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Cardiff Central to Leeds by train

It takes an average of 6h 20m to travel from Cardiff Central to Leeds by train, over a distance of around 174 miles (280 km). There are normally 70 trains per day travelling from Cardiff Central to Leeds and tickets for this journey start from £48.70 when you book in advance.

First train

03:24

Last train

23:20

Departure station

Cardiff Central

Arrival station

Leeds

Journey time

From 4h 6m

Distance

174 miles (280 km)

Frequency

70 trains per day

Changes

1 change

Price

From £48.70

Train operators

CrossCountry, Great Western Railway, TransPennine Express, East Midlands Railway, Avanti West Coast, London North Eastern Railway, Transport for Wales

Travelling from Cardiff Central to Leeds by train

Looking to travel from Cardiff Central to Leeds by train? You've come to the right place!

On average, it takes around 6 hours 20 minutes to travel from Cardiff Central to Leeds by train, the fastest services can get you there in as little as 4 hours 6 minutes though. You'll usually find 70 trains per day running along the 174 miles (280 km) route between these two destinations. You'll need to make 1 change during the journey to Leeds, as there currently aren't any direct services on this route. You can choose to travel with London North Eastern Railway, Avanti West Coast or Great Western Railway to get to Leeds. As the main rail operators on this route, their trains offer modern comfortable seating and plenty of space for luggage as standard.

To help you get great train deals, we'll highlight the cheapest train ticket prices from Cardiff Central to Leeds in our Journey Planner. Just remember, as well as travelling Off-Peak or using a Railcard, the sooner you book your tickets, the more you'll save, as advance tickets start from £48.70.

Want to book your train tickets now? Just start a search with us today. If you want to find out more about the journey, scroll up for timetables including live train times, or keep reading for FAQs and tips on how to book cheap train tickets.

Journey details

Want to know more about your journey from Cardiff Central to Leeds? 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 Cardiff Central to Leeds take?

The average journey time by train between Cardiff Central and Leeds is 6 hours and 20 minutes, with around 70 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 Cardiff Central and Leeds by train?

The fastest journey time by train from Cardiff Central to Leeds is 4 hours and 6 minutes.

How much does the train from Cardiff Central to Leeds cost?

Train ticket prices from Cardiff Central to Leeds can start from as little as £48.70 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 Cardiff Central to Leeds?

No, there are no direct train services from Cardiff Central to Leeds. Travelling from Cardiff Central to Leeds by train will require a minimum of 1 change.

What time does the first train from Cardiff Central to Leeds leave?

The first train from Cardiff Central to Leeds leaves at 03:24. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.

What time does the last train from Cardiff Central to Leeds leave?

The last train from Cardiff Central to Leeds leaves at 23:20. 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 Cardiff Central and Leeds by train?

Trains travelling from Cardiff Central to Leeds cover a distance of around 174 miles (280 km) during the journey.

Looking for more information?

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

Cheap train tickets from Cardiff Central to Leeds

Train tickets from Cardiff Central to Leeds start at £48.70 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 Cardiff Central to Leeds is right for you.

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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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