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Coach Information between Belfast and Edinburgh

distanceDistance143 miles (230 km)
durationAverage coach duration7 h 15 min
priceAverage coach ticket price£33 (€37)
changesDirect coachYes
carriersCoach companiesNational Express

Coaches from Belfast to Edinburgh cover the 143 miles (230 km) long route taking on average 7 h 15 min with our travel partners like National Express. There are direct coach services available. You can get the cheapest coach tickets for this journey for as low as £32, but the average price of coach tickets is £33. Travellers depart most frequently from Belfast Central and arrive in Edinburgh, Elder Street.

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National Express coaches from Belfast to Edinburgh

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National Express

National Express is the UK’s leading long-distance coach provider operating over 550 coaches per day and serving over 900 destinations across the UK. National Express also operates coach services to all major UK airports, such as Heathrow, Gatwick, Stansted, Luton and Bristol, 24 hours a day. All National Express coaches have air conditioning and provide free WiFi access along with onboard entertainment. Most coaches come with seat belts and power outlets at every seat, so you can charge your phone or laptop during a long journey. For your coach between Belfast and Edinburgh, you can select from three ticket fares: Restricted Fare, Standard Fare, and Fully Flexible Fare.

  • Average Price: £32

When you buy your National Express coach tickets between Belfast and Edinburgh don't forget to keep the following COVID-19 related policies in mind:

  • Cashless payments recommended
  • Online booking and check-in recommended
  • Pre-reservation / seat allocation
  • Verification of ticket with valid ID
  • Exceptions to waive change or cancellation fees policy
  • For journeys between July 1st and October 31, 2020, the following change and refund policies apply:
    • Restricted ticket: One change is allowed free of charge
    • Standard ticket: Full refund or one change is allowed free of charge
    • Fully flexible ticket: Unlimited changes to time or date are allowed
    • All change and refund requests must be made at least 24 hours before the original outbound journey. Partial refunds are not allowed.

Coach from Belfast to Edinburgh

Travelling by bus from Belfast in Northern Ireland to Edinburgh, Scotland's capital involves a ferry crossing from the Belfast Stena Line Terminus to Cairnryan near Stranraer. The overall journey time varies from around 7.5 hours to just under 9.5 hours including the ferry crossing which can take up to two hours 45 minutes. On most days there is one departure operated by National Express Coaches. This leaves mid-morning. On some days there is also a mid-afternoon departure. A connection is made at Glasgow Buchanan Coach Station before the route terminates at Edinburgh Elder Street Bus Station. Please note: this route involves two separate tickets so should a delay occur on the first part of the route, the connection at Glasgow is not guaranteed. There are, however, frequent buses from Glasgow to Edinburgh, a journey of just over one hour.

How long is the journey by bus from Belfast to Edinburgh?

The bus from Belfast to Edinburgh takes between 7.5 and just under 9.5 hours. The first part of the route, including the ferry crossing, takes approximately 6.5 to 8.5 hours. The final stage of the journey from Glasgow to Edinburgh takes just over one hour.

How many coaches are there from Belfast to Edinburgh?

On most days, there is just one bus from Belfast to Edinburgh. This departs in the middle of the morning. On some days, there is a further departure in the afternoon.

What is/are the departure and arrival stations for buses from Belfast to Edinburgh?

Departure bus station: Every bus from Belfast to Edinburgh departs from the Belfast Stena Line Terminus. This is located between 30 and 40 minutes by local bus from Belfast City Centre. It is close to the M2 motorway and has plenty of car parking as well as a taxi rank. Facilities at the terminal include a ticket office, wifi, toilets, a comfortable departure lounge, baby-changing facilities and accessible toilets, a coffee shop and refreshment vending machines. Assistance can be requested for wheelchair users and passengers with limited mobility. A shuttle bus is available for passengers unable to walk the short distance from the terminus to the ferry.

Arrival bus station: The bus from Belfast to Edinburgh completes its journey at Edinburgh Elder Street Bus Station. This is centrally located within the city and only a short walk from many of Edinburgh's attractions as well as its shops and theatres. The bus station is also adjacent to a tram stop with a direct link to Edinburgh Airport. Edinburgh has an extensive transport network of local buses, local trains and trams. Facilities at Elder Street Bus Station include car parking, cycle racks, a taxi rank, toilets and accessible toilets, baby-changing, luggage storage lockers, public payphones, an ATM, phone charging stations and vending machines for refreshments. Cafes and shops can also be found in the streets surrounding the station. All areas of the bus station have step-free access via lifts and ramps.

Which coach providers travel from Belfast to Edinburgh?

The bus route from Belfast to Edinburgh is operated by National Express Coaches.

 National Express Belfast to Edinburgh

National Express Coaches is British owned and one of the largest transport providers in the country. It operates one or two daily departures from Belfast to Edinburgh with a journey time of between 7.5 hours and just under 9.5 hours. Departures are mid-morning and mid-afternoon.

Belfast to Edinburgh Coach: Services on Board

National Express sells standard tickets only although specific seats can be requested. It operates an extensive fleet of modern and safe coaches with plenty of legroom and comfortable seats. Onboard facilities include air-conditioning or heating depending on the season, wifi and toilets. Large pieces of luggage are stored in the hold of the coach while inside, small bags and personal belongings can be stored under the seat or in the overhead luggage rack. Folding bikes can travel in the hold. There is a charge for this service which must be pre-booked. Pets cannot travel on National Express coaches although certified and trained service animals are allowed. Many newer coaches have space for one wheelchair and a lift for access while foldable wheelchairs can travel in the hold. All wheelchairs must be pre-booked. Onboard toilets, however, are not accessible to wheelchairs. National Express has a dedicated Assisted Travel Team which is on hand to help and advise passengers with limited mobility.

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FAQs
What is the price of the cheapest coach to Edinburgh from Belfast?
Omio customers have found cheap coach tickets between Belfast and Edinburgh for as low as £32  for the next 7 days.
What is the average price of coach tickets between Belfast and Edinburgh?
The Belfast to Edinburgh coach ticket price is on average £33  if you are looking to buy your tickets for this trip in the next week.
What is the distance to Edinburgh from Belfast by coach?
The coach distance from Belfast to Edinburgh is around 143 miles (230 km).
What is the average Belfast to Edinburgh coach duration?
On average the Belfast to Edinburgh coach time is 7 h 15 min  covering the 143 miles (230 km) long route, but the journey time can vary depending on specific dates or travelling on weekends and bank holidays.
Which coach station from Belfast to Edinburgh do I depart from? Which Edinburgh coach station from Belfast do I arrive in?

There are a few coach stations in Belfast to start your journey from including Belfast, Stena Line terminus, Belfast, Europa Buscentre and Belfast, Europa Bus Centre. In Edinburgh you have a few coach station options to choose from for your arrival including Edinburgh, Elder Street, Edinburgh, North Bridge and Edinburgh.

Omio customers travelling this route depart most frequently from Belfast Central   and arrive in Edinburgh, Elder Street.

Where is the coach station in Belfast? Where is the coach station in Edinburgh?

Passengers booking this trip most frequently board their coaches from Belfast Central and need to travel around 1.1 miles (1.7 km) from the city centre to get to this coach station.

Passengers arriving in Edinburgh most often arrive at Edinburgh, Elder Street and need to travel around 0.3 miles (533 m) from this coach station to the city centre.

Which coach companies should I travel with from Belfast to Edinburgh?
Take the Belfast to Edinburgh coach with National Express. However, it's always good to check out all possible coach companies for the route between Belfast and Edinburgh as there might be differences in the amenities they offer.
How far in advance should I purchase a coach ticket from Belfast to Edinburgh to get the best deals?
If you buy Belfast to Edinburgh coach tickets within the next 7 days, you can find one way tickets to cost on average £33. However, booking in advance gives you access to the best prices for coaches from Belfast to Edinburgh. Look out for coach tickets for this journey to go on sale a few months before your planned departure date to find the best deals.