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The train from Cheltenham Spa to Cardiff Central usually takes 1 hour 48 minutes on average to travel 55 miles (88 km), although the quickest services can take as little as 1 hour 5 minutes. You can expect to find 41 trains per day running on this popular route. Good news! There are direct trains available to Cardiff Central, so you can just make yourself comfortable as soon as you board the train and just enjoy the journey. During your journey, you're likely to be travelling with Great Western Railway, Transport for Wales or CrossCountry, as these are the main train operators on this route.
You can save money on train tickets from Cheltenham Spa to Cardiff Central if you book in advance, as tickets usually start from £8.00. You can also travel Off-Peak – tickets are usually cheaper during quieter times on weekdays and weekends – or get a Railcard and save up to 1/3 on eligible journeys for a whole year. Use our Journey Planner at the top of the page to compare ticket prices and get the cheapest fares.
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The average journey time by train between Cheltenham Spa and Cardiff Central is 1 hour and 22 minutes, with around 41 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 Cheltenham Spa to Cardiff Central is 1 hour and 5 minutes.
Train ticket prices from Cheltenham Spa to Cardiff Central can start from as little as £8 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 Cheltenham Spa to Cardiff Central without having to change trains. There are 41 direct trains from Cheltenham Spa to Cardiff Central each day. Though there may be fewer direct services available depending on your exact departure date.
The first train from Cheltenham Spa to Cardiff Central leaves at 04:37. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.
The last train from Cheltenham Spa to Cardiff Central leaves at 22:58. 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 Cheltenham Spa to Cardiff Central cover a distance of around 55 miles (88 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 Cheltenham Spa to Cardiff Central 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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