It takes an average of 2h 21m to travel from London Paddington to Cardiff Central by train, over a distance of around 129 miles (208 km). There are normally 46 trains per day travelling from London Paddington to Cardiff Central and tickets for this journey start from £21 when you book in advance.
From 1h 47m
129 miles (208 km)
46 trains per day
Direct trains available
Want to find out more about taking the train from London Paddington to Cardiff? Look no further.
The train from London Paddington to Cardiff Central usually takes around 2h 13m but can take just 1h 47m on the fastest services, with around 39 trains running on this popular route every 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 drinks and snacks 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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The average journey time by train between London Paddington and Cardiff Central is 2 hours and 21 minutes, with around 46 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 London Paddington to Cardiff Central is 1 hour and 47 minutes.
Train ticket prices from London Paddington to Cardiff Central can start from as little as £21 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.
Yes, it is possible to travel from London Paddington to Cardiff Central without having to change trains. There are 46 direct trains from London Paddington to Cardiff Central each day. Though there may be fewer direct services available depending on your exact departure date.
The first train from London Paddington to Cardiff Central leaves at 04:23. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.
The last train from London Paddington to Cardiff Central leaves at 22:57. 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 London Paddington to Cardiff Central cover a distance of around 129 miles (208 km) during the journey.
If you’re looking for the return train journey, check out trains from Cardiff Central to London Paddington.
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