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Trains Cardiff to Edinburgh: Times, Prices and Tickets

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Virail's search tool will provide you with the options you need when you want to go from Cardiff to Edinburgh. All you need to do is enter the dates of your planned journey, and let us take care of everything else. Our engine does the hard work, searching through thousands of routes offered by our trusted travel partners to show you options for traveling by train, bus, plane, or carpool. You can filter the results to suit your needs. There are a number of filtering options, including price, one-way or round trip, departure or arrival time, duration of journey, or number of connections. Soon you'll find the best choice for your journey. When you're ready, Virail will transfer you to the provider's website to complete the booking. No matter where you're going, get there with Virail.

How can I get the cheapest train tickets to travel from Cardiff to Edinburgh?

When you're traveling from Cardiff to Edinburgh, you can expect to pay an average of approximately 1,650.76 RM. You might be able to find prices as low as 764.56 RM, but it all depends on how you travel. Some forms of transport are cheaper than others, and prices will vary according to time of day, day of the week, season, and other factors. For the cheapest train tickets, make your reservation well in advance. If you can, travel at an off-peak time, as train ticket prices will often be reduced. You might also be able to save money by booking a connecting journey, rather than a direct route. Be sure to check the conditions of the ticket before booking, as sometimes cheaper train tickets cannot be changed or refunded. Use Virail to check your options before booking, to ensure that you find the lowest price for your journey.

Cardiff to Edinburgh by train

Journey duration 2 h 8 min
Connections per day 59
First departure 04:35
Last departure 16:41
Distance 497 km
Departure Cardiff
Arrival Edinburgh
Carriers Nationalrail, CrossCountry, Arriva trains wales, Cross country, Avanti West Coast, Great Western Railway, Transport For Wales, TransPennine Express, London North Eastern Railway, ScotRail

Ticket price Cardiff - Edinburgh every day

In 2 days
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Route Summary by Train

Minimum price
764.56 RM
Maximum price
3,532.85 RM

Cardiff - Edinburgh


Best prices for the month

Cheapest tickets for

By Train

1,136 RM

Thursday, September 29th 2022
Avanti West Coast-logo
Crewe - Edinburgh Waverley
15:09 - 18:21
Avanti West Coast
3h 12min
CO2: 1.43kg
By Bus

207 RM

Thursday, September 29th 2022
National Express-logo
Cardiff Sophia Gardens - Edinburgh Bus Station
17:45 - 07:40
National Express
13h 55min
1 changes
CO2: 17.5kg

How long does it take to get from Cardiff to Edinburgh by train?

The journey between Cardiff and Edinburgh runs for about 498 km and usually takes approximately 2 h. However, this figure is an average and will vary according to a number of factors. Depending on the method of transport that you choose, you might be able to arrive in less time. The shortest time in which you can complete this journey is 3 min. If you are trying to get from Cardiff to Edinburgh as quickly as possible, look for express routes or non-stopping services. Direct routes are not always the fastest way to travel. At times, you may even find a quicker route that involves a connection in another city.

What time are the first and last departures from Cardiff to Edinburgh?

If you prefer to travel early, you will usually find the first departure from Cardiff to Edinburgh leaving at 15:16. Although things may change depending on the day, in general the last daily departure leaves at 16:41.If you have some flexibility over the day on which you travel, you might find more options available to you. For example, some providers may only run early morning routes on weekdays, when people are traveling to work. You will often find fewer options available on weekends or public holidays.

Which stations can I use to travel from Cardiff to Edinburgh?

There are different options to choose from when traveling between Cardiff and Edinburgh. You can start your journey in Cardiff at stations such as Cardiff Central, Newport (Gwent), Rhoose Cardiff International Airport, Bristol Parkway, Crewe, Cheltenham Spa, Shrewsbury, Llanishen, Edinburgh Waverley and Preston. These connect to stations including Crewe, Rhoose Cardiff International Airport, Bridgend, Cardiff Central, Shrewsbury, Llanishen, Cheltenham Spa, Edinburgh Waverley, Carlisle and Bristol Temple Meads in Edinburgh. There may not be a direct connection between all the stations in the two locations. Some providers will only serve a selection of the stations, and you may have to travel from one station to another in the same city after arrival to reach your ultimate destination. Virail will show you both all direct routes and any connecting services which you can take to get from Cardiff to Edinburgh.

How many journeys from Cardiff to Edinburgh are there every day?

The exact number of journeys from Cardiff to Edinburgh can vary from day to day. Some services may only run on particular days of the week, while others might be seasonal. In general, an average of 63 departures leave each day. These are run by a number of different transport providers, including Nationalrail, CrossCountry, Arriva trains wales, Cross country, Avanti West Coast, Great Western Railway, Transport For Wales, TransPennine Express, London North Eastern Railway and ScotRail. On particularly busy days, there can be up to 94 departures. You can usually expect there to be more connections on weekdays. Many providers run fewer journeys on weekends or public holidays. As a traveler, you may prefer to take a direct route from Cardiff to Edinburgh. However, you will find more options available to you if you are willing to take a connecting route. These pass through one or more different cities, and you'll have to change along the way. Not all travelers feel comfortable making multiple connections, but if you are, then you will enjoy greater flexibility when making your booking. The exact number of daily departures from Cardiff to Edinburgh varies, but in general, you can expect to find 63 direct connections with no changes leaving each day. Travelers who are happy to take an indirect route will find, on average, 0 journeys with one change or more.


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