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Edinburgh to Cardiff train information

Edinburgh Cardiff train map

Train duration 7h01m
Arrival Cardiff, Wales
Departure Edinburgh, Scotland
Distance 309 Miles
Train operators Cross Country, Virgin Trains, TransPennine Express
Lowest train price from £73.80
Average train price £151.00
  • All trains connecting Edinburgh (Eastern Scotland) to Cardiff (East Wales) are run by Cross Country, Virgin Trains, TransPennine Express. The services on board may vary depending on the rail operator.
  • 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 fare to take the train in the next 30 days is £73.80. This price is based on an adult ticket and does not include the savings you can make with a discount card.

Best prices for Edinburgh to Cardiff train tickets

from £73.80 MORE 8h40m
Other modes of transport available
Coach
from £12.40 MORE 13h05m
Flight
from £30.00 MORE 11h53m

Edinburgh - Cardiff prices calendar

Find the cheapest tickets to travel from Edinburgh to Cardiff by train, bus, ride sharing and plane.

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Ticket prices and availability have been recorded in the last 24 hours from the data provided by our partners.

Edinburgh - Cardiff: the best time to book cheap trains

Price of the ticket when booking in advance or at the last minute

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£166

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£116

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£119

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£121

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£141

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Days before Departure

Overall, the earlier you book your train, the cheaper it will be but there can be some exceptions. We collected the results from the last six months in order to find the best time to buy your train tickets Edinburgh to Cardiff. The figures illustrate that getting your train from Edinburgh to Cardiff in advance is not always the best option.

We found seats at £116 when buying your train 7 days in advance while you will have to pay a minimum of £166 if you book your train 15 days in advance. Thus, according to our data, the best time to purchase your ticket is 7 days in advance as it is 30% cheaper than 15 days in advance.

Best prices for Edinburgh to Cardiff trains

We compare train ticket for all major companies to travel between Edinburgh and Cardiff by train and find the best prices for the coming days. Take a look at the prices of train tickets Cardiff to Edinburgh and find the best deal for your outbound journey.

From To Price Departure on At Company Searched
Edinburgh
(Waverley, city centre)
Cardiff
Central
£73.80 06/05/2018 13:08 Cross Country 29 days ago
Edinburgh
(Waverley, city centre)
Cardiff
Central
£73.80 06/05/2018 12:08 Cross Country 29 days ago
Edinburgh
(Waverley, city centre)
Cardiff
Central
£73.80 06/05/2018 12:08 Cross Country 29 days ago
Edinburgh
(Waverley, city centre)
Cardiff
Central
£73.80 06/05/2018 09:08 Cross Country 29 days ago
Edinburgh
(Waverley, city centre)
Cardiff
Central
£73.80 06/05/2018 10:08 Cross Country 29 days ago
Edinburgh
(Waverley, city centre)
Cardiff
Central
£73.80 06/05/2018 11:05 Cross Country 29 days ago
Edinburgh
(Waverley, city centre)
Cardiff
Central
£75.60 05/05/2018 12:00 10 days ago
Edinburgh
(Waverley, city centre)
Cardiff
Central
£91.00 05/05/2018 07:07 Cross Country 10 days ago
Edinburgh
(Waverley, city centre)
Cardiff
Central
£91.00 05/05/2018 12:06 Cross Country 10 days ago
Edinburgh
(Waverley, city centre)
Cardiff
Central
£94.40 05/05/2018 13:00 10 days ago

Best prices for the next 30 days.

Edinburgh Cardiff train

Discount Edinburgh - Cardiff train tickets

National Railcards can offer great value for money if you're taking the train. Depending on your age and your situation, you might want to get one of the five existing railcards: Disabled persons, 16-25, Two together, Senior or Family and Friends railcards. Railcards can help you pay less for your Edinburgh Cardiff train ticket.

What are the benefits of a railcard?

The main benefit of purchasing a railcard is that you only need a couple of trips to break even.

You will need to pay at least £88 of train tickets in a year for the railcard to break-even. This number corresponds to the cost of the card, £30, divided by the saving, 34%. On every ticket that you purchase after that, you will save money.

As an example, train tickets from Edinburgh to Cardiff cost on average £150.97 (1). By dividing £88 by £150.97 (£88/£150.97 = 0.58), it appears that after only 1 one way journeys 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 £150.97 £100.65 £50.32 0.58

(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

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