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Birmingham to Cardiff

Running 17 times a day with CrossCountry*

*Based on scheduled timetable

Travel from Birmingham to Cardiff with CrossCountry and take advantage of Advance tickets even on the day, up until 15 minutes before departure. The journey from Birmingham to Cardiff is an absolute delight to travel by train.

Enjoy stunning views of the British countryside as you move from England to Wales, catching glimpses of the Cotswolds and the Wye Valley. The second half of your journey takes you along the bank of the River Severn as it widens to meet the sea, giving you even more to look at out of your window.

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CrossCountry Trains from Birmingham New Street to Cardiff

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Travelling to Cardiff

  • First CrossCountry train - 05:00
  • Last CrossCountry train - 20:30

Travelling from Birmingham to Cardiff

As the capital of Wales, Cardiff has a unique character. Whatever your reason for visiting, you’re sure to have an excellent journey with CrossCountry. Our trains take you right into the heart of the city, so you can jump off and explore all the culture, shopping and food this compact city has to offer.

Are there direct trains from Birmingham to Cardiff?

Yes, direct trains are available on the CrossCountry Network from Birmingham to Cardiff.

What amenities are available onboard trains from Birmingham to Cardiff?

You’ll travel between Birmingham and Cardiff in comfort with CrossCountry. All our trains come equipped with a variety of seating options (including tables), charge points and luggage storage. An at-seat service serving a variety drinks and light refreshments is also available onboard. Looking for even more comfort? Book a ticket in our First Class coach.

Does Cardiff Central Station have step-free access?

Cardiff Central Station has step-free access throughout the station. There is also assistance reaching platforms available for those who require, as well as accessible ticket machines, offices and a ramp for train access.

How far is the city centre?

Cardiff Central Station is conveniently located in the heart of the city, just a short walk from many of the major attractions.

Does the station have family areas?

Cardiff Central Station has baby changing facilities and waiting rooms that are available to families. Those with a First Class ticket can also use the First Class lounge.

More questions?

For further information about Cardiff Central Station, check out our station guide.

Once you have arrived in Cardiff

Onward travel: Taxis and Buses in Cardiff

Cardiff Bus runs regular bus services around the city, connecting the station with the surrounding areas. Other operators allow visitors to travel through the rest of South Wales and beyond. Those wishing to travel more directly might choose to use the taxi rank adjacent to the station.

Shopping in Cardiff

Cardiff was recently named one of the best shopping locations in the UK, and it’s easy to see why. Choose between sleek modern shopping malls and atmospheric Victorian arcades. Simply meander through the streets and take in the many independent shops, high end boutiques, and retro outfitters the city has around every corner. There are also plenty of great markets in Cardiff for those looking for a bargain or a completely unique piece. All the shopping areas also have plenty of cafés to rest your weary feet after a long day of retail therapy.

Culture in Cardiff

There’s simply heaps to do in Cardiff, which means that you can keep yourself and your family occupied for a couple of hours or even a couple of days. Whether you wish to visit a museum, an art gallery or the theatre, you’ll be spoiled for choice. Choose between family favourites such as Cardiff Castle, Techniquest, or the International White Water Centre. Sports fans might wish to take in some world-class action at the Principality Stadium. Once the evening draws in, grab a bite to eat at one of Cardiff’s many restaurants, or catch a play or musical at the Wales Millennium Centre.

Spending time in Cardiff

Whether you’re looking to have a fun day out or are planning a longer stay, our Cardiff Guide can help you plan the perfect journey!

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