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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.

Travel to Cardiff by train

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

Good news – there are a handful of tactics for getting cheap train tickets to Cardiff. Whether you’re taking to the rails for leisure or business, we’ll share our handy tips for saving money when booking your tickets.

The first thing you’ll want to do is grab a Railcard. On most train journeys, you’ll be able to use your it for a discount of up to 1/3*. Head over to our Railcards page for an overview of the different types available, as well as prices for each one.

If you know the exact date on which you’ll be heading to the Welsh capital, then purchasing an Advance ticket is one of the best ways to get organised and secure a lower price for your train tickets to Cardiff. These tickets typically go on sale 12 weeks in Advance, and by signing up to our Ticket alerts tool, you’ll be able to receive emails as soon as tickets go on sale for your preferred route.

If you’d like more details, check out our Advance train tickets page.

The cheapest train tickets to Cardiff often require you to travel during Off-Peak times. As trains are less busy at these times, Off-Peak tickets are usually cheaper – when you search for tickets with us, we’ll often highlight Off-Peak times to help you save money. The best part is that you can combine the above methods – book an Advance ticket for an Off-Peak time and apply your Railcard for a super money-saving combo!

For a complete guide, head over to our Off-Peak train tickets page.

If you’re looking for cheap train tickets to Cardiff and you’re travelling in a group, why not make the most of GroupSave. It’s a type of discount for those travelling in groups of three to nine, and it can be selected in the Railcard dropdown when booking tickets. You could save up to 34%, perfect if you’re travelling with family or friends! Please bear in mind that GroupSave is not applicable for all journeys by the different train companies and will automatically be applied if valid for your journey and selected in the Railcard drop down. All tickets must be purchased in a single booking, and all passengers must travel together on the day of departure.

For more tips on how to save money on your train tickets to Cardiff, check out our cheap train tickets page.

*Conditions and peak travel time exclusions may apply on some Railcard types.

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