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Cheap train tickets from Cardiff to Manchester

Showing times and prices for May 20

Cheapest

$118

Average

$118

The best way to find a cheap fare is to book your ticket as far in advance as you can and to avoid traveling at rush hour.

The average ticket from Cardiff to Manchester will cost around $ 118 if you buy it on the day, but the cheapest tickets can be found for only $ 118.

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09:56AMCardiff Central3h17 01:13PMManchester Piccadilly
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$1181One-way
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08:50AMCardiff Central3h23 12:13PMManchester Piccadilly
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$1181One-way
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10:52AMCardiff Central3h21 02:13PMManchester Piccadilly
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$1181One-way
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11:56AMCardiff Central3h17 03:13PMManchester Piccadilly
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12:49PMCardiff Central3h24 04:13PMManchester Piccadilly
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$1181One-way

Train schedule from Cardiff to Manchester

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08:50AMCardiff Central3h23 12:13PMManchester Piccadilly
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09:56AMCardiff Central3h17 01:13PMManchester Piccadilly
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10:52AMCardiff Central3h21 02:13PMManchester Piccadilly
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11:56AMCardiff Central3h17 03:13PMManchester Piccadilly
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12:49PMCardiff Central3h24 04:13PMManchester Piccadilly
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01:18PMCardiff Central3h53 05:11PMManchester Piccadilly
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Fri
May 20
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$21Megabus
Sat
May 21
$50Transport for Wales
$21Megabus
Sun
May 22
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$21Megabus
Mon
May 23
$50Transport for Wales
$16Megabus
Tue
May 24
$51Transport for Wales
$14Flixbus
Wed
May 25
$120Transport for Wales
$18Megabus
Thu
May 26
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$16Megabus
Fri
May 27
$37Transport for Wales
$21Megabus
Sat
May 28
$118Cross Country
$14Flixbus
Sun
May 29
$95Cross Country
$18Megabus
Mon
May 30
$51Transport for Wales
$16Megabus
Wed
Jun 1
$50Transport for Wales
$17Flixbus
Thu
Jun 2
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$18Megabus
Fri
Jun 3
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$21Megabus
Sat
Jun 4
$50Transport for Wales
$18Megabus
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Jun 5
$51Transport for Wales
$18Megabus
Mon
Jun 6
$51Transport for Wales
$16Megabus
Tue
Jun 7
$50Transport for Wales
$18Megabus

Fastest train times from Cardiff to Manchester

Showing times and prices for May 20

Fastest Journey

3 h 17 m

Average

3 h 25 m

Trains per day

6

Distance

231 km

Of the 6 trains that leave Cardiff for Manchester every day 5 travel direct so it’s quite easy to avoid journeys where you’ll have to change along the way.

These direct trains cover the 231 km distance in an average of 3 h 25 m but if you time it right, some trains will get you there in just 3 h 17 m .

The slowest trains will take 3 h 53 m and usually involve a change or two along the way, but you might be able to save a few pennies if you’re on a budget.

Fastest
09:56AMCardiff Central3h17 01:13PMManchester Piccadilly
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$1181One-way
Fastest
11:56AMCardiff Central3h17 03:13PMManchester Piccadilly
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$1181One-way
10:52AMCardiff Central3h21 02:13PMManchester Piccadilly
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$1181One-way
08:50AMCardiff Central3h23 12:13PMManchester Piccadilly
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$1181One-way
12:49PMCardiff Central3h24 04:13PMManchester Piccadilly
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$1181One-way

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Overview: Train from Cardiff to Manchester

distanceDistance143 miles (231 km)
durationAverage train duration3 h 17 min
priceAverage train ticket price$83 (€74)
frequencyTrain frequency16 a day
changesDirect trainYes, there are 16 direct trains a day
carriersTrain companiesTransport for Wales or Cross Country

Trains from Cardiff to Manchester cover the 143 miles (231 km) long journey taking on average 3 h 17 min with our travel partners like Transport for Wales or Cross Country. Normally, there are 16 trains operating per day, including direct services available. While the average ticket price for this route costs around $83 (€74), you can find the cheapest train ticket for as low as $50 (€45). Travelers depart most frequently from Cardiff Central and arrive in Manchester Piccadilly.

Train companies: CrossCountry from Cardiff to Manchester trains

For as little as $50 (€45) you can travel by train to Manchester from Cardiff with CrossCountry. Omio will show you the best deals, schedules and tickets available for this journey.

CrossCountry

CrossCountry is a fast speed train company in the United Kingdom and for your next train to Manchester from Cardiff you can choose between Standard Class and First Class tickets on Omio.

If you’re looking for a smooth and easy train to Manchester from Cardiff, check Omio for CrossCountry trains offering this trip. Whether you are looking for the fastest, earliest or cheapest train to take for this 143 miles (231 km) journey from Cardiff to Manchester, Omio makes it easier than ever to find CrossCountry trains at affordable prices, and you can also quickly book train tickets online. Check the current CrossCountry train schedules for your ideal departure and arrival times, compare the best route from Cardiff to Manchester as well as relevant ticket information (such as baggage allowance and amenities offered onboard), and book your CrossCountry train on Omio. If you search for trains from Cardiff to Manchester in the Omio app, you can quickly see if the CrossCountry tickets are mobile tickets, making it convenient for you to go paperless when traveling. With prices for CrossCountry trains between Cardiff and Manchester starting at $95 (€85), buy your official CrossCountry tickets with Omio online quickly and easily!

Train information from Cardiff to Manchester with CrossCountry:

  • Average Duration: 4 h 27 min
  • Average Price: $95
  • CrossCountry frequency: 7 a day

When you buy your CrossCountry train tickets between Cardiff and Manchester don't forget to keep the following COVID-19 related policies in mind:

  • Refund or voucher policy
  • If you have an Off-Peak or Anytime ticket, you can get a full refund and the £10 admin fee has been waived. Advance tickets are normally non-refundable but you can now also get a full refund if your Advance ticket was booked before 23 March 2020.
  • Cashless payments recommended
  • Online booking and check-in recommended

Travel Tips: Trains from Cardiff to Manchester

Travel by train to Manchester easily. Whether you want fast, cheap or something entirely different, our travel experts have collected everything you need to know so you can find the best option from Cardiff to Manchester.
FAQs

How much do cheap train tickets from Cardiff to Manchester cost?

Omio customers have found cheap train tickets to Manchester from Cardiff for as low as $50 (€45)  for the next 7 days.

How much is the train between Cardiff and Manchester on average?

If you are looking to purchase your train ticket in the next 7 days, you can expect the Cardiff to Manchester train to cost on average $83 (€74)  one way.

How far is it from Cardiff to Manchester by train?

The Cardiff to Manchester train distance is approximately 143 miles (231 km).

How long is the train between Cardiff and Manchester?

On average the Cardiff to Manchester train time is 3 h 17 min  covering the 143 miles (231 km) long route, but the journey time can vary depending on specific dates or traveling on weekends and holidays.

When traveling by train from Cardiff to Manchester, which train station in Cardiff do I depart from and which train station in Manchester do I arrive in?

Omio customers book a train from Cardiff Central   to Manchester Piccadilly   most frequently for this route.

Where is the Cardiff train station located? Where is the Manchester train station located?

You can find the most popular departure train station for this trip, Cardiff Central, located approximately 1.1 miles (1.8 km) from the city center of Cardiff. The most popular arrival train station in Manchester, called Manchester Piccadilly, is located around 0.7 miles (1.2 km) away from its city center.

What train companies go from Cardiff to Manchester?

For the best Cardiff to Manchester train to buy, you can travel safely and comfortably with Transport for Wales or Cross Country. However, it's always good to check all possible train providers with services from Cardiff to Manchester to compare what amenities they may offer.

Are there any nonstop train services from Cardiff to Manchester?

Yes, there are 16 direct trains a day from Cardiff to Manchester. If you’re looking for a direct train, consider traveling with Transport for Wales. Nonstop train services tend to offer more convenience and save you time getting you to your destination, so it's worth paying attention to this when booking your train tickets.

How many train services per day are there from Cardiff to Manchester?

The average number of trains departing Cardiff for Manchester is 16 a day. The train schedules and services may vary between weekdays and weekends.

What time is the earliest train from Cardiff to Manchester? What time is the last train from Cardiff to Manchester?

The earliest train for this route departs from Cardiff at 4: 38 AM. The last train leaves from Cardiff at 9: 15 PM. Check Omio for the latest train schedule from Cardiff to Manchester and book the best time to depart on your chosen travel date.

How early should I purchase train tickets between Cardiff and Manchester to score the best deals?

The price of a one way train ticket from Cardiff to Manchester is on average $83 (€74) if you purchase within the next 7 days. But we recommend booking tickets before your planned travel date to find the best prices for trains from all possible train providers offering this trip. In general, you can find train tickets between Cardiff and Manchester available a few months in advance.

Important Stations and Airports for this Journey

Cardiff
Manchester
The major railway station for departures from Cardiff is Cardiff Central. Read all the information you need to know about services, amenities and connections at Cardiff Central for your journey to Manchester from Cardiff.
Amenities at station
WifiWifi
LockersLockers
ShoppingShopping
ParkingParking
ATMATM
TaxisTaxis
AccessibilityAccessibility
ticketOfficeHours
Ticket Office Hours
Mon - Fri: 05: 40 - 21: 30 | Sat: 05: 40 - 21: 30 | Sun: 07: 30 - 21: 30
Public transit options for Cardiff Central
Commuter rail lines: City Line, Rhondda Line, Rhymney Line, Valley Line, South Wales Main Line
Train lines: Transport for Wales, CrossCountry, Great Western Railway
Location for Rail Replacement Services: At the rear car park (Penarth Road entrance)