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Gatwick Airport to Cardiff Central by train

It takes an average of 4h 36m to travel from Gatwick Airport to Cardiff Central by train, over a distance of around 132 miles (213 km). There are normally 84 trains per day travelling from Gatwick Airport to Cardiff Central and tickets for this journey start from £29 when you book in advance.

First train

03:41

Last train

22:22

Departure station

Gatwick Airport

Arrival station

Cardiff Central

Journey time

From 2h 55m

Distance

132 miles (213 km)

Frequency

84 trains per day

Changes

1 change

Price

From £29

Train operators

CrossCountry, Great Western Railway, South Western Railway, Thameslink, Transport for Wales, Southern

Taking the train from Gatwick Airport to Cardiff Central in 2 hours 55 minutes

Thinking about taking the train from Gatwick Airport to Cardiff Central? We've got you covered.

It usually takes around 4 hours 36 minutes to travel the 132 miles (213 km) from Gatwick Airport to Cardiff Central by train, although you can get there in as little as 2 hours 55 minutes on the fastest services. You'll normally find around 84 trains per day running on this route. You'll need to make 1 change along the way as there aren't any direct services on this line. You're likely to be travelling with Great Western Railway, Transport for Wales or South Western Railway to Cardiff Central. As the main train operators on this route, all offer plenty of space for luggage and comfortable seating as standard.

Book train tickets from Gatwick Airport to Cardiff Central in advance instead of buying them on the day and they can start from £29.00. We'll always highlight the cheapest prices in our Journey Planner, for example when you travel at Off-Peak times or use a Railcard.

If you're feeling ready to book, start looking for cheap train tickets with us today. Keep reading for more information on the journey to Cardiff Central by train, or check our timetable above to view live train times.

Journey details

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

The average journey time by train between Gatwick Airport and Cardiff Central is 4 hours and 36 minutes, with around 84 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 Gatwick Airport and Cardiff Central by train?

The fastest journey time by train from Gatwick Airport to Cardiff Central is 2 hours and 55 minutes.

How much does the train from Gatwick Airport to Cardiff Central cost?

Train ticket prices from Gatwick Airport to Cardiff Central can start from as little as £29 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 Gatwick Airport to Cardiff Central?

No, there are no direct train services from Gatwick Airport to Cardiff Central. Travelling from Gatwick Airport to Cardiff Central by train will require a minimum of 1 change.

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

The first train from Gatwick Airport to Cardiff Central leaves at 03:41. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.

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

The last train from Gatwick Airport to Cardiff Central leaves at 22:22. 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 Gatwick Airport and Cardiff Central by train?

Trains travelling from Gatwick Airport to Cardiff Central cover a distance of around 132 miles (213 km) during the journey.

Looking for more information?

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

Cheap train tickets from Gatwick Airport to Cardiff Central

Train tickets from Gatwick Airport to Cardiff Central start at £29 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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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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