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from Cardiff to Manchester

You can get from Cardiff to Manchester by train, bus or flight.

Our recommendation

To get from Cardiff to Manchester on May 30 we recommend taking a bus because it’s the best combination of price and speed.

02:30PMCardiff5h35 08:05PMManchester, Airport
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$241One-way
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05:55AMCardiff7h35 01:30PMManchester
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$201One-way
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02:25PMCardiff5h40 08:05PMManchester, Airport
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$241One-way
09:56AMCardiff Central3h17 01:13PMManchester Piccadilly
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$511One-way
12:50PMCardiff5h40 06:30PMManchester
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$281One-way

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Mon
May 30
$51Transport for Wales
$18Megabus
Tue
May 31
$51Transport for Wales
$18Megabus
Wed
Jun 1
$51Transport for Wales
$21Megabus
Thu
Jun 2
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Jun 3
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$21Megabus
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Jun 4
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$21Megabus
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Jun 5
$51Transport for Wales
$18Megabus
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Jun 6
$51Transport for Wales
$16Megabus
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Jun 7
$51Transport for Wales
$21Megabus
Wed
Jun 8
$51Transport for Wales
$11Flixbus
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Jun 9
$51Transport for Wales
$11Flixbus
Fri
Jun 10
$51Transport for Wales
$18Megabus
Sat
Jun 11
$51Transport for Wales
$11Flixbus
Sun
Jun 12
$96Cross Country
$13Flixbus
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Jun 13
$51Transport for Wales
$16Megabus
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Jun 14
$51Transport for Wales
$18Megabus
Wed
Jun 15
$51Transport for Wales
$21Megabus
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Jun 16
$51Transport for Wales
$11Flixbus
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Jun 17
$118Transport for Wales
$18Megabus
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Travel Information between Cardiff and Manchester

distanceDistance143 miles (231 km)
modeAvailable travel modesBus or train
priceTicket price range$33 - $112
cheapestCheapest modeBus • $33 (€30) • 5 h 5 min
fastestFastest modeTrain • $112 (€101) • 3 h 16 min
carriersPopular travel companiesNational Express or Arriva Trains Wales

Travel 143 miles (231 km) by bus or train between Cardiff and Manchester. If speed is a priority, then a train is the best option with an average duration of 3 h 16 min; whereas, if saving money is more important, then a bus is the best option with prices starting as low as $33 (€30). The most popular travel companies which serve this journey are National Express or Arriva Trains Wales among others. Travelers can even take a direct bus or train from Cardiff to Manchester.

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FAQs

How do I reach Manchester from Cardiff?

There are 2 ways to get from Cardiff to Manchester: bus or train.

What is the cheapest way from Cardiff to Manchester?

The cheapest way to go to Manchester from Cardiff is by taking a bus, which costs on average $33 (€30).

This is compared to other ways of getting to Manchester:

A bus is generally $79 (€71) less than a train for the same trip. Taking a train costs on average $112 (€101) from Cardiff to Manchester.

What is the fastest way from Cardiff to Manchester?

The fastest way from Cardiff to Manchester is by train with an average journey time of 3 h 16 min.

There are alternative travel options to Manchester that can usually take longer:

In comparison, getting to Manchester by bus can take on average 5 h 5 min.

How far is Manchester from Cardiff?

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

How many scheduled departures are there a day from Cardiff to Manchester?

The average frequency per day from Cardiff to Manchester is:

  • 16 trains per day.

However, we recommend checking specific travel dates for your route from Cardiff to Manchester as scheduled services by bus or train can vary by season or day of the week.

When traveling between Cardiff and Manchester, what are the departure and arrival points in Cardiff and Manchester?

These are the most popular departure and arrival points when traveling from Cardiff to Manchester:

  • Most travelers take a bus from Cardiff, Sophia Gardens to Manchester, Coach Station.
  • Most travelers board their train from Cardiff Central and arrive in Manchester Piccadilly.

Who can get me from Cardiff to Manchester?

If finding a good deal is your main consideration for your trip from Cardiff to Manchester, then we'll help you find the best value travel companies for you:

  • National Express can get you to Manchester by bus. You can find a good deal for bus tickets with National Express from Cardiff to Manchester for $33 (€30) on Omio.
  • Travel with Arriva Trains Wales to go to Manchester by train. For a good deal on tickets, you can find Arriva Trains Wales Cardiff to Manchester tickets on Omio for $112 (€101).

Can I travel directly between Cardiff and Manchester?

Yes, there are direct routes from Cardiff to Manchester with the following travel companies:

  • You can find 16 direct trains per day to take to Manchester with Arriva Trains Wales.

Direct services to Manchester tend to save you time and add more convenience as you won't need to transfer at another stop in between, so it's worth paying attention to before booking tickets for your journey.

Where else should I travel to after my journey between Cardiff and Manchester ends?

Omio customers who travel from Cardiff to Manchester often also extend their vacation to go to London, Liverpool or Edinburgh. Omio can help you plan your trip by finding the best connections between Manchester and these popular destinations at a great price.

When should I purchase a ticket from Cardiff to Manchester online to score the best deals?

When planning your trip from Cardiff to Manchester, it’s good to keep in mind what tickets to buy and their prices in the next 7 days:

  • Bus tickets are costing on average $33 (€30) one way.
  • Train tickets cost $112 (€101) one way on average.

However, we recommend buying tickets from Cardiff to Manchester online a few months in advance to get the best deals and save money on your upcoming journey.

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