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Aberdare train station is the final station on the Aberdare branch of the Merthyr Line, connecting Valley towns with Cardiff and Barry Island. The fastest service to Cardiff Central takes just 60 minutes. Other popular destinations include Pontypridd at less than 30 minutes, and Barry Island which takes 1 hour and 33 minutes.   

The original Aberdare train station, known as Aberdare High Level, was opened at this location in 1851 to serve the Vale of Neath Line. The current passenger service through Abercynon and Cardiff terminated at Aberdare Low Level and was not available from this station until 1988. An original red brick station building is still visible from the station platform and has recently been redeveloped as part of the new Coleg y Cymoedd Aberdare campus.

The shops, market and cafes of Aberdare town centre are a short walk from the station and the nearby bus station and taxi rank provide transport links to the rest of the area. There is a small shelter on the single platform, and a ticket office which is staffed part-time. Tickets can also be collected from the self-service machine or purchased on the train. Trains from Aberdare run half-hourly to Cardiff and Barry Island on weekdays and hourly in the evenings. Sunday trains arrive every two hours.  

Station details & facilities

Ticket Office opening hours:
DayOpening Hours
Weekdays06:50 - 13:20
Saturday 08:00 - 14:30
Sunday Closed
Ticket MachineAvailable
Staff helpUnavailable
Staffing levelPart time
Oyster PrepayUnavailable
Oyster topupUnavailable
Oyster validatorUnavailable
Pre-purchase collectionAvailable
Left LuggageUnavailable
Left Luggage Websitehttp://www.arrivatrainswales.co.uk
Lost PropertyAvailable
Lost Property phone number03333 211 202
Lost Property Websitehttp://www.arrivatrainswales.co.uk/lostproperty
Telephone typesCards only
Station BuffetUnavailable
Bureau de ChangeUnavailable
Tourist Information OfficeUnavailable
Information Systems
  • Arrival screens
  • Departure screens
Baby changeUnavailable
WiFi notes
Web kioskUnavailable
Customer help pointsAvailable
Carpark opening hours:
DayOpening Hours
WeekdaysOpen 24 hours
Saturday Open 24 hours
Sunday Open 24 hours
Carpark nameStation Car Park
Carpark operatorArriva Trains Wales
Car parking spaces41
Cycle storageUnavailable
Sheltered cycle storageUnavailable
Cycle storage CCTVAvailable
Step-free accessWhole station
Step-free access notes

A ramp with a smaller gradient is located across the road from the main entrance.

Ramps for train accessAvailable
Induction LoopAvailable
Accessible ticket machinesAvailable
Accessible Booking Office counterUnavailable

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Departures and arrivals from Aberdare

Want to check the latest departures and arrivals into Aberdare station? Find live information for the next trains departing and arriving at the station below.
Departing toTrainTimePlatformStatus
to Barry IslandTransport for Wales06:44Scheduled
to Barry IslandTransport for Wales07:44Scheduled
to Barry IslandTransport for Wales08:44Scheduled
to Barry IslandTransport for Wales09:44Scheduled
to Barry IslandTransport for Wales10:44Scheduled
Arriving fromTrainTimePlatformStatus
from BridgendTransport for Wales07:381Scheduled
from BridgendTransport for Wales08:381Scheduled
from BridgendTransport for Wales09:381Scheduled
from BridgendTransport for Wales10:381Scheduled
from BridgendTransport for Wales11:381Scheduled
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