Travel from Bristol to Cardiff with CrossCountry and take advantage of Advance tickets even on the day, up until 15 minutes before departure.
The journey from Bristol to Cardiff takes an average of 50 minutes with CrossCountry. Your journey starts at Bristol Temple Meads and takes you towards the estuary. You’ll then cross over the River Severn before coming into Wales. As you look out the window, you will catch some beautiful waterside views before heading straight into Cardiff Station.
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Travelling to Cardiff
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Travelling from Bristol to Cardiff
As the capital city of Wales, Cardiff is rich in culture and ancient history making it the perfect destination for all kinds of visitors. The city offers top class entertainment, dining and quality shopping experiences all within walking distance of each other. Your train arrives right in the centre of the city, meaning you don’t waste any time before you begin your adventure.
Are there direct trains from Bristol to Cardiff?
Yes, direct trains are available on the CrossCountry network from Bristol to Cardiff.
What amenities are available onboard trains from Bristol to Cardiff?
You’ll travel between Bristol and Cardiff in comfort with CrossCountry. All our trains come equipped with a variety of seating options that include tables, charging points and luggage storage. An at-seat service offers a great selection of snacks and drinks 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 it, accessible ticket machines and ramps for train access.
How far is the city centre?
Cardiff Central Station is conveniently located in the heart of the city and is a short walk away from most amenities and 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.
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 has a bus service that runs frequently throughout the city, connecting the station with the surrounding suburbs. There is also a taxi rank adjacent to the station for those who prefer to travel in a cab.
Shopping in Cardiff
Cardiff has been named one of the best shopping destinations in the UK and with a wide variety of shops, bars and restaurants - there is something for everyone. The Edwardian and Victorian arcades are delightful and date back to the 1800s. There are numerous shopping centres with high street stores and boutiques, as well as plenty chic cafés, restaurants and bars dotted around the city for you to relax in after a long day of retail therapy.
Culture in Cardiff
Take in the arts and culture of Cardiff with an evening at the opera or ballet at the Millennium Centre, with shows provided from everyone from students to world class performers. If you’d like to support something different and see the best contemporary and visual artists from around the globe, the Artes Mundi takes place every two years. This is where artists compete for a cash price of £40 000. For the book worms out there, Roald Dahl spent his childhood days in Cardiff. So, if you’re a fan you can come visit the many places in around the city that inspired his storytelling.
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 trip.
Child-Friendly Restaurants in Cardiff
Good child-friendly restaurants – the kind with accommodating staff, high chairs, lots of space and yummy food for kids and grownups alike – are hard to find. Even more so when you’re travelling and aren’t on your home turf. With that in mind, we’re helping parents who happen to be visiting Cardiff. We’ve put together a list of the city’s best restaurants for families.
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