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The cheapest trains from London to Cardiff

Showing times and prices for Aug 1

Cheapest

$76

Average

$92

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 $ 92 if you buy it on the day, but the cheapest tickets can be found for only $ 76.

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10:36AMLondon Paddington1h56 12:32PMCardiff Central
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$761One-way
Cheapest
08:37AMLondon Paddington1h50 10:27AMCardiff Central
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$761One-way
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09:36AMLondon Paddington1h55 11:31AMCardiff Central
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$761One-way
11:36AMLondon Paddington1h57 01:33PMCardiff Central
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$1411One-way

Timetable London to Cardiff

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08:37AMLondon Paddington1h50 10:27AMCardiff Central
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09:36AMLondon Paddington1h55 11:31AMCardiff Central
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10:36AMLondon Paddington1h56 12:32PMCardiff Central
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11:36AMLondon Paddington1h57 01:33PMCardiff Central
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$72Great Western Railway
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$72Great Western Railway
$6Flixbus
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$77Great Western Railway
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$67Great Western Railway
$4Flixbus
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$67Great Western Railway
$6Flixbus
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$31Great Western Railway
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$76Great Western Railway
$6Flixbus
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$62Great Western Railway
$6Flixbus
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$42Great Western Railway
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$42Great Western Railway
$6Flixbus
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$42Great Western Railway
$6Flixbus
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$42Great Western Railway
$6Flixbus
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$42Great Western Railway
$6Flixbus
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$42Great Western Railway
$6Flixbus
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$42Great Western Railway
$6Flixbus
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Aug 15
$42Great Western Railway
$6Flixbus
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Aug 16
$42Great Western Railway
$8National Express
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$42Great Western Railway
$6Flixbus
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$42Great Western Railway
$6Flixbus
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$42Great Western Railway
$6Flixbus
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$42Great Western Railway
$6Flixbus

The fastest trains from London to Cardiff

Showing times and prices for Aug 1

Fastest Journey

1 h 50 m

Average

1 h 54 m

Trains per day

4

Distance

211 km

Of the 4 trains that leave London for Cardiff every day 4 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 54 m but if you time it right, some trains will get you there in just 1 h 50 m .

The slowest trains will take 1 h 57 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
08:37AMLondon Paddington1h50 10:27AMCardiff Central
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$761One-way
09:36AMLondon Paddington1h55 11:31AMCardiff Central
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$761One-way
10:36AMLondon Paddington1h56 12:32PMCardiff Central
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$761One-way
11:36AMLondon Paddington1h57 01:33PMCardiff Central
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$1411One-way

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Train Information from London to Cardiff

distanceDistance131 miles (211 km)
durationAverage train duration1 h 47 min
priceAverage train ticket price$66 (€52)
changesDirect trainYes
carriersTrain providersGreat Western Railway

Trains from London to Cardiff cover the 131 miles (211 km) long route taking on average 1 h 47 min with our travel partners like Great Western Railway. There are direct train services available. While the average ticket price for this journey costs around $66 (€52)], you can find the cheapest train ticket for as low as $31 (€25). Travelers depart most frequently from London Victoria and arrive in Cardiff Central.

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%


Train companies often offer promotional prices and offers—by buying in advance—you can get access the best prices for trains in the U.S., Canada, and the major European railroad operators. Search on Omio to check prices and cheap train tickets from London - Cardiff. Easily find the most attractive rates and choose the your preferred route for your journey. Book and choose your mobile ticket: avoid the queues at the station and the added stress of printing your ticket.

The rule of buying in advance to save money is not only valid when booking a flight but also for train travel. Train tickets are generally on sale 6 months before the departure date. Some train booking tips from us:

  • 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%.
  • On Omio you can find all offers, train times and prices for train travel in Europe, the U.S., and Canada.

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Trains from London to Cardiff
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 London to Cardiff.
FAQs
How much do cheap trains to Cardiff from London cost?
Looking to save money on your trip? Omio customers have found the cheapest train to Cardiff from London for the next 7 days starting from $31 (€25)  one way.
What is the price of a train ticket to Cardiff from London?
The London to Cardiff train ticket price is on average $66 (€52)  if you are looking to purchase your tickets for this route in the next week.
How far is London to Cardiff by train?
The London to Cardiff train distance is approximately 131 miles (211 km).
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 train station in London goes to Cardiff? What train station do I come into Cardiff from London?

When departing from London, you have various train station options to start your route from including London Victoria, London Euston and London Kings Cross. When arriving in Cardiff, you can end your journey in train stations like Cardiff Central, Cardiff (Queen Street) and Cardiff (Cathays).

Omio customers book a train from London Victoria   to Cardiff Central   most frequently for this route.

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

Passengers board the train most frequently from London Victoria, which is located around 0 mile (s) / 0 km away from the city center, and they get off the train at Cardiff Central, located 0 mile (s) / 0 km away from the city center.

Which train companies can take me between London and Cardiff?
When taking a train from London to Cardiff, you can count on Great Western Railway for the best way to get you to Cardiff. You can also check all possible train providers who offer a service to Cardiff from London and compare the amenities they offer before buying a train ticket.
Is there a direct train from London to Cardiff?
Yes, you can find a direct train to Cardiff from London with Great Western Railway  on Omio. This is worth paying attention to when you purchase your train ticket as direct services tend to offer more convenience and help save you time traveling to your destination.
When is the earliest train from London to Cardiff? When is the last train from London to Cardiff?
The earliest train departing from London to Cardiff leaves at 5: 48 AM. The last train departing from London to Cardiff leaves at 10: 48 AM. You can find the latest London to Cardiff train schedule on Omio and book the best time to leave for your journey on your chosen travel date.
How early should I purchase train tickets to Cardiff from London to score 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 $66 (€52) 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.
Stations

Important Stations and Airports for this Journey

London
Cardiff
London Bridge
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London Charing Cross
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London Euston
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London Fenchurch Street
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London Kings Cross
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Refreshments
WC

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.<br>Metro lines Victoria, Circle<br>Bus lines 91, 10, 17, 30, 45, 46, 63, 73, 205, 214
London Liverpool Street
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Refreshments
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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.<br>Metro lines Central, Circle, Hammersmith, City
London Paddington
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Refreshments
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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
London St Pancras
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London 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.<br>Metro lines Circle, District, Victoria<br>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.
London 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.<br>Metro lines Bakerloo, Northern, Jubilee, Waterloo, City<br>Bus lines 1, 4, 26, 59, 68, 76, 77, 100, 139, 168, 171, 172, 176