Birmingham to Cardiff train

Cheap train tickets from Birmingham to Cardiff

Showing times and prices for 10 Aug

Cheapest

£77

Average

£78

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.

Cheapest
10:12Birmingham New Street2h01 12:13Cardiff Central
1 change
£771One-way
Cheapest
11:12Birmingham New Street2h05 13:17Cardiff Central
1 change
£771One-way
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12:12Birmingham New Street1h55 14:07Cardiff Central
1 change
£771One-way
Cheapest
13:12Birmingham New Street2h05 15:17Cardiff Central
1 change
£771One-way
09:12Birmingham New Street1h55 11:07Cardiff Central
1 change
£801One-way

Train schedule Birmingham to Cardiff

Showing trains for tomorrow, Wednesday, 10 August
08:12Birmingham New Street1h58 10:10Cardiff Central
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09:12Birmingham New Street1h55 11:07Cardiff Central
1 change
10:12Birmingham New Street2h01 12:13Cardiff Central
1 change
11:12Birmingham New Street2h05 13:17Cardiff Central
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12:12Birmingham New Street1h55 14:07Cardiff Central
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13:12Birmingham New Street2h05 15:17Cardiff Central
1 change

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Fastest train times from Birmingham to Cardiff

Showing times and prices for 10 Aug

Fastest Journey

1 h 55 m

Average

1 h 59 m

Trains per day

6

Distance

142 km

It's difficult to get from Birmingham to Cardiff without changing at least once.

Fastest
09:12Birmingham New Street1h55 11:07Cardiff Central
1 change
£801One-way
Fastest
12:12Birmingham New Street1h55 14:07Cardiff Central
1 change
£771One-way
08:12Birmingham New Street1h58 10:10Cardiff Central
1 change
£801One-way
10:12Birmingham New Street2h01 12:13Cardiff Central
1 change
£771One-way
11:12Birmingham New Street2h05 13:17Cardiff Central
1 change
£771One-way

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Overview: Train from Birmingham to Cardiff

distanceDistance87 miles
durationAverage train duration1 h 55 min
priceAverage train ticket price£73 (€83)
frequencyTrain frequency29 a day
changesDirect trainYes, there are 13 direct trains a day
carriersTrain providersCross Country

Trains from Birmingham to Cardiff cover the 87 miles long journey taking on average 1 h 55 min with our travel partners like Cross Country. Normally, there are 29 trains operating per day, including direct services available. While the average ticket price for this journey costs around £73, you can find the cheapest train ticket for as low as £73. Travellers depart most frequently from Birmingham New Street and arrive in Cardiff Central.

Train companies: CrossCountry trains Birmingham to Cardiff

Travel to Cardiff from Birmingham from £73 with Omio’s train partners CrossCountry! You can find the best timetables and tickets when comparing and booking the most popular trip for you.

CrossCountry

CrossCountry is a fast speed train company in the United Kingdom and for your next train from Birmingham to Cardiff you can choose between Standard Class and First Class tickets on Omio.

If you’re looking for a smooth and easy train between Birmingham and Cardiff, check Omio for CrossCountry trains offering this trip. Whether you are looking for the fastest, earliest or cheapest train to take for this 87 miles (141 km) journey from Birmingham to Cardiff, Omio makes it easier than ever to find CrossCountry trains at affordable prices, and you can also quickly book train tickets online. Check the current CrossCountry train timetables for your ideal departure and arrival times, compare the best route to Cardiff from Birmingham as well as relevant ticket information (such as luggage policy and amenities offered onboard), and book your CrossCountry train on Omio. If you search for trains to Cardiff from Birmingham in the Omio app, you can quickly see if the CrossCountry tickets are mobile tickets, making it convenient for you to go paperless when travelling. With prices for CrossCountry trains between Birmingham and Cardiff starting at £73, buy your official CrossCountry tickets with Omio online quickly and easily!

Birmingham to Cardiff train information with CrossCountry:

  • Average Duration: 1 h 58 min
  • Average Price: £73
  • CrossCountry frequency: 15 a day

Trains from Birmingham to Cardiff

There are around 70 trains a day between England's second largest city and the capital of Wales, from before dawn until well into the night. The journey lasts two hours on average, with only small variations in travel time between different types of service.

Which train companies travel from Birmingham to Cardiff?

The majority of services between Birmingham and Cardiff are operated by Cross Country, who offer a mixture of direct and indirect trains throughout the week. In addition, Arriva Trains provides a few late services from Monday to Friday and West Midlands also contributes at weekends.

How long is the train from Birmingham to Cardiff?

Non-stop trains between these two major cities generally take about one hour 56 minutes. Where a change is involved, passengers should expect another 10 minutes to be added to the journey. Travel times are more likely to be in the region of two hours 30 minutes in the case of a  few very early departures.

How many trains are there from Birmingham to Cardiff?

The first trains between Birmingham and Cardiff leave as early as 5:00 a.m., but it's at approximately 6:45 a.m. that the regular service really begins. From that point, there are around three departures an hour, with fast and slow trains alternating. This continues until about 8:30 p.m., with fewer services before the last train departs at 10:00 p.m. or shortly thereafter.

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

Departure train station: Birmingham New Street Train Station is located just opposite the Grand Central Shopping Centre and is linked by tram to other city landmarks. It has short and long stay car parks, covered bike racks, a baby care area, bureau de change, luggage trolleys, photo booths and WiFi. It's a destination in its own right with cafes, dining options and retail outlets.

Arrival train station: Convenient for shopping and sight-seeing, Cardiff Central Train Station is a few minutes' stroll from the Millennium Stadium, the Central Market, St David's Shopping Centre and Cardiff Castle. Its facilities include 24-hour parking, sheltered storage for bikes with CCTV monitoring, cash points, WiFi and a first class lounge with complimentary refreshments. There's also a newsagent, convenience store, cafe-diner and vending machines.

Travel Tips: Trains from Birmingham 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 Birmingham to Cardiff.
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If you’re looking to save money on tickets, you can find a cheap train from Birmingham to Cardiff for as little as £73  in the next 7 days.
If you’re looking to book tickets for this route in the next 7 days, you’ll find that Birmingham to Cardiff train prices are on average £73  one way.
The Birmingham to Cardiff train distance is approximately 87 miles.
While the time it takes to travel 87 miles to Cardiff from Birmingham can vary based on specific dates, weekends, and bank holidays, the train duration from Birmingham to Cardiff is on average 1 h 55 min.

Omio customers who travel this route most frequently depart from Birmingham New Street   and arrive in Cardiff Central.

You can find the most popular departure train station for this trip, Birmingham New Street, located approximately 1.5 miles (2.4 km) from the city centre of Birmingham. The most popular arrival train station in Cardiff, called Cardiff Central, is located around 1.1 miles (1.8 km) away from its city centre.

For the best Birmingham to Cardiff train to buy, you can travel safely and comfortably with Cross Country. However, it's always good to check all possible train providers with services to Cardiff from Birmingham to compare what amenities they may offer.
The average number of trains departing Birmingham for Cardiff is 29 a day. The train schedules and services may vary between weekdays and weekends.
If you prefer early morning trains from Birmingham to Cardiff, the first train leaves at 04: 37. If you prefer late night trains from Birmingham to Cardiff, the last train of the day leaves at 21: 12. Omio shows you the latest train from Birmingham to Cardiff times to help you book the best departure time for this journey.
The price of a one way train ticket from Birmingham to Cardiff is on average £73 if you purchase within the next 7 days. But we recommend booking tickets before your planned travel date to find the best prices for trains from all possible train companies offering this journey. In general, you can find train tickets between Birmingham and Cardiff available a few months in advance.

Important Stations and Airports for this Journey

Birmingham
Cardiff
The major railway station for departures from Birmingham is Birmingham New Street. Read all the information you need to know about services, amenities and connections at Birmingham New Street for your trip between Birmingham and Cardiff.
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Mon - Sat: 05: 15 - 23: 00 | Sun: 07: 30 - 23: 00
Public transport options for Birmingham New Street
Bus lines: N5, N6, N8, 4, 9, 23, 45, 50, 61, X51, X70
Train lines: West Midlands, CrossCountry, Avanti West Coast, Transport for Wales
Onward travel information: There are nearby bus stops on Smallbrook Queensway and Hill Street Most buses are wheelchair accessible. ********************************************************************************************************** For information go to the local travel information office by the Stephenson Street entrance. Alternatively, visit Transport for West Midlands, or call 0121 214 7214.
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Public transport options for Birmingham Moor Street
Location for Rail Replacement Services: This station is not usually served by rail replacement buses, due to difficult road access. Replacement buses stop at Birmingham Snow Hill station.
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Public transport options for Birmingham International
Location for Rail Replacement Services: Rail replacement coach services can be found at the front of the station opposite the entrance to the long stay car park.

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