Industrial action during December.
Unfortunately, the RMT union has called a number of strikes for December (the next scheduled dates are Saturday 23 December, Sunday 24 December, Wednesday 27 December and Sunday 31 December.) that will significantly affect CrossCountry train services. We will be operating a reduced service but running some longer trains. Amended timetables will be confirmed nearer to each strike day, so please keep checking this page for details before using any on-line journey planners. Click here for the latest information.
Known as Europe's youngest capital
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Cardiff is easily accessible and conveniently located near the Millennium Stadium, the Central rail station is Wales' largest and most popular station within 2 hours reach from the heart of London and Birmingham. Cheap train tickets to Cardiff are available when booking in advance online.
Cardiff has three main stations, these include:
Its lively atmosphere, natural beauty and a blend of both treasures of the past and a modern city vibe has made Cardiff a winning destination for visitors from all over Europe.
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If you know that you are travelling to one of Cardiff's stations ahead of time you have a great chance of securing a cheap ticket because you can plan and book in advance. This type of ticket is called an Advance ticket. You can book your train tickets up to 12 weeks in advance of departure.
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Cardiff, a multicultural vibrant bustling city is home to a diverse range of entertainment and attractions. It caters for visitors of all ages whether its wine tasting, ballet or even white water rafting there is something for everyone. Here are some top attractions definitely worth visiting:
Spectacular modern architecture plays host to a variety of entertainment to keep your toes tapping and fingers clicking. These include live performances, opera, ballet and award-winning musicals not to be missed! Those who have a return ticket to Cardiff Central or Queen Street stations are entitled to a free shuttle service to and from the Millennium Centre which takes 8 minutes.
Located at the International Sports Village hosts a range of exciting, thrilling and adventurous activities only a stone's throw away from Cardiff city centre. Activities include water rafting, canoeing, kayaking and climbing, perfect for those craving to pump up the adrenaline and face a stimulating challenge. The nearest train station is Cogan railway station.
The central hub for entertainment under one roof. The centre boasts a 12 screen Odeon cinema, IMAX screening, Hollywood Bowl, 24 hour casino, Dr Who exhibition and plenty of bars and restaurants for the peckish. A shuttle service is available every 15 minutes from the city centre.
Take a stroll through the history of Cardiff where you'll find 2000 years of heritage based in a surreal enchanting environment. Tours are available throughout the day, showing both the medieval intricate interior castle rooms and the exterior architecture. Cardiff Castle is only 10 minutes away from Cardiff Central railway station.
Known as Europe's largest waterfront. Regular boat tours are available for visitors showcasing the history behind the docks and short boat trips to Penarth which is 1.1km from the Bay, great for families! Trains are available to Cardiff Bay station from all over Great Britain.