York to Cardiff by train Find train times and tickets

  • First train
    05:21
  • Last train
    23:06
  • Avg changes
    1
  • Fastest journey
    4hr 10m

Travelling from York to Cardiff by train

The fastest trains from York to Cardiff take around 4 hours and 10 minutes, covering a distance of approximately 310 kilometres. There are frequent services on the rail route between York and Cardiff.

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

We usually find around 49 departures on the route from York to Cardiff every weekday that leave enough time to change trains without waiting around for longer than necessary.

There are typically fewer departures at weekends, when we found around 42 departures. The duration is normally about 4 hours and 10 minutes, whatever time you make the journey.

On weekdays the earliest train to Cardiff is usually scheduled to depart York around 05:21 and the last train is around 23:06. At weekends the first train of the day leaves York around 05:21, and the last at 23:17.

Route map is indicative only and may differ from the optimal route. Actual routes will be displayed when searching.

When to book York 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 York to Cardiff by train.

Which trains operate between York and Cardiff?

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

  • Arriva Trains Wales
  • CrossCountry
  • East Midlands Trains
  • First Great Western
  • First TransPennine Express
  • Great Western Railway
  • TransPennine Express

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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