Cheap train tickets from London to Cardiff

Showing times and prices for Dec 1

Cheapest

$73

Average

$97

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 London to Cardiff will cost around $ 97 if you buy it on the day, but the cheapest tickets can be found for only $ 73.

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01:48PMLondon Paddington1h47 03:35PMCardiff Central
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$731One-way
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12:48PMLondon Paddington1h48 02:36PMCardiff Central
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$731One-way
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10:48AMLondon Paddington1h50 12:38PMCardiff Central
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$731One-way
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11:48AMLondon Paddington1h47 01:35PMCardiff Central
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$731One-way
09:48AMLondon Paddington1h51 11:39AMCardiff Central
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$1011One-way

Train schedule London to Cardiff

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08:48AMLondon Paddington1h49 10:37AMCardiff Central
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09:48AMLondon Paddington1h51 11:39AMCardiff Central
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10:48AMLondon Paddington1h50 12:38PMCardiff Central
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11:48AMLondon Paddington1h47 01:35PMCardiff Central
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12:48PMLondon Paddington1h48 02:36PMCardiff Central
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01:48PMLondon Paddington1h47 03:35PMCardiff Central
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Fastest train times from London to Cardiff

Showing times and prices for Dec 1

Fastest Journey

1 h 47 m

Average

1 h 48 m

Trains per day

6

Distance

211 km

Of the 6 trains that leave London for Cardiff every day 6 travel direct so it’s quite easy to avoid journeys where you’ll have to change along the way.

These direct trains cover the 211 km distance in an average of 1 h 48 m but if you time it right, some trains will get you there in just 1 h 47 m .

The slowest trains will take 1 h 51 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.

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01:48PMLondon Paddington1h47 03:35PMCardiff Central
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$731One-way
Fastest
11:48AMLondon Paddington1h47 01:35PMCardiff Central
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$731One-way
12:48PMLondon Paddington1h48 02:36PMCardiff Central
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$731One-way
08:48AMLondon Paddington1h49 10:37AMCardiff Central
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$1901One-way
10:48AMLondon Paddington1h50 12:38PMCardiff Central
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$731One-way

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Trains from London to Cardiff 

Trains from London to Cardiff run very frequently throughout the day, with approximately 1 service departing every hour on every day of the week. The majority of Great Western Railway journeys from London to Cardiff last between 1 hour 50 minutes and 2 hour 50 minutes, depending on the time of day.

London to Cardiff train times: Daily departures 

There are numerous trains running from London to Cardiff on every day of the week. Services run more frequently in the morning, with trains departing approximately every 30 minutes. Trains run less frequently in the afternoon and evening, with around 1 service every hour. The first train of the day leaves at around 6:00 a.m. on weekdays, and at around 8:00 a.m. on weekends. The last service of the day departs between 10:00 p.m. and 11:00 p.m., and arrives at Cardiff Central Station around 12:30 a.m.

How long is the journey by train from London to Cardiff? 

The journey from London to Cardiff usually lasts between 1 hour 50 minutes and 2 hours 50 minutes, and varies depending on the time of the day. Most trains from London to Cardiff are direct services, but some journeys require passengers to make 1 change at Gloucester before reaching Cardiff. 

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

Departure train station: London Paddington station is located in central London, and can easily be reached with the Tube by travelling to Paddington Underground Station, situated on the Circle and District Lines. The station offers pay-as-you-go WiFi, public toilets, and a range of food, drink, and shopping outlets.

Arrival train station: Cardiff Central Station is situated in the centre of the city in Cardiff Central Square, within walking distance from the city's main sights. The station offers a first-class lounge, public WiFi, shops, and accessible toilets. 

Which train companies travel from London to Cardiff? 

Most train journeys from London to Cardiff are operated by British train company Great Western Railway. 

Great Western Railway London to Cardiff 

Great Western Railway (GWR) trains from London to Cardiff operate very frequently throughout the day on every day of the week. The journey usually lasts between 1 hour 50 minutes and 2 hours 50 minutes, depending on the time of day. Most GWR trains from London to Cardiff are direct, however, some journeys require passengers to change trains at Gloucester before reaching Cardiff. 

London to Cardiff trains: Services on board 

GWR trains offer passengers the option to buy first-class tickets, with extra-wide, reclining seats, a food and drink service, power sockets at every table, and access to exclusive first-class lounges at the station. First-class passengers can also make the most of enhanced WiFi onboard, with faster internet. Up to 3 pieces of luggage per passenger can be transported on GWR trains, but bulky luggage should be stored in luggage areas at the end of each carriage. Passengers can bring bikes onto GWR trains with a reservation made in advance. Up to 2 small pets can also be transported onboard, provided they are kept on a short lead or in an enclosed carrier. GWR offers a system where passengers with disabilities can pre-book assistance for their journey.

How to find cheap train tickets from London to Cardiff

It's easy to find great deals on train tickets from London to Cardiff when booking with Omio. The best way to find cheap tickets is to book as far in advance as possible, as last-minute tickets can often be more expensive. Another top tip is to stay flexible with travel dates, as it's no secret that train ticket prices can vary widely depending on the time of the day or day of the week. Peak journeys will usually cost more than those outside of commuter hours. It's also a good idea to consider booking slower, indirect journeys. While high-speed, direct services are popular, they're often more expensive. 

Train tickets from London to Cardiff: when to book to save $

Time Price Savings
1 week earlier 42 €
2 weeks earlier 42 €0%
3 weeks earlier 36 €17%
1 month before 28 €50%
2 months earlier 23 €83%
3 months earlier 22 €91%


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  • Buying your train ticket from London - Cardiff 3 weeks in advance means you can save on average up to 17% compared to the price available on the day of departure.
  • If you book a ticket London - Cardiff with 2 months in advance you save up to about 83% compared to the initial price.
  • By booking 3 months in advance, you could save up to 91%.
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Trains from London to Cardiff
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FAQs
How much do cheap trains from London to Cardiff cost?
If you’re looking to save money on tickets, you can find cheap London to Cardiff trains for as little as $64 (€53)  in the next 7 days.
How much is the train between London and Cardiff on average?
If you are looking to purchase your train ticket in the next 7 days, you can expect the London to Cardiff train to cost on average $72 (€59)  one way.
How far is Cardiff from London by train?
You should expect to travel around 131 miles (211 km)  to Cardiff from London by train.
How long is the train ride between London and Cardiff?
On average the London to Cardiff train travel time is 1 h 47 min  for the 131 miles (211 km) long journey, but the duration can vary if you travel on weekends and holidays.
What station does the train from London to Cardiff depart from? Which Cardiff train station do I come into from London?

There are a few train stations in London to start your journey from including London Victoria, London Euston and London Kings Cross. In Cardiff you have a few train station options to choose from for your arrival including Cardiff Central, Cardiff (Queen Street) and Cardiff (Cathays).

Omio customers traveling this route depart most frequently from London Victoria   and arrive in Cardiff Central.

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

Passengers board the train most frequently from London Victoria, which is located around 1.2 miles (2 km) away from the city center, and they get off the train at Cardiff Central, located 0.2 miles (425 m) away from the city center.

Which train companies can take me from London to Cardiff?
Take the London to Cardiff train with Great Western Railway. However, it's always good to check out all possible train providers for the trip between London and Cardiff as there might be differences in the amenities they offer.
Are there any direct trains from London to Cardiff?
Yes, there are 16 direct trains per day from London to Cardiff with Great Western Railway, and you won’t need to transfer at another stop in between. Direct train services tend to offer more convenience and save you time when traveling to your destination, so it's worth paying attention to before you purchase your train ticket.
How many train services per day are there to Cardiff from London?
The average number of trains departing London for Cardiff is 16 a day. The train schedules and services may vary between weekdays and weekends.
How far in advance should I buy a train ticket from London to Cardiff to get the best deals?
If you buy a train ticket from London to Cardiff within the next 7 days, you can find tickets to cost on average $72 (€59) one way. However, we recommend booking your train in advance to get access to the best prices. Train tickets to Cardiff from London are generally on sale a few months before the planned departure date.

Important Stations and Airports for this Journey

London
Cardiff
London Victoria is the most popular London railway station for Omio travelers, but it's not the only one. Read all the information you need to know about the main train stations in London for your trip to Cardiff.
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Mon - Fri: 06: 00 - 00: 00 | Sat: 06: 00 - 23: 00 | Sun: 07: 00 - 00: 00
Public transit options for London Euston
Tube lines: Circle, Hammersmith & City, Metropolitan, Northern (Bank and Charing Cross branches), Victoria
Overground lines: Watford DC
Bus lines: 18, 30, 59, 68, 73, 91, 168, 205, 253, 390, N5, N20, N73, N91, N205, N253
Rail lines: London North Western Railway, London Overground, Avanti West Coast, Caledonian Sleeper
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Mon - Fri: 05: 00 - 01: 36 | Sat: 05: 00 - 00: 36 | Sun: 05: 30 - 01: 36
Public transit options for London Kings Cross
Underground lines: Circle, Piccadilly, Hammersmith & City, Northern, Metropolitan, Victoria
Bus lines: 10, 17, 30, 45, 46, 59, 63, 73, 91, 205, 214, 259, 390, 476
Train lines: Thameslink, Grand Central, Hull, London North Eastern, Gatwick Express
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+44 3457114141
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Public transit options for London Paddington
Underground lines: Bakerloo Line, Circle Line, District Line, Hammersmith Line
Bus lines: N7, 23, 27, N27, 36, 205, N205, 332, 7, 46, A1, 18, N18
Train lines: Great Western Main Line, Heathrow Express
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ParkingParking
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Mon - Fri: 05: 45 - 22: 00 | Sat: 06: 00 - 21: 00 | Sun: 08: 00 - 22: 15
Public transit options for London St Pancras International
Subway lines: Circle Line, Hammersmith & City Line, Metropolitan Line, Northern Line, Piccadilly Line, Victoria Line
Train lines: Overground line, High Speed 1, Eurostar
Bus lines: 326, 139