Cardiff Central

Cardiff, (United Kingdom)

Journeys from Cardiff

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About the station

Cardiff Central station was reconstructed between 1931 and 1934 and is Britain’s finest example of a station in the Art-Deco style – which is best showcased by its stunning main entrance hall on the north side of the station, which faces the city centre.

The station now also has a comparatively modern entrance/exit on its south side, facing towards Cardiff Bay.

Between these two entrances there are two subways under the platforms (tracks) which provide the access to and from most of the trains which arrive at and depart from the station.


Summary of long-distance departures from Cardiff Central:

Train Operating Company:


Great Western Railway

(1) London Paddington via Newport, Swindon and Reading
(2) Swansea via Bridgend and Neath
(1 -3 x trains per day continue beyond Swansea to Carmarthen via Llanelli)
(3) Portsmouth  via Newport, Bristol, Bath, Bradford-on-Avon, Salisbury and Southampton
(4) Taunton via Newport, Bristol, Weston Super Mare and Bridgewater


(1) Nottingham via Newport, Gloucester, Cheltenham, Birmingham and Derby

Transport For Wales

(1) Manchester via Newport, Hereford, Shrewsbury and Crewe
(2) Holyhead via Newport, Hereford, Shrewsbury, Wrexham, Chester, Rhyl, Colwyn Bay, Llandudno Junction and Bangor
(3) Carmarthen via Bridgend, Neath, Swansea and Llanelli – with some trains continuing beyond Carmarthen to Fishguard or Milford Haven via Haverfordwest

Note that if you will travelling east to Newport or west to Swansea, you will have a choice of services provided by different train operating companies.

However, if you buy tickets at the station, you can take the next train to leave towards either of those destinations, you won't be restricted to travelling with a specific company.

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Terminus Station

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Departing By Train from Cardiff Central

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Arriving by train at Cardiff Central and accessing the city centre

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