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from Manchester to Cardiff

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£33Arriva Trains Wales
£11Flixbus
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9 Dec
£33Arriva Trains Wales
£9Flixbus
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10 Dec
£50Arriva Trains Wales
£14Flixbus
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11 Dec
£48Cross Country
£15Flixbus
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£90Cross Country
£10Flixbus
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13 Dec
£39Arriva Trains Wales
£8Flixbus
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14 Dec
£33Arriva Trains Wales
£9Flixbus
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15 Dec
£33Arriva Trains Wales
£8Flixbus
Thu
16 Dec
£39Arriva Trains Wales
£10Flixbus
Fri
17 Dec
£66Cross Country
£17Megabus
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18 Dec
£48Cross Country
£17Megabus
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19 Dec
£39Arriva Trains Wales
£14Megabus
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20 Dec
£33Arriva Trains Wales
£14Megabus
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21 Dec
£34Arriva Trains Wales
£14Megabus
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22 Dec
£34Arriva Trains Wales
£17Megabus
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23 Dec
£48Cross Country
£17Megabus
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24 Dec
£48Cross Country
£32Flixbus
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£48Cross Country
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Travel Information to Cardiff from Manchester

distanceDistance143 miles (231 km)
modeAvailable travel modesCoach or train
priceTicket price range£10 - £28
cheapestCheapest modeCoach • £10 • 9 h 45 min
fastestFastest modeTrain • £28 • 3 h 11 min
carriersPopular travel companiesFlixbus or Arriva Trains Wales

Travel 143 miles (231 km) by coach or train from Manchester to Cardiff. If speed is a priority, then a train is the best option with an average duration of 3 h 11 min; whereas, if saving money is more important, then a coach is the best option with prices starting as low as £10. The most popular travel providers which serve this journey are Flixbus or Arriva Trains Wales among others. Travellers can even take a direct coach from Manchester to Cardiff.

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Travel from Manchester to Cardiff
Travel 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
How do you get from Manchester to Cardiff?

There are 2 ways to get from Manchester to Cardiff: coach or train.

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

The cheapest way from Manchester to Cardiff is by taking a coach. You can find average ticket prices around £10 compared to other travel options to Cardiff:

A coach journey is usually £18 less than a journey to Cardiff by train, which costs on average £28 for the same trip.

What is the fastest way to Cardiff from Manchester?

The quickest way to travel between Manchester and Cardiff is by train, which takes on average 3 h 11 min   compared to other travel options that may take you longer to get to your destination:

In comparison, going by coach can take 9 h 45 min   on average.

What is the distance from Manchester to Cardiff?

The distance between Manchester and Cardiff is around 143 miles (231 km).

How many scheduled departures are there a day from Manchester to Cardiff?

The average frequency per day from Manchester to Cardiff is:

  • Around 16 trains per day.

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

What are the departure and arrival points when travelling from Manchester to Cardiff?

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

  • Most travellers who purchase a coach ticket from Manchester to Cardiff depart from Manchester, Shudehill Interchange to Cardiff, Sophia Gardens.
  • Most travellers who book a train ticket from Manchester to Cardiff depart from Manchester Piccadilly to Cardiff Central.
Which travel companies can take me from Manchester to Cardiff?

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

  • Flixbus can take you to Cardiff by coach. If searching for a good deal on coaches, you can find tickets for Flixbus from Manchester to Cardiff for £10.
  • Travel with Arriva Trains Wales to go to Cardiff by train. For a good deal on tickets, you can find Arriva Trains Wales Manchester to Cardiff tickets on Omio for £28.
Is there a way to travel directly from Manchester to Cardiff?

Yes, there are direct routes from Manchester to Cardiff with the following travel companies:

  • You can find direct coaches to take to Cardiff with Megabus.

As you won't need to change at another stop in between, direct services to Cardiff tend to save you time and add more convenience, so it's worth paying attention to before you purchase tickets for this journey.

What other popular destinations should I add to my itinerary for my trip to Cardiff from Manchester?
Many of our customers travelling from Manchester to Cardiff don't make Cardiff their final stop. Some of the destinations worth visiting after are London, Bristol or Birmingham, either of which you could add to your Manchester and Cardiff trip itinerary. Check Omio for the best and cheapest ways to travel from Cardiff to any of these top destinations today!
When should I buy a ticket between Manchester and Cardiff online to score the best deals?

Before travelling from Manchester to Cardiff, it’s good to know what ticket you can purchase and how much it will cost in the next 7 days:

  • The price of a coach ticket for this route is £10 one way on average.
  • The price of a train ticket is £28 one way on average for this trip.

But we recommend booking Manchester to Cardiff tickets online a few months before your planned travel date to score the best deals and save money on your trip.