Cardiff high street

London to Cardiff with Great Western Railway

As part of my summer travel plans, I’m opting for more focus on visiting destinations around the UK, especially when there’s a chance of decent weather.

I recently took a day trip to Cardiff (Caerdydd) the capital city of Wales with Great Western Railway (GWR). My last recollection was a school trip – more than 15 years ago – and I could only guess that the city has changed a lot since then.

Wales is a country known for its rugged coastline, national parks, Celtic culture and distinctive language. Whilst the country has a diverse range of offerings, Cardiff, the capital, is a refined coastal city. With a fun nightlife scene and castle, the city has a winning combination to occupy any visitor for a short getaway.

I boarded the train on a Friday afternoon at London Paddington to 2 hour journey to Cardiff.
Scenic view on the train to Cardiff

The train journey offers a scenic route that takes you from London to the heart of Cardiff, the main station is literally a 5 minute walk away from the city centre. There’s plenty of stunning views along the way, a frequent, and welcome reminder that I was no longer in London, especially when bilingual road signs being to appear in Welsh and English.

With clean and comfortable trains and free WiFi on board, the journey with Great Western Railway is the ideal way to sit back and enjoy the journey.

Colleen at Cardiff Central station

Trains depart every hour from London Paddington to Cardiff, making it ideal for a day trip or short break.

The time that I had in the city offered enough of a chance for me to see what Cardiff could offer in terms of sightseeing.
Cardiff high street

With warm and friendly people, its own medieval castle and other architecture to take in along the way, it’s a vibrant city that I look forward to exploring again at another opportunity.
Colleen at Cardiff Castle

Single advance standard class fares between Paddington and Cardiff are available from £18.00 when booked in advance. Terms and conditions apply, for more information please visit

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