Cheap train tickets from Manchester to Cardiff

Showing times and prices for Dec 3

Cheapest

$45

Average

$45

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 Manchester to Cardiff will cost around $ 45 if you buy it on the day, but the cheapest tickets can be found for only $ 45.

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11:31AMManchester Piccadilly3h13 02:44PMCardiff Central
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$451One-way
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08:31AMManchester Piccadilly3h19 11:50AMCardiff Central
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$451One-way
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12:31PMManchester Piccadilly3h13 03:44PMCardiff Central
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$451One-way
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10:31AMManchester Piccadilly3h11 01:42PMCardiff Central
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$451One-way
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01:31PMManchester Piccadilly3h29 05:00PMCardiff Central
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$451One-way

Train schedule from Manchester to Cardiff

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08:31AMManchester Piccadilly3h19 11:50AMCardiff Central
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09:31AMManchester Piccadilly3h22 12:53PMCardiff Central
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10:31AMManchester Piccadilly3h11 01:42PMCardiff Central
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11:31AMManchester Piccadilly3h13 02:44PMCardiff Central
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12:31PMManchester Piccadilly3h13 03:44PMCardiff Central
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01:31PMManchester Piccadilly3h29 05:00PMCardiff Central
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Thu
Dec 2
$121Arriva Trains Wales
$17Flixbus
Fri
Dec 3
$45Arriva Trains Wales
$27Flixbus
Sat
Dec 4
$45Arriva Trains Wales
$16Flixbus
Sun
Dec 5
$121Arriva Trains Wales
$26National Express
Mon
Dec 6
$45Arriva Trains Wales
$10Flixbus
Tue
Dec 7
$45Arriva Trains Wales
$12Flixbus
Wed
Dec 8
$45Arriva Trains Wales
$12Flixbus
Thu
Dec 9
$45Arriva Trains Wales
$12Flixbus
Fri
Dec 10
$68Arriva Trains Wales
$20Flixbus
Sat
Dec 11
$66Cross Country
$12Flixbus
Sun
Dec 12
$121Cross Country
$13Flixbus
Mon
Dec 13
$53Arriva Trains Wales
$12Flixbus
Tue
Dec 14
$45Arriva Trains Wales
$12Flixbus
Wed
Dec 15
$45Arriva Trains Wales
$10Flixbus
Thu
Dec 16
$53Arriva Trains Wales
$10Flixbus
Fri
Dec 17
$89Cross Country
$23Megabus
Sat
Dec 18
$65Cross Country
$23Megabus
Sun
Dec 19
$53Arriva Trains Wales
$19Megabus
Mon
Dec 20
$45Arriva Trains Wales
$19Megabus
Tue
Dec 21
$45Arriva Trains Wales
$19Megabus
Wed
Dec 22
$45Arriva Trains Wales
$23Megabus

Fastest train times from Manchester to Cardiff

Showing times and prices for Dec 3

Fastest Journey

3 h 11 m

Average

3 h 17 m

Trains per day

6

Distance

231 km

Of the 6 trains that leave Manchester for Cardiff every day 6 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 17 m but if you time it right, some trains will get you there in just 3 h 11 m .

The slowest trains will take 3 h 29 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
10:31AMManchester Piccadilly3h11 01:42PMCardiff Central
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$451One-way
11:31AMManchester Piccadilly3h13 02:44PMCardiff Central
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$451One-way
12:31PMManchester Piccadilly3h13 03:44PMCardiff Central
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$451One-way
08:31AMManchester Piccadilly3h19 11:50AMCardiff Central
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$451One-way
09:31AMManchester Piccadilly3h22 12:53PMCardiff Central
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$451One-way

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Train Information from Manchester to Cardiff

distanceDistance143 miles (231 km)
durationAverage train duration3 h 11 min
priceAverage train ticket price$67 (€56)
frequencyTrain frequency16 a day
changesDirect trainYes, there are 16 direct trains a day
carriersTrain providersArriva Trains Wales or Cross Country

Trains from Manchester to Cardiff cover the 143 miles (231 km) long trip taking on average 3 h 11 min with our travel partners like Arriva Trains Wales or Cross Country. Normally, there are 16 trains operating per day, including direct services available. You can get the cheapest train tickets for this trip for as low as $45 (€37), but the average price of train tickets is $67 (€56). Travelers depart most frequently from Manchester Piccadilly and arrive in Cardiff Central.

Train providers

Train to Cardiff from Manchester with CrossCountry

Find the best trains to Cardiff from Manchester with Omio's travel partners CrossCountry from $45 (€37). We can find you the best deals, schedules and tickets when comparing and booking the best journey.

CrossCountry

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

Enjoy a smooth and easy journey between Manchester and Cardiff with CrossCountry! As an official travel partner of CrossCountry, Omio can help you search current train schedules and timetables from CrossCountry, compare the best routes between Manchester and Cardiff as well as the class fares available for this route (including information on baggage allowance and amenities provided onboard), and buy the most affordable CrossCountry Manchester to Cardiff train ticket available today. If you search for CrossCountry tickets in the Omio app, you can also see if they are mobile tickets so that you can travel paperless rather than needing to wait in a line at the train station in person to purchase tickets. Once you find your ideal route, book your one-way train to Cardiff from Manchester on Omio or in the Omio app in just a few simple steps. You can then sit back and enjoy the 143 miles (231 km) journey to Cardiff from Manchester with ease and comfort on a train with CrossCountry.

CrossCountry from Manchester to Cardiff train information:

  • Average Duration: 4 h 13 min
  • CrossCountry frequency: 7 a day

Please follow the recommendations outlined by CrossCountry when booking your train tickets between Manchester and Cardiff due to the coronavirus:

  • 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

Train tickets from Manchester to Cardiff: when to book to save $

Time Price Savings
1 week earlier 34 €
2 weeks earlier 31 €10%
3 weeks earlier 29 €17%
1 month before 32 €6%
2 months earlier 30 €13%
3 months earlier 30 €13%


Train companies often offer promotional prices and offers—by buying in advance—you can get access the best prices for trains in the U.S., Canada, and the major European railroad operators. Search on Omio to check prices and cheap train tickets from Manchester - Cardiff. Easily find the most attractive rates and choose the your preferred route for your journey. Book and choose your mobile ticket: avoid the queues at the station and the added stress of printing your ticket.

The rule of buying in advance to save money is not only valid when booking a flight but also for train travel. Train tickets are generally on sale 6 months before the departure date. Some train booking tips from us:

  • Buying your train ticket from Manchester - Cardiff 3 weeks in advance means you can save on average up to 17% compared to the price available on the day of departure.
  • If you book a ticket Manchester - Cardiff with 2 months in advance you save up to about 13% compared to the initial price.
  • By booking 3 months in advance, you could save up to 13%.
  • On Omio you can find all offers, train times and prices for train travel in Europe, the U.S., and Canada.

Travel Tips

Trains from Manchester to Cardiff
Travel by train to Cardiff 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 Manchester to Cardiff.
FAQs
How much do cheap trains from Manchester to Cardiff cost?
Omio customers have found the cheapest trains from Manchester to Cardiff to cost as little as $45 (€37)  in the next 7 days.
What is the price of a train ticket between Manchester and Cardiff?
If you’re looking to book your train tickets in the next week, you can expect the Manchester to Cardiff train price to come in at an average of $67 (€56)  one way.
How far is it from Manchester to Cardiff by train?
When traveling this route you should expect the distance to Cardiff from Manchester by train to be approximately 143 miles (231 km).
How many hours is the train time from Manchester to Cardiff?
On average the Manchester to Cardiff train travel time is 3 h 11 min  for the 143 miles (231 km) long route, but the duration can vary if you travel on weekends and holidays.
Which train station from Manchester to Cardiff do I depart from? Which Cardiff train station from Manchester do I arrive in?

When departing from Manchester, you have various train station options to start your trip from including Manchester Piccadilly, Manchester Victoria and Manchester Oxford Road. When arriving in Cardiff, you can end your route in train stations like Cardiff Central, Cardiff (Queen Street) and Cardiff (Cathays).

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

Where is the departure train station in Manchester located? Where is the arrival train station in Cardiff located?

You can find the most popular departure train station for this trip, Manchester Piccadilly, located approximately 0.4 miles (587 m) from the city center of Manchester. The most popular arrival train station in Cardiff, called Cardiff Central, is located around 0.2 miles (425 m) away from its city center.

What train providers go from Manchester to Cardiff?
For the trip from Manchester to Cardiff you can take a train with Arriva Trains Wales or Cross Country. Be sure to check out all possible train providers that offer services to Cardiff from Manchester on Omio to compare what amenities they may have.
How many trains are there from Manchester to Cardiff a day?
On average, there are 16 trains a day from Manchester to Cardiff. The train times and services may be different on weekends and holidays compared to weekdays.
How far in advance should I book train tickets between Manchester and Cardiff for the best deals?
The price of a one way train ticket from Manchester to Cardiff is on average $67 (€56) if you buy 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 from Manchester to Cardiff available a few months in advance.

Important Stations and Airports for this Journey

Manchester
Cardiff
Manchester Piccadilly is the most popular Manchester railway station for Omio travelers, but it's not the only one. Read all the information you need to know about the main train stations in Manchester for your trip to Cardiff.
Amenities at station
WifiWifi
LockersLockers
ParkingParking
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AccessibilityAccessibility
phone
Phone Number
+44 3457114141
ticketOfficeHours
Ticket Office Hours
Mon - Sat: 04: 30 - 22: 30 | Sun: 07: 00 - 22: 30
Public transit options for Manchester Piccadilly
Bus lines: 1, 2, 3, 147
Train lines: Northern, TransPennine Express, Avanti West Coast, CrossCountry, East Midlands Trains, Transport for Wales