Trains to Cardiff
Cheap Trains to Cardiff
"When I was 2, we moved into an imposing country mansion 8 miles west of Cardiff, Wales.” Roahl Dahl
Tip 1: Advanced booking will get you cheaper tickets
Travelling by train to Cardiff can be made cheaper by buying your train tickets in advance. It is possible to get these up to 12 weeks ahead of departure when rail companies release tickets. Availability depends on demand and can sell out quickly. If you can't book that far in advance it is sometimes still possible to get advance tickets up to 1hr before departure. Check details with the train companies you are using to get further information.
Although Cardiff is known for being an industrial city, it has significantly changed in the last few decades. Today, Cardiff has gained popularity among tourists from around the world, thanks mainly to its lively modern vibe amidst a culturally rich city. Every weekend, thousands of revellers flock to the city’s thriving pubs and bars and swarms of shoppers hit its booming shopping centres. In fact, Cardiff has been hailed as one of the top 10 shopping destinations in the UK.
Tip 2: Avoid paying a booking fee
If you use Split My Fare it will make your journey to Cardiff train station cheaper as unlike many other companies we do not charge a booking fee or charge for use of credit cards. We only take 10% of any saving you make by us splitting your ticket for you. If we can't make a split saving we don't charge a fee. We are a National Rail Accredited Retailer with purchase protection built-in so are to be trusted.
Tip 3: Refunds can be claimed for delays
Sadly trains are sometimes late and you could find your travel to Cardiff delayed. If this happens you can get compensation directly from you Train Operating Company by using the Delay Repay scheme. Sometimes you are entitled to a full refund or you may get a partial refund even if the delay is as low as 15 minutes. You will need to check with the specific train operator to find out whether your fare is eligible.
The Cardiff Central railway station is the major hub for transport services in Cardiff and an ideal starting point when exploring the city since it is close to most of the main attractions in the city centre. Much of the inter-city travel goes through the Cardiff Central station while the Cardiff Queen Street station is the hub for the city’s Valley Line services, connecting the city to the commuter towns and suburbs.
Tip 4: Avoid travelling on busier routes
If you are to able to travel to your destination by a quieter route you could make your journey to the train station in Cardiff less expensive. Tickets are priced on demand so if you choose to go via a less centrally located station you can save money. You could also take your journeys at off-peak times which would be cheaper.
Tip 5: Always book together if travelling in a group
A group trip to Cardiff can be made cheaper by booking together and using a Group save discount. You can sometimes save up to a 1/3 off train tickets by using this method if you are travelling as a group of 3-9 people during off-peak times. Using Split My Fare means that you can get lots of paper tickets so if you want to avoid this use Mobile E-tickets which you then message to the members of your party.
Cardiff Castle is one of the most famous landmarks in the city. This lavish fort is built upon a foundation that’s based upon a Roman fort. During the 19th century, the castle was the residence of the Marquis of Bute. In the middle of the castle is the Norman fort. Another fairy tale castle in Cardiff is the Castell Coch, which is perched beautifully on a hill that overlooks the main gateway to the valleys in the city’s outskirts.
Tip 6: Make sure a return is cheaper than 2 singles
Train tickets to Cardiff can be more reasonably priced depending on what sort of ticket you purchase. It is best to check whether 2 single tickets are cheaper than a return ticket or whether an open return is the best alternative. We at Split My Fare automatically check this out for you and offer you the most reasonable priced tickets available.
Tip 7: Use a slower train for cheaper travel
If you not in a hurry to arrive at your destination you could make your journey to the train stations in Cardiff cheaper by journeying on slower trains. We at Split My Fare will automatically find you the cheapest journey available to your destination which may be the slowest but if you want the fastest choice you can choose only see those trains.
Tip 8: Examine how much 1st class travel costs
Another tool that can reduce the price and give you cheap train tickets to Cardiff if to look at the difference between first and standard tickets. If there is a low demand for 1st class train tickets you may find that there is very little difference in price and they could even be cheaper. You also have the benefit of having the first class facilities of drink, food and bigger seats.
The Wales Millennium Centre is an outstanding piece of modern architecture that opened in 2004. This futuristic arts venue provides an iconic venue for operas, dances, and West End musical performances. If you fancy a stroll through a park, check out Bute Park, a collection of different parks in Cardiff that stretches continuously towards the edge of the city. For those who want to get a taste of Cardiff’s history, visit the National Museum of Cardiff, which is dedicated to Wales’ national history and arts and housed in a neoclassical building.
Tip 9: Invest in a Railcard if you travel regularly
A very useful way of making your journey less expensive is to purchase a Railcard. This can be worth it even if you use train travel only a few times a year saving as much as 1/3 on off-peak tickets. There are many different types of card depending on your personal circumstances and there are other benefits of getting free entry to attractions and other good discounts.
Most railcards are only £30 a year and some are even cheaper at £70 for three years.
If you're travelling as a pair, the Two Together Railcard means you can save 1/3 on most tickets.
If you have a large family or making journeys as family groups, then the Family & Friends card will be perfect for you. As well as giving 1/3 off most adult fares, children will save 60% off most fares. This can be used for up to 4 Adults and 4 kids.
The Senior Railcard, available for those over 60 provides 1/3 off most tickets but is slightly cheaper, with a 3-year card available for just £70!
For Disabled Passengers, you can purchase a Disabled Persons card for just £20 a year, again getting 1/3 off your tickets.
There are other Railcards available for passengers to use on their journeys, including the 16-25 and 26-30 Railcard.
If you would like more information on these Railcards, you find this on the Railcard website or buy tickets at any National Rail Ticket Office.
Tip 10: Consider Flexible Travel Planning
Choosing different trains to Cardiff and being flexible in your journey arrangements is another useful way to see savings. If you are willing to go on another date or at another time there are good savings to be made. At Split My Fare we have a journey planner for your use to find the best dates for good deals.
Main stations in Cardiff
- Cardiff Airbus
- Cardiff Bay
- Cardiff Central
- Cardiff Queen Street
- Rhoose Cardiff International Airport
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I get to Cardiff by train?
The main route to Cardiff by train is from London Paddington, taking around 2 hours.
Can you get a train to Cardiff Bay?
Many trains that stop at Cardiff Central also stop at Cardiff Bay.
How do I get to Cardiff Central?
Trains to Cardiff Central run regularly from Bristol Temple Meads, London Paddington and other stations in Wales.