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.
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3 h 17 m
3 h 41 m
Trains per day
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.
|Average train duration||3 h 17 min|
|Average train ticket price||£38 (€44)|
|Train providers||Transport 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.
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Train information from Cardiff to Manchester with CrossCountry:
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.
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.
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