Cardiff to Edinburgh train

Wed, 24 Jul
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Cheap train tickets from Cardiff to Edinburgh

Showing times and prices for 24 Jul

Cheapest

The best way to find a cheap train ticket from Cardiff to Edinburgh is to book your journey as far in advance as possible and to avoid travelling at rush hour.

Cheapest
Avanti West Coast
09:506h28
Cardiff Central (CDF)
16:18Edinburgh Waverley (EDB)
£2331One-way
2 changes
Avanti West Coast
09:536h25
Cardiff Central (CDF)
16:18Edinburgh Waverley (EDB)
£2711One-way
1 change
Transpennine Express
10:526h48
Cardiff Central (CDF)
17:40Edinburgh Waverley (EDB)
£2711One-way
2 changes
Cross Country
10:417h26
Cardiff Central (CDF)
18:07Edinburgh Waverley (EDB)
£2711One-way
1 change
Cross Country
08:377h29
Cardiff Central (CDF)
16:06Edinburgh Waverley (EDB)
£2911One-way
1 change

Train timetableCardiff to Edinburgh

Showing trains for tomorrow, Wednesday, 24 July
Cross Country
08:377h29
Cardiff Central (CDF)
16:06Edinburgh Waverley (EDB)
1 change
Transport for Wales
08:496h48
Cardiff Central (CDF)
15:37Edinburgh Waverley (EDB)
2 changes
Avanti West Coast
09:506h28
Cardiff Central (CDF)
16:18Edinburgh Waverley (EDB)
2 changes
Avanti West Coast
09:536h25
Cardiff Central (CDF)
16:18Edinburgh Waverley (EDB)
1 change
Cross Country
10:417h26
Cardiff Central (CDF)
18:07Edinburgh Waverley (EDB)
1 change
Transpennine Express
10:526h48
Cardiff Central (CDF)
17:40Edinburgh Waverley (EDB)
2 changes

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Train times from Cardiff to Edinburgh

Showing times and prices for 24 Jul

Fastest Journey

6 h 25 m

Average

6 h 54 m

Trains per day

6

Distance

497 km

To travel from Cardiff to Edinburgh you need to make at least one change.

Fastest
Avanti West Coast
09:536h25
Cardiff Central (CDF)
16:18Edinburgh Waverley (EDB)
£2711One-way
1 change
Avanti West Coast
09:506h28
Cardiff Central (CDF)
16:18Edinburgh Waverley (EDB)
£2331One-way
2 changes
Transport for Wales
08:496h48
Cardiff Central (CDF)
15:37Edinburgh Waverley (EDB)
£2911One-way
2 changes
Transpennine Express
10:526h48
Cardiff Central (CDF)
17:40Edinburgh Waverley (EDB)
£2711One-way
2 changes
Cross Country
10:417h26
Cardiff Central (CDF)
18:07Edinburgh Waverley (EDB)
£2711One-way
1 change

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Overview: Train from Cardiff to Edinburgh

distanceDistance308 miles
durationAverage train duration5 h 59 min
priceAverage train ticket price£198 (€224)
frequencyTrain frequency11 a day
changesDirect trainNo
carriersTrain providersVirgin Trains, CrossCountry, Transport for Wales, TransPennine Express or first_great_western

Trains from Cardiff to Edinburgh cover the 308 miles long journey taking on average 5 h 59 min with our travel partners like Virgin Trains, CrossCountry, Transport for Wales, TransPennine Express or first_great_western. Normally, there are 11 trains operating per day. You can get the cheapest train tickets for this trip for as low as £75, but the average price of train tickets is £198. Travellers depart most frequently from Cardiff Central and arrive in Edinburgh Waverley.

Train companies: Virgin Trains, CrossCountry and Transport for Wales trains Cardiff to Edinburgh

Travel to Edinburgh from Cardiff from £75 with Omio’s train partners Virgin Trains, CrossCountry and Transport for Wales! You can find the best timetables and tickets when comparing and booking the most convenient route for you.

Avanti West Coast is a train company based in the United Kingdom. It operates high-speed trains between London and major cities in the UK, including Birmingham, Manchester, Liverpool, Glasgow and Edinburgh. The company offers a range of ticket types, including Standard, First Class and Advance tickets. Onboard facilities include free Wi-Fi, power sockets, comfortable seating and a range of food and drinks. The most popular routes for Avanti West Coast are London to Birmingham, London to Manchester and London to Glasgow. The company operates a fleet of Pendolino and Super Voyager trains, which offer a smooth and comfortable journey.

Virgin Trains from Cardiff to Edinburgh train information:

  • Average Duration: 5 h 59 min
  • Cheapest Price: £91

Trains from Cardiff to Edinburgh

The train service from Cardiff to Edinburgh is run by several agencies including Virgin West Coast Trains, CrossCountry, First TransPennine Express and Northern rail. Virgin trains have one change along the way at Crewe. The departure station is Cardiff Central while the arrival station is Edinburgh Waverley. They take an estimated six hours and forty-five minutes to complete the journey. First TransPennine Express trains leave Cardiff Central for Edinburgh and have one stop at Manchester Piccadilly. There is an hourly train leaving the departure station and it takes an estimated three hours and fifteen minutes to reach Edinburgh. CrossCountry trains leave Cardiff, Greyfriars Road GG to arrive at Edinburgh eight hours and thirty-five minutes later.

FAQs: Cardiff to Edinburgh train

FAQs: Travel by train from Cardiff to Edinburgh 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 Cardiff to Edinburgh.
FAQs
Cheap train tickets from Cardiff to Edinburgh can start from as little as £75 when you book in advance. The average train ticket price for Cardiff to Edinburgh is £198; however, prices vary depending on the time of day and class and they tend to be more expensive on the day.
On average the Cardiff to Edinburgh train travel time is 5 h 59 min   for the 308 mile long journey, but the duration can vary if you travel on weekends and holidays.
The first train from Cardiff to Edinburgh leaves at 05: 35. Plan your trip with the Journey Planner   from Omio.
The last train from Cardiff to Edinburgh leaves at 16: 54.
There are 11 trains a day from Cardiff to Edinburgh which require at least one change with Virgin Trains, CrossCountry, Transport for Wales, TransPennine Express or first_great_western. Schedules can vary on holidays or weekends with fewer trains.
For the journey from Cardiff to Edinburgh you can take a train with Virgin Trains, CrossCountry, Transport for Wales, TransPennine Express or first_great_western. Be sure to check out all possible train providers that offer services from Cardiff to Edinburgh on Omio to compare what amenities they may have.

When departing from Cardiff, you have various train station options to start your journey from including Cardiff Central, Cardiff Queen Street and Cardiff Bay. When arriving in Edinburgh, you can end your trip in train stations like Edinburgh Waverley, Edinburgh Park and Edinburgh Gateway.

Passengers board the train most frequently from Cardiff Central, which is located around 1.1 miles (1.8 km) away from the city centre, and they get off the train at Edinburgh Waverley, located 0.4 miles (727 m) away from the city centre.

The cheapest month for a train from Cardiff to Edinburgh is November.
It's helpful to compare your options as there are 3 ways to travel from Cardiff to Edinburgh including taking a train, coach or flight.
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