Trains to Cardiff

Cardiff (or Caerdydd in Welsh) is the proud capital of Wales. A city once noted for its industrial muscle, Cardiff is nowadays very important in the arts, culture and design. Wales looks after most of its own affairs, and Cardiff is the country’s political powerhouse – though the thrust for devolution has come mainly from the Welsh-speaking and rural areas well away from Cardiff.

Cardiff is an instantly likeable city. Leaving Cardiff Central station, you can’t miss the stadium which is the home of Welsh rugby. On the short walk north to Cardiff Castle, you’ll find some fine Edwardian-period shopping arcades. The castle is the historic heart of the city. Even if you are not inclined to pay to visit the castle itself, do wander through Bute Park (free entrance) which runs down to the banks of the River Taff.

Definitely make time to visit Cardiff Bay, about 4 km south of the city centre, where the rejuvenated waterfront with the Wales Millennium Centre rates as one of the boldest pieces of urban renewal in Europe. Among the showcase buildings at Cardiff Bay is the Senedd which houses Cynulliad Cenedlaethol Cymru – the Welsh National Assembly.

The principal railway station is Cardiff Central, which is the departure point for trains to Swansea and west Wales as well as for services to Chester and north Wales. There are hourly trains to Portsmouth, Birmingham and Manchester. Fast trains to London generally leave every 30 minutes. Cardiff Queen Street station, also in the city centre, has frequent local trains to communities across south-east Wales, including a useful shuttle service to Cardiff Bay.

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London to Cardiff by train

from $23.41

Avg 0 changes 1hr 59m

Bristol to Cardiff by train

from $4.49

Avg 0 changes 35m

Manchester to Cardiff by train

from $31.00

Avg 0 changes 3hr 6m

Birmingham to Cardiff by train

from $36.70

Avg 0 changes 1hr 50m

Port Talbot Parkway to Cardiff by train

from $13.92

Avg 0 changes 32m

Brussels to Cardiff by train

from $99.33

Avg 1 change 4hr 51m

Cheltenham to Cardiff by train

from $15.94

Avg 0 changes 1hr 10m

Leicester to Cardiff by train

from $25.24

Avg 1 change 3hr 2m

Hereford to Cardiff by train

from $15.82

Avg 0 changes 58m

Neath to Cardiff by train

from $14.30

Avg 0 changes 40m

Leeds to Cardiff by train

from $44.67

Avg 1 change 4hr 4m

Swansea to Cardiff by train

from $6.96

Avg 0 changes 51m

Bath to Cardiff by train

from $26.45

Avg 0 changes 1hr 3m

Shrewsbury to Cardiff by train

from $53.14

Avg 0 changes 1hr 45m

Crewe to Cardiff by train

from $31.00

Avg 0 changes 2hr 29m

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Swindon to Cardiff by train

from $17.08

Avg 0 changes 1hr 2m

Newcastle upon Tyne to Cardiff by train

from $67.95

Avg 1 change 5hr 9m

Cambridge to Cardiff by train

from $172.09

Avg 1 change 3hr 52m

Bridgend to Cardiff by train

from $6.45

Avg 0 changes 19m

Liverpool to Cardiff by train

from $34.16

Avg 1 change 3hr 33m

Stafford to Cardiff by train

from $31.00

Avg 1 change 2hr 42m

Doncaster to Cardiff by train

from $147.67

Avg 1 change 3hr 45m

York to Cardiff by train

from $45.81

Avg 1 change 4hr 9m

Preston to Cardiff by train

from $55.68

Avg 1 change 3hr 20m

Stockport to Cardiff by train

from $31.00

Avg 0 changes 2hr 57m

Edinburgh to Cardiff by train

from $91.74

Avg 1 change 5hr 45m

Lancaster to Cardiff by train

from $55.68

Avg 1 change 3hr 40m

Glasgow to Cardiff by train

from $91.74

Avg 1 change 5hr 37m

Southampton to Cardiff by train

from $19.61

Avg 0 changes 2hr 30m

Reading to Cardiff by train

from $19.61

Avg 0 changes 1hr 32m

Newport to Cardiff by train

from $6.58

Avg 0 changes 13m

Carlisle to Cardiff by train

from $64.53

Avg 1 change 4hr 27m

Derby to Cardiff by train

from $25.24

Avg 0 changes 2hr 43m

Basingstoke to Cardiff by train

from $51.88

Avg 1 change 1hr 57m

Portsmouth to Cardiff by train

from $68.71

Avg 0 changes 3hr 9m

Winchester to Cardiff by train

from $194.36

Avg 1 change 2hr 12m

Taunton to Cardiff by train

from $14.55

Avg 0 changes 2hr

Barnstaple to Cardiff by train

from $70.86

Avg 1 change 3hr 1m

Exeter to Cardiff by train

from $15.18

Avg 0 changes 1hr 50m

Gloucester to Cardiff by train

from $11.77

Avg 0 changes 58m

Sheffield to Cardiff by train

from $53.59

Avg 1 change 3hr 20m

Plymouth to Cardiff by train

from $36.06

Avg 1 change 2hr 56m

Newton Abbot to Cardiff by train

from $24.04

Avg 1 change 2hr 18m

Bangor to Cardiff by train

from $36.70

Avg 0 changes 3hr 55m

Torquay to Cardiff by train

from $18.35

Avg 1 change 2hr 36m

Brighton to Cardiff by train

from $104.39

Avg 1 change 3hr 47m

Carmarthen to Cardiff by train

from $14.55

Avg 0 changes 1hr 32m

Wrexham to Cardiff by train

from $32.90

Avg 0 changes 2hr 24m

Chester to Cardiff by train

from $31.63

Avg 0 changes 2hr 42m

Oxford to Cardiff by train

from $19.61

Avg 1 change 1hr 42m

Didcot to Cardiff by train

from $15.18

Avg 0 changes 1hr 22m

Durham to Cardiff by train

from $199.42

Avg 1 change 4hr 56m

Bournemouth to Cardiff by train

from $29.74

Avg 1 change 3hr

Tamworth to Cardiff by train

from $43.53

Avg 0 changes 2hr 19m

Wolverhampton to Cardiff by train

from $25.31

Avg 1 change 2hr 21m

Coventry to Cardiff by train

from $24.99

Avg 1 change 2hr 22m

Warrington to Cardiff by train

from $44.03

Avg 1 change 2hr 58m

Paris to Cardiff by train

from $89.21

Avg 1 change 5hr 4m

Peterborough to Cardiff by train

from $61.50

Avg 1 change 3hr 36m

Wigan to Cardiff by train

from $55.68

Avg 1 change 3hr 9m

Stoke-on-Trent to Cardiff by train

from $37.14

Avg 1 change 3hr

Fareham to Cardiff by train

from $17.08

Avg 0 changes 2hr 53m

Hull to Cardiff by train

from $163.99

Avg 1 change 4hr 48m

Barry to Cardiff by train

from $4.56

Avg 0 changes 18m

Norwich to Cardiff by train

from $61.88

Avg 1 change 4hr 49m

Darlington to Cardiff by train

from $93.64

Avg 1 change 4hr 38m

Weston-super-Mare to Cardiff by train

from $31.63

Avg 0 changes 1hr 30m

Nuneaton to Cardiff by train

from $18.47

Avg 1 change 2hr 37m

Salisbury to Cardiff by train

from $42.77

Avg 0 changes 1hr 58m

Lille to Cardiff by train

from $94.27

Avg 1 change 4hr 12m

Kettering to Cardiff by train

from $150.07

Avg 1 change 3hr 39m

Luton to Cardiff by train

from $27.84

Avg 1 change 3hr 13m

Newquay to Cardiff by train

from $115.91

Avg 1 change 5hr 5m

Blackpool to Cardiff by train

from $30.37

Avg 1 change 3hr 55m

Milton Keynes to Cardiff by train

from $104.52

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