Edinburgh to Cardiff train

Cheap train tickets from Edinburgh to Cardiff

Showing times and prices for Dec 07

Cheapest

222

Average

248

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

Avanti West Coast
07:52AMEdinburgh5h53 01:45PMCardiff
0 transfers
2221One-way
Cross Country
09:03AMEdinburgh7h06 04:09PMCardiff
0 transfers
2551One-way
Cross Country
10:03AMEdinburgh7h06 05:09PMCardiff
0 transfers
2581One-way
Avanti West Coast
09:52AMEdinburgh6h08 04:00PMCardiff
0 transfers
2591One-way

Train schedule from Edinburgh to Cardiff

Showing trains for tomorrow, Wednesday, December 7
Avanti West Coast
07:52AMEdinburgh5h53 01:45PMCardiff
0 transfers
Cross Country
09:03AMEdinburgh7h06 04:09PMCardiff
0 transfers
Avanti West Coast
09:52AMEdinburgh6h08 04:00PMCardiff
0 transfers
Cross Country
10:03AMEdinburgh7h06 05:09PMCardiff
0 transfers

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Fastest train times from Edinburgh to Cardiff

Showing times and prices for Dec 07

Fastest Journey

5 h 53 m

Average

6 h 33 m

Trains per day

4

Distance

497 km

Of the 4 trains that leave Edinburgh for Cardiff every day 4 travel direct so it’s quite easy to avoid journeys where you’ll have to change along the way.

Avanti West Coast
07:52AMEdinburgh5h53 01:45PMCardiff
0 transfers
2221One-way
Avanti West Coast
09:52AMEdinburgh6h08 04:00PMCardiff
0 transfers
2591One-way
Cross Country
09:03AMEdinburgh7h06 04:09PMCardiff
0 transfers
2551One-way
Cross Country
10:03AMEdinburgh7h06 05:09PMCardiff
0 transfers
2581One-way

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Overview: Train from Edinburgh to Cardiff

distanceDistance308 miles (497 km)
durationAverage train duration5 h 53 min
frequencyTrain frequency6 a day
changesDirect trainNo
carriersTrain companiesAvanti West Coast, Cross Country or TransPennine Express Service

Trains from Edinburgh to Cardiff cover the 308 miles (497 km) long trip taking on average 5 h 53 min with our travel partners like Avanti West Coast, Cross Country or TransPennine Express Service. Normally, there are 6 trains operating per day, including direct services available. Travelers depart most frequently from Edinburgh Waverley and arrive in Cardiff Central.

Train companies: First TransPennine Express 3 and CrossCountry from Edinburgh to Cardiff trains

Travel to Cardiff from Edinburgh on First TransPennine Express 3 and CrossCountry trains with Omio. When comparing schedules and tickets, we will also show you other options with multiple connections or other travel modes if they’re available.

First TransPennine Express 3
CrossCountry

One of the best ways to travel to Cardiff from Edinburgh is by taking a train with First TransPennine Express 3. Omio helps you find the ideal First TransPennine Express 3 train between Edinburgh and Cardiff by showing you First TransPennine Express 3 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 Edinburgh to Cardiff trip. You can expect to travel 308 miles (497 km) from Edinburgh to Cardiff on a train with First TransPennine Express 3. If you are using the Omio app to search for trains from Edinburgh to Cardiff, you can check straight away if the First TransPennine Express 3 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 First TransPennine Express 3 train ticket on Omio quickly and easily, then enjoy your upcoming trip to Cardiff from Edinburgh!

Edinburgh to Cardiff train information with First TransPennine Express 3:

  • Average Duration: 14 h 53 min
  • First TransPennine Express 3 frequency: 1 a day

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

Are you making plans to travel between Edinburgh and Cardiff? Why not take a train with CrossCountry? Omio can show you current CrossCountry train times, tickets, travel information (such as baggage allowance and amenities offered onboard) and prices so you can find the best deals on Edinburgh to Cardiff trains all in one place. On the CrossCountry train, you can expect to travel 308 miles (497 km) between Edinburgh and Cardiff. If you use the Omio app to search for trains from Edinburgh to 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 have found your perfect one-way CrossCountry train between Edinburgh and Cardiff, book your cheap train tickets online on Omio or in the Omio app quickly and easily so you can spend the rest of your time enjoying your upcoming trip!

    Trains from Edinburgh to Cardiff

    There are no direct trains from Edinburgh to Cardiff but it is possible to travel from the Scottish to the Welsh capital with only one change. The first departure is a Virgin trains service leaving just before 7:00 a.m. connecting at Crewe with an Arriva Trains Wales route to Cardiff. The service operates roughly every hour throughout the day until the final train in the late afternoon. Some journeys use CrossCountry services to Bristol Parkway to connect with Great Western railroad trains. Journey times range from under six hours to seven hours and 30 minutes.

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

    Departure Station: Trains from Edinburgh to Cardiff depart from Waverley station which is situated in central Edinburgh, around a 15-minute walk from Edinburgh Castle. Bus and tram stops on Princes Street provide local connections. Night buses and airport services depart from Waverley Bridge. The station cab rank is next to the concourse and platforms.

    Arrival Station: Cardiff Central station is located south-west of the centre, connected by local buses from stops nearby on Penarth Road. cabs are available by the main entrance.

    Taking the Train from Edinburgh

    Trains from Edinburgh to Cardiff depart from Waverley train station, which is centrally located in Edinburgh. There is a cab rank located close to the station, at Waverley Bridge. Bus stops are situated outside exit 1 of the station along Princess Street. There is also a convenient tram service that operates a route to the main entrance of Waverley train station. Night bus services operate between the hours of midnight and 4:30 a.m. For those arriving by private car, there are convenient parking facilities at Waverley Bridge.

    Getting into Cardiff by Train

    Cardiff, the capital of Wales, is a port city with plenty to offer its visitors. Cardiff's top attractions include the picturesque Cardiff Bay, the tranquil Bute Park, Llandaff Cathedral and Cardiff Castle. Trains from Edinburgh to Cardiff arrive at Cardiff Central train station, which is located at Central Square in the city centre. Just outside the main entrance is Cardiff Central bus station. For onward travel, city service routes, such as Stagecoach 122 and EST 89, call in at the bus station. There is also a cab rank at the bus station.

    Travel Tips: Trains from Edinburgh 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 Edinburgh to Cardiff.
    FAQs
    The Edinburgh to Cardiff train distance is approximately 308 miles (497 km).
    While the time it takes to travel 308 miles (497 km) between Edinburgh and Cardiff can vary based on specific dates, weekends, and holidays, the Edinburgh to Cardiff train journey time is on average 5 h 53 min.

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

    Passengers booking this route most frequently board their trains from Edinburgh Waverley and need to travel around 0.4 miles (660 m) 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 Edinburgh to Cardiff, you can rely on Avanti West Coast, Cross Country or TransPennine Express Service to get you to Cardiff. It's also good to check out all possible train providers for the Edinburgh to Cardiff journey to see if there might be differences in the amenities they offer.
    On average, there are 6 trains a day from Edinburgh to Cardiff. The train times and services may be different on weekends and holidays compared to weekdays.
    The earliest train departing from Edinburgh to Cardiff leaves at 6: 52 AM. The last train departing from Edinburgh to Cardiff leaves at 8: 15 PM. You can find the latest Edinburgh to Cardiff train schedule on Omio and book the best time to leave for your journey on your chosen travel date.

    Important Stations and Airports in Edinburgh and Cardiff

    Edinburgh
    Cardiff
    The major railway station for departures from Edinburgh is Edinburgh Waverley. Read all the information you need to know about services, amenities and connections at Edinburgh Waverley for your journey between Edinburgh and Cardiff.
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    Ticket Office Hours
    Mon - Sat: 05: 00 - 23: 59 | Sun: 07: 00 - 23: 59
    Public transit options for Edinburgh Waverley
    Bus lines: 22, 30, 33, X22, X25, X37
    Train lines: Avanti West Coast, Caledonian Sleeper, CrossCountry, LNER, ScotRail, Transpennine Express
    Location for Rail Replacement Services: Buses pick up/drop off on Waterloo Place, pick up across from Apex Hotel and drop off outside the Apex Hotel.
    Metro: No metro available.
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    Public transit options for Edinburgh Gateway
    Location for Rail Replacement Services: Buses pick up/drop off from the bus stops outside the station
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    Public transit options for Edinburgh Park
    Location for Rail Replacement Services: Buses pick up/drop off from Platform 2 bus stop, adjacent to Herminston Gate

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