How to travel from Manchester to Cardiff

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from Manchester to Cardiff

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

Our recommendation

To get from Manchester to Cardiff on Sat Aug 07 2021 00:00:00 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time) we recommend taking a bus because it's the best combination of price and speed.

04:40PMManchester5h40 10:20PMCardiff
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$281One-way
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04:40PMManchester5h40 10:20PMCardiff
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$281One-way
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04:40PMManchester5h45 10:25PMCardiff
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$281One-way

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COMPARE Prices for trains, buses and flights

Fri
Aug 6
$101Arriva Trains Wales
$12Flixbus
Sat
Aug 7
$31Arriva Trains Wales
$14Flixbus
Sun
Aug 8
$54Cross Country
$12Flixbus
Mon
Aug 9
$31Arriva Trains Wales
$11Flixbus
Tue
Aug 10
$31Arriva Trains Wales
$14Flixbus
Wed
Aug 11
$31Arriva Trains Wales
$18National Express
Thu
Aug 12
$31Arriva Trains Wales
$11Flixbus
Fri
Aug 13
$31Arriva Trains Wales
$11Flixbus
Sat
Aug 14
$31Arriva Trains Wales
$11Flixbus
Sun
Aug 15
$54Cross Country
$14Flixbus
Mon
Aug 16
$31Arriva Trains Wales
$11Flixbus
Wed
Aug 18
$31Arriva Trains Wales
$11Flixbus
Thu
Aug 19
$31Arriva Trains Wales
$11Flixbus
Fri
Aug 20
$100Arriva Trains Wales
$16National Express
Sat
Aug 21
$31Arriva Trains Wales
$11Flixbus
Mon
Aug 23
$31Arriva Trains Wales
$11Flixbus
Wed
Aug 25
$31Arriva Trains Wales
$10Flixbus
Thu
Aug 26
$31Arriva Trains Wales
$10Flixbus

Travel Information between Manchester and Cardiff

distanceDistance143 miles (231 km)
modeAvailable travel modesBus or train
priceTicket price range$27 - $124
cheapestCheapest modeBus • $27 (€21) • 4 h 40 min
fastestFastest modeTrain • $124 (€99) • 3 h 11 min
carriersPopular travel companiesNational Express or Arriva Trains Wales

Travel 143 miles (231 km) by bus or train to Cardiff from Manchester. 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 $27 (€21). The most popular travel companies which serve this trip are National Express or Arriva Trains Wales among others. Travelers can even take a direct bus or train from Manchester to Cardiff.

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FAQs
How do I get from Manchester to Cardiff?

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

How do I get from Manchester to Cardiff the cheapest way?

The cheapest way to get from Manchester to Cardiff is by taking a bus. You can find average ticket prices around $27 (€21) compared to other travel options to Cardiff:

Taking a bus is usually $97 (€78) less than taking a train to Cardiff, which costs on average $124 (€99) for the same trip.

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

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

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

In comparison, traveling by bus can take you on average 4 h 40 min.

How many miles from Manchester to Cardiff would I travel?

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

When traveling from Manchester to Cardiff, where do I depart from Manchester and where do I arrive in Cardiff?

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

  • Most travelers who purchase a bus ticket from Manchester to Cardiff depart from Manchester, Shudehill Interchange to Cardiff, Sophia Gardens.
  • Most travelers take a train from Manchester Piccadilly to Cardiff Central.
Which travel companies can help me find a way to get from Manchester to Cardiff?

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

  • You can travel by bus to Cardiff from Manchester with National Express, and you can find National Express Manchester to Cardiff tickets for $27 (€21) on Omio.
  • You can go to Cardiff from Manchester by train with Arriva Trains Wales. You'll see cheap train tickets for $124 (€99) with Arriva Trains Wales from Manchester to Cardiff on Omio.
Is there a way to travel directly from Manchester to Cardiff?

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

  • You'll find direct buses a day to Cardiff with Megabus.
  • You can find direct trains per day to Cardiff with Arriva Trains Wales.

Direct services to Cardiff 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 trip.

Where should I go next after I travel from Manchester to Cardiff?
Many of our customers traveling from Manchester to Cardiff don't make Cardiff their final stop. Some of the destinations worth visiting after Cardiff are London, Bristol or Birmingham, either of which you could add to your trip itinerary. Check Omio for the best and cheapest ways to travel from Cardiff to any of these top destinations today!
How early should I buy tickets between Manchester and Cardiff online for the best deals?

Before traveling from Manchester to Cardiff, it’s good to know what ticket you can buy and how much it will cost in the next 7 days:

  • A bus ticket for this route costs on average $27 (€21) one way.
  • A train ticket costs $124 (€99) one way on average for this trip.

But we recommend booking Manchester to Cardiff tickets online a few months before your planned travel date to score the best deals and save money on your trip.