The UEFA Champions League Final is coming to the National Stadium of Wales (The Principality Stadium), Cardiff on Saturday 3 June.
Cardiff will also host the Women’s Champions League Final on Thursday 1 June at Cardiff City Stadium and the free UEFA Champions Festival at Cardiff Bay from Thursday 1 to Sunday 4 June.
Tens of thousands more people will be flocking to Cardiff and it is anticipated to be the biggest, busiest sporting event ever hosted by Cardiff. Extra train services and capacity will be added however all train services in the Cardiff area will be much busier than usual over this period.
In particular, on Saturday 3 June, the day of the UEFA Champions League Final, train services are expected to be exceptionally busy throughout the day into the early hours of Sunday morning and there will be some amendments to timetables.
Please check your journey plans before you travel at
Planning to visit this event? Search train times throughout the UK
Cardiff services will be extremely busy all day and there will be some temporary timetable changes affecting both local and mainline services in the area.
If you don't have a ticket for the match, or your journey isn't essential, please think about travelling to or via Cardiff on a different day.
Evening services across the whole of the
Arriva Wales Trains Wales Network
(North and South) will be amended so please check your journey.
If your journey is essential or you are travelling to the match on Saturday 3 June.
Customers are advised to book now and travel as early as possible to arrive in Cardiff before 13:00
If you are travelling on GWR London - Cardiff and Bristol - Cardiff services, you must book a specific train to travel on for both inwards and outwards journeys . Seat reservation will not be available on GWR services.
Customers for local Cardiff and Valleys services, are advised where possible to use Cardiff Queen St station all day on Saturday 3 June as Cardiff Central station will be extremely busy.
Due to the extra late night services provided on Friday 2 June for the UEFA Champions Festival in Cardiff Bay, there will be some early morning timetable amendments to local Cardiff and Valleys / Vale of Glamorgan services on Saturday 3 June 2017.
for first train details
There will be fewer Arriva Trains Wales services coming into Cardiff Central, where they will terminate. There will be no Arriva Train Wales services leaving Cardiff Central.
Local Cardiff and Valley services that normally run from Cardiff Central will run from Cardiff Queen Street station (There will be no local Cardiff and Valleys services stopping at Cardiff Central station).
Arriva Trains Wales Local Cardiff and Valleys services coming into and out of Cardiff Queen Street will be reduced. There will be no Vale of Glamorgan line, Coryton line, City line or Penarth services.
to view the timetable changes
From 23:00, Cardiff Central station will only be open for services to Bristol, London, the Midlands, the Marches and West Wales (Swansea). Some trains will run until approximately 05:00 Sunday 4 June 2017 however please check the time of your last train home.
For a return journey on GWR services to Bristol/London you will need to book an hourly time slot; please arrive 30 minutes before your allocated time slot
After 23:00 there will be no train services running from Cardiff to:
For local Cardiff and Valleys services please use Cardiff Queen Street.
Local Cardiff and Valleys services will run until approximately 01:00 Sunday 4 June. Shuttle train services will run between Pontypridd / Caerphilly and Cardiff Bay (including Cardiff Queen St). Customers will need to change at Pontypridd / Caerphilly for onwards travel.
A post-match queuing system will be in place at Cardiff Central and Cardiff Queen Street after the match to get everyone home safely.
At this free event, you can see the UEFA Champions League trophy, watch some football matches on a floating pitch and enjoy the festival atmosphere. Cardiff Bay services are expected to be busier during this festival and crowd management will be in place.
On Friday 2 June, after the Festival, for mainline and local Barry / Penarth services please walk to Cardiff Central station. There will be limited additional Cardiff Bay services between 23:00 and 01:00.
For opening times and what's on at the UEFA Champions Festival visit
00:01 Monday 29 May to 06:00 Sunday 4 June 2017
All Cardiff Central Station car parks:
• Penarth Rd Car Park
• Saunders Rd Car Park
• Riverside (Fish Jetty) Car Park
will be closed to the public from 00.01 Monday 29 May until 06:00 Sunday 4 June 2017.
This is for security, operational and safety requirements to facilitate customer queuing systems for the UEFA Champions League Finals and Festival.
Please make alternative parking arrangements during this period. For information about Cardiff City Centre and Cardiff Bay road closures and park and ride facilities during the UEFA Champions League Finals and Festival ( 1-4 June) visit
A wide range of specialist officers from BTP will be in Cardiff during the Champions Leagues Finals and Festival, to support event organisers and rail staff. As always, the priority of BTP is to ensure the safety of the traveling public, reduce disruption on the railway and make sure the UEFA Champions League Final is truly an event to remember.
Fans can expect to see extra officers from BTP on hand during this event, both at stations and on board train services to and from Cardiff. Likewise, officers will be working closely with Network Rail to mitigate any disruption and ensure the smooth running of the railway.
Of course, with fans travelling from all corners of the country, part of the BTP policing operation will span hundreds of miles. Therefore, extra officers will also be at key stations throughout the nation, such as in Birmingham, Manchester, London and beyond.
We would also like you to stop our officers and tell us if you see anything suspicious.
We want you to look out for the unusual - activity or behaviour that strikes you as not quite right and out of place. You may feel it's nothing but trust your instincts and report it; our intelligence specialists will be able to assess whether the information you have is important or not.
If you see or hear anything that could be a threat of any kind you can
Call us on 0800 40 50 40
Text us on 61016
In case of an emergency, always ring 999
© Copyright 2018 Arriva Trains Wales
» Media Centre
» Bilingual Policy
» Terms and Conditions
» Cookies Policy
» Modern Slavery Statement