|Service type||Passenger train|
|First service||15 December 2008|
|Current operator(s)||Transport for Wales|
|Former operator(s)||Arriva Trains Wales|
|Average journey time||4 hours, 30 minutes|
|Service frequency||Monday - Friday|
|Line(s) used||North Wales Coast|
|Rolling stock||Class 67|
Mark 4 DVT
The Premier Service is a passenger train service operated by Transport for Wales between Holyhead and Cardiff in Wales.
On 15 December 2008, the Premier Service commenced operating between Holyhead and Cardiff Central. Originally named Y Gerallt Gymro (Gerald of Wales) it was funded by the Welsh Government as a premium service to connect North and South Wales. Grand Central and Wrexham & Shropshire expressed an interest in operating the service, however the contract was awarded to Wales & Borders franchise holder Arriva Trains Wales.
Four Class 57s (57313-57316) were sublet from Virgin Trains West Coast to operate in top and tail formation with three Mark 2 and one Mark 3 carriages. By February 2009, the service was being operated by a single Class 57.
In March 2012, the Class 57s were replaced by DB Schenker Class 67s. The Mark 2 carriages were replaced with Mark 3s at the same time. It originally ran via Crewe but from September 2012 was rerouted via Wrexham General after a Driving Van Trailer was added, allowing the train to change direction at Chester.
In October 2018, operation of the Premier Service passed with the Wales & Borders franchise to Transport for Wales. In March 2020, the service was suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic with the Mark 3s withdrawn. It resumed in June 2021 being operated by Class 67 hauled Mark 4s.
The Premier Service departs Holyhead at 05:34, returning from Cardiff Central at 17:16. It features first-class accommodation and a full dining car with travelling chef. Normal standard-class fares are valid on the train. First class attracts a supplement and includes a complimentary breakfast on the morning service and a three-course meal on the evening service. This is the only Transport for Wales service to offer first-class accommodation.