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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3 h 11 m
3 h 17 m
Trains per day
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.
|Distance||143 miles (231 km)|
|Average train duration||3 h 11 min|
|Average train ticket price||$67 (€56)|
|Train frequency||16 a day|
|Direct train||Yes, there are 16 direct trains a day|
|Train providers||Arriva 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.
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 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:
Please follow the recommendations outlined by CrossCountry when booking your train tickets between Manchester and Cardiff due to the coronavirus:
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:
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.
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.
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