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Cathays train station is one of 20 stations in Cardiff, all managed and served by Arriva Trains Wales. It is located in the Cathays area of the city, near Cardiff University’s Student Union and several other university buildings. Consequently, many of the area’s large terraced houses are occupied by studentsCathays is also the closest train station to Cardiff’s National Museum and the historic Cardiff Crown Court, which now houses the Welsh Government administrative headquarters. 

A railway line has run through Cathays since the 1840s, originally connecting to the Cathays railway works and depot. The current station opened in 1893. It consists of two platforms, linked by a footbridge, with shelters and seats for passengers. The station also has staffed concourse and self-service ticket machine.  

Trains from Cathays train station depart six times an hour to Pontypridd and continue to Aberdare, Merthyr Tydfil or Treherbert. Services in the other direction travel to Cardiff Central, a 6 minute journey away, with some trains continuing to Barry Island or Bridgend. The fastest service to Pontypridd takes 21 minutes. The area is also served by several Cardiff Bus routes, and Cardiff’s busy Queen Street is a 20 minute walk away. 

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Station details & facilities

Ticket Office opening hours:
DayOpening Hours
Weekdays07:00 - 19:00
Saturday 09:30 - 15:30
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 typesCoins and cards
Station BuffetUnavailable
Bureau de ChangeUnavailable
Tourist Information OfficeUnavailable
Information Systems
  • Arrival screens
  • Departure screens
Baby changeUnavailable
WiFi notes
Web kioskUnavailable
Staff Help notes
Help provided by on train staff.
Customer help pointsAvailable
Cycle storageUnavailable
Sheltered cycle storageUnavailable
Cycle storage CCTVAvailable
Step-free accessPart of station
Step-free access notes

From Park Place entrance, access to Cardiff Queen Street bound platform is over a stepped footbridge.

There is no disabled access between the two platforms (footbridge only) and any customers with wheelchairs who have travelled from the Valleys, who wish to access the Civic Centre should change at Cardiff Queen Street.

Nearest fully accessible station - Cardiff Queen Street.

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

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Departures and arrivals from Cathays

Want to check the latest departures and arrivals into Cathays station? Find live information for the next trains departing and arriving at the station below.
Departing toTrainTimePlatformStatus
to TreherbertTransport for Wales15:07On time
to Barry IslandTransport for Wales15:10On time
to Merthyr TydfilTransport for Wales15:35On time
to Barry IslandTransport for Wales15:42On time
to AberdareTransport for Wales15:551On time
Arriving fromTrainTimePlatformStatus
from Barry IslandTransport for Wales15:06On time
from TreherbertTransport for Wales15:10On time
from Barry IslandTransport for Wales15:34On time
from AberdareTransport for Wales15:41On time
from Cardiff CentralTransport for Wales15:541On time
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