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Transport for Wales are proud to announce sponsorship of the 2019 event in Cardiff Bay

The Urdd National Eisteddfod, one of Europe’s largest youth touring festivals that attracts around 90,000 visitors each year, will once again be held during Whitsun week at the end of May.

Learn more about the Urdd Eisteddfod on their website

Getting to the Event by Train

This year's Urdd Eisteddfod is taking place in Cardiff Bay and with the Cardiff Bay station a short walk away, travelling by train is a quick and easy option to get you to the event.

Find your train times & tickets here

Trains within the Cardiff area:

  • Trains between Cardiff Bay & Cardiff Queen Street Station depart every 12 mins.
  • First Train from Cardiff Queen Street to Cardiff Bay is at 0636
  • Last Train from Cardiff Bay to Cardiff Queen Street is at 2348
  • Cardiff Queen Street is served by frequent services throughout the South Wales Valleys including Treherbert, Aberdare, Methyr Tydfil, Coryton, Rhymney and Cardiff City stations.
  • Trains between Cardiff Central and Cardiff Queen Street operate up to 12 times an hour throughout most of the day.

Trains to Cardiff Central from further afield:

Transport for Wales provides regular direct rail services from throughout Wales and the English borders, from Holyhead and the North Wales coast and Pembroke Dock/Fishguard, via Swansea. Ebbw Vale, Newport and Vale of Glamorgan routes are also direct. Routes from Pwllheli and Aberystwyth require just one change of train.

Direct services from England include Manchester, Shrewsbury and London. Click here for the Transport for Wales network map.

Urdd Eistedfodd 2019

Save Money when you travel with Transport for Wales

Advance Tickets

By booking up to 12 weeks ahead you could save yourself on average 48%* with our Advance tickets for many journeys over 50 miles.

Group Tickets

If you’re travelling together with friends or family, groups of 3-9 can get a discount of up to 25% with Small Group Day tickets.


Staying in Cardiff for a few days? You can save with a 12 journey Multiflex ticket – our lowest cost multi-day product. Alternatively, use our Explore the Capital ticket for visiting loads of different places throughout Cardiff in one day.

Park & Ride

Why not avoid the traffic and simply drive to your local Valleys or Cardiff station and take advantage of park & ride. Take a look at our list of stations to see which has parking facilities.

Urdd celebrations

About the Urdd Eisteddfod

One of Europe’s largest annual touring youth festivals, the Urdd National Eisteddfod, is visiting Cardiff Bay during May half-term.

Over 15,000 children and young people from all parts of Wales and further afield will compete in the Eisteddfod’s 220 competitions held in the main pavilion (Donald Gordon Theatre, Wales Millennium Centre).

While it’s easy to lose track of time watching the competitors in the main pavilion, the site will be full of activities for the whole family, from stalls to sports sessions, live music and much more! Come and enjoy our unique Welsh festival – we’d love to have you!

And this year, for the first time, there will be free entry for everyone to enjoy the Eisteddfod ‘Maes’ (festival site)! Adults will need to purchase daily wristbands to gain entry to all competition venues (including the main stage at the Donald Gordon Theatre).

All competitors and under-18s will enjoy free entry: Adult wristbands: £13 (the price will increase after 30 April)

Available by going to -

Competitors and under-18s: Free or 0345 257 1613

Buy tickets

  • No booking fees
  • No card charges
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