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London to Cardiff Train Tickets E‑TICKET

London to Cardiff Train Tickets

Expand your UK horizons with Great Western Railway by booking a scenic trip from London to Cardiff by train! GWR’s line of comfortable, stylish high-speed trains can reach speeds of up to 201 km/h, carrying you from English capital to Welsh capital in as little as 2 hours’ time. Select the ticket option and seating class of your choice, then enjoy a memorable travel experience complemented by a variety of quality onboard services and amenities.

Your journey by train brings you to Cardiff, a renowned seaport located on the southeastern coast of Wales. Cardiff is the country’s largest city as well as its capital, and offers a wide palette of fun and engaging visitor attractions that includes historical landmarks, captivating museums, unique shopping outlets and live nightly entertainment. Be sure to check out Cardiff Castle, St. Fagans National Museum of History, Cardiff City Stadium and the Wales Millennium Centre during your stay.

Purchase your Great Western Railway ‘Ticket on Departure & Reservation’ e-ticket here and you’ll receive your order confirmation along with a ticket collection reference number by email shortly thereafter. Simply use this number to retrieve your actual ticket from a local ticket collection machine and you’ll be set to travel from London to Cardiff by train, seat reservation included!

Journey details

Trains depart every 30 minutes during peak times and every hour otherwise, with an average of 26 non-stop departures daily

Travel time
2 hours non-stop (fastest time)

Train stations
London Paddington and Cardiff Central

Train features
Great Western Railway high-speed trains, reaching a maximum speed of 201km/h

Great Western Railway ticket fares

When booking your Ticket on Departure & Reservation, the following fare options may be available:
  • Anytime tickets offer full flexibility. With no time restrictions, you are free to travel aboard any train, even during peak hours.
  • Advance tickets are less expensive, but have a limited availability. The sooner you book, the less you pay. Ideal for those committed to traveling on a particular date, time and train.
  • Off-Peak Tickets offer some flexibility, allowing you to travel aboard any train operating during off-peak hours on your ticket date. Though off-peak times may vary, they are typically before 9:30am and between 4:00pm and 7:00pm. Super Off-Peak tickets may be more restrictive

Great Western Railway ticket classes

  • Standard Class
    Standard class coaches provide comfortable, quality seating.
  • First Class
    First class coaches are equipped with larger, reclining seats that offer superior comfort as well as plenty of leg and elbow room. Power outlets and work tables are also provided. Passengers can enjoy a warm customer welcome as well as complimentary at-seat food and drink service.

Great Western Railway ticket discounts

  • Child discount
    Children under 5 years of age travel for free. Children between the ages of 5 and 15 can save up to 50% off the adult ticket price.

GWR train services and amenities

  • Air-conditioned coaches
  • Onboard food and drink catering
  • Free WiFi access
  • Designated storage areas for personal luggage items
  • “Quiet Zone” seating
  • Travel assistance for elderly and disabled passengers
  • Non-smoking coaches

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Seat reservations
When booking your GWR ‘Ticket on Departure & Reservation’ e-ticket, the seat reservation will be included in most cases. Exceptions where the seat may not be reserved at the time of booking include shorter journeys that don’t offer seat reservations or when the allocation of reservable seats is fully booked. In either case, your ticket is still valid and you can sit in any vacant seat.

Ticket purchase conditions and delivery
Tickets for travel from London to Cardiff by train may be booked up to 3 months in advance. Refunds and exchanges are not permitted.

Once your e-ticket order has been processed, you will receive an email confirmation with a ticket collection #. Collect your physical ticket just by using this number at a self-service ticket dispensing machine at the station before boarding.

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