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Darlington to Cardiff by train

  • First train
    05:23
  • Last train
    23:20
  • Avg changes
    1
  • Fastest journey
    4hr 38m
  • Distance
    357 kilometres
  • Trains per Day
    38
  • Avg. journey time
    5hr 47m
  • Train Operators

Travelling from Darlington to Cardiff by train

Fast trains from Darlington to Cardiff take around 4 hours and 38 minutes, covering a distance of approximately 357 kilometres. There are frequent services on the rail route between Darlington and Cardiff.

1. Are there direct trains from Darlington to Cardiff?

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

We usually find around 39 departures on the route from Darlington to Cardiff every weekday that leave enough time to change trains without waiting around for longer than necessary.

There are typically fewer departures at weekends, when we found around 38 departures.

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

The Darlington to Cardiff train travel time is normally about 4 hours and 38 minutes, whatever time you make the journey.

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

On weekdays the earliest train to Cardiff is usually scheduled to depart Darlington around 05:58 and the last train is around 23:20. At weekends the first train of the day leaves Darlington around 05:18, and the last at 22:31.

When to book Darlington to Cardiff 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 Darlington to Cardiff by train.

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Which train companies operate between Darlington and Cardiff?

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

  • Arriva Trains Wales
  • CrossCountry
  • First Great Western
  • First TransPennine Express
  • Great Western Railway
  • TransPennine Express
  • Transport For Wales

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

Cardiff to Darlington by train

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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.