Fastest journey3hr 20m
Travelling from Preston to Cardiff by train
The fastest trains from Preston to Cardiff take around 3 hours and 20 minutes, covering a distance of approximately 257 kilometres. There are frequent services on the rail route between Preston and Cardiff.
Journeys between Preston and Cardiff usually involve one change of train.
We usually find around 22 departures on the route from Preston to Cardiff every weekday that leave enough time to change trains without waiting around for longer than necessary.
Trains usually run with a similar frequency on weekends. The duration is normally about 3 hours and 20 minutes, whatever time you make the journey.
On weekdays the earliest train to Cardiff is usually scheduled to depart Preston around 04:02 and the last train is around 23:10. This is the same at the weekend.
Route map is indicative only and may differ from the optimal route. Actual routes will be displayed when searching.
When to book Preston to Cardiff train tickets?
The earlier you book the better, and the cheapest tickets we've found for trains from Preston to Cardiff are £31.00.
Trains departing 30 days in advance will cost around £89 while booking 7 days in advance the price is around £38. 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.
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 Preston to Cardiff by train.
Which trains operate between Preston and Cardiff?
More than one type of train operates on the route from Preston to Cardiff, so you’ll be travelling with one or more of the following rail operators:
- Arriva Trains Wales
- Northern Rail
- TransPennine Express
- 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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