Cardiff to Sunderland by train Find train times and tickets

  • First train
    04:35
  • Last train
    22:00
  • Avg changes
    2
  • Fastest journey
    6hr 5m

Travelling from Cardiff to Sunderland by train

Fast trains from Cardiff to Sunderland take around 6 hours and 5 minutes, covering a distance of approximately 401 kilometres. There are frequent services on the rail route between Cardiff and Sunderland.

Are there direct trains from Cardiff to Sunderland?

Journeys between Cardiff and Sunderland usually involve 2 changes of train.

We usually find around 36 departures on the route from Cardiff to Sunderland 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 46 departures.

How long is the train journey from Cardiff to Sunderland?

The Cardiff to Sunderland train travel time is normally about 6 hours and 5 minutes, whatever time you make the journey.

What are the Cardiff to Sunderland train times and schedule?

On weekdays the earliest train to Sunderland is usually scheduled to depart Cardiff around 04:35 and the last train is around 22:00. At weekends the first train of the day leaves Cardiff around 04:35, and the last at 21:18.

When to book Cardiff to Sunderland 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 Sunderland by train.

Which train companies operate between Cardiff and Sunderland?

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

  • Arriva Trains Wales
  • CrossCountry
  • East Coast
  • First Great Western
  • First TransPennine Express
  • Grand Central Railway
  • Great Western Railway
  • London North Eastern Railway
  • Northern
  • TransPennine Express
  • Tyne And Wear Metro

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

The definition of "Child" and "Youth" varies by country and rail operator. This is why we ask for the age of young passengers.

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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