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There are 6 ways to get from Cardiff to Manchester by train, bus, car or plane

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Train  •  3h 22m

  1. Take the train from Cardiff Central to Manchester Piccadilly Cardiff Central - Manchester Piccadilly / ...

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Bus  •  5h 45m

  1. Take the bus from University RE to Shudehill Interchange M34 / ...

4 alternative options

Train via Bristol  •  4h 22m

  1. Take the train from Cardiff Central to Bristol Parkway Swansea - London Paddington / ...
  2. Take the train from Bristol Parkway to Manchester Piccadilly Bristol Temple Meads - Manchester Piccadilly / ...

Drive  •  3h 15m

  1. Drive from Cardiff to Manchester 189.2 miles

Train to Bristol, fly  •  5h 38m

  1. Take the train from Cardiff Central to Bristol Temple Meads
  2. Fly from Bristol (BRS) to Manchester (MAN) BRS - MAN

Fly from Cardiff  •  6h 11m

  1. Fly from Cardiff (CWL) to Manchester (MAN) CWL - MAN

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The cheapest way to get from Cardiff to Manchester is to bus which costs £22 - £35 and takes 5h 45m.

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The fastest way to get from Cardiff to Manchester is to drive which takes 3h 15m and costs £45 - £75.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from University RE and arriving at Shudehill Interchange. Services depart five times a day, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 5h 45m.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Cardiff Central and arriving at Manchester Piccadilly. Services depart hourly, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 3h 22m.

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The distance between Cardiff and Manchester is 145 miles. The road distance is 189.2 miles.

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The best way to get from Cardiff to Manchester without a car is to train which takes 3h 22m and costs £50 - £110.

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The train from Cardiff Central to Manchester Piccadilly takes 3h 22m including transfers and departs hourly.

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Cardiff to Manchester bus services, operated by Megabus UK, depart from University RE station.

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Cardiff to Manchester train services, operated by Transport for Wales, depart from Cardiff Central station.

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The best way to get from Cardiff to Manchester is to train which takes 3h 22m and costs £50 - £110. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs £22 - £35 and takes 5h 45m, you could also fly, which costs £24 - £140 and takes 6h 11m.

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Map of how to get from Cardiff to Manchester.
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  • Distance: 144.7 miles
  • Duration: 3h 22m

What companies run services between Cardiff, Wales and Manchester, England?

Transport for Wales operates a train from Cardiff Central to Manchester Piccadilly hourly. Tickets cost £50 - £110 and the journey takes 3h 22m. Alternatively, Megabus UK operates a bus from Cardiff University Park Place to Manchester Shudehill Interchange 5 times a day. Tickets cost £22 - £35 and the journey takes 5h 45m.

Airlines
easyJet
Website
easyjet.com
Flights from Bristol to Manchester via Belfast (Aldergrove)
Ave. Duration
4h 10m
When
Tuesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
£30 - £160
Flights from Bristol to Manchester via Amsterdam Schiphol
Ave. Duration
3h 51m
When
Every day
Estimated price
£35 - £170
Flights from Bristol to Manchester via Paris Charles de Gaulle
Ave. Duration
5h 5m
When
Monday and Friday
Estimated price
£35 - £180
Flights from Bristol to Manchester via Geneva
Ave. Duration
5h
When
Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday
Estimated price
£50 - £230
Flights from Bristol to Manchester via Paris Orly
Ave. Duration
4h 40m
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
£35 - £180
Flights from Bristol to Manchester via Innsbruck
Ave. Duration
5h 40m
When
Sunday
Estimated price
£55 - £260
KLM
Website
klm.com
Flights from Bristol to Manchester via Amsterdam Schiphol
Ave. Duration
4h 6m
When
Every day
Estimated price
£230 - £700
Flights from Cardiff to Manchester via Amsterdam Schiphol
Ave. Duration
4h 56m
When
Every day
Estimated price
£100 - £340
Ryanair
Website
ryanair.com
Flights from Bristol to Manchester via Dublin
Ave. Duration
3h 35m
When
Friday and Saturday
Estimated price
£29 - £140
Flights from Bristol to Manchester via Cologne Bonn
Ave. Duration
4h 5m
When
Saturday
Estimated price
£29 - £140
Flights from Bristol to Manchester via Milan Bergamo
Ave. Duration
5h 5m
When
Friday
Estimated price
£29 - £140
Flights from Cardiff to Manchester via Dublin
Ave. Duration
3h 25m
When
Friday
Estimated price
£15 - £110
British Airways
Website
britishairways.com
Flights from Bristol to Manchester via Dublin
Ave. Duration
4h 50m
When
Every day
Estimated price
£60 - £180
Flights from Cardiff to Manchester via Belfast City
Ave. Duration
3h 55m
When
Monday
Estimated price
£60 - £190
Flights from Cardiff to Manchester via Belfast City, London Heathrow
Ave. Duration
6h 20m
When
Monday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
£55 - £230
Aer Lingus
Website
aerlingus.com
Flights from Bristol to Manchester via Dublin
Ave. Duration
4h 50m
When
Every day
Estimated price
£60 - £180
Flights from Cardiff to Manchester via Belfast City
Ave. Duration
3h 55m
When
Monday
Estimated price
£60 - £190
Jet2.com
Website
jet2.com
Flights from Bristol to Manchester via Geneva
Ave. Duration
5h 35m
When
Saturday
Estimated price
£55 - £160
Flights from Bristol to Manchester via Palma Mallorca
Ave. Duration
6h 15m
When
Monday and Friday
Estimated price
£85 - £180
TUI Airways
Website
tui.co.uk
Flights from Cardiff to Manchester via Dubrovnik
Ave. Duration
7h 30m
When
Thursday
Estimated price
£110 - £490
Train operators
Transport for Wales
Phone
03333 211 202
Website
tfw.wales
Train from Cardiff Central to Manchester Piccadilly
Ave. Duration
3h 22m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
£50 - £110
Website
https://tfw.wales/
Schedules at
https://tfw.wales/service-status/timetables
Anytime Standard
£50 - £75
Anytime 1st Class
£75 - £110
First Great Western Service
Phone
+44 3457 000 125
Email
gwr.feedback@gwr.com
Website
gwr.com
Train from Cardiff Central to Bristol Parkway
Ave. Duration
33 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
£15 - £40
Website
https://www.gwr.com/
Anytime Day Single
£15 - £22
Anytime Day Single 1st Class
£26 - £40
Train from Cardiff Central to Bristol Temple Meads
Ave. Duration
45 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
£18 - £45
Website
https://www.gwr.com/
Anytime Day Single
£18 - £25
Anytime Day Single 1st Class
£29 - £45
Bus operators
Megabus UK
Email
enquiries@megabus.com
Website
uk.megabus.com
Bus from Cardiff University Park Place to Manchester Shudehill Interchange
Ave. Duration
5h 45m
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
£22 - £35
Website
https://uk.megabus.com
Schedules at
https://uk.megabus.com/timetables

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There is no direct flight from Bristol Airport to Manchester Airport. The quickest flight takes 3h and has one stopover.

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Cardiff to Manchester bus services, operated by Megabus UK, arrive at Shudehill Interchange station.

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Cardiff to Manchester train services, operated by Transport for Wales, arrive at Manchester Piccadilly station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Cardiff to Manchester is 189 miles. It takes approximately 3h 15m to drive from Cardiff to Manchester.

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Aer Lingus, Jet2.com, KLM and two other airlines offer flights from Bristol Airport to Manchester Airport.

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