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Cheap Train Tickets from Manchester to Cardiff

For a train from Manchester to Cardiff, you’ll get fares as low as £19.80 by purchasing advance tickets, with an average fare of approximately £28.07. To ensure the most cost-effective train journey, it is advisable to book in advance and avoid peak times. For more options regarding cheap train tickets, please check our train ticket calendar.

Manchester to Cardiff Live Train Timetable

Find trains from Manchester to Cardiff today (24 May 2024) with train times, live train status, departure/arrival stations, duration, train operators, and other journey details. View the full-day timetable or search for different dates here.

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12:25

Manchester Piccadilly

16:25

Cardiff Central

On time

4h

CrossCountry
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12:30

Manchester Piccadilly

15:42

Cardiff Central

On time

3h 12m

Transport for Wales
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13:25

Manchester Piccadilly

17:26

Cardiff Central

On time

4h 1m

CrossCountry
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13:30

Manchester Piccadilly

16:56

Cardiff Central

On time

3h 26m

Transport for Wales
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14:03

Manchester Piccadilly

17:37

Cardiff Central

On time

3h 34m

CrossCountry
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14:25

Manchester Piccadilly

18:28

Cardiff Central

On time

4h 3m

CrossCountry
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14:30

Manchester Piccadilly

17:42

Cardiff Central

On time

3h 12m

Transport for Wales
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15:25

Manchester Piccadilly

19:28

Cardiff Central

On time

4h 3m

CrossCountry
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15:30

Manchester Piccadilly

18:56

Cardiff Central

On time

3h 26m

Transport for Wales
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16:25

Manchester Piccadilly

20:25

Cardiff Central

On time

4h

CrossCountry
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Manchester to Cardiff Train Journey Information

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First train
05:11
Last train
20:30
Departure station
Manchester
Arrival station
Cardiff
Distance
144 miles
Journey time
From 3h 12m
Price
From £19.80
Train operators
CrossCountry, Great Western Railway, Transport for Wales

Manchester to Cardiff Train Travel Guide

Train travel from Manchester to Cardiff is convenient and efficient, ensuring passengers arrive on time for both commuting and exploring. For a smooth travel experience, please check out our Train Journey Planner.

Plan Your Train Journey

Travelling by train from Manchester to Cardiff takes approximately 3h 12m. From Manchester to Cardiff there are an average of 33 trains per day. The first train departs at 05:11, and the last train leaves at 20:30. For more detailed information, please consult our Train Journey Planner and Timetable.

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Train tickets from Manchester to Cardiff are available with Split Ticket and Advance tickets. The average fare is around £28.07, while the cheapest fare is £19.80. Besides, you can book cheap tickets on off-peak time, which usually begin at 09:30.(Intercity Off-Peak times: Monday to Friday from 09:30 to 16:00, and after 19:00) . Accurate ticket prices vary depending on the time of day, route, and class selected.

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