Cardiff to Manchester By Train (3hr 25 mins from 26.00 GBP)


Cardiff Central Train Station to Manchester Piccadilly by Train

Cardiff Central Train Station to Manchester Piccadilly by train

Trains from Cardiff to Manchester run from Cardiff Central Train Station. The train is normally quicker than taking the bus but slightly more expensive. The Train service between Cardiff and Manchester runs regularly up to 23 times a day. The first Train leaves Cardiff at 06:50 and the last Train departing at 10:15. The journey time on the Train is 3hr 25 mins.


This is a direct service, no changes required.


It is advisable to book train tickets in advance online as they are cheaper. You can travel from Cardiff to Manchester for just 26.00 GBP if you book in advance online compared to 67.50 GBP if you just turn up at the station. Strange as it may seem you may also find it cheaper to book two single tickets rather than a return.


To check train times and prices from Cardiff to Manchester click on the button below.



If you are arriving or departing from Manchester by Train, you will be using Manchester Piccadilly Train station on London Road. Manchester Train station is a 10 minute walk from the city centre and provides a good service to all national destinations. For more detailed information, including maps, national and local trains see our guide to Manchester Piccadilly Train Station.


If you are travelling to or from Europe you can connect by booking Eurostar tickets online from Paris or Brussels to London.


 Cardiff To Manchester by Megabus (5hr 30 mins from 16.00 GBP)


Cardiff Kingsway Fford y Brenin to Manchester Shudehill Interchange by Bus

Cardiff Kingsway Fford y Brenin to Manchester Shudehill Interchange by bus

The Bus service between Cardiff and Manchester runs 2 times a day. This service is run by Megabus with the first Bus leaving at 05:20 and the last leaving at 15:15. This can be the cheapest way to travel between the two locations with fares as low as 1.50 GBP one way for those who book online up to three months in advance. You can book a return fare from 16.00 GBP. To get cheap fares you need to book in advance and travel at off-peak times after 09:00. The Bus to Manchester runs from Cardiff Kingsway Fford y Brenin in Cardiff to Manchester Shudehill Interchange in Manchester. Manchester is 204 miles (328.44Km) from Cardiff and the journey time on the Bus will take 5hr 30 mins.


This is a direct service, no changes required.


Buses can be very crowded and there is no guarantee of a place unless you book in advance, to check times and prices of buses from Cardiff to Manchester click the button below.



NOTE - be advised to bring your Megabus reservation printed or in your phone as drivers may refuse boarding unless you do even though this is not in their conditions.


If you are arriving or departing from Manchester by coach or public bus you will almost certainly start or finish your journey in the city centre at Bradshaw Street, Shudehill interchange bus station. The bus station is a 5 minute walk from Manchester City Centre. For more detailed information, including maps and national and local buses in Manchester see our guide to Manchester Bus Station.


 Cardiff To Manchester by Bus (5hr 50 mins from 39.60 GBP)


Cardiff Bus Station to Manchester Coach Station by Bus

Cardiff Bus Station to Manchester Coach Station by bus

The Bus service between Cardiff and Manchester runs 6 times a day. This service is run by NationalExpress with the first Bus starting at 10:30 and the last bus is at 16:20. You can book a return fare from 39.60 GBP. To get cheap fares you need to book in advance and travel at off-peak times afer 09:00. The Bus to Manchester runs from Cardiff Bus Station in Cardiff to Manchester Coach Station in Manchester. Manchester is 204 miles (328.44Km) from Cardiff and the journey time on the Bus will take 5hr 50 mins.


There is no direct service to Cardiff. You will need to change at Birmingham Coach Station onto a connecting coach to Manchester


Buses can be very crowded and there is no guarantee of a place unless you book in advance, to check times and prices of buses from Cardiff to Manchester click the button below.



If you are arriving or departing from Manchester by coach or public bus you will almost certainly start or finish your journey in the city centre at Manchester Central coach station, on Chorlton Street. The bus station is a 5 minute walk from Manchester City Centre. More detailed information on stops on this route can be found on this map. For more detailed information on national and local buses in Manchester see our guide to Manchester Bus Station.


Cardiff to Manchester by Car (3hr 33 mins 204 miles)


Car parking

Manchester is 204 miles (328.44Km) from Cardiff. If you are travelling to Manchester by car, you have several options on what to do with your car when you get there. If you are only visiting for the day then it is best to use the Manchester Park and Ride facilities located North, South, East and West of the city centre.


If you are just visiting for a few hours then you might want to use one of the car parks located near the City Centre. For more detailed information including maps see our guide to parking in Manchester. If you need to book a rental car when you get to Manchester there are several places to pick up a car.




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