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from Manchester to Cardiff

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Wed
Dec 8
$45Arriva Trains Wales
$15Flixbus
Thu
Dec 9
$45Arriva Trains Wales
$12Flixbus
Fri
Dec 10
$67Arriva Trains Wales
$19Flixbus
Sat
Dec 11
$64Cross Country
$21Flixbus
Sun
Dec 12
$121Cross Country
$13Flixbus
Mon
Dec 13
$52Arriva Trains Wales
$10Flixbus
Tue
Dec 14
$44Arriva Trains Wales
$12Flixbus
Wed
Dec 15
$45Arriva Trains Wales
$10Flixbus
Thu
Dec 16
$52Arriva Trains Wales
$13Flixbus
Fri
Dec 17
$88Cross Country
$22Megabus
Sat
Dec 18
$64Cross Country
$22Megabus
Sun
Dec 19
$52Arriva Trains Wales
$19Megabus
Mon
Dec 20
$45Arriva Trains Wales
$19Megabus
Tue
Dec 21
$45Arriva Trains Wales
$19Megabus
Wed
Dec 22
$45Arriva Trains Wales
$23Megabus
Thu
Dec 23
$64Cross Country
$22Megabus
Fri
Dec 24
$64Cross Country
$43Flixbus
Sat
Dec 25
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$53Flixbus
Sun
Dec 26
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$22Megabus
Mon
Dec 27
$64Cross Country
$22Megabus
Tue
Dec 28
$65Cross Country
$19Megabus

Travel Information between Manchester and Cardiff

distanceDistance143 miles (231 km)
modeAvailable travel modesBus or train
priceTicket price range$13 - $37
cheapestCheapest modeBus • $13 (€11) • 9 h 45 min
fastestFastest modeTrain • $37 (€31) • 3 h 11 min
carriersPopular travel companiesFlixbus or Arriva Trains Wales

Travel 143 miles (231 km) by bus or train from Manchester to Cardiff. If speed is a priority, then a train is the best option with an average duration of 3 h 11 min; whereas, if saving money is more important, then a bus is the best option with prices starting as low as $13 (€11). The most popular travel companies which serve this trip are Flixbus or Arriva Trains Wales among others. Travelers can even take a direct bus from Manchester to Cardiff.

Travel Tips

Travel from Manchester to Cardiff
Travel 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 do I reach Cardiff from Manchester?

There are 2 ways to travel between Manchester and Cardiff including taking a bus or train.

What is the cheapest way to travel from Manchester to Cardiff?

The cheapest way to go to Cardiff from Manchester is by taking a bus, which costs on average $13 (€11).

This is compared to other ways of getting to Cardiff:

A bus is generally $24 (€20) less than a train for the same route. Taking a train costs on average $37 (€31) from Manchester to Cardiff.

What is the fastest way to get from Manchester to Cardiff?

The fastest way to get to Cardiff from Manchester is by train with an average travel time of 3 h 11 min.

Other travel options to Cardiff can usually take longer:

In comparison, traveling by bus can take you on average 9 h 45 min.

How far is Cardiff from Manchester?

You should expect to travel around 143 miles (231 km) between Manchester and Cardiff.

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

The average frequency per day from Manchester to Cardiff is:

  • 16 trains per day.

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

What are the departure and arrival points in Manchester and in Cardiff?

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

  • Buses mostly depart from Manchester, Shudehill Interchange and arrive in Cardiff, Sophia Gardens.
  • Trains mostly leave from Manchester Piccadilly and tend to arrive in Cardiff Central.
Who can get me from Manchester to Cardiff?

Omio works with many trusted partners that can help you travel the best way from Manchester to Cardiff:

  • You can go to Cardiff from Manchester by bus with Flixbus. You'll see cheap bus tickets for $13 (€11) with Flixbus from Manchester to Cardiff on Omio.
  • You can go to Cardiff from Manchester by train with Arriva Trains Wales. You'll see cheap train tickets for $37 (€31) with Arriva Trains Wales from Manchester to Cardiff on Omio.
Is it possible to travel directly between Manchester and Cardiff?

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

  • You can travel directly by bus with Megabus.

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

Where should I go next after I travel to Cardiff from Manchester?
Many of our customers who book a trip from Manchester to Cardiff often extend their vacation and travel to other popular destinations like London, Bristol or Birmingham. If you’re thinking of adding another destination to your Manchester and Cardiff itinerary, let Omio find you the best connections between Cardiff and any of these top destinations today!
How far in advance should I book tickets to Cardiff from Manchester online to get the best deals?

When planning your trip from Manchester to Cardiff, 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 $13 (€11) one way.
  • Train tickets cost on average $37 (€31) one way.

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