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Reading to Cardiff Central by train

It takes an average of 1h 49m to travel from Reading to Cardiff Central by train, over a distance of around 95 miles (153 km). There are normally 58 trains per day travelling from Reading to Cardiff Central and tickets for this journey start from £25 when you book in advance.

First train

04:49

Last train

23:27

Departure station

Reading

Arrival station

Cardiff Central

Journey time

From 1h 22m

Distance

95 miles (153 km)

Frequency

58 trains per day

Changes

Direct trains available

Price

From £25

Train operators

Great Western Railway

How to travel from Reading to Cardiff Central by train

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

You'll usually find 58 trains per day running between Reading and Cardiff Central, which usually take 1 hour 49 minutes to complete the 95 miles (153 km) journey. It can take as little as 1 hour 22 minutes on the fastest services though, if you want to get there as quickly as possible. As soon as you board the train, you'll be able to make yourself comfortable and enjoy the journey as there are direct services available. Great Western Railway trains are the main operator of services on this route, so you're likely to travel with them for all or at least part of your journey to Cardiff Central.

Use our Journey Planner at the top of the page to search for cheap ticket prices and we'll show you how much you can save. Tickets from Reading to Cardiff Central start from £25.00 when you book in advance. Travelling Off-Peak or using a Railcard can also help you save.

Keen to book your train tickets to Cardiff Central? No need to wait, start a search with us today! If you want to find out a bit more about the journey first, you can find our train timetable with live train times above, and tips on booking cheap tickets and our FAQs further down the page.

Journey details

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

The average journey time by train between Reading and Cardiff Central is 1 hour and 49 minutes, with around 58 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 Reading and Cardiff Central by train?

The fastest journey time by train from Reading to Cardiff Central is 1 hour and 22 minutes.

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

Train ticket prices from Reading 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 Reading to Cardiff Central?

Yes, it is possible to travel from Reading to Cardiff Central without having to change trains. There are 58 direct trains from Reading 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 Reading to Cardiff Central leave?

The first train from Reading to Cardiff Central leaves at 04:49. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.

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

The last train from Reading to Cardiff Central leaves at 23:27. 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 Reading and Cardiff Central by train?

Trains travelling from Reading to Cardiff Central cover a distance of around 95 miles (153 km) during the journey.

Looking for more information?

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

Cheap train tickets from Reading to Cardiff Central

Train tickets from Reading 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 Reading to Cardiff Central is right for you.

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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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