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Overview: Train from Manchester to Cardiff

distanceDistance143 miles (231 km)
durationAverage train duration3 h 7 min
priceAverage train ticket price£54 (€62)
frequencyTrain frequency16 a day
changesDirect trainYes, there are 16 direct trains a day
carriersTrain providersArriva Trains Wales or Cross Country

Trains from Manchester to Cardiff cover the 143 miles (231 km) long trip taking on average 3 h 7 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 route for as low as £33, but the average price of train tickets is £54. Travellers depart most frequently from Manchester Piccadilly and arrive in Cardiff Central.

Train companies: CrossCountry trains Manchester to Cardiff

CrossCountry trains will get you between Manchester and Cardiff from £33. With over 1000 travel companies on Omio, you can find the best train times and tickets for your trip.

CrossCountry

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

If you're looking for cheap CrossCountry tickets between Manchester and Cardiff, check out Omio! With one-way Manchester to Cardiff train ticket prices starting as low as £48 when you book in advance, we'll help you get to Cardiff from Manchester by showing you the latest CrossCountry offers, train timetables and tickets for this 143 miles (231 km) route. You can also review relevant ticket information for each class fare available on this journey, such as luggage policy and amenities offered onboard with CrossCountry. If you search for CrossCountry tickets to Cardiff from Manchester in the Omio app, you can quickly see if they are mobile tickets so that you can go paperless when taking the train. Whether you're looking for the cheapest, fastest or earliest train from Manchester to Cardiff on offer, Omio makes it easier than ever for you to find that perfect train with CrossCountry so you can enjoy a smooth and comfortable journey.

Train information from Manchester to Cardiff with CrossCountry:

  • Average Duration: 4 h 13 min
  • Average Price: £48
  • CrossCountry frequency: 7 a day

CrossCountry 's current ticket policies due to COVID-19 for your train from Manchester to Cardiff are the following:

  • 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 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.

Travel Tips: Trains from Manchester to Cardiff

Travel by train 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

What is the cost of cheap trains from Manchester to Cardiff?

You can find a cheap train from Manchester to Cardiff for some dates and times for as low as £33  one way in the next 7 days.

How much does the train from Manchester to Cardiff cost on average?

The Manchester to Cardiff train ticket price is on average £54  if you are looking to book your tickets for this journey in the next week.

What is the distance by train from Manchester to Cardiff?

You should expect to travel around 143 miles (231 km)  to Cardiff from Manchester by train.

How long is the train to Cardiff from Manchester?

The train time to Cardiff from Manchester is on average 3 h 7 min  for the 143 miles (231 km) long journey, but the time it takes to go to Cardiff from Manchester by train can vary depending on specific dates or travelling on weekends and holidays.

When travelling by train from Manchester to Cardiff, which train station in Manchester do I depart from and which train station in Cardiff do I arrive in?

When taking the train to Cardiff from Manchester, you can choose to depart from train stations like Manchester Piccadilly, Manchester Victoria and Manchester Oxford Road. Your journey can end in train stations such as Cardiff Central, Cardiff (Queen Street) and Cardiff (Cathays).

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

Where is the departure train station in Manchester located? Where is the arrival train station in Cardiff located?

Passengers board their train most frequently from Manchester Piccadilly and travel around 0.4 miles (587 m) from the city centre to this train station.

Passengers travelling this route most often arrive at Cardiff Central and need to travel approximately 0.2 miles (425 m) from the train station to the city centre in Cardiff.

Which train providers can take me from Manchester to Cardiff?

For the journey from Manchester to Cardiff you can take a train with Arriva Trains Wales or Cross Country. Be sure to check out all possible train companies that offer services between Manchester and Cardiff on Omio to compare what amenities they may have.

Is there a direct train from Manchester to Cardiff?

Yes, there are 16 direct trains a day from Manchester to Cardiff. If you’re looking for a direct train from Manchester to Cardiff, consider travelling with Arriva Trains Wales. Non-stop train services tend to offer more convenience and save you time getting you to your destination, so it's worth paying attention to this when booking your train tickets.

How many train services per day are there to Cardiff from Manchester?

On average, there are 16 trains a day from Manchester to Cardiff. The train times and services may be different on weekends and holidays compared to weekdays.

When can I take the first train from Manchester to Cardiff? When can I take the last train for the day?

If you prefer early morning trains from Manchester to Cardiff, the first train leaves at 08: 27. If you prefer late night trains from Manchester to Cardiff, the last train of the day leaves at 13: 31. Omio shows you the latest train from Manchester to Cardiff schedule to help you book the best departure time for this trip.

How early should I book train tickets to Cardiff from Manchester to score the best deals?

If you buy Manchester to Cardiff train tickets within the next 7 days, you can find one way tickets to cost on average £54. However, booking in advance gives you access to the best prices for trains to Cardiff from Manchester. Look out for train tickets for this route to go on sale a few months before your planned departure date to find the best deals.

Important Stations and Airports for this Journey

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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.
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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