Edinburgh to Cardiff by train
Avg. journey time
Travelling from Edinburgh to Cardiff by train
Fast trains from Edinburgh to Cardiff take around 5 hours and 45 minutes, covering a distance of approximately 499 kilometres. There are frequent services on the rail route between Edinburgh and Cardiff.
1. Are there direct trains from Edinburgh to Cardiff?
Journeys between Edinburgh and Cardiff usually involve one change of train.
We usually find around 25 departures on the route from Edinburgh to Cardiff 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 31 departures.
2. How long is the train journey from Edinburgh to Cardiff?
The Edinburgh to Cardiff train travel time is normally about 5 hours and 45 minutes, whatever time you make the journey.
3. What are the Edinburgh to Cardiff train times and schedule?
On weekdays the earliest train to Cardiff is usually scheduled to depart Edinburgh around 06:52 and the last train is around 00:30.
At weekends the first train of the day leaves Edinburgh around 05:48, and the last at 00:33.
What's the Edinburgh to Cardiff train price?
The earlier you book the better, and the cheapest tickets we've found for trains from Edinburgh to Cardiff are $41.11.
Trains departing 30 days in advance will cost around $79 while booking 7 days in advance the price is around $130. Booking on the day of travel is likely to be more expensive, so it is worth booking in advance if you can to save money.
When to book Edinburgh to Cardiff 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 Edinburgh to Cardiff by train.
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Which train companies operate between Edinburgh and Cardiff?
More than one train company operates on the route from Edinburgh to Cardiff, so you’ll be travelling with one or more of the following rail operators:
- Arriva Trains Wales
- First Great Western
- First TransPennine Express
- Great Western Railway
- 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.
Cardiff to Edinburgh by train