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London Paddington to Cardiff Central by train

It takes an average of 2h 13m to travel from London Paddington to Cardiff Central by train, over a distance of around 129 miles (208 km). There are normally 39 trains per day travelling from London Paddington to Cardiff Central and tickets for this journey start from £25 when you book in advance.
Journey timeFrom 1h 47m
PriceFrom £25
Distance129 miles (208 km)
Frequency39 trains per day
First train04:23
Last train22:48
Departure stationLondon Paddington
Arrival stationCardiff Central
ChangesDirect trains available
Train operatorsGreat Western Railway

London Paddington to Cardiff Central train times

Check out the next trains departing from London Paddington to Cardiff Central for Tuesday 24th May 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.
DepartsArrivesDuration
12:18 14:07 1h 49m, direct
12:48 14:37 1h 49m, direct
13:18 15:17 1h 59m, direct
13:48 15:36 1h 48m, direct
14:18 16:07 1h 49m, direct
14:48 16:37 1h 49m, direct
15:18 17:09 1h 51m, direct
15:48 17:37 1h 49m, direct
16:18 18:14 1h 56m, direct
16:48 18:37 1h 49m, direct

Travelling by train from London Paddington to Cardiff Central

Want to find out more about taking the train from London Paddington to Cardiff Central? Look no further.

The train from London Paddington to Cardiff Central usually takes around 2h 26m but can take just 1h 42m on the fastest services, with around 56 trains running on this popular route per day. There’s no need for any changes along the way either, as there are direct trains available to your destination.

Great Western Railway is the main operator on this route. Free WiFi is available on most services, as well as hot and cold snacks and drinks on their high-speed services. Want to travel in style? Why not upgrade to GWR First Class – from comfy seats with extra space to tasty complimentary nibbles and drinks, there are endless benefits you can enjoy on board.

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If you’re feeling ready to book, start a search for cheap train tickets with us today. Want to check if trains are running? Use our timetable to view live train times from London Paddington to Cardiff Central.

Journey details

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

The average journey time by train between London Paddington and Cardiff Central is 2 hours and 13 minutes, with around 39 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 London Paddington and Cardiff Central by train?

The fastest journey time by train from London Paddington to Cardiff Central is 1 hour and 47 minutes.

How much does the train from London Paddington to Cardiff Central cost?

Train ticket prices from London Paddington to Cardiff Central can start from as little as £25 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 London Paddington to Cardiff Central?

Yes, it is possible to travel from London Paddington to Cardiff Central without having to change trains. There are 39 direct trains from London Paddington to Cardiff Central each day. Though there may be fewer direct services available depending on your exact departure date.

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

The first train from London Paddington to Cardiff Central leaves at 04:23. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.

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

The last train from London Paddington to Cardiff Central leaves at 22:48. 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 London Paddington and Cardiff Central by train?

Trains travelling from London Paddington to Cardiff Central cover a distance of around 129 miles (208 km) during the journey.

Looking for more information?

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

Cheap train tickets from London Paddington to Cardiff Central

Train tickets from London Paddington to Cardiff Central start at £25 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 London Paddington to Cardiff Central is right for you.

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