Cardiff to Edinburgh by train
Avg. journey time
Travelling from Cardiff to Edinburgh by train
Fast trains from Cardiff to Edinburgh take around 5 hours and 58 minutes, covering a distance of approximately 499 kilometres. There are frequent services on the rail route between Cardiff and Edinburgh.
1. Are there direct trains from Cardiff to Edinburgh?
Journeys between Cardiff and Edinburgh usually involve one change of train.
We usually find around 36 departures on the route from Cardiff to Edinburgh 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 45 departures.
2. How long is the train journey from Cardiff to Edinburgh?
The Cardiff to Edinburgh train travel time is normally about 5 hours and 58 minutes, whatever time you make the journey.
3. What are the Cardiff to Edinburgh train times and schedule?
On weekdays the earliest train to Edinburgh is usually scheduled to depart Cardiff around 04:35 and the last train is around 00:33.
At weekends the first train of the day leaves Cardiff around 04:35, and the last at 23:33.
What's the Cardiff to Edinburgh train price?
The earlier you book the better, and the cheapest tickets we've found for trains from Cardiff to Edinburgh are $56.15.
Trains departing 30 days in advance will cost around $56 while booking 7 days in advance the price is around $68. 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 Cardiff to Edinburgh 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 Edinburgh by train.
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Which train companies operate between Cardiff and Edinburgh?
More than one train company operates on the route from Cardiff to Edinburgh, so you’ll be travelling with one or more of the following rail operators:
- Arriva Trains Wales
- East Coast
- First Great Western
- First TransPennine Express
- Great Western Railway
- London Underground
- 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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