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Edinburgh to Cardiff Central

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  1. on time
    Edinburgh (Waverley)
    Platform 9 estimated
    16:52
    Edinburgh (Waverley)
    Platform 9 estimated
    20:00
    Crewe
    Platform 5 estimated
    20:10
    Crewe
    Platform 5 estimated
    23:07
    Cardiff Central
    Platform 3 estimated
    on time
    Cardiff Central
    Platform 3 estimated
    1 change
    Off Peak
  2. on time
    Edinburgh (Waverley)
    Platform 4
    17:07
    Edinburgh (Waverley)
    Platform 4
    22:50
    Cheltenham Spa
    Platform 1 estimated
    23:00
    Cheltenham Spa
    Platform 1 estimated
    00:35
    Cardiff Central
    Platform 3A estimated
    on time
    Cardiff Central
    Platform 3A estimated
    1 change
    Off Peak
  3. on time
    Edinburgh (Waverley)
    Platform 8 estimated
    18:52
    Edinburgh (Waverley)
    Platform 8 estimated
    21:59
    Crewe
    Platform 5 estimated
    22:13
    Crewe
    Platform 5 estimated
    23:02
    Shrewsbury
    Platform 7B estimated
    23:09
    Shrewsbury
    Platform 5 estimated
    01:18
    Cardiff Central
    Platform 4A estimated
    on time
    Cardiff Central
    Platform 4A estimated
    2 changes
    Off Peak
  4. on time
    Edinburgh (Waverley)
    Platform 10 estimated
    20:11
    Edinburgh (Waverley)
    Platform 10 estimated
    23:24
    Manchester Piccadilly
    Platform 13 estimated
    23:50
    Manchester Piccadilly
    Platform 11 estimated
    00:40
    Crewe
    Platform 5 estimated
    04:49
    Crewe
    Platform 12 estimated
    07:49
    Cardiff Central
    Platform 2 estimated
    on time
    Cardiff Central
    Platform 2 estimated
    2 changes
    Peak
  5. on time
    Edinburgh (Waverley)
    Platform 10 estimated
    22:13
    Edinburgh (Waverley)
    Platform 10 estimated
    01:42
    Manchester Piccadilly
    Platform 13 estimated
    06:29
    Manchester Piccadilly
    Platform 13 estimated
    09:59
    Cardiff Central
    Platform 3B estimated
    on time
    Cardiff Central
    Platform 3B estimated
    1 change
    Peak
  6. on time
    Edinburgh (Waverley)
    Platform 14 estimated
    23:45
    Edinburgh (Waverley)
    Platform 14 estimated
    00:33
    Glasgow Queen Street
    Platform 7 estimated
    00:33
    Glasgow Queen Street
    04:28
    Glasgow Central
    04:28
    Glasgow Central
    Platform 1 estimated
    06:54
    Preston (Lancs)
    Platform 4 estimated
    07:18
    Preston (Lancs)
    Platform 4 estimated
    07:57
    Crewe
    Platform 5 estimated
    08:09
    Crewe
    Platform 6 estimated
    10:38
    Cardiff Central
    Platform 3 estimated
    Cardiff Central
    Platform 3 estimated
    4 changes
    Peak
  7. on time
    Edinburgh (Waverley)
    Platform 14 estimated
    23:45
    Edinburgh (Waverley)
    Platform 14 estimated
    00:33
    Glasgow Queen Street
    Platform 7 estimated
    00:33
    Glasgow Queen Street
    05:49
    Glasgow Central
    05:49
    Glasgow Central
    Platform 3 estimated
    08:57
    Crewe
    Platform 5 estimated
    09:08
    Crewe
    Platform 6 estimated
    11:37
    Cardiff Central
    Platform 3 estimated
    Cardiff Central
    Platform 3 estimated
    3 changes
    Peak
  8. on time
    Edinburgh (Waverley)
    Platform 8 estimated
    06:52
    Edinburgh (Waverley)
    Platform 8 estimated
    09:57
    Crewe
    Platform 5 estimated
    10:08
    Crewe
    Platform 6 estimated
    12:39
    Cardiff Central
    Platform 3A estimated
    Cardiff Central
    Platform 3A estimated
    1 change
    Peak
  9. on time
    Edinburgh (Waverley)
    Platform 19 estimated
    07:00
    Edinburgh (Waverley)
    Platform 19 estimated
    11:27
    Birmingham New Street
    Platform 10A estimated
    11:42
    Birmingham New Street
    Platform 2A estimated
    12:54
    Bristol Parkway
    Platform 2 estimated
    13:09
    Bristol Parkway
    Platform 2 estimated
    13:46
    Cardiff Central
    Platform 3 estimated
    Cardiff Central
    Platform 3 estimated
    2 changes
    Peak
  10. on time
    Edinburgh (Waverley)
    Platform 11 estimated
    07:10
    Edinburgh (Waverley)
    Platform 11 estimated
    13:31
    Bristol Parkway
    Platform 2 estimated
    13:44
    Bristol Parkway
    Platform 2 estimated
    14:21
    Cardiff Central
    Platform 3 estimated
    Cardiff Central
    Platform 3 estimated
    1 change
    Peak

Journey information from Edinburgh to Cardiff Central

  • Train Fares from: £32
  • Fastest route:
  • Slowest route:
  • Average journey time:
  • Changes: 1 to 4

Travelling from Edinburgh to Cardiff by train

There are no direct trains running from Edinburgh to Cardiff. You have different travel options with up to three changes needed, with the quickest route being from Edinburgh to Birmingham New Street, changing there for a train to Cardiff Central.

If taking the quickest route, you'll travel with CrossCountry or Virgin Trains.

CrossCountry trains all come with a First Class option. There's a buffet car on most trains, if not, then there will be a buffet cart providing at-seat service. Most CrossCountry trains on this route feature a Quiet Coach and there's free WiFi if you travel in First Class with a small fee for those in Standard.

All Virgin trains feature a buffet car called The Foodbar, usually located either in coach J or H. Here, you can purchase hot and cold food and drink throughout the day. On most journeys, you'll also find a full drinks menu and an at-seat trolley service. If you travel in First Class, the food and drink are complimentary but subject to availability.

Route information from Edinburgh to Cardiff

The first train takes you from Edinburgh Waverley, down through the Scottish Lowlands and into the North of England. After moving through Carlisle, you'll soon pass two of England's most famous national parks, the Lake District and the Yorkshire Dales. As you continue further south, you'll soon reach the Midlands and finally Birmingham New Street, where you make your change to a CrossCountry train to Cardiff.

Leaving Birmingham, you'll travel through Cheltenham Spa, home to the world-famous Cheltenham Festival, one of the biggest horse-racing events in the world. You'll then finally cross the Welsh border as you call at Chepstow (another famous horse-racing town) before arriving at Cardiff Central.

Things to do in Cardiff

Make sure to visit Cardiff Castle, an unmissable tourist attraction. Get a close look at the impressive art collection of the National Museum, or delight your taste buds at one of the four regular farmers' markets in Cardiff. If you happen to be there when the Welsh international team are playing Rugby, try and grab a ticket, it's an atmosphere and experience not to be missed.

  • How long does it take to travel from Edinburgh to Cardiff Central by train?

    The average journey time between Edinburgh and Cardiff Central is . The fastest journey time is . On an average weekday, there are 32 trains per day travelling from Edinburgh to Cardiff Central. The journey time may be longer on weekends and holidays.

    Avg. Duration
  • Are there direct trains from Edinburgh to Cardiff Central?

    No, it is not possible to travel from Edinburgh to Cardiff Central without having to change trains. Use our journey planner above to get direct train times from Edinburgh to Cardiff Central.

    No direct trains possible
  • What is the distance between Edinburgh and Cardiff Central?

    The distance between Edinburgh and Cardiff Central is 309 miles.

    Distance: 309 miles
  • What time is the first train from Edinburgh to Cardiff Central?

    The first train from Edinburgh to Cardiff Central departs at .

    What time is the last train from Edinburgh to Cardiff Central?

    The last train from Edinburgh to Cardiff Central departs at .

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    Last train
    No sleeper services are available. There may also be fewer services on weekends and public holidays; use the Journey Planner above to search for a specific train on your chosen travel date.
  • If you're like us, you've probably seen the sheer number of ticket types available in the UK and wondered ''Why are there so many?!'' Well, luckily we've put together a handy guide to all the variations of train ticket you may encounter on your travels.

    *Please note that not all types of train tickets are available for every journey. Factors such as the time, date and train company you'll be using can affect the availability of each one.

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