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Travel Information to Halifax from Cardiff

distanceDistance164 miles (264 km)
modeAvailable travel modesCoach, flight, ferry or train
fastestFastest modeTrain • £152 • 4 h 47 min
carriersPopular travel companiesNational Express or Arriva Trains Wales

Take a coach, flight, ferry or train to travel 164 miles (264 km) from Cardiff to Halifax. The most popular travel providers which serve this route are National Express or Arriva Trains Wales among others. Travellers can even take a direct from Cardiff to Halifax.

How to travel from Cardiff to Halifax?

If you're looking for ways to travel from Cardiff to Halifax, you'll be glad to find two ways to move between these destinations. The first option is to take a train from Cardiff Central railway station to Halifax railway station. This trip covers a distance of around 164 miles (264) and the average time between the destinations is roughly 4h 40min.

The majority of these train rides have routes that change at Manchester Piccadilly station, where you'll head to Manchester Victoria station and board the last train of the journey to Halifax. Your second option is to take a bus from Sophia Gardens in Cardiff. The average travel time of these journeys is close to 11h, depending on the number of changes along the way. If you're travelling on a bus with one scheduled change along the way, your stopover will usually be at London Victoria Coach Station before heading to Halifax.

What is the cheapest way to get from Cardiff to Halifax?

When looking for the most affordable way to travel from Cardiff to Halifax, taking a bus from Cardiff, Sophia Gardens is currently the cheapest way to move between these destinations. These trips are, admittedly, much longer than taking a train but the cost for a train can be almost eight times higher than taking a bus. Taking a bus trip requires at least one changeover along the way, sometimes two.

If you're on a route with one stopover, your stop will be at London Victoria station. Taking a trip with multiple changes along the way usually means stopping in Birmingham and Sheffield before heading to Halifax. This trip is a more direct route and can take closer to 9h depending on the length of the stopover. Other ways to ensure you get the best tickets available include booking in advance, searching with flexible dates, and choosing the number of connections. These tickets usually go on sale months in advance, the earlier you buy them, the cheaper they will be. If you book with flexible dates, you'll find different deals on different days and can choose accordingly. Taking a trip early on during the week is often less expensive than travelling over a weekend, so keep that in mind.

What is the fastest way to travel from Cardiff to Halifax?

When travelling from Cardiff to Halifax by public transport, you'll find the quickest way to travel is to take a train ride rather than a bus journey. The majority of the trains travelling between these two destinations are operated by Arriva Trains Wales in conjunction with Northern Rail and the average travel time will take around 4h 40min. The first leg of your journey will be operated by Arriva and will take you from Cardiff Central to Manchester Piccadilly in around 3h 30min. The second leg of your trip will be operated by Northern Rail from Manchester Victoria to Halifax railway station in around 40min, with a 30min changeover between Piccadilly and Victoria.

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Halifax Shibden Hall. Source: Shutterstock

Trains from Cardiff to Halifax

Taking a train from Cardiff to Halifax is the top choice for many travellers moving between these destinations. To start with, it's the quickest option available outside of driving yourself. You'll find numerous trips operating every day, so you won't have to wait and can travel whenever you want. You don't have to deal with weather delays as the trains run regardless of what's happening with the elements.

Travelling by train offers a more spacious and comfortable journey with more legroom and the chance to get up and stretch your legs whenever you need. It's also the most eco-friendly way to travel by public transport between these destinations. There are several trains travelling these routes every day with either one or two stopovers along the way. Trains with two changes along the way usually have more a direct route and typically take 2h less than routes with only one stopover at London Victoria.

Train travel from Cardiff to Halifaxwith Arriva Train Wales

Arriva Trains Wales operate the initial leg of your train journeys when you're taking a route with one stopover along the way. Arriva is a British train operator servicing Northern England and operates under the Wales & Border franchise. The second leg of your trip will be handled by Northern Rail. Northern is a primary passenger provider operating in the north of England and will handle the last leg of your journey regardless of whether you're taking a train with one stopover or two stopovers. If you're travelling from Cardiff Central to Halifax on a route with two stopovers, your first two legs will be operated by Cross Country, with a stopover in Birmingham and Leeds along the way.

Buses from Cardiff to Halifax

If you're travelling by bus from Cardiff to Halifax, you'll be glad to find several buses operating this route every day. These buses start around 4:20 a.m. and end at 7:45 p.m. with at least three journeys a day. You'll have the choice of two separate routes between these destinations. The first option is a bus trip with a single changeover along the way. The first leg of your journey will be from Cardiff, Sophia Gardens to London Victoria Station and the second leg of your journey will be from there to Halifax station.

This trip will typically take close to 11h. Choosing routes with two stopovers along the way are usually the more direct option, requiring stopovers at Birmingham Coach Station and Sheffield, Pond Street before heading to Halifax in around 9h 10min. All of these journeys will be handled by National Express.

Traveling by bus from Cardiff to Halifax with National Express

National Express operates all trains from Cardiff to Halifax, operating a minimum of three journeys per day. All of these trips depart from Cardiff, Sophia Gardens station and head to Halifax coach station in the city centre. National Express is a multinational train operating company that's based in Birmingham and offers top-quality transport to passengers throughout the UK, Canada, Ireland, and the US.

Halifax Crossley Street. Source: Shutterstock

To Halifax by train/ bus—travel tips

Halifax is a minster town located in West Yorkshire, in the Metropolitan Borough of Calderdale. It's home to a strong industrial heritage and beautiful Victorian architecture. If you're interested in the local art in Halifax, make your way to the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia and explore the regional artworks on display. The Halifax Public Gardens are a pristine spot to head to for an afternoon picture amid the Victorian-era gardens.

Head to Point Pleasant Park to have a gander at the beach and ruins, or simply to run along the provided trails. The Maritime Museum of the Atlantic is a popular museum for visitors interested in the region's maritime history. If you need to gather some fresh food or local gifts for family back home, make your way to Halifax Seaport Farmer's Market and have your fill.

Travel Tips: Travel from Cardiff to Halifax

Travel to Halifax 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 Cardiff to Halifax.

There are 4 travel options from Cardiff to Halifax: coach, flight, ferry or train.

A ferry service offers the cheapest way to travel from Cardiff to Halifax, which costs on average £1.

This is compared to other ways of getting to Halifax:

A ferry is generally £14 less than a coach for the same trip. A coach costs on average £14 from Cardiff to Halifax.

A ferry journey is usually £4 less than a journey to Halifax by plane, which costs on average £4 for the same trip.

A ferry is about £152 less than a train, which costs on average £152 for this trip.

The fastest way from Cardiff to Halifax is by train with an average journey time of 4 h 47 min.

Other travel options to Halifax from Cardiff can usually take longer:

In comparison, going by coach can take 7 h 30 min   on average.

In comparison, getting to Halifax by flight can take on average 18 h 54 min.

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The distance from Cardiff to Halifax is approximately 164 miles (264 km).

The average frequency per day from Cardiff to Halifax is:

  • 16 flights a day.

However, we recommend checking specific travel dates for your route between Cardiff and Halifax as scheduled services by coach, flight, ferry or train can vary by season or day of the week.

These are the most popular departure and arrival points for travellers from Cardiff to Halifax:

  • Coaches from Cardiff to Halifax most often leave from Cardiff, Sophia Gardens and arrive in Halifax, Halifax.
  • Trains from Cardiff to Halifax most often leave from Cardiff Central and arrive in Halifax.

If finding a good deal is your main consideration for your trip from Cardiff to Halifax, then we'll help you find the best value travel companies for you:

  • National Express can get you to Halifax by coach. You can find a good deal for coach tickets with National Express from Cardiff to Halifax for £14 on Omio.
  • Travel with Arriva Trains Wales to go to Halifax by train. For a good deal on tickets, you can find Arriva Trains Wales Cardiff to Halifax tickets on Omio for £152.
Many of our customers travelling from Cardiff to Halifax don't make Halifax their final stop. Some of the destinations worth visiting after are London, Manchester or Leeds, either of which you could add to your Cardiff and Halifax trip itinerary. Check Omio for the best and cheapest ways to travel from Halifax to any of these top destinations today!

When planning your trip between Cardiff and Halifax, it’s good to keep in mind what tickets to buy and their prices in the next 7 days:

  • Coach tickets are costing on average £14 one way.
  • Plane tickets cost on average £4 one way.
  • Ferry tickets are costing £1 one way on average.
  • Train tickets are costing on average £152 one way.

However, we recommend buying tickets between Cardiff and Halifax online a few months in advance to get the best deals and save money on your upcoming journey.

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