I appear to be royally fucked this Christmas, with the train from Paddington to Cardiff involving changes galore taking the journey up to 3.45 hours (but this assumes I'm starting from Paddington). The return journey royally takes the piss with a thumping 4.45 hours. Anyone got any tips for making the journey less painful/lengthy? I'm not a fan of coaches but what's Megabus/National Express etc like these days? And no. I'm not getting a plane!