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Open Day rail discount

Get a discount when you book your train ticket to our Open Days with Great Western Railway and Transport for Wales.

Great Western Railway

Great Western Railway (GWR) are offering a 20% discount on rail tickets to our Open Day on 21 October 2023.

How to get the discount

Buy your discounted rail tickets. No code is needed, the discount is applied automatically (subject to availability, see terms and conditions). If further assistance is required, please call GWR on +44 (0)345 700 0125 (option 2, then option 2 again).

Help with booking Advanced Purchase Tickets

‘Advanced Purchase Ticket’ and when to buy it

‘Advance Purchase’ refers to a ticket that can be purchased up to 18:00hrs (6pm) on the day before travel, subject to availability. Once purchased, it is non-flexible (i.e. unable to change times or dates travel) and non-refundable.

I cannot see the discounted fare

‘Advance Purchase’ for the student fare are denoted by a small cross against the ticket price. If there is no red cross shown, then the advance purchase fares for that day may have sold out. Once the discounted fare has been chosen an asterisk ‘*’ will be displayed underneath the fares section.

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I cannot see the promotional fare

Travel is only available on GWR routes, check the entirety of the journey is on GWR. Please also check the booking horizon. Sales open for Advance Purchase 12 weeks before travel.

Terms and conditions

  1. Booking can only be made through the link provided.
  2. The Open Days GWR travel offer is only available for travel on GWR services. If travelling from or within a region of the country that is not part of the GWR network you may need to purchase separate tickets to the chosen destination.
  3. The destination must be relevant to Cardiff University i.e. Cardiff Central, Cathays or Cardiff Queen Street
  4. Origin of journey must be within the GWR network, but please note that Advance Purchase tickets are not available for short distance journeys.
  5. The scheme is only available for use with Advance Purchase tickets. These set times and dates of travel and are non-exchangeable and non-refundable.
  6. The Open Days GWR travel offer is available for the dates provided by Cardiff University and the week that the event takes place, running Saturday to the next Sunday. So stay for more than a day to get a feel for the local scene.
  7. Discount can be used with Railway Card 16-25. Tick the box on the page next to it and select from the drop down menu.

Transport for Wales

Transport for Wales is offering a 10% discount on rail tickets to our Open Day on 21 October 2023.

How to get the discount

Tickets will be available to buy immediately for travel from the 20 October to 22 October (inclusive) for those wishing to travel to Cardiff the day before or those returning the day after the event.

Cardiff Central must be selected as the destination when booking to attend our Open Day. Our main campus, Cathays Park, is just a short bus or train ride away from Cardiff Central Station.

Tickets may only be purchased through the Transport for Wales Business Travel team via the telephone where payment will be made using a credit/debit card.

If you have any questions or issues regarding this offer, please contact Transport for Wales, rather than Cardiff University.

The TFW Business Travel team is available 09:30 -17:30 Monday – Friday, please call TFW on 02920 720514 or 02920 720515. Please be sure to advise staff that you are attending the Cardiff University Open day in order to obtain the discount.

Terms and conditions

  1. The discount applies to Transport for Wales (TFW) services only.
  2. The 10% discount is available on TFW Advance fares only.
  3. Tickets are time specific tickets - valid only on the specified train.
  4. Tickets will be collected using a Ticket on Departure reference – provided at time of booking.
  5. Tickets are non-refundable.