• Premier Service - Travel First class between North & South Wales

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    Arriva Trains Wales is delighted to offer our flagship Premier Service on selected trains between Holyhead & Cardiff. Completing the full journey in just 4 hours 17 minutes, this is half an hour faster than other standard services operating on the same route. On Premier Service trains the journey from Bangor to Cardiff takes under 4 hours and offers a fantastic First Class experience. Click here to see the Premier Service Timetable and information.

    Offering First Class facilities, including its own travelling chef, passengers will be able to enjoy their journey between North and South Wales in comfort and style. Click here to see a sample First Class menu and wine list.

    Premier Service Menu

    First Class passengers will be treated to a complimentary cooked breakfast on the morning service and a three course meal on the north bound service in the evening. Arriva Trains Wales first class chefs will be on board to cook the food from fresh produce, much of it sourced in Wales. Hot and cold snacks will be available for purchase from the buffet for standard class passengers.

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    View the Premier Service Menu here (updated on a weekly basis).

    Premier Service Tickets

    A standard single or return ticket from Holyhead to Cardiff is valid for this service.  First Class travel is available for an extra supplement on the standard fare, priced between £30 to £50 depending on the length of the journey being made.  There are also some excellent deals available for passengers booking in advance with First Class Advance single tickets, priced between £59 and £76, available for purchase subject to availability.

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    Search for your Premier Service train ticket online here.

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    Premier Service Timetable

    The service leaves Holyhead at 0533 arriving at Bangor half an hour later at 0601. The journey from Bangor to Cardiff Central takes just under four hours – arriving at 0958. The evening service leaves Cardiff at 1716 arriving Holyhead 2145.  These timings provide plenty of opportunities to spend time in Wales capital city whether for business or pleasure.

    For passengers, it means there is now a faster, greener and more comfortable alternative to travelling by car between North and South Wales.  They can sit at tables to work and conduct their business arriving at their destination relaxed and refreshed.


    View the Premier Service Timetable here.


    For the Welsh economy the service provides improved transport links between North and South Wales, which in turn improves access to employment and leisure activities. It is also playing a role in tackling climate change by providing opportunities for long distance sustainable travel. The train service is funded by the Welsh Government and will be regularly reviewed by Arriva Trains Wales as its popularity grows and develops.