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Birmingham to Cardiff by train

The journey from Birmingham to Cardiff by train is 88.16 mi and takes 2 hrs 1 min. There are 26 connections per day, with the first departure at 05:00 and the last at 21:12. It is possible to travel from Birmingham to Cardiff by train for as little as £18.74 or as much as £77.16. The best price for this journey is £18.74.

Lowest Price£18.74
Journey Duration2 hrs 1 min
Connection per Day26
Lowest Price£18.74
Highest Price£77.16
First Departure05:00
Last Departure21:12
Distance88.16 mi
DepartureBirmingham
ArrivalCardiff
CarriersCrossCountry, Transport for Wales

Birmingham to Cardiff Train Times

Departure date
Wednesday, 28 Feb 2024

Your journey from Birmingham to Cardiff with Virail

Planning to travel from Birmingham to Cardiff? Sometimes it can be hard to know where to start - but that's where Virail comes in. Our powerful search engine will explore all the options available for your trip, combing through more than 2000 transport companies all over the globe. All you have to do is enter your travel dates. In an instant, we'll show you a thorough list of possible routes, with all the information you need to make your decision. Choose from buses, trains, and more, connecting or direct, one-way or round trip - whatever you prefer. When you see your results, select your chosen option and Virail will redirect you to the provider's website, where you can complete your booking. Let us do the legwork for you, and you can just sit back and enjoy your trip.

How can I find the cheapest train tickets to get from Birmingham to Cardiff?

When you're traveling from Birmingham to Cardiff, you can expect to pay an average of approximately £57.04. You might be able to find prices as low as £18.74, but it all depends on how you travel. Some forms of transport are cheaper than others, and prices will vary according to time of day, day of the week, season, and other factors. For the cheapest train tickets, make your reservation well in advance. If you can, travel at an off-peak time, as train ticket prices will often be reduced. You might also be able to save money by booking a connecting journey, rather than a direct route. Be sure to check the conditions of the ticket before booking, as sometimes cheaper train tickets cannot be changed or refunded. Use Virail to check your options before booking, to ensure that you find the lowest price for your journey.
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The prices for train tickets from Birmingham to Cardiff vary depending on a range of factors including how far in advance you're booking, your travel dates, and the type of transport you want to use. On certain routes, there may be different classes available, which will also affect the price. The average train ticket price is approximately £57.04. For the lowest prices, it is usually best to book as far in advance as possible and look out for low-cost options, such as non-refundable tickets or traveling outside of peak hours. Be aware that some providers do not offer refunds or changes on their lower priced tickets, so it is advised to check before completing your transaction.

How much time will it take to go from Birmingham to Cardiff by train?

The journey between Birmingham and Cardiff by train is approximately 88.16 mi. It will take you more or less 2 hrs 1 min to complete this journey. This average figure does not take into account any delays that might arise on your route in exceptional circumstances. If you are planning to make a connection or operating on a tight schedule, give yourself plenty of time. The journey between Birmingham and Cardiff runs for about 88.16 mi and usually takes approximately 2 hrs 1 min. However, this figure is an average and will vary according to a number of factors. Depending on the method of transport that you choose, you might be able to arrive in less time. The shortest time in which you can complete this journey is 1 hr 50 mins. If you are trying to get from Birmingham to Cardiff as quickly as possible, look for express routes or non-stopping services. Direct routes are not always the fastest way to travel. At times, you may even find a quicker route that involves a connection in another city.

Which stations can I use to travel from Birmingham to Cardiff?

Depending on the type of transport, and the provider you decide to use for your journey, you will be able to depart Birmingham from the following stations: . Arriving at Cardiff, your route will pass through all or some of the following stations: . Not all transport providers serve every station, so check in advance to see exactly where your route takes you. You may need to use another form of transport to get from one station to another or to your final destination when you arrive in Cardiff.

How many times a day do journeys run from Birmingham to Cardiff?

The route from Birmingham to Cardiff is served by providers including . From this list of transport providers, there are up to departures each day. However, this exact number will vary. On average, journeys depart from Birmingham 26 times per day. This number includes all the transport providers that serve the route. When traveling from Birmingham to Cardiff, you may choose to use an indirect route, involving connections. If you prefer not to do this, you will find an average of 12 direct journeys each day. However, indirect routes open up more possibilities for flexible travelers. On average, there are 14 journeys with one change or more each day. These numbers are all averages. They can slightly vary depending on the day of the week, the season of the year, local festivals, and other factors. Unfortunately, no connection was found for your trip from Birmingham to Cardiff. Selecting a new departure or arrival city, without dramatically changing your itinerary could help you find connections.

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Cheap train tickets from Birmingham to Cardiff
Looking for the best deal on a train ticket for your trip? Here are 4 ways to get cheap train tickets from Birmingham to Cardiff.

Book in advance and save

If you're looking for the best deal for your trip from Birmingham to Cardiff, booking train tickets in advance is a great way to save money, but keep in mind that advance tickets are usually not available until 3 months before your travel date.

Stay flexible with your travel time and explore off-peak journeys

Planning your trips around off-peak travel times not only means that you'll be able to avoid the crowds, but can also end up saving you money. Being flexible with your schedule and considering alternative routes or times will significantly impact the amount of money you spend on getting from Birmingham to Cardiff.

Always check special offers

Checking on the latest deals can help save a lot of money, making it worth taking the time to browse and compare prices. So make sure you get the best deal on your ticket and take advantage of special fares for children, youth and seniors as well as discounts for groups.

Unlock the potential of slower trains or connecting trains

If you're planning a trip with some flexible time, why not opt for the scenic route? Taking slower trains or connecting trains that make more stops may save you money on your ticket – definitely worth considering if it fits in your schedule.

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Find the best day to travel to Cardiff by train

When travelling to Cardiff by train, if you want to avoid crowds you can check how frequently our customers are travelling in the next 30-days using the graph below. On average, the peak hours to travel are between 6:30am and 9am in the morning, or between 4pm and 7pm in the evening. Please keep this in mind when travelling to your point of departure as you may need some extra time to arrive, particularly in big cities!

Carriers on this route

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The Welsh Government owns the non-profit organization Transport for Wales. It is responsible for the procurement and management of passenger rail services in Wales, as well as the development of the Welsh rail network. The company was established in 2018, taking over from Arriva Trains Wales, and operates services across Wales and the Borders. Transport for Wales is a great choice for your journeys within Wales, such as Cardiff to Aberdare or Newport to Swansea, or for your trips in England, like Manchester to Chester or Birmingham to Shrewsbury, and even for your travel between England and Wales.

Services on board Transport for Wales and Great Western Railway from Birmingham to Cardiff
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Birmingham to Cardiff CO2 Emissions by Train

Ecology
Train
9.93kg
Bus
10.64kg
Flight
28.38kg
Car
22.7kg
What are the CO2 emissions from Birmingham to Cardiff by train? The CO2 emissions from taking the train between Birmingham and Cardiff are 9.93kg.
How much CO2 do I save by taking the train between Birmingham and Cardiff? By taking the train between Birmingham and Cardiff you will save 18.45kg CO2 emissions compared to a flight, 0.71kg compared to a bus and 12.77kg compared to a car.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How much is a train ticket from Birmingham to Cardiff?
A train ticket from Birmingham to Cardiff is £57.04. However the price varies depending on how early you buy, and if it's peak time to travel. Occasionally you can find them for as cheap as £18.74.
What's the cheapest train ticket from Birmingham to Cardiff?
The cheapest ticket you can get from Birmingham to Cardiff is £18.74. We recommend booking as early as possible and off-peak hours to get the cheapest ticket possible. Off-peak times are usually from 09:30 to 16:00, and after 19:00.
What's the distance between Birmingham and Cardiff by train?
Birmingham to Cardiff is 88.16 mi.
How long does the train between Birmingham and Cardiff take?
Birmingham to Cardiff is on average 2 hrs 1 min. However the fastest option will get you there in 1 hr 50 mins.
Which companies operate from Birmingham to Cardiff?
The train journey from Birmingham to Cardiff is covered by 2 operator(s). On Virail you can find these carriers that provide services on this route: CrossCountry, Transport for Wales and Great Western Railway.
How many train connections per day go from Birmingham to Cardiff?
Birmingham to Cardiff has 26 connection(s) per day on average.
What time does the first train from Birmingham to Cardiff leave?
The earliest train from Birmingham to Cardiff departs at 05:00. However be sure to check with us the schedule on the day you want to leave as the time may differ.
What time does the last train from Birmingham to Cardiff depart?
The latest train from Birmingham to Cardiff departs at 21:12. However be sure to check with us the schedule on the day you want to leave as the time may differ.
Should I book my ticket from Birmingham to Cardiff in advance?
If you can, we recommend booking your ticket as early as possible to ensure you get better savings. The cheapest train ticket we have found is £18.74 but this may be subject to change depending on the day of travel, hour you wish to depart and how far in advance you book.
From which stations can I leave from Birmingham to Cardiff?
There are 4 station(s) that you can depart from Birmingham to go to Cardiff. You can go from Birmingham New Street, Birmingham Coach Station, Five Ways and Birmingham Moor Street and you can arrive at Cardiff (Cathays), Cardiff Kingsway Stop GC, Cardiff Central and Heath Low Level.
How many direct connections depart from Birmingham to Cardiff?
There are on average 12 direct connection(s) from Birmingham to go to Cardiff.
What's the fastest journey time between Birmingham to Cardiff by train?
The fastest journey time by train between Birmingham and Cardiff is 1 hr 50 mins.
Is there a direct train from Birmingham to Cardiff?
Yes, there is a direct train between Birmingham and Cardiff.
What are the CO2 emissions for Birmingham to Cardiff by train?
The train journey from Birmingham to Cardiff creates 9.93kg of CO2 emissions.

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