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Train Information between Cardiff and Paris

distanceDistance304 miles (490 km)
frequencyTrain frequency8 a day
changesDirect trainYes, there are 8 direct trains a day

Trains from Cardiff to Paris cover the 304 miles (490 km) long journey taking on average 8 h 5 min with our travel partners like. Normally, there are 8 trains operating per day, including direct services available. Travellers depart most frequently from Cardiff Central and arrive in Paris Gare de Lyon.

Trains from Cardiff to Paris

The journey by train from Cardiff to Paris is made in two stages. Great Western Railway operates a direct route from Cardiff to London St Pancras International from where the direct onward journey to Paris is made on Eurostar trains. Travel time is from just over four hours to approximately five hours plus the time needed to cross London from London Paddington to St Pancras International stations.

Which train companies travel from Cardiff to Paris?

High-speed trains from Cardiff to London are operated by Great Western Railway and from London to Paris by Eurostar. All carriages are modern and comfortable with onboard facilities that include bistro-bars, wifi, toilets, luggage space and power outlets.

How long is the train from Trains from Cardiff to Paris?

The train journey from Cardiff to London Paddington takes just over two hours. Around half an hour should be allowed for travelling by underground from London Paddington to London St Pancras International. The train journey from here to Paris Gare du Nord takes between two hours 15 minutes and two hours 30 minutes.

How many trains are there from Cardiff to Paris?

There are at least two departures an hour from early morning until late at night on the Cardiff to London route. There are then up to 16 daily Eurostar departures from London to Paris. Trains depart at approximately hourly intervals from early morning until mid-evening.

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

Departure train station: Trains to Paris from Cardiff depart from Cardiff Central Station, a busy transport hub located in the heart of the city. It is served by taxis as well as local and long-distance trains and buses. Station facilities include car and bicycle parking, passenger lounges, ATMs, wifi, toilets and a range of shops, food kiosks and cafes.

Arrival train station: All train routes from Cardiff to Paris terminate at the busy Paris Gare du Nord. Housed in an impressive historic building, it is conveniently located for many of the city's tourist attractions. With 36 platforms it is one of the world's busiest stations and part of a large transport network of taxis, Metro, local, regional and international trains, and local buses. Facilities at Paris Gare du Nord include car and bicycle parking, passenger lounges, wifi, left luggage storage, shops, cafes and restaurants.

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FAQs
Is travel by train currently allowed from Cardiff, United Kingdom to Paris, France?

Travel between Cardiff, United Kingdom and Paris, France by train is: Partially open.

Can I enter France from United Kingdom?

International entry status: Entry is partially open for citizens and permanent residents of United Kingdom

Do I need to quarantine on arrival in France from Cardiff?

Conditions of entry:

  • Negative COVID-19 test issued at most 1 days before arrival
  • 7-day mandatory self-quarantine
  • Travellers who have recovered from COVID-19 in the last 6 months are exempt from providing a negative COVID-19 test and can bypass compulsory quarantine on arrival (certificate required)
  • Travellers with a certificate of vaccination are exempt from providing a negative COVID-19 test and can bypass compulsory quarantine on arrival
  • Exempted International Movement Certificate for travel required
  • Health declaration required

What are the safety rules to follow in Paris, France?

All travellers in France must observe these coronavirus safety measures:

  • Physical distance: 1 metre (s) (3 feet)
  • Face mask: Mandatory

The information above was last checked on 17/10/2021. Remember to review the latest COVID-19 travel safety regulations   for your train to Paris from Cardiff as this information can change.

What are the COVID-19 restrictions for my return trip to United Kingdom from Paris, France?

The current restriction level for your return trip by train from Paris to Cardiff is: Partially open

Are there any international entry restrictions on returning to United Kingdom from France?

Reentry to United Kingdom is allowed for: Entry is partially open for citizens and permanent residents of France

Do I need to quarantine on arrival in United Kingdom from Paris?

What are the entry requirements?

  • Negative COVID-19 test issued at most 3 days before arrival
  • Before travelling, travellers must book and pay for a travel test package, which will include COVID-19 tests to be taken on day 2 and on day 8 of your quarantine
  • 10-day mandatory self-quarantine
  • Travellers vaccinated under the UK vaccine programme are exempt from mandatory quarantine
  • Travellers with a certificate of vaccination are exempt from providing a negative COVID-19 test and can bypass compulsory quarantine on arrival
  • Passenger Locator Form (PLF) required

What are the safety rules to follow in Cardiff, United Kingdom?

The government of United Kingdom has imposed these measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19:

  • Physical distance: 1 metre (s) (3 feet)
  • Face mask: Regional advice

Last verified on 17/10/2021. We do our best to keep this information up to date, but regulations can change so please double check the latest COVID-19 travel safety regulations ahead of your Paris to Cardiff train here.

How far is it from Cardiff to Paris by train?
The train distance from Cardiff to Paris is around 304 miles (490 km).
How long does it take from Cardiff to Paris by train?
While the time it takes to travel 304 miles (490 km) from Cardiff to Paris can vary based on specific dates, weekends, and bank holidays, the train duration from Cardiff to Paris is on average 8 h 5 min.
When travelling by train from Cardiff to Paris, which train station in Cardiff do I depart from and which train station in Paris do I arrive in?

When taking a train from Cardiff, you have a couple of train stations you can depart from including Cardiff Central, Cardiff (Queen Street) and Cardiff (Cathays). When you arrive in Paris, your train can arrive in train stations including Paris Gare de Lyon, Paris Gare du Nord and Paris Gare de l'Est.

Omio customers travelling this route book their trains from Cardiff Central   to Paris Gare de Lyon.

Where is the train station in Cardiff? Where is the train station in Paris?

Passengers board their train most frequently from Cardiff Central and travel around 0 mile (s) / 0 km from the city centre to this train station.

Passengers travelling this route most often arrive at Paris Gare de Lyon and need to travel approximately 1 mile (s) / 2 km from the train station to the city centre in Paris.

How many train services per day are there between Cardiff and Paris?
On average, there are 8 trains a day from Cardiff to Paris. The train times and services may be different on weekends and holidays compared to weekdays.

Important Stations and Airports for this Journey

Cardiff
Paris
Cardiff Central is the most popular Cardiff railway station for Omio travellers, but it's not the only one. Read all the information you need to know about the main train stations in Cardiff for your journey to Paris.
Amenities at station
WifiWifi
LockersLockers
ParkingParking
ATMATM
TaxiTaxi
ticketOfficeHours
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