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Trains to Cardiff

Cardiff is located in South Wales and is about two hours by train from London Paddington. You can also get the train to Cardiff from Bristol, a journey that takes about an hour. Cardiff first became the Welsh capital in 1955 and the city has recently undergone an extensive regeneration project. One of the most transformed areas is the modernised waterfront area, Cardiff Bay, which features a variety of bars, restaurants and pavement cafes for alfresco dining in summer.

Popular train routes to Cardiff

London to Cardiff
Bristol to Cardiff
Swansea to Cardiff
Manchester to Cardiff
Birmingham to Cardiff

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Visiting Cardiff

One of the major draws to Cardiff is the rugby, and many of the city’s visitors will head straight to the iconic Millennium Stadium. The three-tier stadium holds 74,500 people and is the ideal venue to watch the Welsh national sport in action.

The new Cardiff Bay area has had a tremendous amount of development, transforming it into a hub for restaurants, bars and shopping, especially around Mermaid Quay. Just to the east, Roald Dahl Plass, dedicated to the Cardiff-born author, is an old dock basin that now acts as a public space for street performers.

 

Visiting Cardiff

Cardiff as a city is trending in the right direction. You can find cheap travel to Cardiff if you book early enough and get drawn into the national pastime of rugby, and many of the city’s visitors will head straight to the iconic Principality Stadium, formerly the Millennium Stadium. The three-tier stadium holds 74,500 people and is the ideal venue to watch the Welsh national sport in action as well as boxing matches and music gigs. The new Cardiff Bay area has had a tremendous amount of development, transforming it into a hub for restaurants, bars and shopping, especially around Mermaid Quay. Just to the east, Roald Dahl Plass, dedicated to the Cardiff-born author, is an old dock basin that now acts as a public space for street performers.

When in Cardiff make sure you visit a relic of the city’s past by heading to the medieval castle. The castle was privately owned until 1947 when it was donated to the city. The central motte-and-bailey keep was originally built in wood around 1081, before being reconstructed in stone in 1135.

A trip to the National Museum is highly recommended for anyone interested in natural history and art. Put aside at least three hours to browse displays that include a history of Wales’ geological history, a 9-metre humpback whale skeleton, and paintings by Ceri Richards and David Hockney.

How to find the cheapest train tickets to Cardiff

There are a number of ways in which you can find cheap train tickets to Cardiff to help you save money and explore the resort. Whether you are getting a train to Cardiff for work or leisure, our journey planner can help you find the cheapest available tickets on the days you want to travel.

Benefit from cheap tickets to Cardiff by using a national railcard. If you travel more than a few times a year, buying an eligible railcard can allow you to save up to 1/3 off the price of your train tickets*, meaning you can spend more on things to see and do. To see out the different types of railcards, eligibility requirements and to buy a card online, check out our railcards page.

Another way to save money on train tickets to Cardiff is by purchasing an Advanced ticket. In most cases, the earlier you book Advanced tickets, the cheaper travelling to Cardiff will be. Advance tickets typically go on sale 12 weeks in advance, so if you are off to hit the shops or a night out with friends pencilled in the calendar, simply look out for the “Advanced ticket” type when your search for tickets using our Journey Planner, or sign up to our Ticket alert to find out as soon as your tickets go on sale. Make sure you book these tickets as early as possible, because the longer you wait, the more the price can go up.

Want more handy hints on how to save money on train tickets? Check out our cheap train tickets page.

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