Manchester & Cardiff Airport
Use the split ticket journey planner below to book moneysaving split train tickets for your Cardiff Airport and Manchester rail journey exactly the same way you would ordinarily book your otherwise more expensive train tickets online.
You could save heaps of money if you split your Cardiff Airport and Manchester train ticket. Plus, you will still travel on the same train, at the same time and most probably in the same seat - just for a lot less money!
The only difference is that in place of just booking you the more expensive through train ticket between Cardiff Airport and Manchester our system will first determine if cheaper split ticket options exist, at the times you have selected, and then offer you the cheaper train tickets. Click Here to book your cheap and officail split train tickets on Cardiff Airport and Manchester trains.
Split Tickets - Cardiff Airport and Manchester Trains
Splitting your Cardiff Airport to Manchester train tickets is when, instead of just one more expensive through ticket to Manchester from Cardiff Airport, you purchase separate tickets for two or more sectors of the route you wish to travel without affecting your travel options in any way.
For example, if you wanted to travel from Cardiff Airport to Manchester, you would expect to buy a ticket direct from Cardiff Airport to Manchester. However, you may find it a lot cheaper to buy a ticket from Cardiff Airport to Southend East, and another from Southend East to Sudbury (Suffolk) and still another from Sudbury (Suffolk) to Manchester for a much cheaper combined split train ticket price. This is especially true when not all sectors of your journey between Manchester and Cardiff Airport are during peak time.
So, by buying several tickets that in combination make up the whole of your Manchester to Cardiff Airport rail route, you could massively reduce your travel cost.
Use the split train ticket journey planner above to automatically do the hard work for you by searching the entire National Rail fares database for every possible permutation of travel to identify the best of any available split ticketing options for your train journey between Manchester and Cardiff Airport, and at the times that you select.
Manchester Railway Stations
Manchester Piccadilly is the principal railway station in Manchester, England. Opened as Store Street in 1842, it was renamed Manchester London Road in 1847 and became Manchester Piccadilly in 1960.
Located to the south-east of Manchester city centre, it hosts long-distance intercity and cross-country services to national destinations including London, Birmingham, Nottingham, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Cardiff, Bristol, Exeter, Plymouth, Reading, Southampton and Bournemouth; regional services to destinations in Northern England including Liverpool, Leeds, Sheffield, Newcastle and York; and local commuter services around Greater Manchester.
Between 1998 and 2002, in preparation for the 2002 Commonwealth Games, the station underwent a £100 million redevelopment. The glass roof of the trainshed, which is a Grade II listed structure, was reglazed and repainted. A new main entrance and enlarged concourse with a mezzanine level replaced the 1960s structure, which had become insufficient for the number of passengers regularly using the station.
With over 30 million annual passenger entries and exits Manchester Piccadilly is the busiest station in the Manchester station group and the fourth busiest station in the United Kingdom outside London.
The station hosts services from six train operating companies making it the second busiest interchange station outside London, with almost 3.8 million passengers changing trains annually.
Manchester Oxford Road railway station is at the junction of Whitworth Street West and Oxford Street. It opened in 1849 and was rebuilt in 1960. It is the second busiest of the four stations in Manchester city centre.
The station serves the southern part of Manchester city centre, the University of Manchester and Manchester Metropolitan University, on the line from Manchester Piccadilly westwards towards Warrington, Chester, Llandudno, Liverpool, Preston and Blackpool. Eastbound trains go beyond Piccadilly to Crewe, Leeds and Sheffield. The station consists of four through platforms and one terminating bay platform.
Manchester Victoria station is a combined mainline railway station and Metrolink tram stop. Situated to the north of the city centre on Hunts Bank, close to Manchester Cathedral, it adjoins Manchester Arena which was constructed on part of the former station site in the 1990s.
Manchester Victoria is served by two train operating companies, Northern Rail and TransPennine Express. It is occasionally used by CrossCountry services during engineering works. Victoria is Manchester's third busiest railway station after Piccadilly and Oxford Road and the second busiest station managed by Northern Rail after Oxford Road.
The station hosts local and regional services to destinations in Northern England, such as Blackburn, Rochdale, Bradford, Leeds, Newcastle, Huddersfield, Halifax, Wigan, Southport, Blackpool (Sundays only) and Liverpool using the original Liverpool to Manchester line.
Most trains calling at Victoria are operated by Northern Railways. TransPennine Express services call at the station from Liverpool to Newcastle/Scarborough and services towards Manchester Airport (via the Ordsall Chord) from Middlesbrough/Redcar/Newcastle.
Split Manchester Train Tickets Are Legal
Split ticketing on trains between Cardiff Airport and Manchester is allowed, is perfectly legal and can save you a lot of money. The National Conditions of Travel clearly state that you may use more than one ticket to complete your train journey between Manchester and Cardiff Airport provided that "the train you are in calls at each station where you change from one ticket to another". Unless you would ordinarilly need to change trains you also do not have to leave the train and get back on it in between the start and end of your journey.