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Overview: Train from Cardiff to 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

What COVID-19 travel safety information and restrictions should I be aware of for my train from Cardiff to Paris?

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:

  • Entry is allowed only for fully vaccinated travellers
  • Negative COVID-19 test issued at most 2 days before arrival
  • 10-day mandatory monitored quarantine for arrivals without a COVID-19 Vaccination Certificate
  • Health declaration required
  • Health screen upon arrival. Those showing symptoms will be tested. A positive test will result in mandatory quarantine

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 27/01/2022. Remember to review the latest COVID-19 travel safety regulations   for your train between Cardiff and Paris as this information can change.

Do I need to quarantine when I return to United Kingdom from Paris, France?

Return travel from France to United Kingdom is: Partially open.

Are there any international entry restrictions on returning to Cardiff from Paris?

Entry into 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?

Requirements for reentering:

  • Negative COVID-19 test issued at most 2 days before arrival for unvaccinated travellers
  • Prebook and pay for day 2 and day 8 COVID-19 PCR tests for unvaccinated travellers
  • 10-day mandatory self-quarantine
  • Travellers with a certificate of vaccination are exempt from compulsory quarantine
  • Prebook and pay for a COVID-19 test, to be taken on the end of day 1 for vaccinated travellers
  • Travellers with a certificate of vaccination are exempt from providing a negative COVID-19 test
  • 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 requirement: 1 metre (s) (3 feet)
  • Face mask requirement: Recommended

Last checked on 27/01/2022. Please check the latest COVID-19 travel safety regulations   closer to the travel date of your train to Cardiff from Paris.

What is the distance by train from Cardiff to Paris?

You should expect to travel around 304 miles (490 km)  between Cardiff and Paris by train.

How long is the train journey to Paris from Cardiff?

On average the train from Cardiff to Paris duration is 8 h 5 min  for the 304 miles (490 km) long trip, but the travel time can vary if you depart on weekends and holidays.

What station does the Cardiff to Paris train leave from? Which Paris train station do I come into from Cardiff?

When taking the train to Paris from Cardiff, you can choose to depart from train stations like Cardiff Central, Cardiff (Queen Street) and Cardiff (Cathays). Your journey can end in train stations such as Paris Gare de Lyon, Paris Gare du Nord and Paris Gare de l'Est.

Omio customers who travel this route most frequently depart from Cardiff Central   and arrive in Paris Gare de Lyon.

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

Passengers board the train most frequently from Cardiff Central, which is located around 0.2 miles (425 m) away from the city centre, and they get off the train at Paris Gare de Lyon, located 1.3 miles (2.1 km) away from the city centre.

How many train services are there to Paris from Cardiff a day?

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

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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
TaxisTaxis
AccessibilityAccessibility
phone
Phone Number
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ticketOfficeHours
Ticket Office Hours
Mon - Fri: 05: 40 - 21: 30 | Sat: 05: 40 - 21: 30 | Sun: 07: 30 - 21: 30
Public transport options for Cardiff Central
Commuter rail lines: City Line, Rhondda Line, Rhymney Line, Valley Line, South Wales Main Line
Train lines: Transport for Wales, CrossCountry, Great Western Railway