The cheapest buses from Cardiff to Manchester

Showing times and prices for 19 Oct

Cheapest

£15

Average

£22

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 Cardiff to Manchester will cost around £ 22 if you buy it on the day, but the cheapest tickets can be found for only £ 15.

15:20Cardiff, Sophia Gardens6h45 22:05Manchester, Coach Station
1 changes
£151One-way
12:25Cardiff, Sophia Gardens6h00 18:25Manchester, Coach Station
1 changes
£161One-way
06:25Cardiff6h40 13:05Manchester
0 changes
£181One-way
13:40Cardiff5h30 19:10Manchester
0 changes
£181One-way
06:30Cardiff6h35 13:05Manchester
0 changes
£181One-way

Timetable Cardiff to Manchester

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03:40Cardiff, Sophia Gardens7h35 11:15Manchester, Coach Station
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05:30Cardiff6h00 11:30Manchester
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05:35Cardiff5h55 11:30Manchester
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06:25Cardiff6h40 13:05Manchester
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06:30Cardiff6h35 13:05Manchester
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08:00Cardiff, Sophia Gardens6h15 14:15Manchester, Coach Station
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10:25Cardiff, Sophia Gardens6h50 17:15Manchester, Coach Station
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12:25Cardiff, Sophia Gardens6h00 18:25Manchester, Coach Station
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13:35Cardiff5h35 19:10Manchester
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13:40Cardiff5h30 19:10Manchester
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15:20Cardiff, Sophia Gardens6h45 22:05Manchester, Coach Station
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17:10Cardiff, Sophia Gardens8h05 01:15Manchester, Coach Station
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19:15Cardiff, Sophia Gardens10h40 05:55Manchester, Coach Station
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Tue
19 Oct
£33Arriva Trains Wales
£11Flixbus
Wed
20 Oct
£33Arriva Trains Wales
£12Flixbus
Thu
21 Oct
£33Arriva Trains Wales
£9Flixbus
Fri
22 Oct
£33Arriva Trains Wales
£15Flixbus
Sat
23 Oct
£48Cross Country
£14Megabus
Sun
24 Oct
£90Cross Country
£17Megabus
Mon
25 Oct
£33Arriva Trains Wales
£12Flixbus
Tue
26 Oct
£33Arriva Trains Wales
£14Megabus
Wed
27 Oct
£28Arriva Trains Wales
£14Megabus
Thu
28 Oct
£33Arriva Trains Wales
£14Flixbus
Fri
29 Oct
£33Arriva Trains Wales
£14Megabus
Sat
30 Oct
£33Arriva Trains Wales
£15Flixbus
Sun
31 Oct
£33Arriva Trains Wales
£14Megabus
Mon
1 Nov
£28Arriva Trains Wales
£13Flixbus
Wed
3 Nov
£33Arriva Trains Wales
£9Flixbus
Thu
4 Nov
£27Arriva Trains Wales
£14Megabus
Fri
5 Nov
£33Arriva Trains Wales
£10Flixbus
Sat
6 Nov
£33Arriva Trains Wales
£10Flixbus
Sun
7 Nov
£33Arriva Trains Wales
£10Flixbus

The fastest buses from Cardiff to Manchester

Showing times and prices for 19 Oct

Fastest Journey

5 h 30 m

Average

6 h 48 m

Buses per day

13

Distance

231 km

Of the 13 buses that leave Cardiff for Manchester every day 6 travel direct so it’s quite easy to avoid journeys where you’ll have to change along the way.

These direct buses cover the 231 km distance in an average of 6 h 48 m but if you time it right, some buses will get you there in just 5 h 30 m .

The slowest buses will take 10 h 40 m and usually involve a change or two along the way, but you might be able to save a few pennies if you’re on a budget.

Fastest
13:40Cardiff5h30 19:10Manchester
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£181One-way
2nd Fastest
13:35Cardiff5h35 19:10Manchester
0 changes
£181One-way
05:35Cardiff5h55 11:30Manchester
0 changes
£181One-way
12:25Cardiff, Sophia Gardens6h00 18:25Manchester, Coach Station
1 changes
£161One-way
05:30Cardiff6h00 11:30Manchester
0 changes
£181One-way

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Coach Information from Cardiff to Manchester

distanceDistance143 miles (231 km)
durationAverage coach duration6 h 5 min
priceAverage coach ticket price£13 (€15)
changesDirect coachYes
carriersCoach companiesNational Express or Megabus

Coaches from Cardiff to Manchester cover the 143 miles (231 km) long journey taking on average 6 h 5 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 £9, but the average price of coach tickets is £13. Travellers depart most frequently from Cardiff Central and arrive in Manchester, Shudehill Interchange.

Coach companies

Coach from Cardiff to Manchester with National Express

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National Express

National Express is the leading coach operator for routes throughout the United Kingdom, operating over 550 coaches a day and serving over 900 destinations across the country. National Express even offers routes to and from major UK airports like Heathrow, Gatwick, Stansted, Luton and Bristol 24 hours a day at affordable prices for the budget traveller in mind. All National Express coaches are air-conditioned and provide free WiFi and onboard entertainment. Most coaches are equipped with seat belts and power outlets in each seat, so you can charge your phone or laptop during a long journey. You can select between three ticket types for the Cardiff - Manchester coach: Restricted Fare, Standard Fare, and Fully Flexible Fare. Refundable tickets provide more flexibility than other ticket options, meaning you can cancel or change your ticket easily, should you need to.

    These are National Express 's ticket policies for COVID-19 for the coach between Cardiff and Manchester:

    • 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 does a cheap coach between Cardiff and Manchester cost?
    Looking to save money on your trip? Omio customers have found the cheapest coach between Cardiff and Manchester for the next 7 days starting from £9  one way.
    What is the average price of coach tickets to Manchester from Cardiff?
    If you are looking to book your coach ticket in the next 7 days, you can expect the Cardiff to Manchester coach to cost on average £13  one way.
    What is the distance by coach from Cardiff to Manchester?
    The coach distance from Cardiff to Manchester is around 143 miles (231 km).
    How long is the coach to Manchester from Cardiff?
    While the time it takes to travel 143 miles (231 km) from Cardiff to Manchester can vary based on specific dates, weekends, and bank holidays, the coach duration from Cardiff to Manchester is on average 6 h 5 min.
    When travelling by coach from Cardiff to Manchester, which coach station in Cardiff do I depart from and which coach station in Manchester do I arrive in?

    When taking the coach from Cardiff to Manchester, you can choose to depart from coach stations like Cardiff, Sophia Gardens, Cardiff, University and Cardiff, National Museum (Stop Rg). Your journey 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?

    Passengers board their coach most frequently from Cardiff Central and travel around 0 mile (s) / 0 km from the city centre to this coach station.

    Passengers travelling this route most often arrive at Manchester, Shudehill Interchange and need to travel approximately 0 mile (s) / 0 km from the coach station to the city centre in Manchester.

    Which coach companies should I travel with from Cardiff to Manchester?
    For the best Cardiff to Manchester coach to book, you can travel safely and comfortably with National Express or Megabus. However, it's always good to check all possible coach companies with services to Manchester from Cardiff to compare what amenities they may offer.
    Can I book a direct coach from Cardiff to Manchester?
    Yes, there are direct coaches between Cardiff and Manchester, and you can find a direct coach for this journey with Megabus  on Omio. It's worth paying attention to when you buy your coach ticket as direct services tend to offer more convenience and save you time getting to your destination.
    When can I take the first coach from Cardiff to Manchester? When can I take the last coach for the day?
    The first Cardiff to Manchester coach departs at 04: 50   and the last coach from Cardiff to Manchester leaves at 14: 20. Check out the most up-to-date Cardiff to Manchester coach schedule on Omio and find the best time to travel to your destination.
    How far in advance should I buy a coach ticket to Manchester from Cardiff to get the best deals?
    In general, we recommend booking tickets for coaches in advance to score the best deals from all possible coach companies offering this route and save money. If you buy coach tickets to Manchester from Cardiff within the next 7 days, you can find tickets to cost on average £13 one way. To find the best prices for this journey, consider booking your coach ticket from Cardiff to Manchester a few months in advance.

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