Cardiff to Manchester by train
Avg. journey time
Travelling from Cardiff to Manchester by train
Fast trains from Cardiff to Manchester take around 3 hours and 5 minutes, covering a distance of approximately 232 kilometres. There are frequent services on the rail route between Cardiff and Manchester.
1. Are there direct trains from Cardiff to Manchester?
Direct trains from Cardiff to Manchester have been found.
We usually find around 23 direct trains on the route from Cardiff to Manchester every weekday.
Trains are typically more frequent on weekends, when we found around 30 departures.
2. How long is the train journey from Cardiff to Manchester?
The Cardiff to Manchester train travel time is normally about 3 hours and 5 minutes, whatever time you make the journey.
3. What are the Cardiff to Manchester train times and schedule?
On weekdays the earliest direct train to Manchester is usually scheduled to depart Cardiff around 04:35 and the last train is around 20:17.
At weekends the first train of the day leaves Cardiff around 04:35, and the last at 20:10.
What's the Cardiff to Manchester train price?
The earlier you book the better, and the cheapest tickets we've found for trains from Cardiff to Manchester are $34.81.
Trains departing 30 days in advance will cost around $51 while booking 7 days in advance the price is around $52. 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 Cardiff to Manchester 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 Cardiff to Manchester by train.
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Which train companies operate between Cardiff and Manchester?
More than one train company operates on the route from Cardiff to Manchester, 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.
Manchester to Cardiff by train