Manchester to Cardiff train

Cheap train tickets from Manchester to Cardiff

Showing times and prices for 30 Jun

Cheapest

£41

Average

£88

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
09:31Manchester3h11 12:42Cardiff
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£411One-way
Cross Country
14:27Manchester4h01 18:28Cardiff
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£881One-way
Transport for Wales
11:31Manchester3h13 14:44Cardiff
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£941One-way
Transport for Wales
10:31Manchester3h14 13:45Cardiff
0 changes
£941One-way
Transport for Wales
18:31Manchester3h34 22:05Cardiff
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£941One-way

Train schedule Manchester to Cardiff

Showing trains for tomorrow, Thursday, 30 June
Transport for Wales
09:31Manchester3h11 12:42Cardiff
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Transport for Wales
10:31Manchester3h14 13:45Cardiff
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Transport for Wales
11:31Manchester3h13 14:44Cardiff
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Transport for Wales
12:31Manchester3h29 16:00Cardiff
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Cross Country
14:27Manchester4h01 18:28Cardiff
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Transport for Wales
15:31Manchester3h14 18:45Cardiff
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Transport for Wales
17:31Manchester3h40 21:11Cardiff
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Transport for Wales
18:31Manchester3h34 22:05Cardiff
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Transport for Wales
19:31Manchester3h51 23:22Cardiff
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Fastest train times from Manchester to Cardiff

Showing times and prices for 30 Jun

Fastest Journey

3 h 11 m

Average

3 h 29 m

Trains per day

9

Distance

231 km

Of the 9 trains that leave Manchester for Cardiff every day 9 travel direct so it’s quite easy to avoid journeys where you’ll have to change along the way.

Transport for Wales
09:31Manchester3h11 12:42Cardiff
0 changes
£411One-way
Transport for Wales
11:31Manchester3h13 14:44Cardiff
0 changes
£941One-way
Transport for Wales
15:31Manchester3h14 18:45Cardiff
0 changes
£941One-way
Transport for Wales
10:31Manchester3h14 13:45Cardiff
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£941One-way
Transport for Wales
12:31Manchester3h29 16:00Cardiff
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£971One-way

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Overview: Train from Manchester to Cardiff

distanceDistance143 miles (231 km)
durationAverage train duration3 h 6 min
priceAverage train ticket price£47 (€52)
frequencyTrain frequency29 a day
changesDirect trainYes, there are 14 direct trains a day
carriersTrain providersCross Country, Transport for Wales or Avanti West Coast

Trains from Manchester to Cardiff cover the 143 miles (231 km) long route taking on average 3 h 6 min with our travel partners like Cross Country, Transport for Wales or Avanti West Coast. Normally, there are 29 trains operating per day, including direct services available. You can get the cheapest train tickets for this route for as low as £40, but the average price of train tickets is £47. Travellers depart most frequently from Manchester Piccadilly and arrive in Cardiff Central.

Train companies: CrossCountry trains Manchester to Cardiff

CrossCountry trains will get you to Cardiff from Manchester from £40. 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 between Manchester and Cardiff you can choose between Standard Class and First Class tickets on Omio.

CrossCountry is one of the best options when travelling by train to Cardiff from Manchester. Omio quickly shows you current CrossCountry train timetables for the Manchester - Cardiff route and makes it easier than ever for you to buy train tickets online for the cheapest, fastest or earliest trip available. The distance from Manchester to Cardiff is around 143 miles (231 km) and the cheapest CrossCountry one-way ticket you can book starts at £68. As you check the latest Manchester to Cardiff 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 Cardiff 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 Manchester to Cardiff so you can spend more time enjoying the smooth and easy journey!

CrossCountry from Manchester to Cardiff train information:

  • Average Duration: 2 h 49 min
  • Average Price: £68
  • CrossCountry frequency: 13 a day

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
Looking to save money on your trip? Omio customers have found the cheapest train to Cardiff from Manchester for the next 7 days starting from £40  one way.
If you’re looking to buy tickets for this trip in the next 7 days, you’ll find that Manchester to Cardiff train prices are on average £47  one way.
When travelling this route you should expect the distance from Manchester to Cardiff via train to be approximately 143 miles (231 km).
On average the train from Manchester to Cardiff duration is 3 h 6 min  for the 143 miles (231 km) long route, but the travel time can vary if you depart on weekends and holidays.

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

Passengers board the train most frequently from Manchester Piccadilly, which is located around 0.6 miles (954 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.

For the best Manchester to Cardiff train to buy, you can travel safely and comfortably with Cross Country, Transport for Wales or Avanti West Coast. However, it's always good to check all possible train providers with services to Cardiff from Manchester to compare what amenities they may offer.
Yes, there are 14 direct trains a day to Cardiff from Manchester. If you’re looking for a direct train from Manchester to Cardiff, consider travelling with Transport for 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.
On average, there are 29 trains a day from Manchester to Cardiff. The train times and services may be different on weekends and holidays compared to weekdays.
You can take the first train from Manchester to Cardiff at 05: 27   or take the last train from Manchester to Cardiff leaving at 22: 38. Look for the latest Manchester Cardiff train timetable on Omio and book the best time to take the train for this journey.
The price of a one way train ticket from Manchester to Cardiff is on average £47 if you book within the next 7 days. But we recommend booking tickets before your planned travel date to find the best prices for trains from all possible train providers offering this journey. In general, you can find train tickets to Cardiff from Manchester available a few months in advance.

Important Stations and Airports for this Journey

Manchester
Cardiff
The major railway station for departures from Manchester is Manchester Piccadilly. Read all the information you need to know about services, amenities and connections at Manchester Piccadilly for your trip between Manchester and Cardiff.
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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
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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.
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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.
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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)

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