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If you want a taste of the golden age of rail, you could do worse than visit Cardiff Central railway station. The Portland stone booking hall - complete with Art Deco light fittings - was constructed in the 1930s as part of an extensive rebuild by the Great Western Railway, whose name remains carved onto the station's facade. However, it is only thanks to the ingenuity of Isambard Kingdom Brunel that there is a station here at all. The site, originally developed in the mid-19th century, was flood-prone, and Brunel had to divert the River Taff in order to stabilise it. Conveniently located in Cardiff city centre, Cardiff Central is the largest and busiest station in Wales. It's predominantly an interchange between the south and west of Wales, but also offers services to major rail hubs throughout England, including Manchester Piccadilly and London Paddington. The station is just 10 minutes from the Millennium Stadium and the St David's shopping centre.

Station details & facilities

Ticket Office opening hours:
DayOpening Hours
Sunday 07:45 - 21:30
Monday Tuesday Wednesday Friday Saturday 05:45 - 21:30
Ticket MachineAvailable
Staff helpUnavailable
Staffing levelFull 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
Shops noteNews agent Convenience store
Telephone typesCoins and cards
Station BuffetAvailable
Station Buffet notes
Cold drinks vending machine Hot drinks vending machine Food vending machine Food outlet (Seating available) Food outlet (Seating unavailable)
ATM notes
Located outside main entrance
Bureau de ChangeUnavailable
Tourist Information OfficeUnavailable
Information Systems
  • Announcements
  • Arrival screens
  • Departure screens
Baby changeAvailable
Web kioskUnavailable
Staff Help notes

0400 - 0100 Mon-Fri     0400 - 0030 Sat     0700 - 0030 Sun

Customer help pointsUnavailable
Carpark opening hours:
DayOpening Hours
WeekdaysOpen 24 hours
Saturday Open 24 hours
Sunday Open 24 hours
DayOpening Hours
WeekdaysOpen 24 hours
Saturday Open 24 hours
Sunday Open 24 hours
DayOpening Hours
WeekdaysOpen 24 hours
Saturday Open 24 hours
Sunday Open 24 hours
Carpark namePenarth Road Riverside Saunders Road
Carpark operatorNational Car Parks Ltd National Car Parks Ltd National Car Parks Ltd
Car parking spaces402
Cycle storageAvailable
Cycle storage spaces90
Sheltered cycle storageAvailable
Cycle storage CCTVAvailable
Cycle storage notes
East end of platforms 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 6 & 7 and at front and rear of station
Cycle storage notes<p>Sheltered stands are available on each platform.</p>
Step-free accessWhole station
Step-free access notes

Platforms 1 - 7 can be accessed by the lifts in the corridor next to the tobacconist/convenience shop. 

Platform 0 can be accessed by the lift in the main concourse.

Ramps for train accessAvailable
Induction LoopAvailable
Accessible ticket machinesAvailable
Accessible Booking Office counterAvailable
Opening Hours
DayOpening Hours
Weekdays06:00 - 18:30
Saturday Closed
Sunday Closed



Platform 1 

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Cardiff Central has seven platforms, numbered 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 6 and 7. Platforms 3 and 4 are divided into A and B sections. The station's northern entrance, off Central Square, leads to the concourse, and the southern entrance is at the rear of the station on Tresillian Way. Platforms are above the concourse, and two subways run under the tracks linking the north and south entrances. The western subway (on your left from the ticket hall) has lifts for step-free access.


Frequently asked questions

Is Cardiff Central station open?

Cardiff Central station is open every day that services are running to and from the station. The station usually opens just before the first train of the day leaves and then closes after the last train departs. Ticket office opening hours may vary.

Are trains running today from Cardiff Central station?

Trains arrive into and depart from Cardiff Central station almost every day, although there may be less services during the weekends and bank holidays. Check our live train times for up-to-date information on trains running to and from Cardiff Central station.

Are there toilets in Cardiff Central station?

Yes, there are toilets available to use at Cardiff Central station.

Are dogs allowed in Cardiff Central station?

Yes, dogs are allowed at Cardiff Central station but should be kept on a lead or comfortable in a pet carrier at all times.

Departures and arrivals from Cardiff Central

Want to check the latest departures and arrivals into Cardiff Central station? Find live information for the next trains departing and arriving at the station below.
Departing toTrainTimePlatformStatus
to Manchester PiccadillyTransport for Wales04:351On time
to London PaddingtonGreat Western Railway05:141On time
to Milford HavenTransport for Wales05:353On time
to BridgendTransport for Wales05:368On time
to Manchester PiccadillyTransport for Wales05:373On time
Arriving fromTrainTimePlatformStatus
from SwanseaGreat Western Railway04:501On time
from SwanseaGreat Western Railway06:162On time
from PenarthTransport for Wales06:217On time
from PontypriddTransport for Wales06:246On time
from HerefordTransport for Wales06:283On time
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