Trains from Reading to Cardiff

Reading to Cardiff train information

Reading Cardiff train map

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Arrival Cardiff, Wales
Departure Reading, England
Distance 95 Miles
  • The trip between Reading, located in England and Cardiff, situated in Wales is well connected by trains. Use our travel search engine to find your ticket and identify the train operator for this journey.
  • There are 95 miles from Reading to Cardiff. Train travel is most of the time the quickest way to travel to Cardiff from Reading, and it’s also more environmentally friendly than driving or taking the plane.
  • Fares can change quickly. We recommend you to launch a search to check the latest available offers.

Best prices for Reading to Cardiff train tickets

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Ticket prices and availability have been recorded in the last 72 hours from the data provided by our partners.

Reading - Cardiff: the best time to book cheap trains

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The Prices for train tickets Reading to Cardiff tend to increase the closer you get to your departure day. Based on our data, if you purchase your ticket 3 days in advance, the price of the ticket starts at £36 whereas when booking 1 day in advance, you will need to spend at least £38 for your trip. Thus, you will save 6% on the price of your ticket by buying your ticket 3 days in advance as opposed to 1 day in advance.

The data are based on the best fares found over the past 6 months when buying in advance versus at the last minute.

Best prices for Reading to Cardiff trains

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

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Discount Reading - Cardiff train tickets

Looking to travel for less? Many railcards and discounts are available to spend less for your Reading Cardiff train ticket and save even more money on your tickets: special train fares for children, railcards for all ages, group travel, or charity discount. There are different types of railcards available: 16-25 railcard, Two together railcard, Family and Friends Railcard, Senior railcard, Disabled persons railcard.

Why should I buy a railcard?

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

You will need to purchase at least £88 of train tickets throughout the duration of the railcard's validity for the card to be worthwile. This number corresponds to the cost of the railcard, £30, divided by the discount, 34%. On every ticket that you buy afterwards, you will save money.

As an example, train tickets from Reading to Cardiff cost on average £50.00 (1). If you're dividing £88 by £50.00 (£88/£50.00 = 1.76), it turns out that after only 2 one way journeys from Cardiff to Reading, the railcard will have paid for itself.

How much do I need to pay for a railcard?

All railcards cost £30 except the Disabled persons railcard that costs £20. Railcards enable you to get 34% off most adult fares, hence you will save 1/3 on most train tickets.

(1)Average prices observed over the last 6 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
Reading to Cardiff train £50.00 £33.33 £16.67 1.76

(1)Average price observed over the last 6 months for one way

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

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