Why book trains to Cardiff?
The Welsh capital, is situated roughly 130 miles west of London. Famed for its world class sporting and entertainment venues, not to mention cultural heritage, it’s also the gateway to South Wales and the Brecon Beacons. Book trains to Cardiff today and discover this lively, dynamic city for yourself!
Advance fares and split tickets to Cardiff
Booking train tickets to Cardiff up to 12 weeks before you travel or splitting your train tickets could save you up to 80% on the cost of fares bought on the day of departure. Here are just a few of the cheap fares you could get by booking early
|Journey||Walk up Fare Price||Advance Price||Saving|
|London – Cardiff||£43.40||£18.00||£25.40|
|Manchester – Cardiff||£70.10||£20.00||£50.10|
|Cambridge – Cardiff||£84.30||£23.00||£61.30|
|Leeds – Cardiff||£59.90||£27.30 (advance split)||£32.60|
|Plymouth – Cardiff||£63.80||£15 (advance split)||£63.80|
|Coventry – Cardiff||£58.90||£17.70||£41.20|
* Walk on fares shown are a mixture of super off-peak, off peak singles and anytime singles where off peak tickets are not available. The Advance fares shown are all advance singles for standard class travel, sold subject to availability before the date of travel & checked on 23.02.16
Getting trains to Cardiff
- Direct Great Western train services link the city with London Paddington with an average journey time of 2 hours 20 minutes
- The city also enjoy direct rail links from many major stations including Swansea, Bristol, Birmingham, Gloucester, Newport, and Manchester. Regular train services also run from Holyhead.
- There are more than 20 railway stations in and around Cardiff and the city also has a decent bus network. The bus station is located adjacent to Cardiff Central railway station.
What to visit
Cardiff’s history stretches back to Roman times and a visit to Cardiff Castle with its Norman keep, 15th century medieval hall and victorian gothic apartments is a great way to get to grips with the city’s past. It’s also well worth taking in LLandaff Cathedral and Castell Coch a little further out of town too. The Welsh capita boasts a wide selection of shop from modern malls to Victorian and Edwardian arcades as well as cafés, restaurants and bars. Many BBC programmes including Torchwood and Dr Who are filmed here and if you’re a fan you’ll enjoy the interactive Dr Who Experience in Cardiff Bay. Elsewhere in the bay you’ll find the Wales Millennium Centre, the home of Welsh national opera and the Norweigan Church. Alternatively treat yourself to a boat trip or enjoy a meal on Mermaid Quay in the evening watching the sun set over the water.
Tips For Finding Cheap Trains To Cardiff
1) Cheap train tickets to Cardiff are released in very limited numbers and on a first come, first served basis so plan ahead and book well in advance as soon as you know you’ll be travelling.
2) Advance fares are frequently sold until 6pm the night before travel, cheap train tickets offering savings of up to 30% on the cost of tickets bought on the day, may still be available even if you leave until the last minute to book.
3) Advance train tickets will limit you to travelling on the trains booked so even if you’re unable to commit to travelling on a specific train, avoid rush hour travel- off peak trains are cheaper. It’s also worth searching for slower ‘overtaken’ trains to find cheaper rail fares.
4) Where two or more companies run services along the route or there is more than one way to get to your destination e.g. going via, or avoiding London, comparing the prices of different train companies and different routes could be a money saver.
5) Last but not least if there are no advance rail fares on your route or you need flexible rail tickets, split ticketing or breaking up a journey into several bits with a separate train ticket for each leg could reduce the cost of your train travel.