It takes an average of 6h 13m to travel from Leeds to Cardiff Central by train, over a distance of around 174 miles (280 km). There are normally 68 trains per day travelling from Leeds to Cardiff Central and tickets for this journey start from £38.50 when you book in advance.
From 3h 55m
174 miles (280 km)
68 trains per day
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On average, it takes around 6 hours 13 minutes to travel from Leeds to Cardiff Central by train, the fastest services can get you there in as little as 3 hours 55 minutes though. You'll usually find 68 trains per day running along the 174 miles (280 km) route between these two destinations. You'll need to make 1 change during the journey to Cardiff Central, as there currently aren't any direct services on this route. You can choose to travel with London North Eastern Railway, Avanti West Coast or Great Western Railway to get to Cardiff Central. As the main rail operators on this route, their trains offer modern comfortable seating and plenty of space for luggage as standard.
To help you get great train deals, we'll highlight the cheapest train ticket prices from Leeds to Cardiff Central in our Journey Planner. Just remember, as well as travelling Off-Peak or using a Railcard, the sooner you book your tickets, the more you'll save, as advance tickets start from £38.50.
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The average journey time by train between Leeds and Cardiff Central is 6 hours and 13 minutes, with around 68 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 Leeds to Cardiff Central is 3 hours and 55 minutes.
Train ticket prices from Leeds to Cardiff Central can start from as little as £38.50 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.
No, there are no direct train services from Leeds to Cardiff Central. Travelling from Leeds to Cardiff Central by train will require a minimum of 1 change.
The first train from Leeds to Cardiff Central leaves at 03:20. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.
The last train from Leeds to Cardiff Central leaves at 02:26. 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 Leeds to Cardiff Central cover a distance of around 174 miles (280 km) during the journey.
If you’re looking for the return train journey, check out trains from Cardiff Central to Leeds.
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