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Leicester to Cardiff Central by train

It takes an average of 4h 51m to travel from Leicester to Cardiff Central by train, over a distance of around 118 miles (190 km). There are normally 35 trains per day travelling from Leicester to Cardiff Central and tickets for this journey start from £28.10 when you book in advance.

First train

04:48

Last train

00:30

Departure station

Leicester

Arrival station

Cardiff Central

Journey time

From 3h 0m

Distance

118 miles (190 km)

Frequency

35 trains per day

Changes

1 change

Price

From £28.10

Train operators

CrossCountry, Great Western Railway, TransPennine Express, East Midlands Railway, Avanti West Coast, Transport for Wales

Take the train from Leicester to Cardiff Central in 3 hours

If you want to travel from Leicester to Cardiff Central by train, you've come to the right place.

You can expect the journey from Leicester to Cardiff Central by train to take around 4 hours 51 minutes. If you want to get there as quickly as possible, it can take as little as 3 hours on the fastest services. You'll usually find around 35 trains per day running on this route, which spans 118 miles (190 km). You'll have to make 1 change along the way on your journey to Cardiff Central. You can travel on this route with either Avanti West Coast, Great Western Railway or Transport for Wales. As the main train operators on this route, all offer comfortable seating and plenty of space for luggage as standard.

Train tickets from Leicester to Cardiff Central start from £28.10 when you book in advance, which can be cheaper than buying them on the day. Travelling during Off-Peak times or using a Railcard can also help you save money on train travel. Start a search in our Journey Planner to check out the latest prices.

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Journey details

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

The average journey time by train between Leicester and Cardiff Central is 4 hours and 51 minutes, with around 35 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 Leicester and Cardiff Central by train?

The fastest journey time by train from Leicester to Cardiff Central is 3 hours and 0 minutes.

How much does the train from Leicester to Cardiff Central cost?

Train ticket prices from Leicester to Cardiff Central can start from as little as £28.10 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 Leicester to Cardiff Central?

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

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

The first train from Leicester to Cardiff Central leaves at 04:48. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.

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

The last train from Leicester to Cardiff Central leaves at 00:30. 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 Leicester and Cardiff Central by train?

Trains travelling from Leicester to Cardiff Central cover a distance of around 118 miles (190 km) during the journey.

Looking for more information?

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

Cheap train tickets from Leicester to Cardiff Central

Train tickets from Leicester to Cardiff Central start at £28.10 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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Consider a Season Ticket

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 Leicester to Cardiff Central is right for you.

Use your Railcard

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For more money-saving tips on UK and European train travel, read our cheap train tickets guide.

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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