Cardiff to Dover by train

  • First train
    05:12
  • Last train
    23:07
  • Avg changes
    1
  • Fastest journey
    4hr
  • Distance
    313 kilometres
  • Trains per day
    44
  • Avg. journey time
    4hr 47m
  • Train operators

Travelling from Cardiff to Dover by train

Fast trains from Cardiff to Dover take around 4 hours, covering a distance of approximately 313 kilometres. There are frequent services on the rail route between Cardiff and Dover.

1. Are there direct trains from Cardiff to Dover?

Journeys between Cardiff and Dover usually involve one change of train.

We usually find around 40 departures on the route from Cardiff to Dover every weekday that leave enough time to change trains without waiting around for longer than necessary.

Trains are typically more frequent on weekends, when we found around 49 departures.

2. How long is the train journey from Cardiff to Dover?

The Cardiff to Dover train travel time is normally about 4 hours, whatever time you make the journey.

3. What are the Cardiff to Dover train times and schedule?

On weekdays the earliest train to Dover is usually scheduled to depart Cardiff around 05:12 and the last train is around 21:30. At weekends the first train of the day leaves Cardiff around 05:26, and the last at 23:07.

When to book Cardiff to Dover train tickets?

Trains in the UK usually open for booking around 3 months in advance. If booking is not yet open for your dates then you can set a booking alert to receive an email on the day that the cheapest tickets are released for your journey from Cardiff to Dover by train.

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Which train companies operate between Cardiff and Dover?

More than one train company operates on the route from Cardiff to Dover, so you’ll be travelling with one or more of the following rail operators:

  • First Great Western
  • Great Western Railway
  • London Underground
  • Southeastern
  • UK Rail Connections

You can check which train you’ll be travelling on by looking for the train name in search results.

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Child and youth passengers

The definition of "Child" and "Youth" varies by country and operator. This is why we ask for the age of young passengers.

Sometimes children below a certain age can travel without a seat for free. If you want to guarantee a seat for child passengers, enter '6' as the age of the child.

Read more about child and youth passenger ages. See also youth discounts and railcards.