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Liverpool Lime Street to Cardiff Central by train

It takes an average of 5h 8m to travel from Liverpool Lime Street to Cardiff Central by train, over a distance of around 134 miles (215 km). There are normally 82 trains per day travelling from Liverpool Lime Street to Cardiff Central and tickets for this journey start from £28.90 when you book in advance.

First train

04:25

Last train

23:45

Departure station

Liverpool Lime Street

Arrival station

Cardiff Central

Journey time

From 3h 27m

Distance

134 miles (215 km)

Frequency

82 trains per day

Changes

1 change

Price

From £28.90

Train operators

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

About the train journey from Liverpool Lime Street to Cardiff Central

Want to travel from Liverpool Lime Street to Cardiff Central by train? Start your journey with us.

The train from Liverpool Lime Street to Cardiff Central usually takes 5 hours 8 minutes on average to travel 134 miles (215 km), although the quickest services can take as little as 3 hours 27 minutes. You can expect to find 82 trains per day running on this popular route. You'll need to make 1 change during the journey to Cardiff Central, as there currently aren't any direct services on this route. During your journey, you're likely to be travelling with Avanti West Coast, Great Western Railway or Transport for Wales, as these are the main train operators on this route.

You can save money on train tickets from Liverpool Lime Street to Cardiff Central if you book in advance, as tickets usually start from £28.90. 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.

If you want to know more about the journey, scroll up for timetables and live train times, or keep reading for tips on finding cheap tickets and FAQs. Want to go straight to booking? Start a search with us today!

Journey details

Want to know more about your journey from Liverpool Lime Street 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 Liverpool Lime Street to Cardiff Central take?

The average journey time by train between Liverpool Lime Street and Cardiff Central is 5 hours and 8 minutes, with around 82 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 Liverpool Lime Street and Cardiff Central by train?

The fastest journey time by train from Liverpool Lime Street to Cardiff Central is 3 hours and 27 minutes.

How much does the train from Liverpool Lime Street to Cardiff Central cost?

Train ticket prices from Liverpool Lime Street to Cardiff Central can start from as little as £28.90 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 Liverpool Lime Street to Cardiff Central?

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

What time does the first train from Liverpool Lime Street to Cardiff Central leave?

The first train from Liverpool Lime Street to Cardiff Central leaves at 04:25. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.

What time does the last train from Liverpool Lime Street to Cardiff Central leave?

The last train from Liverpool Lime Street to Cardiff Central leaves at 23:45. 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 Liverpool Lime Street and Cardiff Central by train?

Trains travelling from Liverpool Lime Street to Cardiff Central cover a distance of around 134 miles (215 km) during the journey.

Looking for more information?

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

Cheap train tickets from Liverpool Lime Street to Cardiff Central

Train tickets from Liverpool Lime Street to Cardiff Central start at £28.90 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.

Book in advance

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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 Liverpool Lime Street to Cardiff Central is right for you.

Use your Railcard

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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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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