Want to hop across the border and looking for more information on the journey from Cardiff to Bristol by train? You’ve come to the right place!
On average, the train journey from Cardiff Central to Bristol Temple Meads takes around 57 minutes, but can take just 45 minutes on the fastest services, with around 39 trains running on this popular route per day. You don’t need to worry about changing along your journey, as there are direct services available.
If you’re travelling on this route, you’ll board either a CrossCountry or Great Western Railway train at Cardiff Central station. Once you’re on board, you can start to enjoy the onboard amenities, including power sockets, luggage allowances and family-sized tables. If you like to travel in style, why not upgrade to First Class? You’ll enjoy free WiFi, larger reclining seats and complimentary food and drink. In just 45 minutes, you will cross the border and 26 miles between these two great cities and arrive at Bristol Temple Meads station.
Once you’ve exited the station, you’re just a short stroll along the river into the city centre. Now you can start exploring the city! Not sure where to start? Read our guide to the perfect weekend in Bristol, including a trip to Clifton Suspension Bridge and Bristol Castle.
If you want to take advantage of the cheapest train tickets, try travelling Off-Peak as tickets tend to be cheaper during quieter times on weekdays and weekends. If you’d like to save even more money, get yourself a Railcard and you’ll save up to 1/3 off eligible journeys for a whole year.
Eager to get going? Start a search for cheap train tickets from Cardiff Central to Bristol Temple Meads in our Journey Planner at the top of the page. Continue reading for more information about your journey, including FAQs and tips on booking cheap train tickets.
The average journey time by train between Cardiff Central and Bristol Temple Meads is 57 minutes, with around 40 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.
The fastest journey time by train from Cardiff Central to Bristol Temple Meads is 45 minutes.
Train ticket prices from Cardiff Central to Bristol Temple Meads can start from as little as £5 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.
Yes, it is possible to travel from Cardiff Central to Bristol Temple Meads without having to change trains. There are 40 direct trains from Cardiff Central to Bristol Temple Meads each day. Though there may be fewer direct services available depending on your exact departure date.
The first train from Cardiff Central to Bristol Temple Meads leaves at 05:28. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.
The last train from Cardiff Central to Bristol Temple Meads leaves at 23:30. 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.
Trains travelling from Cardiff Central to Bristol Temple Meads cover a distance of around 26 miles (42 km) during the journey.
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 Cardiff Central to Bristol Temple Meads is right for you.
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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