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There are 4 ways to get from Cardiff to Manchester by train, bus or car

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Train  •  3h 34m

  1. Take the train from Cardiff Central to Manchester Piccadilly

£75 - £220

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Bus  •  5h 55m

  1. Take the bus from Cardiff Coach Station, Sophia Gardens to Birmingham Coach Station, Digbeth National Express
  2. Take the bus from Birmingham Coach Station, Digbeth to Manchester Coach Station, Chorlton St National Express

£13 - £16

2 alternative options

Train via Bristol  •  4h 24m

  1. Take the train from Cardiff Central to Bristol Parkway
  2. Take the train from Bristol Parkway to Manchester Piccadilly

£89 - £326

Drive  •  3h 15m

  1. Drive from Cardiff to Manchester 189.2 miles

£30 - £45

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The cheapest way to get from Cardiff to Manchester is to bus which costs £12 - £17 and takes 5h 55m.

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The quickest way to get from Cardiff to Manchester is to drive which costs £30 - £45 and takes 3h 15m.

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No, there is no direct bus from Cardiff station to Manchester station. However, there are services departing from Cardiff Coach Station, Sophia Gardens and arriving at Manchester Coach Station, Chorlton St via Birmingham Coach Station, Digbeth. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 5h 55m.

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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 34m.

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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 34m and costs £75 - £220.

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The train from Cardiff Central to Manchester Piccadilly takes 3h 34m including transfers and departs hourly.

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Cardiff to Manchester bus services, operated by National Express, depart from Cardiff Coach Station, Sophia Gardens.

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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 34m and costs £75 - £220. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs £12 - £17 and takes 5h 55m.

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Map of how to get from Cardiff to Manchester.
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  • Distance: 144.7 miles
  • Duration: 3h 34m

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 34m. CrossCountry also services this route 6 times a week. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Cardiff to Manchester via Birmingham Coach Station, Digbeth in around 5h 55m.

Train operators
CrossCountry
Phone
0344 736 9123
Email
customer.relations@crosscountrytrains.co.uk
Website
crosscountrytrains.co.uk
Train from Cardiff Central to Manchester Piccadilly
Ave. Duration
4h 1m
Frequency
6 times a week
Estimated price
£80 - £220
Website
crosscountrytrains.co.uk
Anytime Day
£80 - £95
Anytime Day 1st Class
£150 - £220
Train from Cardiff Central to Bristol Parkway
Ave. Duration
1h 9m
Frequency
6 times a week
Estimated price
£27 - £110
Website
crosscountrytrains.co.uk
Anytime Day
£27 - £33
Anytime Day 1st Class
£75 - £110
Train from Bristol Parkway to Manchester Piccadilly
Ave. Duration
2h 50m
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
£75 - £220
Website
crosscountrytrains.co.uk
Anytime Day
£75 - £95
Anytime Day 1st Class
£150 - £220
Great Western Railway
Website
gwr.com
Train from Cardiff Central to Bristol Parkway
Ave. Duration
34 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
£13 - £35
Website
gwr.com
Anytime Day
£13 - £17
Anytime Day 1st Class
£23 - £35
Bus operators
National Express

National Express Coaches are a quick and convenient way of travelling around the UK. Over 550 National Express coaches run on Britain's roads every day, serving over 900 destinations across the UK. National Express Coaches carry around 19 million passenger journeys every year. For added convenience, National Express operate coach services to all major UK airports 24 hours per day, and is on its way to being 100% wheelchair accessible. The company also has a 24-hour control centre that receives a GPS signal to update on location, speed and the temperature inside coaches, ensuring the smoothest journey possible.

Contact Details
Phone
+44 08717 818178
Website
nationalexpress.com
Bus from Cardiff Coach Station, Sophia Gardens to Birmingham Coach Station, Digbeth
Ave. Duration
2h 30m
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
£6 - £9
Website
National Express
Bus from Birmingham Coach Station, Digbeth to Manchester Coach Station, Chorlton St
Ave. Duration
2h 25m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
£6 - £8
Website
National Express

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Cardiff to Manchester bus services, operated by National Express, arrive at Manchester Coach Station, Chorlton St.

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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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