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Train Information from Cardiff to Manchester

distanceDistance143 miles (231 km)
durationAverage train duration3 h 17 min
priceAverage train ticket price£52 (€58)
frequencyTrain frequency16 a day
changesDirect trainYes, there are 16 direct trains a day
carriersTrain companiesArriva Trains Wales or Cross Country

Trains from Cardiff to Manchester cover the 143 miles (231 km) long trip taking on average 3 h 17 min with our travel partners like Arriva Trains Wales or Cross Country. Normally, there are 16 trains operating per day, including direct services available. You can get the cheapest train tickets for this journey for as low as £33, but the average price of train tickets is £52. Travellers depart most frequently from Cardiff Central and arrive in Manchester Piccadilly.

Train companies

CrossCountry Cardiff – Manchester

For as little as £33 you can travel by train from Cardiff to Manchester with CrossCountry. Omio will show you the best deals, timetables and tickets available for this trip.

CrossCountry

CrossCountry is a fast speed train company in the United Kingdom and for your next train between Cardiff and Manchester you can choose between Standard Class and First Class tickets on Omio.

CrossCountry is one of the best options when travelling by train from Cardiff to Manchester. Omio quickly shows you current CrossCountry train timetables for the Cardiff - Manchester route and makes it easier than ever for you to buy train tickets online for the cheapest, fastest or earliest journey available. The distance from Cardiff to Manchester is around 143 miles (231 km) and the cheapest CrossCountry one-way ticket you can book starts at £48. As you check the latest Cardiff to Manchester train timetable from CrossCountry for your ideal departure and arrival times, you can also review travel information, such as luggage policy and amenities offered onboard, and compare the best route available to arrive to Manchester safely. If you search for CrossCountry tickets in the Omio app, you can also see if they are mobile tickets so that you can travel paperless. Let Omio quickly find you the perfect CrossCountry ticket from Cardiff to Manchester so you can spend more time enjoying the smooth and easy journey!

Train information from Cardiff to Manchester with CrossCountry:

  • Average Duration: 4 h 27 min
  • Average Price: £48
  • CrossCountry frequency: 7 a day

CrossCountry has the following ticket policies due to COVID-19, which you should be aware of when booking and travelling by train from Cardiff to Manchester:

  • Refund or voucher policy
  • If you have an Off-Peak or Anytime ticket, you can get a full refund and the £10 admin fee has been waived. Advance tickets are normally non-refundable but you can now also get a full refund if your Advance ticket was booked before 23 March 2020.
  • Cashless payments recommended
  • Online booking and check-in recommended

Trains from Cardiff to Manchester

Trains from Cardiff to Manchester are provided by Arriva and CrossCountry. Arriva services run directly, with a journey time of around three to three and a half hours. CrossCountry services have one change, at Bristol Parkway, and last around three and a half hours. Trains from Cardiff to Manchester start very early in the morning, with services leaving just after 4:30 a.m. and continuing every 30 minutes to 1 hour throughout the day. The last service leaves before 10:00 p.m. Trains depart from Cardiff Central Train Station on Saunders Road, close to all major amenities. They arrive at Manchester Picadilly Station on Fairfield Street, close to the popular shopping area of the Northern Quarter.

Travel Tips

Trains from Cardiff to Manchester
Travel by train to Manchester 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 Cardiff to Manchester.
FAQs
What is the cost of cheap trains from Cardiff to Manchester?
If you’re looking to save money on tickets, you can find a cheap train to Manchester from Cardiff for as little as £33  in the next 7 days.
What is the average cost of a train from Cardiff to Manchester?
The Cardiff to Manchester train ticket price is on average £52  if you are looking to book your tickets for this route in the next week.
What is the distance between Cardiff and Manchester by train?
The Cardiff to Manchester train distance is approximately 143 miles (231 km).
How long is the train to Manchester from Cardiff?
On average the train from Cardiff to Manchester duration is 3 h 17 min  for the 143 miles (231 km) long journey, but the travel time can vary if you depart on weekends and holidays.
Which train station in Cardiff goes to Manchester? Which train station do I come into Manchester from Cardiff?

Some of the Cardiff train stations to Manchester you can start your journey from include Cardiff Central, Cardiff (Queen Street) and Cardiff (Cathays). Similarly, some of the arrival train stations in Manchester include Manchester Piccadilly, Manchester Victoria and Manchester Oxford Road.

When travelling this route, Omio customers are departing most frequently from Cardiff Central   and arriving in Manchester Piccadilly.

Where is the train station in Cardiff? Where is the train station in Manchester?

Passengers booking this route most frequently board their trains from Cardiff Central and need to travel around 0 mile (s) / 0 km from the city centre to get to this train station.

Passengers arriving in Manchester most often arrive at Manchester Piccadilly and need to travel around 0 mile (s) / 0 km from this train station to the city centre.

What train providers go from Cardiff to Manchester?
If you're looking for trains from Cardiff to Manchester, you can rely on Arriva Trains Wales or Cross Country to get you to Manchester. It's also good to check out all possible train providers for the Cardiff to Manchester journey to see if there might be differences in the amenities they offer.
How many train services per day are there between Cardiff and Manchester?
The average number of trains departing Cardiff for Manchester is 16 a day. The train schedules and services may vary between weekdays and weekends.
When is the earliest train from Cardiff to Manchester? When is the last train from Cardiff to Manchester?
The earliest train departing from Cardiff to Manchester leaves at 07: 49. The last train departing from Cardiff to Manchester leaves at 11: 56. You can find the latest Cardiff to Manchester train timetable on Omio and book the best time to leave for your journey on your chosen travel date.
How far in advance should I book train tickets to Manchester from Cardiff for the best deals?
If you book Cardiff to Manchester train tickets within the next 7 days, you can find one way tickets to cost on average £52. However, booking in advance gives you access to the best prices for trains to Manchester from Cardiff. Look out for train tickets for this trip to go on sale a few months before your planned departure date to find the best deals.

Important Stations and Airports for this Journey

Cardiff
Manchester
Cardiff Central is the most popular Cardiff railway station for Omio travellers, but it's not the only one. Read all the information you need to know about the main train stations in Cardiff for your journey to Manchester.
Amenities at station
WifiWifi
LockersLockers
ParkingParking
ATMATM
TaxiTaxi
ticketOfficeHours
Ticket office hours
Mon - Fri: 05: 40 - 21: 30 | Sat: 05: 40 - 21: 30 | Sun: 07: 30 - 21: 30
Connections to/from station
Commuter rail lines: City Line, Rhondda Line, Rhymney Line, Valley Line, South Wales Main Line
Train lines: Transport for Wales, CrossCountry, Great Western Railway