Interactive Wales rail map

Planning your next journey around Wales by train but not sure where to start? We’ve got you covered! Our interactive train map of Wales will show you some of the most popular routes in Wales and from England to Wales. Click on each of the routes in our map below to check journey times and ticket prices.

Red routes – Cross-regional trains

Green routes – Regional trains

There are different train companies operating in Wales. For example, the route from Swansea to Cardiff is operated by GWR and Transport for Wales in just 1h 7m on their fastest services. The route from Cardiff to Newport, which only takes 16m, is also served by these two train companies, as well as CrossCountry. Travelling by train to South Wales? Check out our guide to South Wales trains, or if you're heading north, visit our North Wales trains guide.

One of the most popular routes from England to Wales is from Liverpool to Cardiff, which takes around 3h 30m. As there are no direct trains connecting these cities, you’ll need to first take a West Midlands Railway service from Liverpool Lime Street to Crewe and then change onto a Transport for Wales train bound for Cardiff.

Popular train routes in Wales

Want to learn more about some of the most popular train routes in Wales? Check out our table below and click on the route you’re most interested in – you’ll find plenty of information, including journey times, ticket prices and some useful FAQs. At Trainline, we connect directly to Transport for Wales, GWR, CrossCountry, LNER and Avanti West Coast’s inventory, so your train ticket will always be valid for travel if you book online with us.



Fastest journey

London to Cardiff

131 miles (211 km)

2h 26m

Cardiff to Caerphilly

7 miles (11 km)


Swansea to Newport

18 miles (30 km)


Newport to Chepstow

14 miles (23 km)


Holyhead to Bangor

21 miles (34 km)


Cardiff to Bangor

127 miles (205 km)

4h 18m

Swansea to Bridgend

18 miles (29 km)


Swansea to Carmarthen

22 miles (36 km)


Ty Glas to Cardiff

3 miles (5 km)


Newport to Cardiff

11 miles (18 km)


Travel around Wales with a BritRail Pass

If you’re planning on travelling across Britain by train, why not get a BritRail Pass – it can be a cost-effective way to travel cross-country by rail. Based on the period of time you're travelling, you can choose between two types of BritRail Pass:

  • BritRail Consecutive Pass – it’s valid for a set number of days in a row
  • BritRail Flexi Pass – it’s valid for a set number of days, which don’t need to be consecutive, over a period of 1 calendar month.

Get inspired for your next Wales train trip

Looking for ideas for your next trip to Wales? You’ve come to the right place! Our Wales Travel Inspiration hub is full of handy guides to help you plan your Welsh holiday and enjoy fantastic natural scenery and bustling cities full of culture.

Train travel in Europe

Want to explore another country in Europe but not sure about the trains you can take? Click on one of the country guides below – we’ll provide you with all the information you need about train and ticket types, discounts and destinations. If you’re travelling to Spain, France or Italy, have a look at our Spain Rail map, France train map and Italy train map pages, or for a general overview of the European rail network, head to our Europe train map page.

Frequently asked questions

What's on the Wales rail map?

Our interactive Wales train map highlights the main railway lines in Wales, as well as some of the most popular rail connections from England to Wales.

Which train companies operate in Wales?

There are currently 5 main national train companies that operate within Wales. They are Transport for Wales, LNER, CrossCountry, GWR and Avanti West Coast.

How many train stations does Cardiff have?

Cardiff currently has about 20 stations, which are owned by Network Rail and managed by Transport for Wales.

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