Coast
$32National Express
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Sat
Jun 11
$240Cross Country
$32National Express
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Fastest train times from Cardiff to Edinburgh

Showing times and prices for May 23

Fastest Journey

6 h 22 m

Average

7 h

Trains per day

6

Distance

497 km

It's difficult to get from Cardiff to Edinburgh without transferring at least once.

Fastest
09:56AMCardiff Central6h22 04:18PMEdinburgh Waverley
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$5681One-way
08:50AMCardiff Central6h47 03:37PMEdinburgh Waverley
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$3091One-way
10:52AMCardiff Central6h47 05:39PMEdinburgh Waverley
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$2881One-way
09:51AMCardiff Central7h14 05:05PMEdinburgh Waverley
1 changes
$2881One-way
10:45AMCardiff Central7h22 06:07PMEdinburgh Waverley
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$2881One-way

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Overview: Train from Cardiff to Edinburgh

distanceDistance308 miles (497 km)
durationAverage train duration6 h 22 min
priceAverage train ticket price$213 (€190)
frequencyTrain frequency7 a day
changesDirect trainYes, there are 7 direct trains a day
carriersTrain companiesCross Country, Transport for Wales or Avanti West Coast

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 Cross Country, Transport for Wales or Avanti West Coast. Normally, there are 7 trains operating per day, including direct services available. While the average ticket price for this route costs around $213 (€190), you can find the cheapest train ticket for as low as $119 (€106). Travelers depart most frequently from Cardiff Central and arrive in Edinburgh Waverley.

Train companies: CrossCountry from Cardiff to Edinburgh trains

Travel to Edinburgh from Cardiff from $119 (€106) with Omio’s train partners CrossCountry! You can find the best schedules and tickets when comparing and booking the most affordable trip for you.

CrossCountry

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

Book your CrossCountry Cardiff to Edinburgh train with Omio and enjoy a smooth and relaxing journey! Check CrossCountry up-to-date train schedules for the ideal departure and arrival times, compare the fastest Cardiff to Edinburgh routes as well as the amenities offered in the class fare you choose and buy the most affordable CrossCountry train tickets online that fit your budget. The distance to Edinburgh from Cardiff is 308 miles (497 km), and the best price for a one-way Cardiff - Edinburgh CrossCountry train ticket starts at $240 (€215) if you book in advance. If you would rather search for your CrossCountry ticket in the Omio app, you can quickly see if it's a mobile ticket so that you can go paperless when traveling by train. Waiting in a line at the train station to purchase your train ticket will become yesterday's news. So, book your train tickets online quickly and easily and enjoy your trip with CrossCountry!

  • Average Price: $240

These are CrossCountry's ticket policies for COVID-19 for the train between Cardiff and Edinburgh:

  • 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.

Travel Tips: Trains from Cardiff to Edinburgh

Travel by train to Edinburgh 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 Cardiff to Edinburgh.
FAQs

What is the price of the cheapest train from Cardiff to Edinburgh?

Looking to save money on your route? Omio customers have found the cheapest train from Cardiff to Edinburgh for the next 7 days starting from $119 (€106)  one way.

How much is a train ticket to Edinburgh from Cardiff?

In the next 7 days you can expect to pay on average $213 (€190)  for a train ticket from Cardiff to Edinburgh.

How many miles is it from Cardiff to Edinburgh by train?

The Cardiff to Edinburgh train distance is approximately 308 miles (497 km).

What is the Cardiff to Edinburgh train travel time?

While the time it takes to travel 308 miles (497 km) from Cardiff to Edinburgh can vary based on specific dates, weekends, and holidays, the Cardiff to Edinburgh train journey time is on average 6 h 22 min.

Which train station from Cardiff to Edinburgh do I depart from? Which Edinburgh train station from Cardiff do I arrive in?

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

Where do I find the Cardiff train station to Edinburgh? Where is the Edinburgh train station?

The most popular departure train station with passengers for this route, called Cardiff Central, is located 1.1 miles (1.8 km) from the city center of Cardiff.

The most popular arrival train station, Edinburgh Waverley, is located 0.4 miles (659 m) away from the city center of Edinburgh.

What train companies offer a service between Cardiff and Edinburgh?

When taking a train from Cardiff to Edinburgh, you can count on Cross Country, Transport for Wales or Avanti West Coast for the best way to get you to Edinburgh. You can also check all possible train providers who offer a service between Cardiff and Edinburgh and compare the amenities they offer before buying a train ticket.

How many train services are there between Cardiff and Edinburgh a day?

On average, there are 7 trains a day from Cardiff to Edinburgh. The train times and services may be different on weekends and holidays compared to weekdays.

What are the first and last departure train times from Cardiff to Edinburgh?

The earliest train for this trip departs from Cardiff at 4: 55 AM. The last train leaves from Cardiff at 4: 50 PM. Check Omio for the latest train schedule from Cardiff to Edinburgh and book the best time to depart on your chosen travel date.

How far in advance should I purchase train tickets from Cardiff to Edinburgh for the best deals?

You can find trains between Cardiff and Edinburgh to cost on average $213 (€190) one way if you book within the next 7 days. But we recommend buying train tickets in advance to score the best deals and save money on your journey. You’ll see tickets for the Cardiff to Edinburgh train generally on sale a few months before the planned travel date.

Important Stations and Airports for this Journey

Cardiff
Edinburgh
The major railway station for departures from Cardiff is Cardiff Central. Read all the information you need to know about services, amenities and connections at Cardiff Central for your journey to Edinburgh from Cardiff.
Amenities at station
WifiWifi
LockersLockers
ParkingParking
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AccessibilityAccessibility
phone
Phone Number
+44 3457114141
ticketOfficeHours
Ticket Office Hours
Mon - Fri: 05: 40 - 21: 30 | Sat: 05: 40 - 21: 30 | Sun: 07: 30 - 21: 30
Public transit options for Cardiff Central
Commuter rail lines: City Line, Rhondda Line, Rhymney Line, Valley Line, South Wales Main Line
Train lines: Transport for Wales, CrossCountry, Great Western Railway