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Train Information to Cardiff from Manchester

distanceDistance143 miles (231 km)
durationAverage train duration3 h 11 min
priceAverage train ticket price£39 (€44)
frequencyTrain frequency16 a day
changesDirect trainYes, there are 16 direct trains a day
carriersTrain companiesArriva Trains Wales or Cross Country

Trains from Manchester to Cardiff cover the 143 miles (231 km) long journey taking on average 3 h 11 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 £27, but the average price of train tickets is £39. Travellers depart most frequently from Manchester Piccadilly and arrive in Cardiff Central.

Train companies

CrossCountry Manchester – Cardiff

Buy your official CrossCountry train tickets between Manchester and Cardiff from £27 with Omio. Find train times and tickets for over 1000 travel companies to compare and book the most affordable journey.

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 from Manchester to 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 route, such as luggage policy and amenities offered onboard with CrossCountry. If you search for CrossCountry tickets between Manchester and Cardiff 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.

Manchester to Cardiff train information with CrossCountry:

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

When you buy your CrossCountry train tickets between Manchester and Cardiff don't forget to keep the following COVID-19 related policies in mind:

  • 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 price of the cheapest train between Manchester and Cardiff?
Looking to save money on your journey? Omio customers have found the cheapest train from Manchester to Cardiff for the next 7 days starting from £27  one way.
What is the cost of a train ticket from Manchester to Cardiff on average?
In the next 7 days you’ll find that the average cost of a train ticket to Cardiff from Manchester is £39  one way.
How far is it from Manchester to Cardiff by train?
When travelling this route you should expect the distance from Manchester to Cardiff via train to be approximately 143 miles (231 km).
What is the average Manchester to Cardiff train duration?
The train time between Manchester and Cardiff is on average 3 h 11 min  for the 143 miles (231 km) long journey, but the time it takes to go from Manchester to Cardiff by train can vary depending on specific dates or travelling on weekends and holidays.
Which train station from Manchester to Cardiff do I depart from? Which Cardiff train station from Manchester do I arrive in?

There are a few train stations in Manchester to start your journey from including Manchester Piccadilly, Manchester Victoria and Manchester Oxford Road. In Cardiff you have a few train station options to choose from for your arrival including Cardiff Central, Cardiff (Queen Street) and Cardiff (Cathays).

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

Where is the Manchester train station located? Where is the Cardiff train station located?

The most popular departure train station with passengers for this route, called Manchester Piccadilly, is located 0 mile (s) / 0 km from the city centre of Manchester.

The most popular arrival train station, Cardiff Central, is located 0 mile (s) / 0 km away from the city centre of Cardiff.

What train companies go from Manchester to Cardiff?
For the trip from Manchester to Cardiff you can take a train with Arriva Trains Wales or Cross Country. Be sure to check out all possible train providers that offer services to Cardiff from Manchester on Omio to compare what amenities they may have.
How many train services are there from Manchester to Cardiff a day?
The average number of trains departing Manchester for Cardiff is 16 a day. The train schedules and services may vary between weekdays and weekends.
When can I take the first train from Manchester to Cardiff? When can I take the last train for the day?
The first train from Manchester to Cardiff leaves at 07: 30   and the last train for this leaves at 11: 31. Omio shows you the latest train from Manchester to Cardiff times to help you book the best departure time for this trip.
When should I book Manchester Cardiff train tickets to score the best deals?
If you book Manchester to Cardiff train tickets within the next 7 days, you can find one way tickets to cost on average £39. However, booking in advance gives you access to the best prices for trains from Manchester to Cardiff. Look out for train tickets for this trip to go on sale a few months before your planned departure date to find the best deals.

Important Stations and Airports for this Journey

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
TaxiTaxi
ticketOfficeHours
Ticket office hours
Mon - Sat: 04: 30 - 22: 30 | Sun: 07: 00 - 22: 30
Connections to/from station
Bus lines: 1, 2, 3, 147
Train lines: Northern, TransPennine Express, Avanti West Coast, CrossCountry, East Midlands Trains, Transport for Wales