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Train  •  4h 11m

  1. Take the train from Cardiff Central to Manchester Piccadilly

£82 - £115

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Bus  •  6h 27m

  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

£15 - £20

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Train via Birmingham  •  4h 55m

  1. Take the train from Cardiff Central to Birmingham New Street
  2. Take the train from Birmingham New Street to Manchester Piccadilly

£105 - £323

Drive  •  3h 10m

  1. Drive from Cardiff to Trafford Park 189.9 miles

£28 - £45

Cardiff to Trafford Park by train and tram

The journey time between Cardiff and Trafford Park is around 4h and covers a distance of around 174 miles. The fastest journey normally takes 3h 48m. Operated by Transport for Wales and Metrolink, the Cardiff to Trafford Park service departs from Cardiff Central and arrives in Parkway. Typically 101 services run weekly, although weekend and holiday schedules can vary so check in advance.

Route overview

Average journey time:
4h
Fastest journey time:
3h 48m
Journey distance:
174 miles
Services per week:
101
Cheapest price:
£82
Carbon emissions:
14 kg CO2

First and last service

First service departs at:
04:35
Last service departs at:
18:55

The schedules shown below are for the next available departures.

Cardiff to Trafford Park train and tram schedules

Cardiff → Trafford Park
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The national COVID-19 helpline number in Trafford Park is 111.

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The cheapest way to get from Cardiff to Trafford Park is to bus which costs £14 - £21 and takes 6h 27m.

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The quickest way to get from Cardiff to Trafford Park is to drive which costs £28 - £45 and takes 3h 10m.

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No, there is no direct bus from Cardiff station to Trafford Park. However, there are services departing from Cardiff Coach Station, Sophia Gardens and arriving at Trafford Park, Lake Road via Birmingham Coach Station, Digbeth and Piccadilly Gardens. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 6h 27m.

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No, there is no direct train from Cardiff to Trafford Park. However, there are services departing from Cardiff Central and arriving at Parkway via Piccadilly and Cornbrook. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 4h 11m.

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It is 143 miles from Cardiff to Trafford Park. It is approximately 189.9 miles to drive.

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The best way to get from Cardiff to Trafford Park without a car is to train which takes 4h 11m and costs £80 - £120.

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It takes approximately 4h 11m to get from Cardiff to Trafford Park, including transfers.

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

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

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The best way to get from Cardiff to Trafford Park is to train which takes 4h 11m and costs £80 - £120. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs £14 - £21 and takes 6h 27m.

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Map of how to get from Cardiff to Trafford Park.
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  • Distance: 143.1 miles
  • Duration: 4h 11m

What companies run services between Cardiff, Wales and Trafford Park, England?

Transport for Wales operates a train from Cardiff Central to Manchester Piccadilly hourly. Tickets cost £75 - £110 and the journey takes 3h 33m. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Cardiff to Trafford Park via Birmingham Coach Station, Digbeth, Manchester Coach Station, Chorlton St, and Piccadilly Gardens in around 6h 27m.

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 Manchester Piccadilly
Ave. Duration
1h 26m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
£45 - £150
Website
crosscountrytrains.co.uk
Anytime Day
£45 - £55
Anytime Day 1st Class
£100 - £150
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
4 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 15m
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
£6 - £8
Website
National Express

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

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

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Yes, the driving distance between Cardiff to Trafford Park is 190 miles. It takes approximately 3h 10m to drive from Cardiff to Trafford Park.

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