Sunderland to Cardiff by train

  • First train
    05:40
  • Last train
    23:57
  • Avg changes
    2
  • Fastest journey
    5hr 43m
  • Distance
    401 kilometres
  • Trains per day
    28
  • Avg. journey time
    7hr 42m
  • Train operators

Travelling from Sunderland to Cardiff by train

Fast trains from Sunderland to Cardiff take around 5 hours and 43 minutes, covering a distance of approximately 401 kilometres. There are frequent services on the rail route between Sunderland and Cardiff.

1. Are there direct trains from Sunderland to Cardiff?

Journeys between Sunderland and Cardiff usually involve 2 changes of train.

We usually find around 32 departures on the route from Sunderland 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 28 departures.

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

The Sunderland to Cardiff train travel time is normally about 5 hours and 43 minutes, whatever time you make the journey.

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

On weekdays the earliest train to Cardiff is usually scheduled to depart Sunderland around 05:40 and the last train is around 23:57. At weekends the first train of the day leaves Sunderland around 06:42, and the last at 23:57.

When to book Sunderland 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 Sunderland to Cardiff by train.

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Which train companies operate between Sunderland and Cardiff?

More than one train company operates on the route from Sunderland 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
  • Grand Central Railway
  • Great Western Railway
  • London North Eastern Railway
  • Northern
  • Northern Rail
  • TransPennine Express
  • Transport For Wales
  • Tyne And Wear Metro

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.