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Bus
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Sat
Jul 20
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$17National Express
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Sun
Jul 21
$65Great Western Railway
$10National Express
$412Air France
Mon
Jul 22
$65Great Western Railway
$8National Express
$616Air France
Tue
Jul 23
$65Great Western Railway
$14National Express
$457Air France
Wed
Jul 24
$156Great Western Railway
$10National Express
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Thu
Jul 25
$65Great Western Railway
$10National Express
$546KLM
Fri
Jul 26
$60Great Western Railway
$11National Express
$285KLM
Sat
Jul 27
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$14National Express
$312Air France
Sun
Jul 28
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$14National Express
$258Air France
Mon
Jul 29
$60Great Western Railway
$10National Express
$330KLM
Tue
Jul 30
$60Great Western Railway
$10National Express
$389Air France
Wed
Jul 31
$60Great Western Railway
$10National Express
$260Air France
Thu
Aug 1
$55Great Western Railway
$10National Express
$264KLM
Fri
Aug 2
$60Great Western Railway
$11National Express
$226KLM
Sat
Aug 3
$55Great Western Railway
$14National Express
$248KLM
Sun
Aug 4
$49Great Western Railway
$10National Express
$291Air France
Mon
Aug 5
$55Great Western Railway
$10National Express
$334KLM
Tue
Aug 6
$55Great Western Railway
$10National Express
$329Air France
Wed
Aug 7
$55Great Western Railway
$40National Express
$224Air France
Thu
Aug 8
$55Great Western Railway
$10National Express
$238KLM
Fri
Aug 9
$55Great Western Railway
$11National Express
$212KLM

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Journey Summary

London to Cardiff Train Information

Avg. Train Duration:
2 hours 9 minutes
Train Ticket Price: $48
Trains depart from:London
Trains arrive in:Cardiff
Distance:211 km
TrainTrain Companies:Great Western Railway

Trains from London to Cardiff

Trains in the UK from London to Cardiff run twice an hour from the early morning into the late evening, with service slowing during later hours. During the week, all trains are direct and there are two peak fare periods each day in the morning and in the late afternoon. On the weekend, service varies slightly, with more trains requiring a change and first services tending to depart in the mid-morning. Direct trains usually complete the journey in about 2-3 hours, depending on the number of stations the service stops at. On trains that require a change, passengers may have to transfer at Bath Spa, Gloucester, Newport Gwent, and/or Swindon to complete their journey - and this could extend the trip to up to 3.5 hours. Train services on this connection are provided by First Great Western.

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London to Cardiff Train Cost

Average prices for trains from London to Cardiff when you book in advance

Booking Period

Average Price

Same Day

€82

1 Day in Advance

€69

1 Week in Advance

€64

2 Weeks in Advance

€64

1 Month in Advance

€64

3 Months in Advance

€64

London to Cardiff Trains: General Information

Trains from London to Cardiff offer a far quick and convenient alternative connection between the two cities. Travelers can offset some of the cost of train tickets by planning ahead and booking tickets as far in advance as possible.

  • autobus All London to Cardiff trains are run by First Great Western.
  • autobus All trains are direct, depart from London's Paddington train station and arrive at Cardiff's central station.
  • autobus Trains from London to Cardiff take 2 hours to arrive in Cardiff.
  • autobus Most travelers book their London to Cardiff train tickets 1 day in advance of the travel date.




Based on Omio's travel data, as the table above clearly illustrates, ticket prices on London to Cardiff trains decrease the further they are booked in advance:

  • It is 16% cheaper to book a London to Cardiff train a day ahead of time rather than purchasing a ticket at the station.
  • It is 22% cheaper to book a train ticket 1 week in advance as opposed to the day you intend to travel.
  • Finally, London to Cardiff train costs are 22% cheaper when booked 1 month in advance as opposed to purchasing a train ticket on the day of departure.

Taking the Train from London

A thriving and exciting metropolis, London is home to hundreds of monuments, sights and attractions. Trains from London to Cardiff leave from the iconic Paddington Station. The station is well known from the Paddington Bear children’s story, from where he gets his name, as well as being one of the designs of legendary British engineer, Isambard Kingdom Brunel. The station is located in the west of Central London and is easily accessible by a variety of public transport. On the London Underground, Paddington can be reached on the Bakerloo, Hammersmith & City, District and Circle lines. A large number of buses and night buses stop at the station, including bus number 23 which also travels to Liverpool Street Station via Piccadilly Circus, Trafalgar Square and the Strand. The station is the terminus for First Great Western, and has been for the successors of the Great Western Railway since 1863. The station is also the terminus for the Heathrow Express and Heathrow Connect trains, offering fast trains to London Heathrow airport.

Getting into Cardiff by Train

Cardiff, the capital of Wales, is a vibrant old industrial city that is proud of its Welsh culture with a variety of attractions for all visitors. Trains from London to Cardiff will arrive at Cardiff Central station. The train station is centrally located and offers within walking distance the Millennium Stadium, St David's Centre, Cardiff Arms Park and Cardiff Castle. As a major hub for train travel within the surrounding valleys, rail connections onward are possible here including to Swansea, where many of the trains from London to Cardiff will continue to. The central bus station is located adjacent to the railway station, and bus connections to Cardiff International Airport are available from either station.

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Best fares for trains from London to Cardiff

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Mon, Jul 22
Train
Great Western Railway
09:152h 6m11:21
LondonCardiff
Tue, Jul 23
Train
Great Western Railway
09:152h 6m11:21
LondonCardiff
Wed, Jul 24
Train
Great Western Railway
04:023h07:02
LondonCardiff
Fastest Trains from London to Cardiff
Sat, Aug 3
Train
Great Western Railway
07:452h09:45
LondonCardiff
Sat, Aug 10
Train
Great Western Railway
07:452h09:45
LondonCardiff
Sat, Aug 17
Train
Great Western Railway
08:452h10:45
LondonCardiff
Return Train Tickets for Cardiff to London
Mon, Jul 22
Train
Great Western Railway
09:262h 4m11:30
CardiffLondon
Tue, Jul 23
Train
Great Western Railway
09:262h 4m11:30
CardiffLondon
Wed, Jul 24
Train
Great Western Railway
19:262h 25m21:51
CardiffLondon

Stations

Important Stations and Airports for this Journey
London
Cardiff
TrainLondon Bridge

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TrainLondon Charing Cross

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TrainLondon Euston

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TrainLondon Fenchurch Street

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TrainLondon Kings Cross

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Frequently Asked Questions

Where is the train station and what is the best way to get there?
This station is not located in the city centre but it can be reached by public transport.
Metro lines Victoria, Circle
Bus lines 91, 10, 17, 30, 45, 46, 63, 73, 205, 214
TrainLondon Liverpool Street

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Where is the train station and what is the best way to get there?
This station is not located in the city centre but it can be reached by public transport.
Metro lines Central, Circle, Hammersmith, City
TrainLondon Paddington

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Frequently Asked Questions

Where is the train station and what is the best way to get there?
This station is not located in the city centre but it can be reached by public transport.
Metro lines Bakerloo, Circle, District
Bus lines 7, 15, 18, 23, 27, 36, 46, 105, 436
TrainLondon St Pancras

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TrainLondon Victoria

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Frequently Asked Questions

Where is the train station and what is the best way to get there?
This station is within walking distance of the city centre and is connected to other parts of the city by public transport.
Metro lines Circle, District, Victoria
Bus lines 22, 211, 239, C1, N11
How long does it take to get from the train station to the city centre?
This station is a 5-10 minute walk from the city centre.
TrainLondon Waterloo East

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Frequently Asked Questions

Where is the train station and what is the best way to get there?
This station is not located in the city centre but it can be reached by public transport.
Metro lines Bakerloo, Northern, Jubilee, Waterloo, City
Bus lines 1, 4, 26, 59, 68, 76, 77, 100, 139, 168, 171, 172, 176

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