Manchester to Cardiff train

Tue, 28 May
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Cheap train tickets from Manchester to Cardiff

Showing times and prices for 29 May

Cheapest

The best way to find a cheap train ticket from Manchester to Cardiff is to book your journey as far in advance as possible and to avoid travelling at rush hour.

Cheapest
Transport for Wales
08:303h23
Manchester Piccadilly (MAN)
11:53Cardiff Central (CDF)
£761One-way
0 changes
Cheapest
Transport for Wales
10:303h12
Manchester Piccadilly (MAN)
13:42Cardiff Central (CDF)
£761One-way
0 changes
Transport for Wales
09:303h22
Manchester Piccadilly (MAN)
12:52Cardiff Central (CDF)
£831One-way
0 changes
Cross Country
11:033h34
Manchester Piccadilly (MAN)
14:37Cardiff Central (CDF)
£931One-way
1 change
Cross Country
08:033h33
Manchester Piccadilly (MAN)
11:36Cardiff Central (CDF)
£1151One-way
1 change

Train timetableManchester to Cardiff

Showing trains for tomorrow, Wednesday, 29 May
Cross Country
08:033h33
Manchester Piccadilly (MAN)
11:36Cardiff Central (CDF)
1 change
Transport for Wales
08:303h23
Manchester Piccadilly (MAN)
11:53Cardiff Central (CDF)
0 changes
Cross Country
09:033h35
Manchester Piccadilly (MAN)
12:38Cardiff Central (CDF)
1 change
Transport for Wales
09:303h22
Manchester Piccadilly (MAN)
12:52Cardiff Central (CDF)
0 changes
Transport for Wales
10:303h12
Manchester Piccadilly (MAN)
13:42Cardiff Central (CDF)
0 changes
Cross Country
11:033h34
Manchester Piccadilly (MAN)
14:37Cardiff Central (CDF)
1 change

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Train times from Manchester to Cardiff

Showing times and prices for 29 May

Fastest Journey

3 h 12 m

Average

3 h 26 m

Trains per day

6

Distance

231 km

Of the 6 trains that leave Manchester for Cardiff every day 3 travel direct so it’s quite easy to avoid journeys where you’ll have to change along the way.

Fastest
Transport for Wales
10:303h12
Manchester Piccadilly (MAN)
13:42Cardiff Central (CDF)
£761One-way
0 changes
Transport for Wales
09:303h22
Manchester Piccadilly (MAN)
12:52Cardiff Central (CDF)
£831One-way
0 changes
Transport for Wales
08:303h23
Manchester Piccadilly (MAN)
11:53Cardiff Central (CDF)
£761One-way
0 changes
Cross Country
08:033h33
Manchester Piccadilly (MAN)
11:36Cardiff Central (CDF)
£1151One-way
1 change
Cross Country
11:033h34
Manchester Piccadilly (MAN)
14:37Cardiff Central (CDF)
£931One-way
1 change

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Overview: Train from Manchester to Cardiff

distanceDistance143 miles
durationAverage train duration3 h 5 min
priceAverage train ticket price£61 (€69)
changesDirect trainYes
carriersTrain companiesTransport for Wales or CrossCountry

Trains from Manchester to Cardiff cover the 143 miles long trip taking on average 3 h 5 min with our travel partners like Transport for Wales or CrossCountry. There are direct train services available. While the average ticket price for this trip costs around £61, you can find the cheapest train ticket for as low as £37. Travellers depart most frequently from Manchester Piccadilly and arrive in Cardiff Central.

Train providers: Transport for Wales and CrossCountry trains Manchester to Cardiff

Transport for Wales and CrossCountry trains will get you to Cardiff from Manchester from £29. With over 1000 travel companies on Omio, you can find the best train times and tickets for your trip.

Transport for Wales is a public transport provider in Wales, UK. It operates a comprehensive network of trains, buses and ferries across the country. The trains are modern and comfortable, with a range of different types including InterCity Express Trains, Regional Trains, and Metro Trains. Onboard facilities include free Wi-Fi, power sockets, and a range of food and drink options. There are a variety of ticket types available, including single and return tickets, season tickets, and group tickets. The most popular routes include Cardiff to Swansea, Cardiff to Newport, and Cardiff to Manchester.

Train information from Manchester to Cardiff with Transport for Wales:

  • Average Duration: 3 h 12 min
  • Cheapest Price: £29

Trains from Manchester to Cardiff

Direct trains from Manchester to Cardiff are operated by Arriva Trains Wales with a journey time of approximately three and a half hours. The first departure of the day is at around 6:30 p.m. Trains then depart at hourly intervals until about 8:30 p.m. CrossCountry also provides trains from Manchester to Cardiff that have around the same journey time but require a connection at Bristol Parkway.

What are the departure and arrival stations for trains from Manchester to Cardiff?

Departure Station:Trains from Manchester to Cardiff depart from Piccadilly Station which is to the south of the city. It is a large station with car parking, storage for bicycles and a taxi rank as well as stops for local buses. Regional trains run to Manchester Airport while Metrolink trams also connect Piccadilly to the airport, the city centre and the suburbs.

Arrival Station:Trains from Manchester to Cardiff arrive at Central Station. This is a busy hub in the heart of the city with a taxi rank, stops for local buses, a car park and bicycle stands.

FAQs: Manchester to Cardiff train

FAQs: Travel by train from Manchester to Cardiff 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 Manchester to Cardiff.
FAQs
Cheap train tickets from Manchester to Cardiff can start from as little as £37 when you book in advance. The average train ticket price for Manchester to Cardiff is £61; however, prices vary depending on the time of day and class and they tend to be more expensive on the day.
On average the Manchester to Cardiff train travel time is 3 h 5 min   for the 143 mile long route, but the duration can vary if you travel on weekends and holidays.
The first train from Manchester to Cardiff leaves at 05: 11. Plan your trip with the Journey Planner   from Omio.
The last train from Manchester to Cardiff leaves at 21: 30.
For the best Manchester to Cardiff train to book, you can travel safely and comfortably with Transport for Wales or CrossCountry. However, it's always good to check all possible train companies with services between Manchester and Cardiff to compare what amenities they may offer.
No, there are no night trains, the latest train for this route is 21: 30.

When departing from Manchester, you have various train station options to start your route from including Manchester Piccadilly, Manchester Airport and Manchester Victoria. When arriving in Cardiff, you can end your journey in train stations like Cardiff Central, Cardiff Queen Street and Cardiff Bay.

Passengers board the train most frequently from Manchester Piccadilly, which is located around 0.5 miles (767 m) away from the city centre, and they get off the train at Cardiff Central, located 1.1 miles (1.8 km) away from the city centre.

A trip to Cardiff from Manchester is worth doing but not as a day trip with a journey time of 3 h 5 min each way. Check with Omio app   the best way to travel.
The cheapest month for a train from Manchester to Cardiff is October.
It's helpful to compare your options as there are 2 ways to travel between Manchester and Cardiff including taking a coach or train.

Important Stations and Airports in Manchester and Cardiff

Manchester
Cardiff
Manchester Piccadilly is the most popular Manchester 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 Manchester for your journey to Cardiff.
Amenities at station
WifiWifi
LockersLockers
ParkingParking
ATMATM
TaxisTaxis
AccessibilityAccessibility
phone
Phone Number
+44 3457114141
ticketOfficeHours
Ticket Office Hours
Mon - Sat: 04: 30 - 22: 30 | Sun: 07: 00 - 22: 30
Public transport options for Manchester Piccadilly
Bus lines: 1, 2, 3, 147
Train lines: Northern, TransPennine Express, Avanti West Coast, CrossCountry, East Midlands Trains, Transport for Wales
Manchester AirportWifiShoppingParkingATMAccessibility
Amenities at station
WifiWifi
ShoppingShopping
ParkingParking
ATMATM
AccessibilityAccessibility
Public transport options for Manchester Airport
Location for Rail Replacement Services: Rail Replacement bus services depart from stands L & M of the adjacent Bus Station which is situated close to the ticket office.
Amenities at station
ParkingParking
AccessibilityAccessibility
Public transport options for Manchester Victoria
Location for Rail Replacement Services: Pick up point is on Station Approach (M3 1WY) directly outside the station main entrance, outside the M & S shop.
Amenities at station
ParkingParking
AccessibilityAccessibility
Public transport options for Manchester Oxford Road
Location for Rail Replacement Services: Pick Up / Drop Off at the bus stops on Whitworth St West (200 yards from station) (station side for Liverpool, opposite side for Piccadilly)
Manchester Piccadilly, Victoria, Oxford Road or DeansgateAccessibility
Amenities at station
AccessibilityAccessibility
Manchester, Abraham Moss
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