Trains through Pontypridd curve along the banks of the River Taff and deliver passengers into the heart of the town, with its long high street filled with well-known high street names alongside traditional shops, bars and pubs just a few minutes' walk north-west of the station. The sprawling Ynysangharad War Memorial Park and Cricket Ground, a five-minute stroll away, has a pitch-and-put, cafe and sports grounds as well as a revamped lido.
After years as a single-platform station, in the 1990s, a second platform was added and third in 2014. The £6 million Pontypridd station facelift brings the beautiful Edwardian part of the station back into use and spruced up the island platform, which is the longest one in the world. The station now operates a busy schedule throughout Wales, with trains running to Cardiff Central, about half an hour away, Barry Island and Bridgend from platform 1, and north to Merthyr Tydfil, Aberdare and Treherbert from platform 3. Platform 2 has through trains to Cardiff.