Cardiff to Manchester train

Cheap train tickets from Cardiff to Manchester

Showing times and prices for 09 Aug

Cheapest

£38

Average

£58

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.

Transport for Wales
14:50Cardiff3h23 18:13Manchester
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£381One-way
Transport for Wales
03:35Cardiff3h33 07:08Manchester
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£391One-way
Transport for Wales
04:38Cardiff3h34 08:12Manchester
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£401One-way
Transport for Wales
09:52Cardiff3h21 13:13Manchester
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£401One-way
Cross Country
09:45Cardiff3h38 13:23Manchester
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£491One-way

Train schedule Cardiff to Manchester

Showing trains for tomorrow, Tuesday, 9 August
Transport for Wales
03:35Cardiff3h33 07:08Manchester
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Transport for Wales
04:38Cardiff3h34 08:12Manchester
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Transport for Wales
07:50Cardiff3h23 11:13Manchester
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Cross Country
08:45Cardiff3h38 12:23Manchester
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Cross Country
09:45Cardiff3h38 13:23Manchester
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Transport for Wales
09:52Cardiff3h21 13:13Manchester
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Transport for Wales
10:56Cardiff3h17 14:13Manchester
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Cross Country
12:18Cardiff3h53 16:11Manchester
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Transport for Wales
14:50Cardiff3h23 18:13Manchester
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Cross Country
17:45Cardiff3h38 21:23Manchester
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Transport for Wales
17:55Cardiff3h20 21:15Manchester
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Transport for Wales
19:15Cardiff5h40 00:55Manchester
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Fastest train times from Cardiff to Manchester

Showing times and prices for 09 Aug

Fastest Journey

3 h 17 m

Average

3 h 41 m

Trains per day

12

Distance

231 km

Of the 12 trains that leave Cardiff for Manchester every day 12 travel direct so it’s quite easy to avoid journeys where you’ll have to change along the way.

Transport for Wales
10:56Cardiff3h17 14:13Manchester
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£911One-way
Transport for Wales
17:55Cardiff3h20 21:15Manchester
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£571One-way
Transport for Wales
09:52Cardiff3h21 13:13Manchester
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£401One-way
Transport for Wales
07:50Cardiff3h23 11:13Manchester
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£911One-way
Transport for Wales
14:50Cardiff3h23 18:13Manchester
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£381One-way

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Overview: Train from Cardiff to Manchester

distanceDistance143 miles
durationAverage train duration3 h 17 min
priceAverage train ticket price£38 (€44)
changesDirect trainNo
carriersTrain providersTransport for Wales or Cross Country

Trains from Cardiff to Manchester cover the 143 miles long journey taking on average 3 h 17 min with our travel partners like Transport for Wales or Cross Country. There are direct train services available. While the average ticket price for this route costs around £38, you can find the cheapest train ticket for as low as £29. Travellers depart most frequently from Cardiff Central and arrive in Manchester Piccadilly.

Train providers: CrossCountry trains Cardiff to Manchester

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CrossCountry

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Looking to travel by train from Cardiff to Manchester? Omio can help you find that perfect journey with CrossCountry. Check Omio to see current CrossCountry train timetables, tickets, travel information and prices for the best deals on the Cardiff to Manchester train and book CrossCountry tickets online quickly and easily. When taking a train to Manchester from Cardiff, you can expect to travel 143 miles (231 km) one-way with CrossCountry. If you search for trains between Cardiff and Manchester in the Omio app, you can check if the CrossCountry ticket is a mobile ticket, which makes it easy for you to go paperless when travelling without needing to purchase tickets in person at the train station. Whether you’re looking for the cheapest, fastest or earliest train with CrossCountry, we do the work for you to get you safely to Manchester from Cardiff. Book that perfect Cardiff to Manchester train now with Omio and enjoy a smooth and comfortable journey with CrossCountry!

Train information from Cardiff to Manchester with CrossCountry:

  • Average Duration: 3 h 47 min
  • CrossCountry frequency: 11 a day

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
Omio customers have found the cheapest trains to Manchester from Cardiff to cost as little as £29  in the next 7 days.
The Cardiff to Manchester train ticket price is on average £38  if you are looking to purchase your tickets for this route in the next week.
The train distance from Cardiff to Manchester is around 143 miles.
On average the train from Cardiff to Manchester duration is 3 h 17 min  for the 143 miles long trip, but the travel time can vary if you depart on weekends and holidays.

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

Passengers booking this trip most frequently board their trains from Cardiff Central and need to travel around 1.1 miles (1.8 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 0.6 miles (954 m) from this train station to the city centre.

For the best Cardiff to Manchester train to buy, you can travel safely and comfortably with Transport for Wales or Cross Country. However, it's always good to check all possible train providers with services from Cardiff to Manchester to compare what amenities they may offer.
The first Cardiff to Manchester train departs at 04: 38   and the last train from Cardiff to Manchester leaves at 20: 55. Check out the most up-to-date Cardiff to Manchester train timetable on Omio and find the best time to travel to your destination.
You can find a train between Cardiff and Manchester to cost on average £38 one way if you book within the next 7 days. But we recommend buying train tickets in advance to score the best deals and save money on your route. You’ll see tickets for the Cardiff to Manchester train generally on sale a few months before the planned travel date.

Important Stations and Airports for this Journey

Cardiff
Manchester
The major railway station for departures from Cardiff is Cardiff Central. Read all the information you need to know about services, amenities and connections at Cardiff Central for your trip from Cardiff to Manchester.
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WifiWifi
LockersLockers
ShoppingShopping
ParkingParking
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AccessibilityAccessibility
ticketOfficeHours
Ticket Office Hours
Mon - Fri: 05: 40 - 21: 30 | Sat: 05: 40 - 21: 30 | Sun: 07: 30 - 21: 30
Public transport options for Cardiff Central
Commuter rail lines: City Line, Rhondda Line, Rhymney Line, Valley Line, South Wales Main Line
Train lines: Transport for Wales, CrossCountry, Great Western Railway
Location for Rail Replacement Services: At the rear car park (Penarth Road entrance)

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