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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  •  6h 5m

  1. Take the bus from Cardiff University Park Place to Manchester Shudehill Interchange Cardiff North Road - Newcastle upon Tyne John Dobson Street / ...

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Train via Birmingham  •  3h 55m

  1. Take the train from Cardiff Central to Birmingham New Street
  2. Take the train from Birmingham New Street to Stoke-on-Trent
  3. Take the train from Stoke-on-Trent to Manchester Piccadilly

Bus via Liverpool  •  4h 45m

  1. Take the bus from Cardiff North Road to Liverpool One London Victoria Coach Station - Liverpool One
  2. Take the bus from Liverpool One to Manchester Shudehill Interchange London Victoria Coach Station - Liverpool One / ...

Drive  •  3h 15m

  1. Drive from Cardiff to Manchester 189.2 miles

Train, fly  •  5h 42m

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

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The cost-effective way to get from Cardiff to Manchester is to bus, which costs £14 - £24 and takes 6h 5m.

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The quickest way to get from Cardiff to Manchester is to drive which costs £50 - £80 and takes 3h 15m.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Cardiff University Park Place and arriving at Manchester Shudehill Interchange. Services depart every four hours, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 6h 5m.

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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 £75 - £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 Cardiff University Park Place 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 £75 - £110. Alternatively, you can bus via Liverpool, which costs £20 - £35 and takes 4h 45m.

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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 £75 - £110 and the journey takes 3h 22m. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Cardiff to Manchester via Liverpool One in around 4h 45m.

Airlines
easyJet
Website
easyjet.com
Flights from Bristol to Manchester via Belfast (Aldergrove)
Ave. Duration
3h 5m
When
Sunday
Estimated price
£75 - £240
Flights from Bristol to Manchester via Amsterdam Schiphol
Ave. Duration
5h 7m
When
Every day
Estimated price
£75 - £240
Flights from Bristol to Manchester via Bordeaux
Ave. Duration
4h 20m
When
Friday
Estimated price
£75 - £240
Flights from Bristol to Manchester via Geneva
Ave. Duration
4h 45m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
£75 - £240
Flights from Bristol to Manchester via Milan Malpensa
Ave. Duration
5h 40m
When
Sunday
Estimated price
£75 - £240
Flights from Bristol to Manchester via Palma Mallorca
Ave. Duration
6h
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
£75 - £240
Flights from Bristol to Manchester via Split
Ave. Duration
6h 25m
When
Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday
Estimated price
£75 - £240
Flights from Bristol to Manchester via Alicante
Ave. Duration
6h 30m
When
Every day
Estimated price
£75 - £240
Ryanair
Website
ryanair.com
Flights from Bristol to Manchester via Dublin
Ave. Duration
3h 25m
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
£22 - £290
Flights from Bristol to Manchester via Turin
Ave. Duration
5h 25m
When
Saturday
Estimated price
£22 - £290
Flights from Bristol to Manchester via Palma Mallorca
Ave. Duration
5h 45m
When
Wednesday and Sunday
Estimated price
£22 - £290
Flights from Bristol to Manchester via Alicante
Ave. Duration
6h 7m
When
Monday and Wednesday
Estimated price
£22 - £290
Aer Lingus
Website
aerlingus.com
Flights from Bristol to Manchester via Dublin
Ave. Duration
4h 31m
When
Every day
Estimated price
£170 - £460
KLM
Website
klm.com
Flights from Bristol to Manchester via Amsterdam Schiphol
Ave. Duration
4h 28m
When
Every day
Estimated price
£190 - £850
Jet2.com
Website
jet2.com
Flights from Bristol to Manchester via Chambery
Ave. Duration
5h 5m
When
Saturday
Estimated price
£100 - £470
Flights from Bristol to Manchester via Reus
Ave. Duration
6h 30m
When
Thursday
Estimated price
£110 - £490
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Bristol to Manchester via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
5h 10m
When
Tuesday and Thursday
Estimated price
£390 - £1,100
Train operators
CrossCountry
Phone
0344 736 9123
Email
customer.relations@crosscountrytrains.co.uk
Website
crosscountrytrains.co.uk
Train from Cardiff Central to Birmingham New Street
Ave. Duration
2h
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
£55 - £170
Website
crosscountrytrains.co.uk
Anytime Day
£55 - £70
Anytime Day 1st Class
£120 - £170
Train from Birmingham New Street to Stoke-on-Trent
Ave. Duration
47 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
£30 - £120
Website
crosscountrytrains.co.uk
Anytime Day
£30 - £40
Anytime Day 1st Class
£80 - £120
Train from Stoke-on-Trent to Manchester Piccadilly
Ave. Duration
39 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
£29 - £110
Website
crosscountrytrains.co.uk
Anytime Day
£29 - £35
Anytime Day 1st Class
£75 - £110
London Midland
Phone
+44 121 634 2040
Email
comments@londonmidland.com
Website
londonnorthwesternrailway.co.uk
Train from Birmingham New Street to Stoke-on-Trent
Ave. Duration
1h 10m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
£16 - £19
Website
londonnorthwesternrailway.co.uk
Advanced Single/Anytime Advance
£5 - £8
Anytime Day Single
£16 - £19
Avanti West Coast
Phone
0344 556 5650
Website
avantiwestcoast.co.uk
Train from Birmingham New Street to Stoke-on-Trent
Ave. Duration
55 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
£16 - £60
Website
avantiwestcoast.co.uk
Anytime Day Single
£16 - £22
Anytime Day Single 1st Class
£45 - £60
Train from Stoke-on-Trent to Manchester Piccadilly
Ave. Duration
37 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
£14 - £55
Website
avantiwestcoast.co.uk
Anytime Day Single
£14 - £19
Anytime Day Single 1st Class
£35 - £55
First Great Western Service
Phone
+44 3457 000 125
Email
gwr.feedback@gwr.com
Website
gwr.com
Train from Cardiff Central to Bristol Temple Meads
Ave. Duration
46 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
£15 - £19
Website
First Great Western Service
Anytime Day
£15 - £19
Anytime Day 1st Class
£26 - £35
Bus operators
Megabus UK
Phone
0871 266 3333
Email
enquiries@megabus.com
Website
uk.megabus.com
Bus from Cardiff North Road to Liverpool One
Ave. Duration
2h 40m
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
£13 - £22
Website
Megabus UK
Bus from Liverpool One to Manchester Shudehill Interchange
Ave. Duration
1h 5m
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
£7 - £12
Website
Megabus UK
Bus from Cardiff University Park Place to Manchester Shudehill Interchange
Ave. Duration
6h 5m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
£14 - £24
Website
Megabus UK

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There is no direct flight from Bristol Airport to Manchester Airport. The quickest flight takes 3h 5m and has one stopover.

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Cardiff to Manchester bus services, operated by Megabus UK, arrive at Manchester 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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Lufthansa, Jet2.com, Aer Lingus and three other airlines offer flights from Bristol Airport to Manchester Airport.

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