Cardiff has direct rail links to many cities in the UK including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Nottingham, Bristol and Southampton. The journey time from London Paddington to Cardiff is just over 2 hours and leaves every 30 minutes.
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Transport for Wales
There are 20 train stations in Cardiff, most of which form part of the commuter rail network, known locally as Valley Lines, with Cardiff Queen Street and Cardiff Central being the main hubs of the city.
Cardiff Central is one of the UK’s major railway stations and welcomes almost 12 million to the Welsh capital each year and connects the city to Newport, Bristol, Bath, London, Southampton, Portsmouth, Gloucester, Cheltenham, Birmingham and Nottingham.
For train times, information and to book tickets visit Transport for Wales
If you’re travelling from outside of the UK and want to explore Britain by rail visit www.britrail.com
Other useful rail links
- To search train timetables and buy tickets, visit National Rail Enquiries
- Visit TheTrainLine.com to search timetables, buy tickets and more for UK trains to Cardiff
- For visitors taking the train from Europe, visit the Eurostar website
Cardiff is easily accessible via the M4 motorway, which runs through the north of the city, making London a comfortable drive away. From the Midlands, the North of England and Scotland it is a straightforward drive via the M6, M5 and M50/M4. From the South and South West of England the approach is by M5 and M4. Access from West Wales is by M4.
- Visit Google Maps to work out your driving route
- Visit Bing maps to work out your driving route
- Check out the Park & Ride facilities and learn more about parking in Cardiff in our Getting Around section
FROM CARDIFF AIRPORT
Cardiff Airport is 12 miles west of the city centre and 10 miles from Junction 33 of the M4. The airport has direct flights to over 50 destinations and connecting flights to over 800 destinations worldwide. Visit the Cardiff Wales airport website for details. Airlines operating from Cardiff include KLM, Aer Lingus, Flybe, Vueling and Ryanair.
GETTING FROM CARDIFF AIRPORT
Trains run between the Airport and Cardiff Central station and Bridgend every hour, with a shuttle bus linking the Airport station to the terminal. Trawscymru operates the T9 express service between Cardiff Airport and Cardiff Central station every 30 minutes during the day, 7 days a week. Visit Trawscymru for details.
AIRPORT TRANSFER SERVICES
OTHER UK AIRPORTS
Bristol International Airport is only 1 hour away by car with routes direct from the US as well as flights from within the UK and Europe. From March 2013, Greyhound coach services will provide a link to and from Cardiff to Bristol Airport. Birmingham, Manchester and London Airports are also all easily accessible from Cardiff.