Trains from Edinburgh to Cardiff

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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 £72.30
Average train price £155.00
  • 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 lowest fare to travel by train in the next month is £72.30. This fare is based on an adult ticket and does not include the money you can save with a discount card.

Best prices for Edinburgh to Cardiff train tickets

from £72.30 MORE 8h12m
Other modes of transport available
Coach
from £6.40 MORE 13h04m
Flight
from £44.99 MORE 12h26m

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.

Train times Edinburgh to Cardiff

When are the next trains to Cardiff?

Departure Arrival Duration Company
Today
Edinburgh (Waverley, city centre)
12:52
Cardiff Central
18:55
6h03m Virgin Trains
Edinburgh (Waverley, city centre)
13:07
Cardiff Central
20:19
7h12m Cross Country
Edinburgh (Waverley, city centre)
17:07
Cardiff Central
00:26
7h19m Cross Country
Edinburgh (Waverley, city centre)
18:52
Cardiff Central
01:21
6h29m Virgin Trains
Edinburgh (Waverley, city centre)
18:52
Cardiff Central
07:21
12h29m Virgin Trains
Edinburgh (Waverley, city centre)
20:14
Cardiff Central
07:54
11h40m TransPennine Express
Edinburgh (Waverley, city centre)
22:15
Cardiff Central
09:59
11h44m TransPennine Express
Tomorrow
Edinburgh (Waverley, city centre)
07:00
Cardiff Central
13:45
6h45m Cross Country
Edinburgh (Waverley, city centre)
07:07
Cardiff Central
14:22
7h15m Cross Country
Edinburgh (Waverley, city centre)
08:52
Cardiff Central
14:53
6h01m Virgin Trains
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The table above only shows the remaining services for today and will display a maximum of 10 train departures.

See all departures: Today / Tomorrow

Looking at our data, 11 trains from Edinburgh to Cardiff are running today and 8 tomorrow. The first Edinburgh Cardiff train leaves at 07:00 and the last one is at 22:15. The first and last departure times might change on each day of the week and there can be fewer services during weekends as well as public holidays. Rail companies can as well adjust the number of trains during school holidays or depending on the demand.

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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60

30

£168

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£118

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£121

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£123

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£143

Same day

Days before Departure

Most of the time, the earlier you purchase your ticket, the cheaper it gets but there can be some exceptions. We had a look at the data from the last six months in order to find the best time to buy your train tickets Edinburgh to Cardiff. The results illustrate that buying your train from Edinburgh to Cardiff in advance is not always the best option.

We found seats at £118 when booking 7 days in advance while you will need to pay at least £168 if you buy your ticket 15 days in advance. Thus, based on our data, the best time to book your train 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
£73.00 02/02/2018 18:52 Virgin Trains 1 day ago
Edinburgh
(Waverley, city centre)
Cardiff
Central
£91.00 20/01/2018 13:09 Cross Country 1 day ago
Edinburgh
(Waverley, city centre)
Cardiff
Central
£94.40 02/02/2018 17:07 Cross Country 1 day ago
Edinburgh
(Waverley, city centre)
Cardiff
Central
£149.00 20/01/2018 07:07 Cross Country 1 day ago
Edinburgh
(Waverley, city centre)
Cardiff
Central
£152.10 20/01/2018 08:00 1 day ago
Edinburgh
(Waverley, city centre)
Cardiff
Central
£152.10 20/01/2018 12:00 1 day ago
Edinburgh
(Waverley, city centre)
Cardiff
Central
£152.10 20/01/2018 09:00 1 day ago
Edinburgh
(Waverley, city centre)
Cardiff
Central
£152.10 20/01/2018 13:00 1 day ago
Edinburgh
(Waverley, city centre)
Cardiff
Central
£152.10 20/01/2018 13:30 1 day ago
Edinburgh
(Waverley, city centre)
Cardiff
Central
£152.10 20/01/2018 07:00 Cross Country 1 day 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 few trips to earn as much money as you spent.

You will need to pay at least £88 of train tickets across the whole year for the card to be worthwile. It corresponds to the cost of the card, thirty pounds, divided by the discount, thirty four percent. On every train that you purchase after that, you will save money.

As an example, train tickets from Edinburgh to Cardiff cost on average £154.60 (1). By dividing £88 by £154.60 (£88/£154.60 = 0.57), it turns out 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 £154.60 £103.07 £51.54 0.57

(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