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Overview: Coach from Cardiff to Manchester

distanceDistance143 miles (231 km)
durationAverage coach duration5 h 30 min
priceAverage coach ticket price£11 (€13)
changesDirect coachYes
carriersCoach companiesNational Express or Megabus

Coaches from Cardiff to Manchester cover the 143 miles (231 km) long route taking on average 5 h 30 min with our travel partners like National Express or Megabus. There are direct coach services available. You can get the cheapest coach tickets for this trip for as low as £7, but the average price of coach tickets is £11. Travellers depart most frequently from Cardiff Central and arrive in Manchester, Shudehill Interchange.

Coach companies: Cardiff to Manchester with National Express

National Express coaches will get you between Cardiff and Manchester from £7. With over 1000 travel companies on Omio, you can find the best coach times and tickets for your trip.

National Express

National Express is the UK’s leading long-distance coach provider operating over 550 coaches per day and serving over 900 destinations across the UK. National Express also operates coach services to all major UK airports, such as Heathrow, Gatwick, Stansted, Luton and Bristol, 24 hours a day. All National Express coaches have air conditioning and provide free WiFi access along with onboard entertainment. Most coaches come with seat belts and power outlets at every seat, so you can charge your phone or laptop during a long journey. For your coach between Cardiff and Manchester, you can select from three ticket fares: Restricted Fare, Standard Fare, and Fully Flexible Fare.

    When you buy your National Express coach tickets from Cardiff to Manchester don't forget to keep the following COVID-19 related policies in mind:

    • Cashless payments recommended
    • Online booking and check-in recommended
    • Pre-reservation / seat allocation
    • Verification of ticket with valid ID
    • Exceptions to waive change or cancellation fees policy
    • For journeys between July 1st and October 31, 2020, the following change and refund policies apply:
      • Restricted ticket: One change is allowed free of charge
      • Standard ticket: Full refund or one change is allowed free of charge
      • Fully flexible ticket: Unlimited changes to time or date are allowed
      • All change and refund requests must be made at least 24 hours before the original outbound journey. Partial refunds are not allowed.

    Buses from Cardiff to Manchester

    Sophia Gardens in Cardiff is the departure point for buses from Cardiff to Manchester with the first bus of the day departing around 7:30 a.m. National Express runs these buses and the final service departs from Cardiff at about 5:00 p.m. Journeys can take around 6 hours, but at certain times of the day, travel times can extend to over 8 hours. There is a change of bus during the journey in either Birmingham or Bristol, depending on the route taken. Buses from Cardiff to Manchester run every couple of hours between the first and last departure times and the service runs from Monday to Sunday.

    Cardiff

    Cardiff is an exciting city with much to attract any visitor. It was ranked 6th in National Geographic’s 2011 Alternative Tourist Destinations and is often considered the most popular tourist destination in Wales, with 14.6 million visitors in 2009. The city is steeped in history and you don’t need to travel far (in fact, just straight to the city centre) to see one of its oldest historical attractions: Cardiff Castle. The castle is surrounded by beautiful parkland (an abundance of green space is also a reason for Cardiff’s popularity) and visitors can marvel at the intricate artworks covering many of the walls inside. Much of the area surrounding the city is very interesting also. If you head to the outskirts of the city to the Llandaff district you can visit the 12th century Llandaff Cathedral, made more famous in recent years for the Ghost Walks on offer. Those feeling brave will love this renowned, exciting, and educational activity.

    Manchester

    A large city in the north west of England, Manchester is an important industrial and musical centre with a large and eclectic array of attractions and activities to keep you busy. Consider exploring the fascinating Museum of Science & Industry, a 2.8-hectare urban heritage park encompassing old brick buildings, rusting viaducts, and massive warehouses, to get a glimpse of 19th-century industrial Manchester. Literature enthusiasts will love visiting the John Rylands Library, which is complete with high-vaulted ceilings and stained glass windows, and the Elizabeth Gaskell house, where this famous author lived from 1850 to 1865. The Godlee Observatory is largely unvisited but one of the most interesting sites in town. Head to the Whitworth Art Gallery to see a wonderful collection of British watercolours.

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    FAQs

    How much do cheap coaches between Cardiff and Manchester cost?

    Looking to save money on your trip? Omio customers have found the cheapest coach to Manchester from Cardiff for the next 7 days starting from £7  one way.

    How much is a coach ticket from Cardiff to Manchester?

    If you’re looking to purchase tickets for this journey in the next 7 days, you’ll find that Cardiff to Manchester coach prices are on average £11  one way.

    What is the distance by coach from Cardiff to Manchester?

    When travelling this route you should expect the distance between Cardiff and Manchester via coach to be approximately 143 miles (231 km).

    How many hours does it take from Cardiff to Manchester by coach?

    The Cardiff to Manchester coach duration is on average 5 h 30 min, which is to be expected when travelling 143 miles (231 km) from Cardiff to Manchester. However, the time it takes can vary based on specific dates, weekends, and bank holidays.

    What station does the Cardiff to Manchester coach leave from? Which Manchester coach station do I come into from Cardiff?

    When taking the coach between Cardiff and Manchester, you can choose to depart from coach stations like Cardiff, Sophia Gardens, Cardiff, University and Cardiff, National Museum (Stop Rg). Your route can end in coach stations such as Manchester, Shudehill Interchange, Manchester, Coach Station and Manchester, Shudehill Interchange.

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

    Where is the coach station in Cardiff to go to Manchester? Where is the coach station in Manchester located?

    You can find the most popular departure coach station for this trip, Cardiff Central, located approximately 0.2 miles (425 m) from the city centre of Cardiff. The most popular arrival coach station in Manchester, called Manchester, Shudehill Interchange, is located around 0.3 miles (489 m) away from its city centre.

    Which coach companies can take me to Manchester from Cardiff?

    For the trip from Cardiff to Manchester you can take a coach with National Express or Megabus. Be sure to check out all possible coach companies that offer services between Cardiff and Manchester on Omio to compare what amenities they may have.

    Are there any direct coaches between Cardiff and Manchester?

    Yes, you can look for direct coaches from Cardiff to Manchester with Megabus  without needing to change in between. Taking a direct coach tends to save you time getting you to your destination, so it's worth paying attention to this when booking a ticket for this route.

    When does the first coach depart from Cardiff to Manchester? When does the last coach depart from Cardiff to Manchester?

    You can take the first coach from Cardiff to Manchester at 05: 05   or take the last coach from Cardiff to Manchester leaving at 14: 25. Look for the latest Cardiff Manchester coach times on Omio and book the best time to take the coach for this trip.

    How far in advance should I purchase coach tickets between Cardiff and Manchester for the best deals?

    The price of a one way coach ticket from Cardiff to Manchester is on average £11 if you book within the next 7 days. But we recommend booking tickets before your planned travel date to find the best prices for coaches from all possible coach companies offering this trip. In general, you can find coach tickets from Cardiff to Manchester available a few months in advance.