Cardiff to Aberdeen by train

  • First train
    04:35
  • Last train
    21:55
  • Avg changes
    1
  • Fastest journey
    8hr 55m
  • Distance
    635 kilometres
  • Trains per Day
    25
  • Avg. journey time
    11hr 1m
  • Train Operators

Travelling from Cardiff to Aberdeen by train

Fast trains from Cardiff to Aberdeen take around 8 hours and 55 minutes, covering a distance of approximately 635 kilometres. There are frequent services on the rail route between Cardiff and Aberdeen.

1. Are there direct trains from Cardiff to Aberdeen?

Journeys between Cardiff and Aberdeen usually involve one change of train.

We usually find around 19 departures on the route from Cardiff to Aberdeen every weekday that leave enough time to change trains without waiting around for longer than necessary.

Trains are typically more frequent on weekends, when we found around 40 departures.

2. How long is the train journey from Cardiff to Aberdeen?

The Cardiff to Aberdeen train travel time is normally about 8 hours and 55 minutes, whatever time you make the journey.

3. What are the Cardiff to Aberdeen train times and schedule?

On weekdays the earliest train to Aberdeen is usually scheduled to depart Cardiff around 04:35 and the last train is around 21:55. At weekends the first train of the day leaves Cardiff around 04:35, and the last at 21:25.

When to book Cardiff to Aberdeen train tickets?

Trains in the UK usually open for booking around 3 months in advance. If booking is not yet open for your dates then you can set a booking alert to receive an email on the day that the cheapest tickets are released for your journey from Cardiff to Aberdeen by train.

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Which train companies operate between Cardiff and Aberdeen?

More than one train company operates on the route from Cardiff to Aberdeen, so you’ll be travelling with one or more of the following rail operators:

  • Arriva Trains Wales
  • CrossCountry
  • East Coast
  • First TransPennine Express
  • Great Western Railway
  • London North Eastern Railway
  • ScotRail
  • Serco Caledonian Sleeper
  • TransPennine Express
  • Transport For Wales
  • Virgin Trains

You can check which train you’ll be travelling on by looking for the train name in search results.

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Child and youth passengers

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Sometimes children below a certain age can travel without a seat for free. If you want to guarantee a seat for child passengers, enter '6' as the age of the child.

Read more about child and youth passenger ages. See also youth discounts and railcards.

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