The cheapest buses from Bristol to Edinburgh

Showing times and prices for 21 Oct

Cheapest

£34

Average

£45

The best way to find a cheap fare is to book your ticket as far in advance as you can and to avoid traveling at rush hour.

The average ticket from Bristol to Edinburgh will cost around £ 45 if you buy it on the day, but the cheapest tickets can be found for only £ 34.

Cheapest
04:15Bristol, Marlborough Street14h55 19:10Edinburgh
1 changes
£341One-way
2nd Cheapest
07:00Bristol, Marlborough Street13h30 20:30Edinburgh
1 changes
£371One-way
19:25Bristol, Marlborough Street12h40 08:05Edinburgh
1 changes
£381One-way
19:15Bristol, Marlborough Street12h25 07:40Edinburgh
1 changes
£711One-way

Timetable Bristol to Edinburgh

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04:15Bristol, Marlborough Street14h55 19:10Edinburgh
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07:00Bristol, Marlborough Street13h30 20:30Edinburgh
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19:15Bristol, Marlborough Street12h25 07:40Edinburgh
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19:25Bristol, Marlborough Street12h40 08:05Edinburgh
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20 Oct
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Fri
22 Oct
£215First Transpennine Express
£42National Express
£96easyJet
Sat
23 Oct
£215First Transpennine Express
£39National Express
£109easyJet
Sun
24 Oct
£211Avanti West Coast
£44National Express
£113easyJet
Mon
25 Oct
£214Cross Country
£38National Express
£85easyJet
Tue
26 Oct
£89Cross Country
£28National Express
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Wed
27 Oct
£89Cross Country
£29National Express
£90easyJet
Thu
28 Oct
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£31National Express
£49easyJet
Fri
29 Oct
£119Cross Country
£32National Express
£39easyJet
Sat
30 Oct
£108Cross Country
£31National Express
£46easyJet
Sun
31 Oct
£108Cross Country
£32National Express
£51easyJet
Mon
1 Nov
£108Cross Country
£23National Express
£34easyJet
Tue
2 Nov
£89Cross Country
£22National Express
£31easyJet
Wed
3 Nov
£89Cross Country
£22National Express
£31easyJet
Thu
4 Nov
£89Cross Country
£22National Express
£39easyJet
Fri
5 Nov
£108Cross Country
£22National Express
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Sat
6 Nov
£108Cross Country
£22National Express
£74easyJet
Sun
7 Nov
£212Cross Country
£21National Express
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Mon
8 Nov
£107Cross Country
£18National Express
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Tue
9 Nov
£89Cross Country
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The fastest buses from Bristol to Edinburgh

Showing times and prices for 21 Oct

Fastest Journey

12 h 25 m

Average

13 h 22 m

Buses per day

4

Distance

502 km

It's difficult to get from Bristol to Edinburgh without changing at least once.

Fastest
19:15Bristol, Marlborough Street12h25 07:40Edinburgh
1 changes
£711One-way
2nd Fastest
19:25Bristol, Marlborough Street12h40 08:05Edinburgh
1 changes
£381One-way
07:00Bristol, Marlborough Street13h30 20:30Edinburgh
1 changes
£371One-way
04:15Bristol, Marlborough Street14h55 19:10Edinburgh
1 changes
£341One-way

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Coach Information from Bristol to Edinburgh

distanceDistance311 miles (501 km)
durationAverage coach duration13 h 30 min
priceAverage coach ticket price£37 (€42)
changesDirect coachYes
carriersCoach companiesNational Express

Coaches from Bristol to Edinburgh cover the 311 miles (501 km) long route taking on average 13 h 30 min with our travel partners like National Express. There are direct coach services available. You can get the cheapest coach tickets for this route for as low as £28, but the average price of coach tickets is £37. Travellers depart most frequently from Bristol Temple Meads and arrive in Edinburgh, Elder Street.

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Coach from Bristol to Edinburgh with National Express

Travel from Bristol to Edinburgh from £28 with Omio’s coach partners National Express! You can find the best timetables and tickets when comparing and booking the most popular journey for you.

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 Bristol and Edinburgh, you can select from three ticket fares: Restricted Fare, Standard Fare, and Fully Flexible Fare.

  • Average Price: £28

Please follow the recommendations outlined by National Express when booking your coach tickets between Bristol and Edinburgh due to the coronavirus:

  • 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.

Buses from Bristol to Edinburgh

Passengers who are looking for coaches from Bristol to Edinburgh will only find a short service of just 2 trains running per day. Only one provider operates the distance between the two locations and that is with the leading provider, National Express. Onboard these coaches, expect the use of good services and useful onboard facilities. The first running coach of the day is at 4:15 a.m. and the latest running coach of the day is at 7:00 p.m. Guests will have a duration of either 12h 40min or 14h 55min.

Bristol to Edinburgh Bus Time: Daily Departures

There are just 2 coaches running per day from Bristol to Edinburgh. One coach departs early in the morning whilst the other departs in the evening. The first running coach of the day at 4:15 a.m. has a duration of 14h 55min and an arrival time of 7:10 p.m. Whereas the last departing coach is at 7:00 p.m. has a duration of 12h 40min and an arrival time of 7:40 a.m.

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

Depending on what time of day that you intend to travel from Bristol to Edinburgh, you will find different durations of travel. The first running coach of the day is at 04:15 and is the journey of the day with the longest duration. With a duration of 14h 55min, expect an arrival time of 7:10 p.m. Otherwise, if you depart at 7:00 p.m. then you’ll face a duration of 12h 40min. Your arrival time will then be at 07:40 a.m. as you face an overnight coach.

Edinburgh Hiking. Source: Shutterstock

What are the departure and arrival stations for buses from Bristol to Edinburgh?

Departure bus station: Passengers should expect that a coach always departing from Bristol to reach Edinburgh will depart from Bristol, Bus & Coach Station (Marlborough St.) The coach station lies just 1.8 miles (2.8 km) from the city centre of Bristol. Travel the distance easily with buses like A1, 70, park& ride, and more. Otherwise, a walk will take just 10mins. At the station, you can find popular facilities like eateries, toilet facilities, money withdrawal points, and more. The operating hours of the coach station run 7 days a week from 07:45 a.m. to 5:45 p.m.

Arrival bus station: All coaches from Bristol to Edinburgh will always arrive at Edinburgh, Bus Station. This is the leading coach station in Edinburgh and it also serves all of the city. The bus station lies just 0.6 miles (0.9 km) from Edinburgh’s city centre and can be reached in just a quick walk or alternatively you can choose buses like Bus 1, Bus 16, Bus 7, or Bus 14. At the bus station, passengers can find toilet facilities, baby changing facilities, vending machines, charging points, along with much more.

Which bus companies travel from Bristol to Edinburgh?

Passengers who are looking for trains from Bristol to Edinburgh will find just one provider operating the journey and that is with the leading provider, National Express. National Express operates only a short service of 2 trains per day and has a duration from 12h 40min to 14h 55min, depending on what time of day that you choose to travel. A passenger will not be able to find a direct route to Edinburgh from Bristol but instead a coach that requires 1 change.

Changes will always be made at London, Victoria Coach station. One of the two operating coaches per day is an overnight coach, departing at 7:00 p.m. and arriving at 07:40 a.m. with a duration of 12h 40min. Your coach will always depart from Bristol, Bus & Coach Station (Marlborough Street) and arrive at Edinburgh, Bus Station. Onboard National Express coaches, passengers will find great services from staff and good onboard amenities.

National Express buses from Bristol to Edinburgh

National Express are the only provider that operates from Bristol to Edinburgh. Passengers will find only 2 running coaches per day and this will always be via the destination of London, Victoria Coach Station. A passenger will not be able to choose any more or any less than 1 connecting route. The quickest duration of the coach is 12h 40min and this is if your train departs at 7:00 p.m. and arrives at 07:40 a.m. Otherwise, a passenger can choose a coach with a duration of 14h 55min if they depart at 04:15 a.m. and arrive at 7:10 p.m.

Bus from Bristol to Edinburgh: Services on Board

Before you even board a coach with National Express, expect to make use of the eco-friendly, e-ticket. An e-ticket can be used on any electronic device of your choosing and is extremely easy to use. They’re made even easier with the ability to store tickets in your Omio account for easy filing. Passengers onboard National Express coaches can choose from either standard or first-class tickets. Whilst they’re both a comfortable option of travel, first-class options usually tend to offer comfier seating, adequate privacy, and seats that are all equipped with a table. If you choose to bring luggage onto a National Express coach, then expect to bring no more than two medium sized suitcases. Otherwise, you can bring one large suitcase that doesn’t exceed the weight of 44 lbs (20 kg). Passengers can also bring a small piece of hand luggage, such as a handbag.

Edinburgh Old Town. Source: Shutterstock

How to find cheap bus tickets from Bristol to Edinburgh?

There are some simple money-saving tips to help you save some extra money on your trip from Bristol to Edinburgh. With just a few clicks of a button, you can be facing better value of your prices for your intended trip. A passenger should always book with adequate time in advance to make sure that they’re not facing last-minute inflation of prices. Prices tend to inflate if you choose to book just days or hours beforehand. To face the best prices, consider booking either weeks or months in advance.

Otherwise, another useful money-saving tip is if you choose to be flexible with your dates. Alternating your dates of travel by just a few days, you could be facing cheaper prices of tickets. This is because certain days of the week or time of year could increase your cost price of tickets. Common times of price inflation is during weekends or during children’s school holidays.

To Edinburgh by bus – travel tips

Edinburgh is equipped with lots of exciting attractions, landmarks, and venues, that every visitor, tourist, and resident can enjoy. No matter if you’re travelling with your friends or family, you’ll find something appropriate and exciting to spend your time in the city. Enjoy some of the top attractions in Edinburgh like Edinburgh Castle, National Museum of Scotland, Arthur’s Seat, Palace of Holyroodhouse, Calton Hill, Royal Mile, Edinburgh Zoo, Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, along with much more.

Otherwise, if you’re looking to enjoy the leading venues of the city like the top restaurants then enjoy great venues like Aizle, Scotland Meets Sardinia – Pop Up, TIMERYARD, The Kitchin, The Table, Purslane Restaurant, Number One, Forage & Chatter, Wedgwood The Restaurant, Prana Indian Grill Edinburgh, New Chapter, Fishers In The City, and more. No matter how you choose to spend your time in Edinburgh you’ll be quickly anticipating your return.

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Buses from Bristol to Edinburgh
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FAQs
How much does a cheap coach to Edinburgh from Bristol cost?
Omio customers have found the cheapest coaches between Bristol and Edinburgh to cost as little as £28  in the next 7 days.
How much does the coach from Bristol to Edinburgh cost on average?
If you’re looking to book tickets for this trip in the next 7 days, you’ll find that Bristol to Edinburgh coach prices are on average £37  one way.
How many miles is it from Bristol to Edinburgh by coach?
The Bristol to Edinburgh coach distance is approximately 311 miles (501 km).
How many hours does it take from Bristol to Edinburgh by coach?
On average the Bristol to Edinburgh coach time is 13 h 30 min  covering the 311 miles (501 km) long journey, but the journey time can vary depending on specific dates or travelling on weekends and bank holidays.
What station does the Bristol to Edinburgh coach leave from? Which Edinburgh coach station do I come into from Bristol?

There are a few coach stations in Bristol to start your journey from including Bristol, City Centre, Bristol, Bus & Coach Station (Marlborough St) and Bristol, The Centre (c9). 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 Bristol Temple Meads   and arrive in Edinburgh, Elder Street.

Where is the coach station in Bristol to go to Edinburgh? Where is the coach station in Edinburgh located?

Passengers board the coach most frequently from Bristol Temple Meads, which is located around 1 mile (s) / 1 km away from the city centre, and they get off the coach at Edinburgh, Elder Street, located 0 mile (s) / 0 km away from the city centre.

What coach companies go from Bristol to Edinburgh?
When taking a coach from Bristol to Edinburgh, you can count on National Express for the best way to get you to Edinburgh. You can also check all possible coach companies who offer a service between Bristol and Edinburgh and compare the amenities they offer before buying a coach ticket.
What are the first and last departure coach times from Bristol to Edinburgh?
If you prefer early morning coaches from Bristol to Edinburgh, the first coach leaves at 06: 00. If you prefer late night coaches from Bristol to Edinburgh, the last coach of the day leaves at 19: 25. Omio shows you the latest coach from Bristol to Edinburgh schedule to help you book the best departure time for this journey.
How far in advance should I book coach tickets from Bristol to Edinburgh for the best deals?
You can find a coach between Bristol and Edinburgh to cost on average £37 one way if you book within the next 7 days. But we recommend buying coach tickets in advance to score the best deals and save money on your journey. You’ll see tickets for the Bristol to Edinburgh coach generally on sale a few months before the planned travel date.

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