Arriva Trains Wales | Train Tickets & Information

About Arriva Trains Wales
Arriva Trains Wales Timetable
Arriva Trains Wales Ticket Types

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About Arriva Trains Wales

Arriva Trains Wales provides long and short-distance rail service throughout Wales and parts of Western England. Arriva Trains Wales (ATW) operate over 955 services a day, transporting 65,000 passengers across England and Wales. The train provider connects the metropolitan cities and smaller towns of Wales and West-England together, with the majority of Arriva Wales Trains being used for short distances only. Arriva Trains Wales also provide high-speed trains designated for longer distances on mainline routes, especially commuter routes such as Cardiff to Manchester. Below you can find information on Arriva Train Wales different ticket types, most popular connections and frequently asked questions.

Arriva Trains Wales - Timetable & Prices

Trains from Cardiff to Swansea
Trains from Cardiff to Crewe
Trains from Chester to Manchester
Trains from Shrewsbury to Birmingham
Trains from Chester to Crewe
Trains from Chester to Holyhead
Trains from Swansea to Crewe
Trains from Cardiff to Holyhead
Trains from Cardiff to Manchester
Trains from Manchester to Swansea



Arriva Trains Wales - Ticket Types

Arriva Trains Wales offer four types of tickets - Anytime, Advance, Off-Peak, and Super-Off Peak. You can find a larger description of each ticket type below. Each ticket holder is allowed up to two pieces of large luggage.

Anytime Ticket

This ticket type is generally more expensive than the other types, but travellers with this ticket can travel at any time of day, including peak time. This is a good ticket type to have when passengers are uncertain about their time of travel.

Advance Ticket

The advance ticket is specifically for a single/return journey. It is non-refundable, however it can be amended for up to 28 days before travel.

Off-Peak Ticket

These tickets are more limited as travellers can only travel during certain times of the day, but are usually considerably cheaper than the Anytime tickets. The type of train does not affect the ticket, only the time of day. Travellers should check with Arriva Trains Wales, or at the station that they are travelling with the right ticket before starting their journey.

Super Off-Peak Ticket

These tickets hold the most restrictions, with a smaller window of time when travellers can travel during the day. These tickets normally cannot be used to travel during general rush-hour times, but are the cheapest ticket to purchase.

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Arriva Trains Wales - FAQs

  • Can I take my bicycle on the train? Bikes are allowed on the majority of Arriva Trains Wales. In order to guarantee a spot on the train for your bike it's best to book a reservation as far in advance as possible.
  • Is there free WiFi on Arriva Trains Wales? The train company provides free WiFi across 70% of its trains. Look out for their WiFi stickers as an indication that the service should be available.
  • When's the best time to book my journey? The best time to buy a train ticket with Arriva Trains Wales is usually as far in advance as possible. Buying a ticket at the station just before travelling is the most expensive time, while the more days and weeks in advance travellers book, the cheaper the tickets become. If a traveller is booking with a railcard then they will find a third of the price reduction.

Aboard the Arriva Trains Wales services there are toilets, but only in the Standard Class carriages. Wifi is available on most of the services. There is only one connection which does not accommodate wheelchair users, and that is between Cardiff Queen Street to Cardiff Bay.

On long distance services there is a trolley service with refreshments and food for the journey. Arriva Trains Wales offers a Business Class on selected trains between Holyhead and Cardiff. This service includes a meal cooked by a chef on board while hot and cold snacks are available for purchase from the buffet for standard class passengers.

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