Cardiff to Plymouth train

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Cheap train tickets from Cardiff to Plymouth

Showing times and prices for 24 Apr

Cheapest

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

Cheapest
Great Western Railway
06:533h38
Cardiff Central (CDF)
10:31Plymouth station (PLY)
£1011One-way
1 change
Cheapest
Cross Country
07:283h19
Cardiff Central (CDF)
10:47Plymouth station (PLY)
£1011One-way
1 change
Cheapest
Great Western Railway
07:593h34
Cardiff Central (CDF)
11:33Plymouth station (PLY)
£1011One-way
0 changes
Cheapest
Great Western Railway
05:074h03
Cardiff Central (CDF)
09:10Plymouth station (PLY)
£1011One-way
2 changes
Cheapest
Great Western Railway
06:573h34
Cardiff Central (CDF)
10:31Plymouth station (PLY)
£1011One-way
2 changes

Train timetableCardiff to Plymouth

Showing trains for tomorrow, Wednesday, 24 April
Great Western Railway
05:074h03
Cardiff Central (CDF)
09:10Plymouth station (PLY)
2 changes
Great Western Railway
06:283h11
Cardiff Central (CDF)
09:39Plymouth station (PLY)
1 change
Great Western Railway
06:533h38
Cardiff Central (CDF)
10:31Plymouth station (PLY)
1 change
Great Western Railway
06:573h34
Cardiff Central (CDF)
10:31Plymouth station (PLY)
2 changes
Cross Country
07:283h19
Cardiff Central (CDF)
10:47Plymouth station (PLY)
1 change
Great Western Railway
07:593h34
Cardiff Central (CDF)
11:33Plymouth station (PLY)
0 changes

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Train times from Cardiff to Plymouth

Showing times and prices for 24 Apr

Fastest Journey

3 h 11 m

Average

3 h 33 m

Trains per day

6

Distance

141 km

Of the 6 trains that leave Cardiff for Plymouth every day 1 travel direct so it’s quite easy to avoid journeys where you’ll have to change along the way.

Fastest
Great Western Railway
06:283h11
Cardiff Central (CDF)
09:39Plymouth station (PLY)
£1011One-way
1 change
Cross Country
07:283h19
Cardiff Central (CDF)
10:47Plymouth station (PLY)
£1011One-way
1 change
Great Western Railway
07:593h34
Cardiff Central (CDF)
11:33Plymouth station (PLY)
£1011One-way
0 changes
Great Western Railway
06:573h34
Cardiff Central (CDF)
10:31Plymouth station (PLY)
£1011One-way
2 changes
Great Western Railway
06:533h38
Cardiff Central (CDF)
10:31Plymouth station (PLY)
£1011One-way
1 change

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Overview: Train from Cardiff to Plymouth

distanceDistance87 miles
durationAverage train duration3 h 13 min
priceAverage train ticket price£77 (€84)
frequencyTrain frequency16 a day
changesDirect trainYes, there are 4 direct trains a day
carriersTrain companiesGreat Western Rail, CrossCountry or Bus

Trains from Cardiff to Plymouth cover the 87 miles long trip taking on average 3 h 13 min with our travel partners like Great Western Rail, CrossCountry or Bus. Normally, there are 16 trains operating per day. You can get the cheapest train tickets for this route for as low as £58, but the average price of train tickets is £77. Travellers depart most frequently from Cardiff Central and arrive in Plymouth.

Train providers: Great Western Rail, CrossCountry and Bus trains Cardiff to Plymouth

For as little as £42 you can travel by train between Cardiff and Plymouth with Great Western Rail, CrossCountry and Bus. Omio will show you the best deals, timetables and tickets available for this trip.

Cross Country trains are a UK-based train operator that provides services across the country including trains to Plymouth from Cardiff. They offer a range of services, from express services to local services, and have a variety of ticket types to suit different needs. Their express services, such as the CrossCountry Voyager and CrossCountry XC Trains, offer a fast and comfortable journey, with onboard facilities such as free Wi-Fi, power sockets, and a selection of snacks and drinks. Their local services, such as the CrossCountry Regional and CrossCountry Regional Express, provide a more leisurely journey, with stops at smaller stations along the way. They also offer a range of ticket types, such as Advance, Anytime, and Off-Peak tickets, to suit different budgets and travel needs. The most popular routes for Cross Country trains include London to Birmingham, Manchester to Edinburgh, and Bristol to Reading.

CrossCountry from Cardiff to Plymouth train information:

  • Average Duration: 3 h 8 min
  • Cheapest Price: £73

FAQs: Cardiff to Plymouth train

FAQs: Travel by train from Cardiff to Plymouth 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 Plymouth.
FAQs
Cheap train tickets from Cardiff to Plymouth can start from as little as £58 when you book in advance. The average train ticket price for Cardiff to Plymouth is £77; 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 Plymouth train travel time is 3 h 13 min   for the 87 mile long trip, but the duration can vary if you travel on weekends and holidays.
The first train from Cardiff to Plymouth leaves at 07: 27. Plan your trip with the Journey Planner   from Omio.
The last train from Cardiff to Plymouth leaves at 20: 30.
There are 16 trains a day from Cardiff to Plymouth which require at least one change with Great Western Rail, CrossCountry or Bus. Schedules can vary on holidays or weekends with fewer trains.
For the best Cardiff to Plymouth train to buy, you can travel safely and comfortably with Great Western Rail, CrossCountry or Bus. However, it's always good to check all possible train providers with services between Cardiff and Plymouth to compare what amenities they may offer.
No, there are no night trains, the latest train for this route is 20: 30.

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 Plymouth, located 1 mile (1.6 km) away from the city centre.

The cheapest month to travel from Cardiff to Plymouth by train is March.
It's helpful to compare your options as there are 2 ways to travel from Cardiff to Plymouth including taking a train or coach.

Important Stations and Airports in Cardiff and Plymouth

Cardiff
Plymouth
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 from Cardiff to Plymouth.
Amenities at station
WifiWifi
ShoppingShopping
ParkingParking
ATMATM
TaxisTaxis
AccessibilityAccessibility
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
Location for Rail Replacement Services: At the rear car park (Penarth Road entrance)
Amenities at station
ParkingParking
TaxisTaxis
AccessibilityAccessibility
Public transport options for Cardiff Queen Street
Onward travel information: Limited service from stop outside station Mondays to Fridays
Location for Rail Replacement Services: For services towards Cardiff Central use the bus stop at the front of the station. For services towards Cathays use the bus stop in front of the shop opposite the station entrance. Please ask a member of station staff if you are unsure of which stop to use.
Rhoose Cardiff International AirportParkingAccessibility
Amenities at station
ParkingParking
AccessibilityAccessibility
phone
Phone Number
+44 3333211202
Public transport options for Rhoose Cardiff International Airport
Location for Rail Replacement Services: Wait at bus stop on Station Road adjacent to level crossing
Cardiff BayParkingTaxisAccessibility
Amenities at station
ParkingParking
TaxisTaxis
AccessibilityAccessibility
Public transport options for Cardiff Bay
Onward travel information: There is a bus stop outside the station.
Location for Rail Replacement Services: Wait at the bus stop close to the station entrance on Bute Street
Whitchurch (Cardiff)ParkingAccessibility
Amenities at station
ParkingParking
AccessibilityAccessibility
Public transport options for Whitchurch (Cardiff)
Location for Rail Replacement Services: Along the A470 (Northern Avenue) towards Cardiff at the bus stop after the junction with Caedelyn Road

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