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Find cheap train tickets from Edinburgh to Cardiff

Thanks to Gopili, compare train ticket prices and find the best price to travel from Edinburgh to Cardiff by train. Our service is dedicated to helping you find the cheapest Edinburgh to Cardiff train ticket and gives you practical information: booking, next departures, timetables, fares, and good deals.

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Find the best prices for train tickets Edinburgh to Cardiff

from £90.30 MORE 10h20m
Other modes of transport available to travel from Edinburgh to Cardiff
from £19.80 MORE 12h50m
from £38.49 MORE 7h43m

And if you change?

Other alternatives of transport exist to travel from Edinburgh to Cardiff:

Bus from Edinburgh to Cardiff

Flights from Edinburgh to Cardiff

Things to do in Cardiff

We have compiled for you a list of 5 things that you can do in Cardiff.

  • Saint Fagans National History Museum
  • Principality Stadium
  • Cardiff International White Water
  • Techniquest
  • Gorsedd Stone Circle

If you're visiting Cardiff for the first time and you are not sure of the places that you can visit during your time over there, we're here to help. Your itinerary will obviously depend of the length of your stay as well as your preferences but the team at Gopili shares with you the famous places in Cardiff.

Saint Fagans National History Museum is probably among the most interesting attractions for visitors. You can also go to see Techniquest or Principality Stadium which are usually suggested by the travellers who have already visited the city.

Another noteworthy site that you can visit is Gorsedd Stone Circle if you want to find out more about the city.

Cardiff International White Water is also a place that we will advise you to see if you got enough time during your trip.

Edinburgh - Cardiff: the best time to book cheap trains

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Generally, the earlier you purchase your train ticket, the cheaper it will be but there can be some exceptions. We collected the data from the past six months in order to find the best time to buy your train tickets Edinburgh to Cardiff. The results illustrate that booking your train from Edinburgh to Cardiff in advance is not always the best option.

We found tickets at £119 when purchasing your ticket 7 days in advance whereas you will have to spend a minimum of £169 if you book your seat 15 days in advance. Thus, based on our data, the best time to book your seat is 7 days in advance as it is 30% cheaper than 15 days in advance.

Book cheap train from Edinburgh to Cardiff

There are different ways to purchase your Edinburgh to Cardiff train ticket:

How can I book a train ticket online?

You are able to purchase tickets online via the rail companies' websites like Virgin Trains, Southern, East Midlands Trains, Greater Anglia. You may also get train tickets on Ticket Retailers' websites such as Redspottedhanky or Raileasy.

Can I book over the phone?

Most rail companies as well as few train ticket retailers will have phone numbers for you to make your booking by phone.

Can I book my ticket at the station?

While the major stations in the United Kingdom have a ticket vending machine as well as a ticket office to book your train ticket, suburban stations might not. Check the office hours as well as the available services before you travel.

By using our fast and simple search engine, you will be able to compare hundreds of train tickets from all major rail operators. Gopili can help you find cheap train tickets from Edinburgh to Cardiff! Moreover, train tickets Cardiff to Edinburgh are also available for your return trip.

Transport operators from Edinburgh to Cardiff

The following table lists the various transport operators serving the route Edinburgh to Cardiff.

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Travel information for your train journey

Edinburgh Cardiff train

Route Edinburgh to Cardiff

Edinburgh Cardiff train map

Train duration 7h01m
Arrival city Cardiff, Wales
Departure city Edinburgh, Scotland
Distance 309 Miles
Lowest train ticket price from £90.30
  • Search for your ticket on gopili to identify the different companies for your train between Edinburgh (Eastern Scotland) to Cardiff (East Wales). The services on board can vary depending on the rail company.
  • Using the train is a fast and convenient solution to travel to Cardiff from Edinburgh. The average travel duration between Edinburgh to Cardiff is 7h01m to travel the 309 miles.
  • According to our data, the starting price to travel by train in the next 30 days is £90.30. This fare is based on an adult ticket and is not including the money you can save with a railcard.

Discount Edinburgh to Cardiff train tickets

National Railcards can bring you great savings if you're travelling by train. Depending on your age as well as your situation, you might want to get one of the 5 existing railcards: Disabled persons, 16-25, Two together, Senior or Family and Friends railcards. Railcards can enable you to make great savings for your Edinburgh Cardiff train ticket.

What are the benefits of a railcard?

The main benefit of purchasing a railcard is that it only takes a few trips to be profitable.

You will need to buy at least £88 of train tickets across the whole year for the card to break-even. This number corresponds to the price of the card, thirty pounds, divided by the discount, 34%. On every train that you book afterwards, you will make savings.

For instance, train tickets from Edinburgh to Cardiff cost on average £158.30 (1). By dividing £88 by £158.30 (£88/£158.30 = 0.56), you can see that after only 1 one way trips from Cardiff to Edinburgh, the card will have paid for itself.

How much does a railcard cost?

Railcards enable you to save 34% off most rail fares for 12 months. The Disabled persons railcard costs £20 and the five other ones £30.

(1)Average prices observed over the last 3 months for one way journey

Train Journey Average price without railcard(1) With a railcard 34% off(2) Saving based on a one-way trip Number of return trips to pay off the cost
Edinburgh to Cardiff train £158.30 £105.53 £52.77 0.56

(1)Average price observed over the last 3 months for one way

(2)Price calculated with an average reduction of 34% on train tickets fare

How to find cheap train tickets Edinburgh to Cardiff ?

If you're searching for cheap train tickets Edinburgh to Cardiff, you've come to the right place. Here we give you some hints to find cheap train tickets.

Booking your ticket in advance instead of leaving it until the day before will enable you to spend less. Advance tickets typically go on sale 90 days in advance. On many routes you can save as much as 80% by purchasing your ticket 90 days in advance. We advise you to book your ticket as soon as possible.

You will also see that, the best time to travel is outside the peak train times, which are between 06:30 to 9:30 and 15:30 to 18:30. Thus, try to avoid travelling during commuting hours and you should make savings on your train ticket Edinburgh to Cardiff.

For some journeys, it costs less to book two single tickets instead of a return ticket. You will have less flexibility as you need to know in advance the time you wish to take the return journey but cheaper fares might be available.

Splitting your ticket for your journey to Cardiff is another way to pay less. It is entirely legal to split your ticket into multiple tickets covering the different sections of your journey, the only condition is that the train you're on stops at the stations you bought tickets for.

Different train ticket types for your journey

There are several types of rail tickets Edinburgh to Cardiff provided by each company, allowing travellers to choose between flexibility and cost. Travellers can buy tickets on the website of the railway companies or on train ticket sales websites being accredited. Here is a description of each type of rail ticket:

The Advance Tickets are tickets for single trips, valid in 1st and 2nd class. They can be bought 12 weeks in advance, indeed they are sold in limited numbers and are subject to availability. Typically, the earlier you purchase them, the cheaper the fare is. You should be aware that the Advance ticket is non-refundable. However, you can change the time and the date of the journey before departure.

The Off-Peak Tickets are the cheapest tickets to travel in less busy trains. Offering an interesting quality-price ratio, these tickets require passengers to travel off-peak. You can book tickets at any time, in advance or just before the journey. The train ticket is refundable but administrative fees may be charged; these fees do not exceed £10.00.

The Anytime Tickets are totally flexible: you can travel whenever you desire. Tickets can be bought in advance or directly before travel. There are no conditions on when you want to travel, nevertheless you will need to buy a new ticket if you want to change the date, destination or class.

You can also purchase a Season Ticket for 7 days or a period of either 1 month or 1 year. Normally these tickets are available for short and medium distances in the England.

The last Rovers and Rangers ticket type allows you unlimited travel for an area and time period with all train companies.

Best price found for train ticket from Edinburgh to Cardiff

We compare train ticket prices for all major companies to travel from Edinburgh to Cardiff by train and find the best price for you. Here are the best prices selected for the coming days to go to Cardiff. Your Edinburgh to Cardiff train ticket is just few clicks away!

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£56.40 30/08/2017 07:07 Cross Country 1 month ago

Best price found for Edinburgh to Cardiff train ticket for the next 30 days.

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Departure and arrival for your train travel

To travel from Edinburgh to Cardiff, only one train station is available for your departure, this is the Edinburgh Waverley train station. Cardiff city has several stations available for your arrival:Cardiff train station, Cardiff Queen Street train station.