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Distance between Cardiff and Manchester

Driving non-stop from Cardiff to Manchester

How far is Manchester from Cardiff? Here's the quick answer if you are able to make this entire trip by car without stopping.

Nonstop drive: 197 miles or 317 km

Driving time: 3 hours, 26 minutes

Realistically, you'll probably want to add a buffer for rest stops, gas, or food along the way. To get a better idea of how long this trip would really be, scroll down to calculate how many hours it would take if you drive with stops.

Flying non-stop from Cardiff to Manchester

Now let's assume you have a private jet and you can fly in the fastest possible straight line between Cardiff, United Kingdom and Manchester, United Kingdom. Because of the curvature of the Earth, the shortest distance is actually the "great circle" distance, or "as the crow flies" which is calculated using an iterative Vincenty formula.

Flight distance: 144 miles or 232 km

Flight time: 47 minutes

The straight line flight distance is 53 miles less than driving on roads, which means the driving distance is roughly 1.4x of the flight distance.

Your plane flies much faster than a car, so the flight time is about 1/4th of the time it would take to drive.

This is a relatively short flight in a private plane, but you might be planning to book a commercial flight. In that case, your travel time would really need to include how many minutes to get to your local airport, wait for security, board and taxi on the runway, land at the other airport, and get to your destination. Scroll down to see a more realistic calculation that takes into account all these factors to get a more accurate estimate of your actual flight time.

Cardiff to Manchester road trip

Let's say you're actually planning a road trip to Manchester, and you want to stop on the way to explore. If it's a real road trip, you might want to check out interesting places along the way, or maybe eat at a great restaurant. That's what Trippy is perfect for, helping you figure out travel plans in detail.

Road trip: 1 day of driving

With the full itinerary planned out, we can estimate your total travel time for this trip.

Travel time: 3.5 hours on the road


Start in Cardiff.

Drive for about 28 minutes, then stop in Bristol and stay for about 1 hour. Next, drive for another 39 minutes then stop in Gloucester (England) and stay for 1 hour. Drive for 27 minutes then stop in Worcester and stay for 1 hour. Drive for 29 minutes then stop in Birmingham (England) and stay for 1 hour. Drive for 49 minutes then stop in Stoke on Trent and stay for 1 hour. Drive for 37 minutes then stop in Manchester (United Kingdom) and stay for 1 hour.

Finally, drive for about 3.5 hours and arrive in Manchester.

To see all the details on this itinerary, including recommended restaurants, hotels, and things to do along the way, check out the full road trip planner:

Cardiff to Manchester airports and flights

In the quick calculation above, we assumed you had a private plane and just wanted to know the time in the air from city to city. But for most of us, we're going to be flying on a commercial airline (whether it's first class or coach). So that means we really need to account for all the extra travel time getting to the airport, waiting for our flight, and making it to the destination.

To give you a better estimate of real-life travel, we've put together a flight itinerary with actual airports. Eventually you'll be able to customize this plan, choosing your own airports and flights. But for now, here's an example we've selected to give you an idea of how traveling might work between airports.

Departure airport: Cardiff Airport (CWL)

Arrival airport: Manchester Airport (MAN)

With the airports selected, we can estimate the travel time to and from the airport, based on how far the airport is from downtown.

Getting to the airport: 28 minutes

Getting to your destination: 30 minutes

Now finally, let's look at an actual flight from CWL to MAN and figure out how long it would take to fly including take-off and landing, and time to taxi on the runway.

Commercial flight time: 47 minutes

So now we can finally get an idea of the total travel time from Cardiff to Manchester including time spent getting to/from the airports, an estimated wait time of 2 hours at the airport for TSA security lines and waiting at the gate, and the actual flight itself.

Total travel time: 4 hours

Plan a trip to Manchester

Trippy has a ton of information that can help you plan your trip to Manchester, United Kingdom. Start by reading the Trippy page on where to stay in Manchester. Trippy members can suggest things to do in Manchester like Old Trafford Stadium. Check out some of the questions people have asked about Manchester like What is your favorite restaurant in Manchester?. Click the button below to explore Manchester in detail.

How far is it the other way?

The distance is the same either way if you're flying a straight line (or driving the same roads back and forth). But for a real trip, there can be plenty of differences so go ahead and check the reverse directions to get the distance from Manchester to Cardiff, or go to the main page to calculate the distance between cities.

If you happen to know Cardiff, don't forget to help other travelers and answer some questions about Cardiff!

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At a Glance
without making any stops
total driving distance is 197 miles
driving time of 3 hours, 26 minutes
flight distance is 144 miles
flight time of 47 minutes
5 Cardiff travel answers
17 Manchester travel answers

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