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Cardiff Central to London Paddington by train

It takes an average of 2h 12m to travel from Cardiff Central to London Paddington by train, over a distance of around 129 miles (208 km). There are normally 49 trains per day travelling from Cardiff Central to London Paddington and tickets for this journey start from £27.20 when you book in advance.

First train

04:07

Last train

21:45

Departure station

Cardiff Central

Arrival station

London Paddington

Journey time

From 1h 47m

Distance

129 miles (208 km)

Frequency

49 trains per day

Changes

Direct trains available

Price

From £27.20

Train operators

Great Western Railway

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 12 minutes, with around 49 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 47 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 £27.20 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 49 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 21:45. 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 £27.20 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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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 Paddington is right for you.

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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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