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The cheapest trains

from London
to Cardiff

Showing times and prices for Sep 17

Cheapest

$65

Average

$115

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

The average ticket from London to Cardiff will cost around $ 115 if you buy it on the day, but the cheapest tickets can be found for only $ 65.

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10:15London Paddington2h06 12:21Cardiff Central
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$651One-way
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09:45London Paddington2h01 11:46Cardiff Central
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$881One-way
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09:15London Paddington2h08 11:23Cardiff Central
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$881One-way
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08:15London Paddington2h06 10:21Cardiff Central
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$1661One-way
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08:45London Paddington2h03 10:48Cardiff Central
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$1661One-way

Train Times

London to Cardiff

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08:15London Paddington2h06 10:21Cardiff Central
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08:45London Paddington2h03 10:48Cardiff Central
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09:15London Paddington2h08 11:23Cardiff Central
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09:45London Paddington2h01 11:46Cardiff Central
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10:15London Paddington2h06 12:21Cardiff Central
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Prices across different modes

Train
Bus
Mon
Sep 16
$65Great Western Railway
$11National Express
Tue
Sep 17
$65Great Western Railway
$8National Express
Wed
Sep 18
$65Great Western Railway
$10National Express
Thu
Sep 19
$65Great Western Railway
$8National Express
Fri
Sep 20
$65Great Western Railway
$10National Express
Sat
Sep 21
$65Great Western Railway
$8National Express
Sun
Sep 22
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$10National Express
Mon
Sep 23
$59Great Western Railway
$8National Express
Tue
Sep 24
$59Great Western Railway
$8National Express
Wed
Sep 25
$60Great Western Railway
$8National Express
Thu
Sep 26
$60Great Western Railway
$8National Express
Fri
Sep 27
$60Great Western Railway
$10National Express
Sat
Sep 28
$55Great Western Railway
$8National Express
Sun
Sep 29
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$10National Express
Mon
Sep 30
$59Great Western Railway
$7National Express
Tue
Oct 1
$55Great Western Railway
$8National Express
Wed
Oct 2
$59Great Western Railway
$8National Express
Thu
Oct 3
$60Great Western Railway
$7National Express
Fri
Oct 4
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$10National Express
Sat
Oct 5
$55Great Western Railway
$7National Express
Sun
Oct 6
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$10National Express

The fastest trains

from London
to Cardiff

Showing times and prices for Sep 17

Fastest Journey

2 h 1 m

Average

2 h 4 m

Trains per day

5

Distance

211 km

Of the 5 train that leave London for Cardiff every day 5 travel direct so it’s quite easy to avoid journeys where you’ll have to change along the way.

These direct train cover the 211 km distance in an average of 2 h 4 m but if you time it right, some train will get you there in just 2 h 1 m .

The slowest train will take 2 h 8 m and usually involve a change or two along the way, but you might be able to save a few pennies if you’re on a budget.

Fastest
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09:45London Paddington2h01 11:46Cardiff Central
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$881One-way
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08:45London Paddington2h03 10:48Cardiff Central
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$1661One-way
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08:15London Paddington2h06 10:21Cardiff Central
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$1661One-way
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10:15London Paddington2h06 12:21Cardiff Central
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$651One-way
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09:15London Paddington2h08 11:23Cardiff Central
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$881One-way

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Journey Summary

London to Cardiff Train Information

Avg. Train Duration:
2 hours 8 minutes
Train Ticket Price: $46
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.

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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TrainLondon Liverpool Street

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TrainLondon Paddington

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TrainLondon St Pancras

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TrainLondon Victoria

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TrainLondon Waterloo East

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