Travelling to Cardiff
First CrossCountry train - 17:05
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Travelling from Manchester to Cardiff
Cardiff offers its visitors a rich history, picturesque landscape, romantic ambience, diverse culture and plenty of entertainment and activities to enjoy. Whether you’re an inquisitive explorer or just looking for a fun-filled family day out, Cardiff is a great place to visit. Our trains drop you to Cardiff Central Station, where you can begin exploring straight away.
Are there direct trains from Manchester to Cardiff?
Yes, CrossCountry runs direct trains from Manchester to Cardiff.
What amenities are available onboard trains from Manchester to Cardiff?
Travelling from Manchester to Cardiff will be a relaxed journey when you choose CrossCountry. As you would expect from our service, all our trains come equipped with a full range of amenities to ensure your train ride is as comfortable as can be. A variety of seating options, including tables, charge points for your electric devices and lots of space for your luggage is all provided. You can purchase drinks and light refreshments from our at-seat service on board. If you would like an even better service, we recommend booking a ticket in our First Class coach.
Does Cardiff Central Station have step-free access?
Cardiff Central Station has step-free access throughout the station. There is also assistance reaching platforms for those who require, as well as accessible ticket machines and offices and a ramp for train access.
How far is the city centre?
As its name would suggest, Cardiff Central Station is conveniently located in the heart of the city, just a short walk from many of the major attractions.
Does the station have family areas?
Families visiting Cardiff Central Station will have access to baby changing facilities and waiting rooms where they can spend time before their train. Those with a First Class ticket can also use the First Class lounge.
For further information about Cardiff Central Station, check out our station guide.
Once you have arrived in Cardiff
Onward travel: Taxis and Buses in Cardiff
If you’re carrying on your journey from Cardiff Central Station, you will find good transport links at the station. Cardiff Bus runs regular bus services around the city, connecting the station with the surrounding areas. Other operators allow visitors to travel through the rest of South Wales and beyond. Those wishing to travel more directly might choose to use the taxi rank adjacent to the station.
Shopping in Cardiff
Cardiff was recently named one of the top ten shopping destinations in Britain and with its combination of designer brands, high street favourites, arcades, independent shops and markets, we can see why. St David’s Shopping Centre is one of the UK’s largest and most modern indoor malls, boasting over 180 shops, cafés and restaurants to explore. Its mix of designer brands and the best of high street makes it the perfect place for some retail therapy.
If you’re looking for something a little less mainstream, why not visit one of the city’s Edwardian or Victorian arcades, whose intimate architecture houses many independent shops selling unusual vintage clothes, gifts, jewellery and homeware. Alternatively, blend in with the locals and take a trip down to Cardiff Market. Housed under a striking glass-roof Victorian structure, you will find some of the city’s most-loved butchers and fishmongers, as well an array of sweetshops and bakers…yum!
Culture in Cardiff
Cardiff prides itself on its culture and Wales’ capital city will certainly keep you busy. From international art exhibitions, live music venues, trendy watering holes and impressive eateries, there’s something for everyone in Cardiff. Wales Millennium Centre is one of the UK’s top cultural attractions and stages a wide range of performances including drama, comedy, ballet, circus and cabaret acts. It’s located in Cardiff Bay which also hosts many tasty restaurants and waterside views.
If you’re in Cardiff with the family, why not explore Cardiff Castle, the Cardiff Story Museum or Techniquest, the science discovery centre? If you’re a sports fan, you may want to take in some world-class action at the Principality Stadium. Whatever interest you, you’ll find it in Cardiff.
Spending time in Cardiff
Whether you’re looking to have a fun day out or are planning a longer stay, our Cardiff Guide can help you plan the perfect trip!