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Cardiff Central to Manchester Piccadilly by train

It takes an average of 3h 34m to travel from Cardiff Central to Manchester Piccadilly by train, over a distance of around 144 miles (232 km). There are normally 29 trains per day travelling from Cardiff Central to Manchester Piccadilly and tickets for this journey start from £25.90 when you book in advance.

First train

03:24

Last train

20:05

Departure station

Cardiff Central

Arrival station

Manchester Piccadilly

Journey time

From 3h 17m

Distance

144 miles (232 km)

Frequency

29 trains per day

Changes

Direct trains available

Price

From £25.90

Train operators

Transport for Wales

Take the train from Cardiff Central to Manchester Piccadilly in 3 hours 17 minutes

If you want to travel from Cardiff Central to Manchester Piccadilly by train, you've come to the right place.

You can expect the journey from Cardiff Central to Manchester Piccadilly by train to take around 3 hours 34 minutes. If you want to get there as quickly as possible, it can take as little as 3 hours 17 minutes on the fastest services. You'll usually find around 29 trains per day running on this route, which spans 144 miles (232 km). There's no need for any changes along the way, as there are direct trains available to Manchester Piccadilly. You can travel with Transport for Wales trains during your journey, as they are the main operator of services on this route.

Train tickets from Cardiff Central to Manchester Piccadilly start from £25.90 when you book in advance, which can be cheaper than buying them on the day. Travelling during Off-Peak times or using a Railcard can also help you save money on train travel. Start a search in our Journey Planner to check out the latest prices.

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Journey details

Want to know more about your journey from Cardiff Central to Manchester Piccadilly? We've compiled some of the most frequently asked questions by our customers to help you plan your journey.

How long does the train from Cardiff Central to Manchester Piccadilly take?

The average journey time by train between Cardiff Central and Manchester Piccadilly is 3 hours and 34 minutes, with around 29 trains per day. The journey time may be longer on weekends and holidays, so use our Journey Planner on this page to search for a specific travel date.

What's the fastest journey time between Cardiff Central and Manchester Piccadilly by train?

The fastest journey time by train from Cardiff Central to Manchester Piccadilly is 3 hours and 17 minutes.

How much does the train from Cardiff Central to Manchester Piccadilly cost?

Train ticket prices from Cardiff Central to Manchester Piccadilly can start from as little as £25.90 when you book in advance. The cost of tickets can vary depending on the time of day, route and class you book and are usually more expensive if you book on the day.

Is there a direct train from Cardiff Central to Manchester Piccadilly?

Yes, it is possible to travel from Cardiff Central to Manchester Piccadilly without having to change trains. There are 29 direct trains from Cardiff Central to Manchester Piccadilly each day. Though there may be fewer direct services available depending on your exact departure date.

What time does the first train from Cardiff Central to Manchester Piccadilly leave?

The first train from Cardiff Central to Manchester Piccadilly leaves at 03:24. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.

What time does the last train from Cardiff Central to Manchester Piccadilly leave?

The last train from Cardiff Central to Manchester Piccadilly leaves at 20:05. Trains that depart in the early morning hours or very late evening may be sleeper services, time and services may also vary during weekends and holidays.

What's the distance between Cardiff Central and Manchester Piccadilly by train?

Trains travelling from Cardiff Central to Manchester Piccadilly cover a distance of around 144 miles (232 km) during the journey.

Looking for more information?

If you’re looking for the return train journey, check out trains from Manchester Piccadilly to Cardiff Central.

Cheap train tickets from Cardiff Central to Manchester Piccadilly

Train tickets from Cardiff Central to Manchester Piccadilly start at £25.90 one way for a Standard Class ticket if you book in advance. As most UK train companies increase their prices as the departure date approaches, we’ll help you find the cheapest tickets.

Book in advance

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Consider a Season Ticket

If you catch this train more than 3 times per week, you could save money with a Season Ticket. With annual, monthly and weekly options available, find out if a season ticket for Cardiff Central to Manchester Piccadilly is right for you.

Use your Railcard

National Railcards offer a 1/3 off eligible train tickets in the UK and can be a great investment if you travel a few times or more in a year. Find out how you can save with a National Railcard here.

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For more money-saving tips on UK and European train travel, read our cheap train tickets guide.

Advance adult single fare. Excludes booking fee. Prices seen by Trainline customers in the last 30 days. Availability limited.
† Average savings on advance fares booked at least one week before day of travel vs Anytime fares purchased on day of travel. Subject to availability. Excludes coach.

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