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Cardiff to Manchester

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1 suggested route to go from Cardiff to Manchester by flight, train, car, bus

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How to go from Cardiff to Manchester ?

Trip Cardiff Manchester

Modes of transportplane, carpooling, bus, train
Distance144 mi
Direct lineYes

Like many travellers, you're looking for the cheapest transport offers to travel from Cardiff to Manchester? In general, you browse several websites and spend hours without being sure that all transport solutions were considered.

Fortunately, Vivanoda is a multimodal travel planner that aggregates prices for buses, carpooling, flights and trains in a single search. Fill in the date of your trip to Manchester and Vivanoda will display all the transport offers. Finally, use the filters and sorting options to refine the results.

You'll mainly use the trains, flights, carpooling and buses of Arriva Trains Wales, National Express, Northern Rail, MegaBus, Eastern Airways, Blablacar, East Midlands Trains or First TransPennine Express to reach Manchester.

If you have any preferences for a particular mode of transport, get more information on these sections:

Cardiff to Manchester bus

There is a direct connection by intercity coach between Cardiff and Manchester.

You may wonder whether it's worth travelling by bus between Cardiff and Manchester and what the advantages of this mode of transport may be. Here are some reasons that may encourage you to take the bus to Manchester.

  • Unbeatable prices! On the Cardiff Manchester route, coach companies offer fares that are often much lower than train or carpooling.
  • The fleet of National Express or MegaBus coaches is new and, therefore, greener than carpooling. Since the Cardiff Manchester road has already been built for a long time, buses don't require any additional infrastructure that distorts the landscape.
  • The presence of electrical outlets at your seat and USB ports will allow you to charge smartphone and laptop. You'll be able to spend all your time from Cardiff to Manchester watching a good movie, listening to music, and why not even working!
  • You will travel from Cardiff to Manchester on a modern and comfortable bus. Reclining seats with improved legroom and toilets provide the comfort you need to enjoy your time onboard.

What are the bus companies operating the Cardiff Manchester ?

National Express and MegaBus are the coach companies operating the bus line Cardiff Manchester with direct service.

National Express Cardiff ManchesterMegaBus Cardiff Manchester

Bus stops in Cardiff

You will have to arrive at your Cardiff stop between 15 minutes and 30 minutes, depending on the bus company, before the departure time indicated on your ticket. To make sure of the bus destination, look at the front, 'Manchester' must be mentioned. Then, all you have to do is to validate your ticket with the driver of MegaBus or National Express, to deposit your luggage in the trunk and to find your seat.

  • Cardiff

Bus stops at arrival in Manchester

Once the bus has arrived at Manchester, check and collect your belongings so as not to forget anything.

  • Manchester

Train Cardiff to Manchester

Is there a direct train for the Cardiff-Manchester route?

Yes, it is possible to go from Cardiff to Manchester by train without making any changes. Be aware that depending the day of the week, the schedule can change and direct trains may not operate every days. To find the cheapest Cardiff-Manchester train ticket, we advise you to launch a search on Vivanoda with your travel dates.

Intercity train Cardiff Manchester

Intercity trains serve the most important cities along the Cardiff-Manchester route with an improved travel duration compared to regional trains.

Cardiff Manchester train companies

There are 2 carriers that operate rail journeys between Cardiff and Manchester: Arriva Trains Wales and CrossCountry.
Arriva Trains Wales Cardiff ManchesterCrossCountry Cardiff Manchester

Departure train stations in Cardiff

  • Cardiff Central

Arrival train stations in Manchester

  • Manchester Piccadilly

Cheap flights from Cardiff to Manchester

Which airlines fly between Cardiff and Manchester ?

This flight is scheduled by only one airline: Eastern Airways.
Eastern Airways Cardiff Manchester

Departure airport in Cardiff

  • CWL Cardiff-Wales

Carpool from Cardiff to Manchester

Carpooling is a recent way to travel by sharing your journey Cardiff-Manchester with other travellers looking for the same route. Instead of driving alone the car from Cardiff to Manchester, it allows drivers to share the travel costs with other passengers.

Carpooling differs from the other means of transport because of an undefined timetable. This means that when looking for Cardiff-Manchester rides, you'll be more likely to find ones if you search only three days in advance (and not two months). This is interesting for lastminute travel to Manchester.

Before you book your Cardiff-Manchester ride, you have the possibility to get in touch with the driver to set all the details and conditions of the journey. The payment is done on our partner's site; this avoids to talk about money with the driver.

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