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The cheapest trains from Manchester to Cardiff

Showing times and prices for Aug 1

Cheapest

$127

Average

$127

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 $ 127 if you buy it on the day, but the cheapest tickets can be found for only $ 127.

Cheapest
10:52AMManchester Piccadilly3h56 02:48PMCardiff Central
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$1271One-way
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12:56PMManchester Piccadilly4h01 04:57PMCardiff Central
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$1271One-way
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09:27AMManchester Piccadilly3h39 01:06PMCardiff Central
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$1271One-way
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11:56AMManchester Piccadilly3h59 03:55PMCardiff Central
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$1271One-way
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12:27PMManchester Piccadilly3h58 04:25PMCardiff Central
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$1271One-way

Timetable Manchester to Cardiff

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08:27AMManchester Piccadilly3h39 12:06PMCardiff Central
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09:27AMManchester Piccadilly3h39 01:06PMCardiff Central
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10:27AMManchester Piccadilly3h58 02:25PMCardiff Central
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10:52AMManchester Piccadilly3h56 02:48PMCardiff Central
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11:27AMManchester Piccadilly3h57 03:24PMCardiff Central
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11:56AMManchester Piccadilly3h59 03:55PMCardiff Central
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12:27PMManchester Piccadilly3h58 04:25PMCardiff Central
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12:56PMManchester Piccadilly4h01 04:57PMCardiff Central
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01:27PMManchester Piccadilly3h53 05:20PMCardiff Central
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COMPARE Prices across different modes

Sat
Jul 31
$127Arriva Trains Wales
$22Flixbus
Sun
Aug 1
$127Arriva Trains Wales
$27Flixbus
Mon
Aug 2
$127Arriva Trains Wales
$19Flixbus
Tue
Aug 3
$39Arriva Trains Wales
$14Flixbus
Wed
Aug 4
$39Arriva Trains Wales
$14Flixbus
Thu
Aug 5
$39Arriva Trains Wales
$18National Express
Fri
Aug 6
$39Arriva Trains Wales
$14Flixbus
Sat
Aug 7
$39Arriva Trains Wales
$17Flixbus
Sun
Aug 8
$67Cross Country
$13Flixbus
Mon
Aug 9
$39Arriva Trains Wales
$23National Express
Tue
Aug 10
$39Arriva Trains Wales
$13Flixbus
Wed
Aug 11
$39Arriva Trains Wales
$23National Express
Thu
Aug 12
$39Arriva Trains Wales
$14Flixbus
Fri
Aug 13
$39Arriva Trains Wales
$19Flixbus
Sat
Aug 14
$39Arriva Trains Wales
$13Flixbus
Sun
Aug 15
$39Arriva Trains Wales
$14Flixbus
Mon
Aug 16
$39Arriva Trains Wales
$14Flixbus
Wed
Aug 18
$39Arriva Trains Wales
$14Flixbus
Thu
Aug 19
$39Arriva Trains Wales
$14Flixbus
Fri
Aug 20
$126Arriva Trains Wales
$20National Express

The fastest trains from Manchester to Cardiff

Showing times and prices for Aug 1

Fastest Journey

3 h 39 m

Average

3 h 53 m

Trains per day

9

Distance

231 km

It's difficult to get from Manchester to Cardiff without transferring at least once.

Fastest
09:27AMManchester Piccadilly3h39 01:06PMCardiff Central
1 changes
$1271One-way
Fastest
08:27AMManchester Piccadilly3h39 12:06PMCardiff Central
1 changes
$1271One-way
01:27PMManchester Piccadilly3h53 05:20PMCardiff Central
1 changes
$1271One-way
10:52AMManchester Piccadilly3h56 02:48PMCardiff Central
2 changes
$1271One-way
11:27AMManchester Piccadilly3h57 03:24PMCardiff Central
1 changes
$1271One-way

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Train Information between Manchester and Cardiff

distanceDistance143 miles (231 km)
durationAverage train duration3 h 13 min
priceAverage train ticket price$77 (€61)
changesDirect trainYes
carriersTrain companiesArriva Trains Wales or Cross Country

Trains from Manchester to Cardiff cover the 143 miles (231 km) long trip taking on average 3 h 13 min with our travel partners like Arriva Trains Wales or Cross Country. There are direct train services available. While the average ticket price for this route costs around $77 (€61)], you can find the cheapest train ticket for as low as $39 (€31). Travelers depart most frequently from Manchester Piccadilly and arrive in Cardiff Central.

Train companies

Manchester to Cardiff with CrossCountry

Travel from Manchester to Cardiff from $39 (€31) with Omio’s train partners CrossCountry! You can find the best schedules and tickets when comparing and booking the most affordable route for you.

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.

CrossCountry tickets from Manchester to Cardiff are available online on Omio. We help you compare and book your perfect journey with CrossCountry between Manchester and Cardiff all in one place. If you’re specifically looking for the cheapest, fastest or earliest train, you can find all the current CrossCountry train schedules and train tickets available on Omio for the 143 miles (231 km) journey. You can also see relevant travel information for the CrossCountry train, such as baggage allowance and amenities onboard depending on the class fare. Search for your ideal departure and arrival times for this train, compare the fastest Manchester to Cardiff routes as well as the cheapest ticket prices available, and buy the best CrossCountry Manchester to Cardiff train ticket that fits your needs. If you purchase tickets in the Omio app, you can quickly see if the CrossCountry train ticket is available as a mobile ticket, which makes it easy for you to travel paperless. You’ll then be ready to embark on your smooth and relaxing journey to Cardiff with CrossCountry!

Read on for COVID-19 recommendations and policies for your CrossCountry train ticket between Manchester and Cardiff:

  • 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 are cheap trains between Manchester and Cardiff?
Looking to save money on your trip? Omio customers have found the cheapest train to Cardiff from Manchester for the next 7 days starting from $39 (€31)  one way.
How much is a train ticket from Manchester to Cardiff?
The train price from Manchester to Cardiff is on average $77 (€61)  if you are looking to buy your tickets for this route in the next 7 days.
How far is Cardiff from Manchester by train?
The Manchester to Cardiff train distance is approximately 143 miles (231 km).
How many hours is the train time to Cardiff from Manchester?
On average the Manchester to Cardiff train time is 3 h 13 min  covering the 143 miles (231 km) long trip, but the journey time can vary depending on specific dates or traveling on weekends and holidays.
When traveling by train from Manchester to Cardiff, which train station in Manchester do I depart from and which train station in Cardiff do I arrive in?

When taking the train between Manchester and Cardiff, you can choose to depart from train stations like Manchester Piccadilly, Manchester Victoria and Manchester Oxford Road. Your journey can end in train stations such as Cardiff Central, Cardiff (Queen Street) and Cardiff (Cathays).

Omio customers who travel this route most frequently depart from Manchester Piccadilly   and arrive in Cardiff Central.

Where do I find the Manchester train station to Cardiff? Where is the Cardiff train station?

The most popular departure train station with passengers for this journey, called Manchester Piccadilly, is located 0 mile (s) / 0 km from the city center of Manchester.

The most popular arrival train station, Cardiff Central, is located 0 mile (s) / 0 km away from the city center of Cardiff.

What train providers go from Manchester to Cardiff?
If you're looking for trains from Manchester to Cardiff, you can rely on Arriva Trains Wales or Cross Country to get you to Cardiff. It's also good to check out all possible train providers for the Manchester to Cardiff trip to see if there might be differences in the amenities they offer.
What time is the earliest train from Manchester to Cardiff? What time is the last train from Manchester to Cardiff?
The first Manchester to Cardiff train departs at 7: 27 AM   and the last train from Manchester to Cardiff leaves at 10: 31 AM. Check out the most up-to-date train schedule from Manchester to Cardiff on Omio and find the best time to travel to your destination.
How early should I book Manchester to Cardiff train tickets to get the best deals?
You can find trains to Cardiff from Manchester to cost on average $77 (€61) one way if you book within the next 7 days. But we recommend buying train tickets in advance to score the best deals and save money on your journey. You’ll see tickets for the Manchester to Cardiff train generally on sale a few months before the planned travel date.
Stations

Important Stations and Airports for this Journey

Manchester
Cardiff
Manchester Oxford Road
Amenities
Manchester Piccadilly
Amenities
Refreshments
WC

Frequently Asked Questions

Where is the train station and what is the best way to get there?
This station is within walking distance of the city centre and is connected to other parts of the city by public transport.<br>Bus lines 1, 2, 3, 147
How long does it take to get from the train station to the city centre?
This station is a 5-10 minute walk from the city centre.
Manchester Victoria
Amenities