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1 h 55 m
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It's difficult to get from Birmingham to Cardiff without changing at least once.
|Average train duration||1 h 55 min|
|Average train ticket price||£73 (€83)|
|Train frequency||29 a day|
|Direct train||Yes, there are 13 direct trains a day|
|Train providers||Cross 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.
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 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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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