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Liverpool to Cardiff Central by train

It takes an average of 4h 48m to travel from Liverpool to Cardiff Central by train, over a distance of around 134 miles (215 km). There are normally 123 trains per day travelling from Liverpool to Cardiff Central and tickets for this journey start from £26 when you book in advance.
Journey timeFrom 3h 30m
PriceFrom £26
Distance134 miles (215 km)
Frequency123 trains per day
First train02:37
Last train23:45
Departure stationLiverpool
Arrival stationCardiff Central
Changes1 change
Train operatorsCrossCountry, Great Western Railway, TransPennine Express, East Midlands Railway, Avanti West Coast, Merseyrail, Transport for Wales

Liverpool to Cardiff Central train times

Check out the next trains departing from Liverpool to Cardiff Central for Thursday 18th August 2022 using our handy timetable below, including platform and live travel information. You can view the full day timetable or search for a different date here.
DepartsArrivesTrainDuration
14:47 On timeliverpool lime street08:03 cardiff centralPlat. 9 avanti west coast Get tickets17h 16m, 3 changes
07:15 liverpool central11:16 cardiff centralPlat. 3 estimatedmerseyrail PeakGet tickets4h 1m, 1 change
07:47 liverpool lime street12:13 cardiff centralPlat. 9 estimatedavanti west coast PeakGet tickets4h 26m, 3 changes
09:07 liverpool lime street12:53 cardiff centralPlat. 10 estimatedwest midlands trains PeakGet tickets3h 46m, 1 change
09:30 liverpool central13:14 cardiff centralPlat. 3 estimatedmerseyrail PeakGet tickets3h 44m, 1 change

Travel from Liverpool to Cardiff Central by train in 3 hours 30 minutes

If you want to know more about the journey from Liverpool to Cardiff Central by train, look no further!

The average journey time from Liverpool to Cardiff Central by train is 4 hours 48 minutes, although on the fastest services it can take just 3 hours 30 minutes. You'll usually find 123 trains per day travelling the 134 miles (215 km) between these two destinations. You'll need to make 1 change along the way to Cardiff Central. You'll be travelling with Avanti West Coast, Great Western Railway or Transport for Wales on your way to Cardiff Central, as these are the main rail operators on this route.

Plan your trip ahead of time and book early if you want to snap up the cheapest fares. Tickets from Liverpool to Cardiff Central start from £26.00 when you book in advance, so use our Journey Planner to view the latest prices. Travelling Off-Peak or using a Railcard are also great ways to save.

Keep reading for more information about the train journey to Cardiff Central, including FAQs, and tips on booking cheap train tickets. Check the timetable above for live train times or if you're ready to book, just start a search for tickets with us today.

Journey details

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

The average journey time by train between Liverpool and Cardiff Central is 4 hours and 48 minutes, with around 123 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 and Cardiff Central by train?

The fastest journey time by train from Liverpool to Cardiff Central is 3 hours and 30 minutes.

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

Train ticket prices from Liverpool to Cardiff Central can start from as little as £26 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 to Cardiff Central?

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

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

The first train from Liverpool to Cardiff Central leaves at 02:37. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.

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

The last train from Liverpool 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 and Cardiff Central by train?

Trains travelling from Liverpool 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.

Cheap train tickets from Liverpool to Cardiff Central

Train tickets from Liverpool to Cardiff Central start at £26 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

Look out for Advance tickets – they usually come out up to 12 weeks before the departure date and can be cheaper than buying on the day. If you’re here a tad early, sign up for our Advance ticket alert today to get notified when your tickets are released.

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 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.

Split your tickets

Download our app to find split tickets — courtesy of SplitSave, our handy feature which 'splits' your train tickets where possible to find you a better deal. Learn more about the clever tech behind split tickets, and how to spot SplitSave discounts in our app.

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

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