Manchester to Cardiff by train
Avg. journey time
Travelling from Manchester to Cardiff by train
Fast trains from Manchester to Cardiff take around 3 hours and 6 minutes, covering a distance of approximately 232 kilometres. There are frequent services on the rail route between Manchester and Cardiff.
1. Are there direct trains from Manchester to Cardiff?
Direct trains from Manchester to Cardiff have been found.
We usually find around 30 direct trains on the route from Manchester to Cardiff every weekday.
There are typically fewer departures at weekends, when we found around 22 departures.
2. How long is the train journey from Manchester to Cardiff?
The Manchester to Cardiff train travel time is normally about 3 hours and 6 minutes, whatever time you make the journey.
3. What are the Manchester to Cardiff train times and schedule?
On weekdays the earliest direct train to Cardiff is usually scheduled to depart Manchester around 06:29 and the last train is around 20:31.
At weekends the first train of the day leaves Manchester around 06:30, and the last at 20:30.
What's the Manchester to Cardiff train price?
The earlier you book the better, and the cheapest tickets we've found for trains from Manchester to Cardiff are $37.07.
Trains departing 30 days in advance will cost around $46 while booking 7 days in advance the price is around $51. Booking on the day of travel is likely to be more expensive, so it is worth booking in advance if you can to save money.
When to book Manchester to Cardiff train tickets?
Trains in the UK usually open for booking around 3 months in advance.
If booking is not yet open for your dates then you can set a booking alert to receive an email on the day that the cheapest tickets are released for your journey from Manchester to Cardiff by train.
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Which train companies operate between Manchester and Cardiff?
More than one train company operates on the route from Manchester to Cardiff, so you’ll be travelling with one or more of the following rail operators:
- Arriva Trains Wales
- Transport For Wales
You can check which train you’ll be travelling on by looking for the train name in search results.
Cardiff to Manchester by train