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Cardiff Central to London Paddington by train

It takes an average of 2h 24m to travel from Cardiff Central to London Paddington by train, over a distance of around 129 miles (208 km). There are normally 79 trains per day travelling from Cardiff Central to London Paddington and tickets for this journey start from £15 when you book in advance.
Journey timeFrom 1h 46m
PriceFrom £15
Distance129 miles (208 km)
Frequency79 trains per day
First train04:07
Last train22:03
Departure stationCardiff Central
Arrival stationLondon Paddington
ChangesDirect trains available
Train operatorsGreat Western Railway

Cardiff Central to London Paddington train times

Check out the next trains departing from Cardiff Central to London Paddington for Tuesday 18th May 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
06:54 On timecardiff central08:44 On timelondon paddingtonPlat. 2 great western railway PeakGet tickets1h 50m, direct
07:24 On timecardiff central09:14 On timelondon paddingtonPlat. 2 great western railway PeakGet tickets1h 50m, direct
07:28 On timecardiff central10:07 On timelondon paddingtonPlat. 1 great western railway PeakGet tickets2h 39m, 1 change
08:18 On timecardiff central10:12 On timelondon paddingtonPlat. 2 estimatedgreat western railway Off PeakGet tickets1h 54m, direct
08:41 On timecardiff central10:34 On timelondon paddingtonPlat. 1 estimatedgreat western railway Off PeakGet tickets1h 53m, direct
09:18 On timecardiff central11:12 On timelondon paddingtonPlat. 2 estimatedgreat western railway Off PeakGet tickets1h 54m, direct
09:27 On timecardiff central12:08 On timelondon paddingtonPlat. 1 estimatedgreat western railway Off PeakGet tickets2h 41m, 1 change
10:18 On timecardiff central12:12 On timelondon paddingtonPlat. 2 estimatedgreat western railway Super Off PeakGet tickets1h 54m, direct
10:30 On timecardiff central13:06 On timelondon paddingtonPlat. 1 estimatedgreat western railway Super Off PeakGet tickets2h 36m, 1 change
11:18 On timecardiff central13:12 On timelondon paddingtonPlat. 2 estimatedgreat western railway Super Off PeakGet tickets1h 54m, direct

Cardiff Central to London Paddington train times information

Trains from Cardiff to London depart from Cardiff Central station approximately twice an hour throughout the day, with direct journeys taking just under two hours. During the evenings, one train each hour changes at Bristol Temple Meads which increases the journey time by about 45 minutes.

Great Western Railway runs all the trains on this route. During your journey from Cardiff to London Paddington, you can enjoy free WiFi, snacks and hot and cold drinks, and plenty of space for your luggage in each carriage. 

Journey details

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

The average journey time by train between Cardiff Central and London Paddington 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 Paddington by train?

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

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

Train ticket prices from Cardiff Central to London Paddington 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 Paddington?

Yes, it is possible to travel from Cardiff Central to London Paddington without having to change trains. There are 79 direct trains from Cardiff Central to London Paddington 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 Paddington leave?

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

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

The last train from Cardiff Central to London Paddington 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 Paddington by train?

Trains travelling from Cardiff Central to London Paddington cover a distance of around 129 miles (208 km) during the journey.

Looking for more information?

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

Cheap train tickets from Cardiff Central to London Paddington

Train tickets from Cardiff Central to London Paddington 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.

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