Cardiff to Runcorn by train

  • First train
    04:35
  • Last train
    00:30
  • Avg changes
    1
  • Fastest journey
    2hr 54m
  • Distance
    210 kilometres
  • Trains per day
    26
  • Avg. journey time
    4hr 16m
  • Train operators

Travelling from Cardiff to Runcorn by train

Fast trains from Cardiff to Runcorn take around 2 hours and 54 minutes, covering a distance of approximately 210 kilometres. There are frequent services on the rail route between Cardiff and Runcorn.

1. Are there direct trains from Cardiff to Runcorn?

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

We usually find around 23 departures on the route from Cardiff to Runcorn 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 36 departures.

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

The Cardiff to Runcorn train travel time is normally about 2 hours and 54 minutes, whatever time you make the journey.

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

On weekdays the earliest train to Runcorn is usually scheduled to depart Cardiff around 04:35 and the last train is around 00:30. At weekends the first train of the day leaves Cardiff around 04:35, and the last at 00:24.

When to book Cardiff to Runcorn 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 Runcorn by train.

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Which train companies operate between Cardiff and Runcorn?

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

  • Arriva Trains Wales
  • Avanti West Coast
  • CrossCountry
  • London Midland
  • Transport For Wales
  • Virgin Trains
  • West Midlands Trains

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.