Getting the train to the Motorpoint Arena Cardiff (formerly Cardiff International Arena) is easy. The venue is located in the heart of the Welsh capital, just five minutes' walk from Cardiff Central station. Located on the South Wales Main Line, the station is two hours from London Paddington and just 40 minutes from Bristol Parkway. For visitors travelling from the Valleys, it's best to alight at Cardiff Queen Street station, which is also within walking distance of the venue.

Station details & facilities

Ticket Office opening hours:
DayOpening Hours
Sunday 07:45 - 21:30
Monday Tuesday Wednesday Friday Saturday 05:45 - 21:30
Ticket MachineAvailable
Staff helpUnavailable
Staffing levelFull time
Oyster PrepayUnavailable
Oyster topupUnavailable
Oyster validatorUnavailable
Pre-purchase collectionAvailable
Left LuggageUnavailable
Left Luggage Website
Lost PropertyAvailable
Lost Property phone number03333 211 202
Lost Property Website
Shops noteNews agent Convenience store
Telephone typesCoins and cards
Station BuffetAvailable
Station Buffet notes
Cold drinks vending machine Hot drinks vending machine Food vending machine Food outlet (Seating available) Food outlet (Seating unavailable)
ATM notes
Located outside main entrance
Bureau de ChangeUnavailable
Tourist Information OfficeUnavailable
Information Systems
  • Announcements
  • Arrival screens
  • Departure screens
Baby changeAvailable
Web kioskUnavailable
Staff Help notes

0400 - 0100 Mon-Fri     0400 - 0030 Sat     0700 - 0030 Sun

Customer help pointsUnavailable
Carpark opening hours:
DayOpening Hours
WeekdaysOpen 24 hours
Saturday Open 24 hours
Sunday Open 24 hours
DayOpening Hours
WeekdaysOpen 24 hours
Saturday Open 24 hours
Sunday Open 24 hours
DayOpening Hours
WeekdaysOpen 24 hours
Saturday Open 24 hours
Sunday Open 24 hours
Carpark namePenarth Road Riverside Saunders Road
Carpark operatorNational Car Parks Ltd National Car Parks Ltd National Car Parks Ltd
Car parking spaces402
Cycle storageAvailable
Cycle storage spaces90
Sheltered cycle storageAvailable
Cycle storage CCTVAvailable
Cycle storage notes
East end of platforms 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 6 & 7 and at front and rear of station
Cycle storage notes<p>Sheltered stands are available on each platform.</p>
Step-free accessWhole station
Step-free access notes

Platforms 1 - 7 can be accessed by the lifts in the corridor next to the tobacconist/convenience shop. 

Platform 0 can be accessed by the lift in the main concourse.

Ramps for train accessAvailable
Induction LoopAvailable
Accessible ticket machinesAvailable
Accessible Booking Office counterAvailable
Opening Hours
DayOpening Hours
Weekdays06:00 - 18:30
Saturday Closed
Sunday Closed



Platform 1 

Tickets Accepted


All First Class



A comfortable modern lounge, screens with updated train information



Complimentary refreshments and a dedicated customer host ready to serve you. 







About Motorpoint Arena Cardiff

Cardiff's largest indoor exhibition centre and events arena is located in the centre of the capital. It was officially opened in 1993, and inaugurated by a Shirley Bassey concert in front of some 5,500 fans. Since 2011, the Cardiff International Arena has been known as the Motorpoint Arena Cardiff as part of a sponsorship deal. The arena's main exhibition space covers 4,500 square metres and has capacity for 7,500 people. On top of that there's a conference suite and four executive boardrooms, making this one of the most impressive business and entertainment complexes in the UK.

It's no surprise that the arena has hosted some of Wales' biggest national events including music concerts, comedy performances and sporting tournaments. The Motorpoint Arena is the first port of call for major international acts visiting Cardiff, and the list of past performers reads like a Who's Who of pop stardom: The Monkees, Take That, Celine Dion, Kylie Minogue, Beyonce, The Killers, Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, Iron Maiden, Nicki Minaj and Slipknot. The arena has also hosted the World Professional Pool Championship and the Premier League Darts.

Departures and arrivals from Cardiff Central

Want to check the latest departures and arrivals into Cardiff Central station? Find live information for the next trains departing and arriving at the station below.
Departing toTrainTimePlatformStatus
to Barry IslandTransport for Wales09:108On time
to AberdareTransport for Wales09:126Late
to PenarthTransport for Wales09:168On time
to RhymneyTransport for Wales09:166On time
to London PaddingtonGreat Western Railway09:191On time
Arriving fromTrainTimePlatformStatus
from Merthyr TydfilTransport for Wales09:108On time
from Barry IslandTransport for Wales09:116Late
from Weston-super-MareGreat Western Railway09:134On time
from BargoedTransport for Wales09:158On time
from SwanseaGreat Western Railway09:161On time

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