London to Cardiff train

Cheap train tickets from London to Cardiff

Showing times and prices for 29 Jun

Cheapest

£53

Average

£89

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.

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10:18London Paddington1h55 12:13Cardiff Central
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£531One-way
10:48London Paddington1h51 12:39Cardiff Central
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£561One-way
09:48London Paddington1h53 11:41Cardiff Central
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£781One-way
09:18London Paddington1h49 11:07Cardiff Central
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£781One-way
08:18London Paddington1h52 10:10Cardiff Central
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£1361One-way

Train schedule London to Cardiff

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08:18London Paddington1h52 10:10Cardiff Central
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08:48London Paddington1h49 10:37Cardiff Central
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Fastest train times from London to Cardiff

Showing times and prices for 29 Jun

Fastest Journey

1 h 49 m

Average

1 h 51 m

Trains per day

6

Distance

211 km

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

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09:18London Paddington1h49 11:07Cardiff Central
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£781One-way
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Overview: Train from London to Cardiff

distanceDistance131 miles (211 km)
durationAverage train duration1 h 52 min
priceAverage train ticket price£75 (€84)
frequencyTrain frequency31 a day
changesDirect trainYes, there are 25 direct trains a day
carriersTrain companiesGreat Western Railway, South Western Railway, Cross Country or First Great Western Service

Trains from London to Cardiff cover the 131 miles (211 km) long journey taking on average 1 h 52 min with our travel partners like Great Western Railway, South Western Railway, Cross Country or First Great Western Service. Normally, there are 31 trains operating per day, including direct services available. While the average ticket price for this route costs around £75, you can find the cheapest train ticket for as low as £45. Travellers depart most frequently from London Victoria and arrive in Cardiff Central.

Train providers: Great Western Rail, CrossCountry and South Western Railway trains London to Cardiff

You can travel by train between London and Cardiff with Great Western Rail, CrossCountry and South Western Railway for as low as £45. When you search for timetables and tickets, Omio will show you the best route.

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South Western Railway tickets to Cardiff from London are available online on Omio. We help you compare and book your perfect journey with South Western Railway from London to Cardiff all in one place. If you’re specifically looking for the cheapest, fastest or earliest train, you can find all the current South Western Railway train timetables and train tickets available on Omio for the 131 miles (211 km) route. You can also see relevant travel information for the South Western Railway train, such as luggage policy and amenities onboard depending on the class fare. Search for your ideal departure and arrival times for this train, compare the fastest London to Cardiff routes as well as the cheapest ticket prices available, and buy the best South Western Railway London to Cardiff train ticket that fits your needs. If you purchase tickets in the Omio app, you can quickly see if the South Western Railway train ticket is available as a mobile ticket, which makes it easy for you to travel paperless. You’ll then be ready to embark on your smooth and relaxing journey to Cardiff with South Western Railway!

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

    Enjoy a smooth and easy trip from London to Cardiff with CrossCountry! As an official travel partner of CrossCountry, Omio can help you search current train timetables from CrossCountry, compare the best routes to Cardiff from London as well as the class fares available for this route (including information on luggage policy and amenities provided onboard), and buy the most affordable CrossCountry London to Cardiff train ticket available today. If you search for CrossCountry tickets in the Omio app, you can also see if they are mobile tickets so that you can travel paperless rather than needing to wait in a queue at the train station in person to purchase tickets. Once you find your ideal route, book your one-way train between London and Cardiff on Omio or in the Omio app in just a few simple steps. You can then sit back and enjoy the 131 miles (211 km) trip from London to Cardiff with ease and comfort on a train with CrossCountry.

      Looking for trains from London to Cardiff? Great Western Rail is one of the best companies to travel with on the 131 miles (211 km) route between London and Cardiff. As an official travel partner of Great Western Rail, Omio quickly shows you the latest Great Western Rail train timetables, tickets and offers (such as luggage policy and amenities provided onboard), travel information, and prices so that you can check for ideal departure and arrival times, compare the fastest London to Cardiff routes, find the best amenities to make your trip smooth and easy, and buy the most affordable Great Western Rail train tickets that fit your budget. If you use the Omio app to search for trains to Cardiff from London, you can quickly see if the Great Western Rail ticket is a mobile ticket, making it easy for you to go paperless when taking a train. Once you’re ready, book your London - Cardiff train now on Omio quickly and easily and enjoy your upcoming trip with Great Western Rail!

      Great Western Rail from London to Cardiff train information:

      • Average Duration: 1 h 54 min
      • Great Western Rail frequency: 25 a day

      Trains from London to Cardiff

      Trains from London to Cardiff are a great way to travel between the UK and Wales, as many trains run throughout the week. There are approximately 400 trains that operate this route between Monday and Sunday, giving you a great choice of departures. Most trains take about 2h on average, so it won’t take long to reach your destination.

      London to Cardiff Train Time: Daily Departures

      Approximately 300 London to Cardiff trains operate between Monday and Friday. On weekends there are approximately 80 trains across the two days. The first train on a weekday departs at about 05:20, whilst on the weekend; it’s a bit earlier at around 06:30. The final departure is at about 23:30.

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

      Train London to Cardiff takes an average of 2 hours to reach its destination. Most of the trains on this route are direct; however, some trains require a transfer along the way, which take closer to 3 hours to reach Cardiff.

      Trains from London to Cardiff: London Eye at night. Source: Shutterstock

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

      Departure train station:When you get a train to Cardiff from London, you will depart from London Paddington train station, which is to the northwest of central London. You can travel to the train station from popular parts of London, such as the Victoria and Albert Museum, in about 16 min on the Circle Line. At this train station, there are great facilities, including supermarkets, restaurants, coffee shops, gift stores and toilets.

      Arrival train station: When you get a train from London to Cardiff, you will arrive at Cardiff Central train station, which is in the south of the city. You can get to attractions from the train station, such as Techniquest, in around 12min using the number 2 City Circle Bus. When you’re at the station, you can relax at a First Class Lounge, refuel at refreshment stalls or use cashpoints and toilets.

      Which train companies travel from London to Cardiff?

      You can get trains from London to Cardiff with Great Western Railway, which offers a frequent service between these two cities. With about 394 trains throughout the week, you should be able to find a suitable departure time to match your schedule. Most direct trains take around 2h or less, while indirect trains can take closer to 3h.

      Night trains London

      There aren’t any night trains from London to Cardiff; however, there are trains that you can catch early in the morning and late at night. For instance, you can catch a train that departs at about 05:23, which arrives in Cardiff at around 08:03. At night, a train departs at about 23:33 and arrives at around 06:21, but it requires a long stopover of nearly 4h in Bristol during the trip.

      Great Western Railway trains London to Cardiff

      Great Western Railways London to Cardiff trains offer a reliable service to passengers throughout the week. There are around 63 trains that depart each day during weekdays, about 35 leaving on Saturdays and around 44 operating on Sundays. The first train between Monday and Friday is at about 05:23, whilst it’s a bit later on the weekend at around 06:30 on Saturdays and 08:30 on Sundays. Throughout the week, the last train of the day is around 23:30. If you take a direct train, you can expect the average journey duration to be in the region of 2h, with some of the fastest trains completing this route in about 1h 49min. Indirect trains, which require a stop at stations like Bristol Temple Meads, take longer than 2h 30min to arrive at their destination.

      Trains from London to Cardiff: Sustainability travel

      As most of the trains in the UK run on an electric track, this mode of transport is an extremely sustainable way to travel. Compared to other ways to travel, such as car, bus or plane, this method of transport releases fewer carbon emissions per passenger. Rail tracks also take up less green space when being built, compared to that of roads.

      Train London to Cardiff: Services on Board

      On Great Western Railway trains from London to Cardiff, you can enjoy First Class seating, which provides comfier and more spacious seats. In terms of luggage, you can take three items on board the train with you. The largest must be no bigger than 25 x 40 x 70cm, the medium bag must fit the overhead luggage rack, whilst the smallest must fit under your seat. If you want to take a bike onboard the train from London to Cardiff, then reserve this in advance, as there is limited space. Two pets can board the train free of charge with each passenger. These animals must be on a lead or in a cage for the entire trip. You can also get help during your journey if you are travelling with a disability. It’s best to contact the operator in advance if you require assistance on the day you travel.

      How to find cheap train tickets from London to Cardiff

      You can get cheap tickets on London to Cardiff trains if you book your train fare as soon as the tickets go on sale. Ticket prices increase the closer you get to the departure date. If you have flexibility with your travel date, this can help you get a cheaper fare. For instance, if you want to travel in the afternoon, it might be worth looking at morning and evening trains as well as they might be cheaper. There is also a range of railcards, such as a young person’s railcard or a senior railcard, which you can use to get great discounts on all your journeys. In addition, you can get inspiration from the Omio Magazine, which has a range of other cheap UK destinations where you might want to travel.

      Trains from London to Cardiff: Cardiff City Hall. Source: Shutterstock

      To Cardiff by train—travel tips

      When you travel to Cardiff, there are loads of things for you to see and do. If you like Rugby, then you can begin your trip at the Principality Stadium. At this stadium, you can take a tour and, if you’re lucky, maybe even catch a game. Next up, head over to Cardiff Castle, which is a medieval castle that hosts events throughout the year. Take a stroll along Cardiff Bay, where you can stop for a bite to eat at one of the many restaurants. The National Museum Cardiff is also a must-see, which has one of Europe’s finest art collections. Then take a stroll around Roath Park, where you can feed the ducks or go for a row in the lake. There is also a children’s playground and café here, so you can stop to relax whilst your kids have some fun. Finish off your trip with a visit to New Theatre, where you can relax and enjoy some great entertainment.

      • Head over to the Wales Millennium Centre
      • Step back in time at St Fagans National Museum of History
      • Walk and relax at Bute Park
      • Take your kids to the fairy tale castle of CastellCoch
      • Have some fun at Techniquest

      Travel Tips: Trains from London to Cardiff

      Travel by train to Cardiff 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 London to Cardiff.
      FAQs
      Omio customers have found cheap train tickets from London to Cardiff for as low as £45  for the next 7 days.
      If you’re looking to book tickets for this route in the next 7 days, you’ll find that London to Cardiff train prices are on average £75  one way.
      The train distance from London to Cardiff is around 131 miles (211 km).
      The London to Cardiff train duration is on average 1 h 52 min, which is to be expected when travelling 131 miles (211 km) from London to Cardiff. However, the time it takes can vary based on specific dates, weekends, and bank holidays.

      Omio customers travelling this route book their trains from London Victoria   to Cardiff Central.

      Passengers booking this trip most frequently board their trains from London Victoria and need to travel around 1.8 miles (2.9 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 1.1 miles (1.8 km) from this train station to the city centre.

      For the route from London to Cardiff you can take a train with Great Western Railway, South Western Railway, Cross Country or First Great Western Service. Be sure to check out all possible train providers that offer services to Cardiff from London on Omio to compare what amenities they may have.
      Yes, there are 25 direct trains per day from London to Cardiff with Great Western Railway, and you won’t need to change in between. Direct train services tend to offer more convenience and save you time when travelling to your destination, so it's worth paying attention to before you buy your train ticket.
      The average number of trains departing London for Cardiff is 31 a day. The train schedules and services may vary between weekdays and weekends.
      The first train from London to Cardiff leaves at 05: 48   and the last train for this leaves at 21: 48. Omio shows you the latest train from London to Cardiff timetable to help you book the best departure time for this trip.
      In general, we recommend booking tickets for trains in advance to score the best deals from all possible train providers offering this trip and save money. If you purchase train tickets to Cardiff from London within the next 7 days, you can find tickets to cost on average £75 one way. To find the best prices for this route, consider booking your train ticket from London to Cardiff a few months in advance.

      Important Stations and Airports for this Journey

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      The major railway station for departures from London is London Victoria. Read all the information you need to know about services, amenities and connections at London Victoria for your trip to Cardiff from London.
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      Public transport options for London Victoria
      Onward travel information: Victoria Bus Station at Station Front
      Location for Rail Replacement Services: When weekend engineering dictate that replacement bus services will operate, these will usually depart from the immediate Station front/Terminus Place. Travel from London Victoria is usually conveyed by London Buses in these instances. Check posters and staff for more details.
      Metro: Underground services: Victoria Line, District Line and Circle Line
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      Mon - Fri: 06: 00 - 00: 00 | Sat: 06: 00 - 23: 00 | Sun: 07: 00 - 00: 00
      Public transport options for London Euston
      Tube lines: Circle, Hammersmith & City, Metropolitan, Northern (Bank and Charing Cross branches), Victoria
      Overground lines: Watford DC
      Bus lines: 18, 30, 59, 68, 73, 91, 168, 205, 253, 390, N5, N20, N73, N91, N205, N253
      Rail lines: London North Western Railway, London Overground, Avanti West Coast, Caledonian Sleeper
      Location for Rail Replacement Services: Go to Platform 2, there is a gate adjacent to the station from the main road.
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      Public transport options for London Kings Cross
      Underground lines: Circle, Piccadilly, Hammersmith & City, Northern, Metropolitan, Victoria
      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
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      Public transport options for London Paddington
      Underground lines: Bakerloo Line, Circle Line, District Line, Hammersmith Line
      Bus lines: N7, 23, 27, N27, 36, 205, N205, 332, 7, 46, A1, 18, N18
      Train lines: Great Western Main Line, Heathrow Express
      Metro: Tube Lines.
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      Mon - Fri: 05: 45 - 22: 00 | Sat: 06: 00 - 21: 00 | Sun: 08: 00 - 22: 15
      Public transport options for London St Pancras International
      Subway lines: Circle Line, Hammersmith & City Line, Metropolitan Line, Northern Line, Piccadilly Line, Victoria Line
      Train lines: Overground line, High Speed 1, Eurostar
      Bus lines: 326, 139
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      Public transport options for London Waterloo
      Onward travel information: Waterloo is well connected to London's public transport network. Waterloo Underground station serves the Bakerloo, Jubilee, Northern and Waterloo & City Lines. Plan a journey - Transport for London (tfl. Gov. Uk) Buses depart from several points around the station. All Transport for London Buses are accessible with step free access and have a dedicated mobility space. Buses from Waterloo (tfl. Gov. Uk) The station has a dedicated taxi rank for London Black Taxis on the roadway outside exit 3. Santander Hire Bicycles are available from the docking stations outside. Santander Cycles - Transport for London (tfl. Gov. Uk) Waterloo is within easy walking distance of the South Bank and a number of visitor attractions. Walking - Transport for London (tfl. Gov. Uk).
      Metro: Waterloo Underground station is served by the Bakerloo, Jubilee, Northern and Waterloo & City Lines. Step free access is available to and from the Jubilee Line. For more information on London Transport accessibility: Plan an accessible journey - Transport for London (tfl. Gov. Uk).
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      Public transport options for London Liverpool Street
      Location for Rail Replacement Services: Replacement transport stop on either Liverpool Street (outside the station entrance), or beside Platform 10, depending on operational requirements
      Metro: Liverpool Street underground station has connections to the Central, Circle, Hammersmith & City and Metropolitan lines.
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      Public transport options for London Bridge
      Onward travel information: The Bus Station is located directly outside the main entrance at upper level. There are also bus stops outside on Tooley Street. For further information on buses, a bus information kiosk is also located outside the main doors of the station at upper level.
      Location for Rail Replacement Services: Rail replacement bus services are usually found outside the front of the station. However this is sometimes subject to change. Please check engineering posters or consult a member of staff.
      Metro: For North and North East Kent and South East London
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      Public transport options for Heathrow Airport T123
      Onward travel information: National Rail trains serving London Paddington National Express coaches to Victoria Coach Station and Gatwick Airport London Underground
      Metro: Connection available with the London Underground (Piccadilly Line)
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      Location for Rail Replacement Services: At station entrance.
      Metro: Bakerloo Line.

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