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There are 7 ways to get from Stretford to Cardiff by train, bus, car or plane

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Train Arriva Trains Wales  •  4 h 23 min

  1. Take the train from Manchester Piccadilly to Cardiff Central

$68 - $124

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Bus  •  6 h 51 min

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

$26 - $35

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Train CrossCountry  •  4 h 51 min

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

$103 - $164

Drive  •  3 h 8 min

  1. Drive from Stretford to Cardiff 187.4 miles

$40 - $60

Fly to Cardiff  •  5 h 55 min

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

$93 - $413

Fly to London Heathrow, train  •  5 h 33 min

  1. Fly from Manchester (MAN) to London Heathrow (LHR) MAN - LHR
  2. Take the train from London Paddington to Cardiff Central

$169 - $433

Fly to Southampton, train  •  5 h 55 min

  1. Fly from Manchester (MAN) to Southampton (SOU) MAN - SOU
  2. Take the train from Southampton Airport Parkway to Reading
  3. Take the train from Reading to Cardiff Central

$133 - $308

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The cheapest way to get from Stretford to Cardiff is to bus which costs £19 - £28 and takes 6 h 51 min.

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The quickest way to get from Stretford to Cardiff is to drive which costs £30 - £45 and takes 3 h 8 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from Stretford to Cardiff station. However, there are services departing from Stretford, Park Road and arriving at Cardiff Coach Station, Sophia Gardens via Manchester Coach Station, Chorlton St and Birmingham Coach Station, Digbeth. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 6 h 51 min.

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The distance between Stretford and Cardiff is 142 miles. The road distance is 187.4 miles.

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The best way to get from Stretford to Cardiff without a car is to train which takes 4 h 23 min and costs £50 - £100.

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It takes approximately 4 h 23 min to get from Stretford to Cardiff, including transfers.

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

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The best way to get from Stretford to Cardiff is to train which takes 4 h 23 min and costs £50 - £100. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs £19 - £28 and takes 6 h 51 min, you could also fly, which costs £70 - £320 and takes 5 h 55 min.

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There is no direct flight from Manchester Airport to Cardiff Airport. The quickest flight takes 3 h 30 min and has one stopover.

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Stretford to Cardiff bus services, operated by National Express, arrive at Cardiff Coach Station, Sophia Gardens.

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Map of how to get from Stretford to Cardiff.
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  • Distance: 141.7 miles
  • Duration: 4 h 23 min

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

Arriva Trains Wales operates a train from Stretford to Cardiff every 2 hours. Tickets cost $65 - $100 and the journey takes 3 h 7 min. CrossCountry also services this route 6 times a week. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Stretford to Cardiff via Manchester City Centre, Chinatown, Manchester Coach Station, Chorlton St, and Birmingham Coach Station, Digbeth in around 6 h 51 min.

Airlines
Flybe
Website
flybe.com
Flights from Manchester to Cardiff via Edinburgh
Ave. Duration
3 h 30 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$100 - $470
Flights from Manchester to Cardiff via Belfast City
Ave. Duration
4 h
When
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$95 - $440
Flights from Manchester to Cardiff via Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
4 h 55 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $550
Flights from Manchester to Cardiff via Jersey
Ave. Duration
5 h 50 min
When
Monday, Wednesday and Friday
Estimated price
$100 - $450
Flights from Manchester to Cardiff via Glasgow
Ave. Duration
6 h
When
Monday, Tuesday and Saturday
Estimated price
$100 - $470
Flights from Manchester to Cardiff via Belfast City, Glasgow
Ave. Duration
6 h 35 min
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
$110 - $500
Flights from Manchester to Cardiff via Aberdeen, Belfast City
Ave. Duration
7 h 5 min
When
Thursday and Friday
Estimated price
$130 - $600
Flights from Manchester to Cardiff via Edinburgh, Belfast City
Ave. Duration
7 h 20 min
When
Wednesday, Thursday and Friday
Estimated price
$110 - $500
Flights from Manchester to Southampton
Ave. Duration
1 h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$45 - $210
British Airways
Website
britishairways.com
Flights from Manchester to London Heathrow
Ave. Duration
1 h 6 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$80 - $360
KLM
Website
klm.com
Flights from Manchester to Cardiff via Amsterdam Schiphol
Ave. Duration
4 h 46 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$210 - $800
Aer Lingus
Website
aerlingus.com
Flights from Manchester to Cardiff via Dublin
Ave. Duration
4 h 57 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$90 - $410
Train operators
Arriva Trains Wales
Phone
03333 211 202
Email
customer.relations@arrivatrainswales.co.uk
Website
arrivatrainswales.co.uk
Train from Manchester Piccadilly to Cardiff Central
Ave. Duration
3 h 7 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$65 - $100
Website
arrivatrainswales.co.uk
Advanced Single
$30 - $45
Anytime Day Single
$65 - $100
First Anytime Day Single
$100 - $160
CrossCountry
Phone
0344 736 9123
Email
customer.relations@crosscountrytrains.co.uk
Website
crosscountrytrains.co.uk
Train from Manchester Piccadilly to Cardiff Central
Ave. Duration
3 h 55 min
Frequency
6 times a week
Estimated price
$75 - $120
Website
crosscountrytrains.co.uk
Advanced Single
$45 - $75
Anytime Single
$75 - $120
Off-Peak Single
$70 - $110
Train from Manchester Piccadilly to Birmingham New Street
Ave. Duration
1 h 31 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$45 - $75
Website
crosscountrytrains.co.uk
Advanced Single
$30 - $50
Anytime Single
$45 - $75
Off-Peak Single
$35 - $60
Train from Birmingham New Street to Cardiff Central
Ave. Duration
1 h 51 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$55 - $85
Website
crosscountrytrains.co.uk
Advanced Single
$35 - $55
Anytime Single
$55 - $85
Off-Peak Single
$45 - $75
Train from Southampton Airport Parkway to Reading
Ave. Duration
40 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$35 - $55
Website
crosscountrytrains.co.uk
Advanced Single
$25 - $40
Anytime Single
$35 - $55
Off-Peak Single
$22 - $35
Great Western Railway
Website
gwr.com
Train from London Paddington to Cardiff Central
Ave. Duration
2 h
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$75 - $140
Website
gwr.com
Off-Peak Day Single
$40 - $65
Advanced Single
$40 - $65
Anytime Day Single
$75 - $140
Train from Reading to Cardiff Central
Ave. Duration
1 h 33 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$55 - $110
Website
gwr.com
Off-Peak Day Single
$30 - $50
Advanced Single
$30 - $50
Anytime Day Single
$55 - $110
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 Manchester Coach Station, Chorlton St to Birmingham Coach Station, Digbeth
Ave. Duration
2 h 15 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$10 - $15
Website
National Express
Bus from Birmingham Coach Station, Digbeth to Cardiff Coach Station, Sophia Gardens
Ave. Duration
2 h 20 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$12 - $16
Website
National Express

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More Questions & Answers

Yes, the driving distance between Stretford to Cardiff is 187 miles. It takes approximately 3 h 8 min to drive from Stretford to Cardiff.

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British Airways, Vueling Airlines, Aer Lingus and two other airlines offer flights from Manchester Airport to Cardiff Airport.

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There are 553+ hotels available in Cardiff. Prices start at $61 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Stretford to Manchester Airport is to line 6 tram which takes 39 min and costs £3.

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