The cheapest trains from London to Cardiff

Showing times and prices for 28 Oct

Cheapest

£54

Average

£92

The best way to find a cheap fare is to book your ticket as far in advance as you can and to avoid traveling at rush hour.

The average ticket from London to Cardiff will cost around £ 92 if you buy it on the day, but the cheapest tickets can be found for only £ 54.

Cheapest
11:48London Paddington1h47 13:35Cardiff Central
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£541One-way
09:48London Paddington1h51 11:39Cardiff Central
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£741One-way
10:48London Paddington1h50 12:38Cardiff Central
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£1011One-way
08:48London Paddington1h49 10:37Cardiff Central
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£1401One-way

Timetable London to Cardiff

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08:48London Paddington1h49 10:37Cardiff Central
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09:48London Paddington1h51 11:39Cardiff Central
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10:48London Paddington1h50 12:38Cardiff Central
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11:48London Paddington1h47 13:35Cardiff Central
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£44Great Western Railway
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The fastest trains from London to Cardiff

Showing times and prices for 28 Oct

Fastest Journey

1 h 47 m

Average

1 h 49 m

Trains per day

4

Distance

211 km

Of the 4 trains that leave London for Cardiff every day 4 travel direct so it’s quite easy to avoid journeys where you’ll have to change along the way.

These direct trains cover the 211 km distance in an average of 1 h 49 m but if you time it right, some trains will get you there in just 1 h 47 m .

The slowest trains will take 1 h 51 m and usually involve a change or two along the way, but you might be able to save a few pennies if you’re on a budget.

Fastest
11:48London Paddington1h47 13:35Cardiff Central
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£541One-way
08:48London Paddington1h49 10:37Cardiff Central
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£1401One-way
10:48London Paddington1h50 12:38Cardiff Central
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£1011One-way
09:48London Paddington1h51 11:39Cardiff Central
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£741One-way

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Train Information from London to Cardiff

distanceDistance131 miles (211 km)
durationAverage train duration1 h 47 min
priceAverage train ticket price£51 (€58)
frequencyTrain frequency16 a day
changesDirect trainYes, there are 16 direct trains a day
carriersTrain companiesGreat Western Railway

Trains from London to Cardiff cover the 131 miles (211 km) long journey taking on average 1 h 47 min with our travel partners like Great Western Railway. Normally, there are 16 trains operating per day, including direct services available. You can get the cheapest train tickets for this journey for as low as £47, but the average price of train tickets is £51. Travellers depart most frequently from London Victoria and arrive in Cardiff Central.

Trains from London to Cardiff 

Trains from London to Cardiff run very frequently throughout the day, with approximately 1 service departing every hour on every day of the week. The majority of Great Western Railway journeys from London to Cardiff last between 1 hour 50 minutes and 2 hour 50 minutes, depending on the time of day.

London to Cardiff train times: Daily departures 

There are numerous trains running from London to Cardiff on every day of the week. Services run more frequently in the morning, with trains departing approximately every 30 minutes. Trains run less frequently in the afternoon and evening, with around 1 service every hour. The first train of the day leaves at around 6:00 a.m. on weekdays, and at around 8:00 a.m. on weekends. The last service of the day departs between 10:00 p.m. and 11:00 p.m., and arrives at Cardiff Central Station around 12:30 a.m.

How long is the journey by train from London to Cardiff? 

The journey from London to Cardiff usually lasts between 1 hour 50 minutes and 2 hours 50 minutes, and varies depending on the time of the day. Most trains from London to Cardiff are direct services, but some journeys require passengers to make 1 change at Gloucester before reaching Cardiff. 

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

Departure train station: London Paddington station is located in central London, and can easily be reached with the Tube by travelling to Paddington Underground Station, situated on the Circle and District Lines. The station offers pay-as-you-go WiFi, public toilets, and a range of food, drink, and shopping outlets.

Arrival train station: Cardiff Central Station is situated in the centre of the city in Cardiff Central Square, within walking distance from the city's main sights. The station offers a first-class lounge, public WiFi, shops, and accessible toilets. 

Which train companies travel from London to Cardiff? 

Most train journeys from London to Cardiff are operated by British train company Great Western Railway. 

Great Western Railway London to Cardiff 

Great Western Railway (GWR) trains from London to Cardiff operate very frequently throughout the day on every day of the week. The journey usually lasts between 1 hour 50 minutes and 2 hours 50 minutes, depending on the time of day. Most GWR trains from London to Cardiff are direct, however, some journeys require passengers to change trains at Gloucester before reaching Cardiff. 

London to Cardiff trains: Services on board 

GWR trains offer passengers the option to buy first-class tickets, with extra-wide, reclining seats, a food and drink service, power sockets at every table, and access to exclusive first-class lounges at the station. First-class passengers can also make the most of enhanced WiFi onboard, with faster internet. Up to 3 pieces of luggage per passenger can be transported on GWR trains, but bulky luggage should be stored in luggage areas at the end of each carriage. Passengers can bring bikes onto GWR trains with a reservation made in advance. Up to 2 small pets can also be transported onboard, provided they are kept on a short lead or in an enclosed carrier. GWR offers a system where passengers with disabilities can pre-book assistance for their journey.

How to find cheap train tickets from London to Cardiff

It's easy to find great deals on train tickets from London to Cardiff when booking with Omio. The best way to find cheap tickets is to book as far in advance as possible, as last-minute tickets can often be more expensive. Another top tip is to stay flexible with travel dates, as it's no secret that train ticket prices can vary widely depending on the time of the day or day of the week. Peak journeys will usually cost more than those outside of commuter hours. It's also a good idea to consider booking slower, indirect journeys. While high-speed, direct services are popular, they're often more expensive. 

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FAQs
What is the price of the cheapest train between London and Cardiff?
Looking to save money on your trip? Omio customers have found the cheapest train from London to Cardiff for the next 7 days starting from £47  one way.
How much is a train ticket from London to Cardiff?
In the next 7 days you’ll find that the average cost of a train ticket between London and Cardiff is £51  one way.
How far is it from London to Cardiff by train?
The distance to Cardiff from London by train is approximately 131 miles (211 km).
What is the average London to Cardiff train duration?
While the time it takes to travel 131 miles (211 km) from London to Cardiff can vary based on specific dates, weekends, and bank holidays, the train duration from London to Cardiff is on average 1 h 47 min.
What station does the London to Cardiff train leave from? Which Cardiff train station do I come into from London?

When departing from London, you have various train station options to start your route from including London Victoria, London Euston and London Kings Cross. When arriving in Cardiff, you can end your trip in train stations like Cardiff Central, Cardiff (Queen Street) and Cardiff (Cathays).

Omio customers book a train from London Victoria   to Cardiff Central   most frequently for this route.

Where is the train station in London to go to Cardiff? Where is the train station in Cardiff located?

Passengers booking this journey most frequently board their trains from London Victoria and need to travel around 1 mile (s) / 1 km from the city centre to get to this train station.

Passengers arriving in Cardiff most often arrive at Cardiff Central and need to travel around 0 mile (s) / 0 km from this train station to the city centre.

Which train companies should I travel with from London to Cardiff?
Take the London to Cardiff train with Great Western Railway. However, it's always good to check out all possible train companies for the trip to Cardiff from London as there might be differences in the amenities they offer.
How many trains are there from London to Cardiff a day?
On average, there are 16 trains a day from London to Cardiff. The train times and services may be different on weekends and holidays compared to weekdays.
What time is the earliest train from London to Cardiff? What time is the last train from London to Cardiff?
The first train from London to Cardiff leaves at 07: 48   and the last train for this leaves at 11: 48. Omio shows you the latest train from London to Cardiff timetable to help you book the best departure time for this journey.
How far in advance should I purchase train tickets from London to Cardiff for the best deals?
If you book London to Cardiff train tickets within the next 7 days, you can find one way tickets to cost on average £51. However, booking in advance gives you access to the best prices for trains from London to Cardiff. Look out for train tickets for this journey to go on sale a few months before your planned departure date to find the best deals.

Important Stations and Airports for this Journey

London
Cardiff
London Victoria is the most popular London 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 London for your journey to Cardiff.
Amenities at station
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Sat: 06: 00 - 23: 00 | Mon - Fri: 06: 00 - 00: 00 | Sun: 07: 00 - 00: 00
Connections to/from station
Rail lines: London North Western Railway, London Overground, Avanti West Coast, Caledonian Sleeper
Overground lines: Watford DC
Bus lines: 18, 30, 59, 68, 73, 91, 168, 205, 253, 390, N5, N20, N73, N91, N205, N253
Tube lines: Circle, Hammersmith & City, Metropolitan, Northern (Bank and Charing Cross branches), Victoria
Amenities at station
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ParkingParking
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Mon - Fri: 05: 00 - 01: 36 | Sat: 05: 00 - 00: 36 | Sun: 05: 30 - 01: 36
Connections to/from station
Bus lines: 10, 17, 30, 45, 46, 59, 63, 73, 91, 205, 214, 259, 390, 476
Train lines: Thameslink, Grand Central, Hull, London North Eastern, Gatwick Express
Underground lines: Circle, Piccadilly, Hammersmith & City, Northern, Metropolitan, Victoria
Amenities at station
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Connections to/from station
Bus lines: N7, 23, 27, N27, 36, 205, N205, 332, 7, 46, A1, 18, N18
Train lines: Great Western Main Line, Heathrow Express
Underground lines: Bakerloo Line, Circle Line, District Line, Hammersmith Line
Amenities at station
WifiWifi
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ParkingParking
ATMATM
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Mon - Fri: 05: 45 - 22: 00 | Sat: 06: 00 - 21: 00 | Sun: 08: 00 - 22: 15
Connections to/from station
Bus lines: 326, 139
Subway lines: Circle Line, Hammersmith & City Line, Metropolitan Line, Northern Line, Piccadilly Line, Victoria Line
Train lines: Overground line, High Speed 1, Eurostar