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Cardiff Central to London by train

It takes an average of 2h 24m to travel from Cardiff Central to London by train, over a distance of around 131 miles (211 km). There are normally 79 trains per day travelling from Cardiff Central to London and tickets for this journey start from £15 when you book in advance.
Journey timeFrom 1h 46m
PriceFrom £15
Distance131 miles (211 km)
Frequency79 trains per day
Departure stationCardiff Central
Arrival stationLondon
ChangesDirect trains available
Train operatorsGreat Western Railway

Cardiff Central to London train times

Check out the next trains departing from Cardiff Central to London for lundi 10 mai 2021 using our handy timetable below, including platform and live travel information. You can view the full day timetable or search for a different date here.
DepartsArrivesTrainDuration
22:00 On timecardiff central06:26 london paddingtonPlat. 1 estimatedgreat western railway Super Off PeakGet tickets8h 26m, 2 changes
22:32 On timecardiff central06:26 london paddingtonPlat. 1 estimatedgreat western railway Super Off PeakGet tickets7h 54m, 1 change
04:35 cardiff central07:40 london paddingtonPlat. 4 estimatedtransport for wales Super Off PeakGet tickets3h 5m, 2 changes
06:30 cardiff central09:08 london paddingtonPlat. 2 estimatedgreat western railway PeakGet tickets2h 38m, 1 change
06:39 cardiff central09:57 london paddingtoncrosscountry PeakGet tickets3h 18m, 1 change
07:28 cardiff central10:07 london paddingtonPlat. 1 estimatedgreat western railway PeakGet tickets2h 39m, 1 change
07:45 cardiff central10:59 london paddingtonPlat. 2 estimatedcrosscountry PeakGet tickets3h 14m, 1 change
08:00 cardiff central10:37 On timelondon paddingtonPlat. 1 estimatedgreat western railway PeakGet tickets2h 37m, 2 changes
08:26 cardiff central11:06 london paddingtonPlat. 1 estimatedgreat western railway Off PeakGet tickets2h 40m, 1 change
08:45 cardiff central11:59 london paddingtoncrosscountry Off PeakGet tickets3h 14m, 1 change

Cardiff to London train times information

Direct services from Cardiff Central to London Paddington Station depart approximately every thirty minutes on Great Western Railway (GWR); it takes just over two hours for direct trips and closer to three hours for indirect services.

GWR trains offer a variety of food and drink options. Entertainment Carriages are available on selected lines, where passengers can watch the programme of their choice on a screen installed in seatbacks. This service is especially popular with younger children since a variety of animated programmes are available.

Journey details

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

The average journey time by train between Cardiff Central and London is 2 hours and 24 minutes, with around 79 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 London by train?

The fastest journey time by train from Cardiff Central to London is 1 hour and 46 minutes.

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

Train ticket prices from Cardiff Central to London can start from as little as £15 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 London?

Yes, it is possible to travel from Cardiff Central to London without having to change trains. There are 79 direct trains from Cardiff Central to London each day. Though there may be fewer direct services available depending on your exact departure date.

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

The first train from Cardiff Central to London leaves at 04:07. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.

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

The last train from Cardiff Central to London leaves at 22:03. 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 London by train?

Trains travelling from Cardiff Central to London cover a distance of around 131 miles (211 km) during the journey.

Looking for more information?

If you’re looking for the return train journey, check out trains from London to Cardiff Central. If you’re looking for other options, you can also catch the bus from Cardiff Central to London.

Cheap train tickets from Cardiff Central to London

Train tickets from Cardiff Central to London start at £15 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, and even tell you when the prices are likely to increase with Price Prediction.

Book in advance

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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 London is right for you.

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