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Manchester to Cardiff bus - cost & duration

Cheapest price$15.15
Shortest Duration4h 55m
Trips per day7
bus carriers2
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Frequently Asked Questions

How much does a bus ticket from Manchester to Cardiff cost?

Based on the last 30 days, the cheapest average bus fares from Manchester to Cardiff were $17.29.

The best way to find cheap bus tickets from Manchester to Cardiff is by booking earlier as most bus companies increase the price as the departure date approaches.

How long is the bus ride from Manchester to Cardiff?

The distance between Manchester and Cardiff is approximately 143.72 miles, or 231.23 kilometers. The average travel time for a bus between these two cities is around 6 hours and 2 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 4 hours and 55 minutes.

Looking for ways to pass the time? Most buses are equipped with Wi-Fi, which means you can stream music, browse social media or get some work done during your ride. That said, in case your bus has a spotty signal, or is among the few without Wi-Fi, we also recommend downloading TV shows and movies to your mobile device in advance of your trip. That way the ride will fly by whatever the Wi-Fi situation.

What is the busiest time to travel by bus from Manchester to Cardiff?

The busiest time of the week for travel from Manchester to Cardiff by bus is usually on Wednesday. When planning to travel around this time, tickets should be booked well in advance as they may sell out and you may find buses more full than usual. Wednesday tends to be when the fewest number of bus tickets are sold. If you’re looking for a little extra space, buses departing at this time are the least likely to be crowded.

What bus companies travel from Manchester to Cardiff?

On average there are 7 scheduled bus trips per day. Megabus has the most regularly scheduled departures from Manchester to Cardiff, with an average of 6 trips per day and 6 monthly trips. 2 bus carriers serve the route from Manchester to Cardiff. Of the 7 trips there are 6 trips that are direct connections to Cardiff.

Need more travel options? Train tickets from Manchester to Cardiff start at $55.32.

2 carriers offer Manchester to Cardiff bus trips

Megabus

Book Megabus from Manchester to Cardiff from $15.15. There are 6 trips per day offered by Megabus from Manchester to Cardiff and you can expect on average to pay $16.31 for a Megabus ticket to Cardiff. In Manchester, Megabus departs to Cardiff from Shudehill Interchange (Stand G), In Cardiff, Megabus arrives at Kingsway and 2 other stations.

An average trip on Megabus from Manchester to Cardiff takes 5 hours and 50 minutes, while the fastest available Megabus trip will get you to Cardiff in 4 hours and 55 minutes,

Avg. Time
5h 50m
Avg. Price
$16.31

National Express

Book National Express from Manchester to Cardiff from $23.20. Typically there is one National Express schedule per day from Manchester to Cardiff and you can expect on average to pay $23.20 for a National Express ticket to Cardiff. In Manchester, National Express departs to Cardiff from Broadway, In Cardiff, National Express arrives at Cardiff University,

An average trip on National Express from Manchester to Cardiff takes 7 hours and 20 minutes, while the fastest available National Express trip will get you to Cardiff in 4 hours and 55 minutes,

Avg. Time
7h 20m
Avg. Price
$23.20

Plan your next adventure

There are 2 stations you could depart from, depending on the bus line you travel with. Most bus trips to Cardiff will depart from these stations in Manchester:
  • Shudehill Interchange (Stand G)
  • Broadway
Buses arrive in Cardiff at 3 stations, depending on which bus line you are traveling with. These are the main bus stations in Cardiff for trips arriving from Manchester:
  • Cardiff University
  • Kingsway
  • Park Pl 48

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