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from Cardiff to Manchester

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£55Arriva Trains Wales
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£50Arriva Trains Wales
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£39Arriva Trains Wales
£14National Express
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£39Arriva Trains Wales
£10Flixbus
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£34Arriva Trains Wales
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£33Arriva Trains Wales
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£39Arriva Trains Wales
£12Flixbus
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£48Cross Country
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£39Arriva Trains Wales
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£33Arriva Trains Wales
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£34Arriva Trains Wales
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£33Arriva Trains Wales
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£48Cross Country
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£48Cross Country
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Travel Information between Cardiff and Manchester

distanceDistance143 miles (231 km)
modeAvailable travel modesCoach or train
priceTicket price range£9 - £28
cheapestCheapest modeCoach • £9 • 9 h 5 min
fastestFastest modeTrain • £28 • 3 h 17 min
carriersPopular travel companiesFlixbus or Arriva Trains Wales

Take a coach or train to travel 143 miles (231 km) between Cardiff and Manchester. If speed is a priority, then a train is the best option with an average duration of 3 h 17 min; whereas, if saving money is more important, then a coach is the best option with prices starting as low as £9. The most popular travel providers which serve this trip are Flixbus or Arriva Trains Wales among others. Travellers can even take a direct coach or train from Cardiff to Manchester.

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Travel from Cardiff to Manchester
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FAQs
What are my Cardiff to Manchester travel options?

There are 2 ways that you can travel to Manchester from Cardiff. You can take a coach or train.

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

A coach service offers the cheapest way to travel from Cardiff to Manchester, which costs on average £9.

This is compared to other ways of getting to Manchester:

A coach journey is usually £19 less than a journey to Manchester by train, which costs on average £28 for the same trip.

What is the fastest way to Manchester from Cardiff?

The fastest way from Cardiff to Manchester is by train with an average journey time of 3 h 17 min.

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

In comparison, going by coach can take 9 h 5 min   on average.

How far is Manchester from Cardiff?

The Cardiff to Manchester distance is approximately 143 miles (231 km).

How many services a day are there from Cardiff to Manchester?

The average frequency per day from Cardiff to Manchester is:

  • 16 trains per day.

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

Where do people depart from and arrive in when travelling from Cardiff to Manchester?

These are the most popular departure and arrival points when travelling from Cardiff to Manchester:

  • Most travellers who purchase a coach ticket from Cardiff to Manchester depart from Cardiff, Sophia Gardens to Manchester, Shudehill Interchange.
  • Most travellers catch their train from Cardiff Central and arrive in Manchester Piccadilly.
Which travel companies can get me from Cardiff to Manchester?

Omio works with many trusted partners that can help you travel the best way from Cardiff to Manchester:

  • You can go to Manchester from Cardiff by coach with Flixbus. You'll see cheap coach tickets for £9 with Flixbus from Cardiff to Manchester on Omio.
  • You can travel by train between Cardiff and Manchester with Arriva Trains Wales, and you can find Arriva Trains Wales Cardiff to Manchester tickets for £28 on Omio.
Is there a direct service to Manchester from Cardiff?

Yes, there are direct services available from Cardiff to Manchester with the following travel operators:

  • You can find around direct coaches per day and book this direct coach with.
  • You can find around 16 direct trains per day and book this direct train with Arriva Trains Wales.

Direct services tend to save you time and add more convenience in getting you to Manchester as you won't need to change in between, so it's worth paying attention to before booking your tickets between Cardiff and Manchester.

Where should I go next after I travel from Cardiff to Manchester?
Your journey from Cardiff to Manchester doesn't have to end in Manchester. Many of our customers like to extend their holidays to explore other popular destinations like London, Liverpool or Edinburgh. If you’d like to add London, Liverpool or Edinburgh to your Cardiff to Manchester trip, check Omio for the best and cheapest ways to travel to any of these top destinations from Manchester today!
How early should I buy Cardiff to Manchester tickets online to score the best deals?

When planning your trip from Cardiff to Manchester, 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 £9 one way.
  • Train tickets cost on average £28 one way.

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

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