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Train Information from Cardiff to Leeds

distanceDistance174 miles (280 km)
durationAverage train duration4 h 16 min
priceAverage train ticket price£74 (€84)
frequencyTrain frequency12 a day
changesDirect trainYes, there are 12 direct trains a day
carriersTrain providersArriva Trains Wales or Cross Country

Trains from Cardiff to Leeds cover the 174 miles (280 km) long trip taking on average 4 h 16 min with our travel partners like Arriva Trains Wales or Cross Country. Normally, there are 12 trains operating per day, including direct services available. You can get the cheapest train tickets for this route for as low as £69, but the average price of train tickets is £74. Travellers depart most frequently from Cardiff Central and arrive in Leeds Railway Station.

Train companies

CrossCountry Cardiff – Leeds

For as little as £69 you can travel by train from Cardiff to Leeds with CrossCountry. Omio will show you the best deals, timetables and tickets available for this trip.


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

Book your CrossCountry Cardiff to Leeds train with Omio and enjoy a smooth and relaxing journey! Check CrossCountry’s up-to-date train timetables for the ideal departure and arrival times, compare the fastest Cardiff to Leeds routes as well as the amenities offered in the class fare you choose and buy the most affordable CrossCountry train tickets online that fit your budget. The distance from Cardiff to Leeds is 174 miles (280 km), and the best price for a one-way Cardiff - Leeds CrossCountry train ticket starts at £69 if you book in advance. If you would rather search for your CrossCountry ticket in the Omio app, you can quickly see if it's a mobile ticket so that you can go paperless when travelling by train. Waiting in a queue at the train station to purchase your train ticket will become yesterday's news. So, book your train tickets online quickly and easily and enjoy your trip with CrossCountry!

  • Average Price: £69

When you buy your CrossCountry train tickets between Cardiff and Leeds don't forget to keep the following COVID-19 related policies in mind:

  • Refund or voucher policy
  • If you have an Off-Peak or Anytime ticket, you can get a full refund and the £10 admin fee has been waived. Advance tickets are normally non-refundable but you can now also get a full refund if your Advance ticket was booked before 23 March 2020.
  • Cashless payments recommended
  • Online booking and check-in recommended

Travel Tips

Trains from Cardiff to Leeds
Travel by train to Leeds 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 Leeds.
What is the price of the cheapest train between Cardiff and Leeds?
Omio customers have found the cheapest trains to Leeds from Cardiff to cost as little as £69  in the next 7 days.
What is the average cost of a train from Cardiff to Leeds?
If you’re looking to buy your train tickets in the next week, you can expect the Cardiff to Leeds train price to come in at an average of £74  one way.
What is the distance to Leeds from Cardiff by train?
The Cardiff to Leeds train distance is approximately 174 miles (280 km).
How many hours does it take from Cardiff to Leeds by train?
While the time it takes to travel 174 miles (280 km) between Cardiff and Leeds can vary based on specific dates, weekends, and bank holidays, the train duration from Cardiff to Leeds is on average 4 h 16 min.
Which train station from Cardiff to Leeds do I depart from? Which Leeds train station from Cardiff do I arrive in?

Omio customers book a train from Cardiff Central   to Leeds Railway Station   most frequently for this route.

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

You can find the most popular departure train station for this journey, Cardiff Central, located approximately 0 mile (s) / 0 km from the city centre of Cardiff. The most popular arrival train station in Leeds, called Leeds Railway Station, is located around 0 mile (s) / 0 km away from its city centre.

Which train providers should I travel with from Cardiff to Leeds?
Take the Cardiff to Leeds train with Arriva Trains Wales or Cross Country. However, it's always good to check out all possible train companies for the journey to Leeds from Cardiff as there might be differences in the amenities they offer.
How many trains per day are there to Leeds from Cardiff?
On average, there are 12 trains a day from Cardiff to Leeds. The train times and services may be different on weekends and holidays compared to weekdays.
What time is the earliest train from Cardiff to Leeds? What time is the last train from Cardiff to Leeds?
If you prefer early morning trains from Cardiff to Leeds, the first train leaves at 07: 23. If you prefer late night trains from Cardiff to Leeds, the last train of the day leaves at 23: 30. Omio shows you the latest train from Cardiff to Leeds times to help you book the best departure time for this route.
How early should I purchase train tickets from Cardiff to Leeds to score the best deals?
You can find a train between Cardiff and Leeds to cost on average £74 one way if you book within the next 7 days. But we recommend buying train tickets in advance to score the best deals and save money on your trip. You’ll see tickets for the Cardiff to Leeds train generally on sale a few months before the planned travel date.

Important Stations and Airports for this Journey

The major railway station for departures from Cardiff is Cardiff Central. Read all the information you need to know about services, amenities and connections at Cardiff Central for your trip to Leeds from Cardiff.
Amenities at station
Ticket office hours
Mon - Fri: 05: 40 - 21: 30 | Sat: 05: 40 - 21: 30 | Sun: 07: 30 - 21: 30
Connections to/from station
Commuter rail lines: City Line, Rhondda Line, Rhymney Line, Valley Line, South Wales Main Line
Train lines: Transport for Wales, CrossCountry, Great Western Railway