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Best price 0.12 £
Journey duration 3 h 35 min
Connections per day 30
First departure 05:02
Last departure 21:30
Distance 214 km

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How much will I pay for train tickets from London to Cardiff?

When you're traveling from London to Cardiff, you can expect to pay an average of approximately 51.64 £. You might be able to find prices as low as 0.12 £, 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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Trains from London to Cardiff

How long is the journey from London to Cardiff by train?

The distance between London and Cardiff is around 214. Depending on the exact route and provider you travel with, your journey time can vary. On average, this journey will take approximately 3 h 35 min. However, the fastest routes between London and Cardiff take 1 h 42 min. If a fast journey is a priority for you when traveling, look out for express services that may get you there faster. Some flexibility may be necessary when booking. Often, these services only leave at particular times of day - or even on certain days of the week. You may also find a faster journey by taking an indirect route and connecting in another station along the way.

What time are the departures from London to Cardiff?

If you prefer to travel early, you will usually find the first departure from London to Cardiff leaving at 05:02. Although things may change depending on the day, in general the last daily departure leaves at 21:30.If you have some flexibility over the day on which you travel, you might find more options available to you. For example, some providers may only run early morning routes on weekdays, when people are traveling to work. You will often find fewer options available on weekends or public holidays.

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

In London, departure stations include London Paddington [ PAD ] and London Paddington. When you arrive in Cardiff, you may be able to disembark at stations such as Cardiff Central [ CDF ], Cardiff Central and Grangetown (Cardiff). Remember though that the exact stations served on each route can vary. Different providers may depart from and arrive at different stations. Furthermore, if you travel on an express service, the number of stations may be limited, and the exact stations served on a particular route may vary at different times of day or day of the week. Check in advance to ensure that you are departing from and arriving at a station that is convenient for your journey.

How many daily journeys are there from London to Cardiff?

The exact number of journeys from London to Cardiff can vary from day to day. Some services may only run on particular days of the week, while others might be seasonal. In general, an average of 30 departures leave each day. These are run by a number of different transport providers, including Nationalrail, SBB and Great Western Railway. On particularly busy days, there can be up to 136 departures. You can usually expect there to be more connections on weekdays. Many providers run fewer journeys on weekends or public holidays. As a traveler, you may prefer to take a direct route from London to Cardiff. However, you will find more options available to you if you are willing to take a connecting route. These pass through one or more different cities, and you'll have to change along the way. Not all travelers feel comfortable making multiple connections, but if you are, then you will enjoy greater flexibility when making your booking. The exact number of daily departures from London to Cardiff varies, but in general, you can expect to find 1 direct connections with no changes leaving each day. Travelers who are happy to take an indirect route will find, on average, 29 journeys with one change or more.