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Birmingham New Street to Cardiff Central by train

It takes an average of 2h 4m to travel from Birmingham New Street to Cardiff Central by train, over a distance of around 88 miles (142 km). There are normally 19 trains per day travelling from Birmingham New Street to Cardiff Central and tickets for this journey start from £10.90 when you book in advance.

First train

04:00

Last train

20:30

Departure station

Birmingham New Street

Arrival station

Cardiff Central

Journey time

From 1h 50m

Distance

88 miles (142 km)

Frequency

19 trains per day

Changes

Direct trains available

Price

From £10.90

Train operators

CrossCountry

Travel from Birmingham New Street to Cardiff Central by train in 1h 50m

If you want to know more about the journey from Birmingham New Street to Cardiff Central by train, look no further!

You can expect the journey from Birmingham New Street to Cardiff Central by train to take around 2h 3m. You’ll usually find around 17 trains running on this route per day, which spans 88 miles (142 km). You won’t need to worry about making any changes along the way either as direct trains are available. Jump on a CrossCountry service and you can get to Cardiff Central in just 1h 50m on the fastest services. Enjoy free WiFi, food and drinks and more on CrossCountry trains.

Use our Journey Planner at the top of the page to search for cheap ticket prices – we’ll show you how much you can save on your train tickets if you travel Off-Peak or get a Railcard.

If you want to know more about the journey from Birmingham New Street to Cardiff Central by train, keep reading for timetable, tips on finding cheap tickets and FAQs including first and last train times. Want to go straight to booking? Start a search with us today!

Journey details

Want to know more about your journey from Birmingham New Street to Cardiff Central? We've compiled some of the most frequently asked questions by our customers to help you plan your journey.

How long does the train from Birmingham New Street to Cardiff Central take?

The average journey time by train between Birmingham New Street and Cardiff Central is 2 hours and 4 minutes, with around 19 trains per day. The journey time may be longer on weekends and holidays, so use our Journey Planner on this page to search for a specific travel date.

What's the fastest journey time between Birmingham New Street and Cardiff Central by train?

The fastest journey time by train from Birmingham New Street to Cardiff Central is 1 hour and 50 minutes.

How much does the train from Birmingham New Street to Cardiff Central cost?

Train ticket prices from Birmingham New Street to Cardiff Central can start from as little as £10.90 when you book in advance. The cost of tickets can vary depending on the time of day, route and class you book and are usually more expensive if you book on the day.

Is there a direct train from Birmingham New Street to Cardiff Central?

Yes, it is possible to travel from Birmingham New Street to Cardiff Central without having to change trains. There are 19 direct trains from Birmingham New Street to Cardiff Central each day. Though there may be fewer direct services available depending on your exact departure date.

What time does the first train from Birmingham New Street to Cardiff Central leave?

The first train from Birmingham New Street to Cardiff Central leaves at 04:00. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.

What time does the last train from Birmingham New Street to Cardiff Central leave?

The last train from Birmingham New Street to Cardiff Central leaves at 20:30. Trains that depart in the early morning hours or very late evening may be sleeper services, time and services may also vary during weekends and holidays.

What's the distance between Birmingham New Street and Cardiff Central by train?

Trains travelling from Birmingham New Street to Cardiff Central cover a distance of around 88 miles (142 km) during the journey.

Looking for more information?

If you’re looking for the return train journey, check out trains from Cardiff Central to Birmingham New Street.

Cheap train tickets from Birmingham New Street to Cardiff Central

Train tickets from Birmingham New Street to Cardiff Central start at £10.90 one way for a Standard Class ticket if you book in advance. As most UK train companies increase their prices as the departure date approaches, we’ll help you find the cheapest tickets.

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Consider a Season Ticket

If you catch this train more than 3 times per week, you could save money with a Season Ticket. With annual, monthly and weekly options available, find out if a season ticket for Birmingham New Street to Cardiff Central is right for you.

Use your Railcard

National Railcards offer a 1/3 off eligible train tickets in the UK and can be a great investment if you travel a few times or more in a year. Find out how you can save with a National Railcard here.

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For more money-saving tips on UK and European train travel, read our cheap train tickets guide.

Advance adult single fare. Excludes booking fee. Prices seen by Trainline customers in the last 30 days. Availability limited.
† Average savings on advance fares booked at least one week before day of travel vs Anytime fares purchased on day of travel. Subject to availability. Excludes coach.

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