The cheapest buses from Manchester to Edinburgh

Showing times and prices for 21 Sep

Cheapest

£19

Average

£31

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 Manchester to Edinburgh will cost around £ 31 if you buy it on the day, but the cheapest tickets can be found for only £ 19.

Cheapest
10:30Manchester, Coach Station6h45 17:15Edinburgh
0 changes
£191One-way
2nd Cheapest
13:10Manchester, Coach Station7h20 20:30Edinburgh
1 changes
£241One-way
01:35Manchester, Coach Station7h05 08:40Edinburgh
1 changes
£391One-way
11:30Manchester, Coach Station7h40 19:10Edinburgh
1 changes
£401One-way

Timetable Manchester to Edinburgh

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01:35Manchester, Coach Station7h05 08:40Edinburgh
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10:30Manchester, Coach Station6h45 17:15Edinburgh
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11:30Manchester, Coach Station7h40 19:10Edinburgh
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13:10Manchester, Coach Station7h20 20:30Edinburgh
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Tue
21 Sep
£49First Transpennine Express
£19National Express
Wed
22 Sep
£49First Transpennine Express
£18National Express
Thu
23 Sep
£49First Transpennine Express
£18National Express
Fri
24 Sep
£92First Transpennine Express
£19National Express
Sat
25 Sep
£92First Transpennine Express
£19National Express
Sun
26 Sep
£50Avanti West Coast
£23National Express
Mon
27 Sep
£47First Transpennine Express
£23National Express
Tue
28 Sep
£41First Transpennine Express
£17National Express
Wed
29 Sep
£41First Transpennine Express
£15National Express
Thu
30 Sep
£38First Transpennine Express
£17National Express
Fri
1 Oct
£47First Transpennine Express
£19National Express
Sat
2 Oct
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£18National Express
Sun
3 Oct
£46Avanti West Coast
£12National Express
Mon
4 Oct
£44First Transpennine Express
£18National Express
Tue
5 Oct
£39Avanti West Coast
£15National Express
Wed
6 Oct
£39Avanti West Coast
£16National Express
Thu
7 Oct
£39Avanti West Coast
£17National Express
Fri
8 Oct
£93First Transpennine Express
£17National Express
Sat
9 Oct
£39Avanti West Coast
£17National Express
Sun
10 Oct
£46Avanti West Coast
£18National Express

The fastest buses from Manchester to Edinburgh

Showing times and prices for 21 Sep

Fastest Journey

6 h 45 m

Average

7 h 12 m

Buses per day

4

Distance

282 km

Of the 4 buses that leave Manchester for Edinburgh every day 1 travel direct so it’s quite easy to avoid journeys where you’ll have to change along the way.

These direct buses cover the 282 km distance in an average of 7 h 12 m but if you time it right, some buses will get you there in just 6 h 45 m .

The slowest buses will take 7 h 40 m and usually involve a change or two along the way, but you might be able to save a few pennies if you’re on a budget.

Fastest
10:30Manchester, Coach Station6h45 17:15Edinburgh
0 changes
£191One-way
2nd Fastest
01:35Manchester, Coach Station7h05 08:40Edinburgh
1 changes
£391One-way
13:10Manchester, Coach Station7h20 20:30Edinburgh
1 changes
£241One-way
11:30Manchester, Coach Station7h40 19:10Edinburgh
1 changes
£401One-way

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Coach Information between Manchester and Edinburgh

distanceDistance174 miles (281 km)
durationAverage coach duration6 h 45 min
priceAverage coach ticket price£20 (€23)
changesDirect coachYes
carriersCoach companiesNational Express

Coaches from Manchester to Edinburgh cover the 174 miles (281 km) long journey taking on average 6 h 45 min with our travel partners like National Express. There are direct coach services available. While the average ticket price for this journey costs around £20, you can find the cheapest coach ticket for as low as £18. Travellers depart most frequently from Manchester Piccadilly and arrive in Edinburgh, Elder Street.

National Express

Travel hassle-free between Manchester and Edinburgh on a coach with National Express! Omio shows you National Express coach timetables and ticket types available to help you find the cheapest and fastest trip between Manchester and Edinburgh. National Express is the leading coach operator for routes throughout the United Kingdom, offering hundreds of journeys to cities, towns, and major UK airports at an affordable price. You can expect to travel 174 miles (281 km) between Manchester and Edinburgh on the coach and pay as low as £18 for a coach ticket.

All National Express coaches are air-conditioned and provide free WiFi and onboard entertainment. Most coaches are equipped with seat belts and power outlets in each seat, so you can charge your phone or laptop during a long journey. You can select between three ticket types for the Manchester - Edinburgh coach: Restricted Fare, Standard Fare, and Fully Flexible Fare. Refundable tickets provide more flexibility than other ticket options, meaning you can cancel or change your ticket easily, should you need to. So, book your cheap National Express coach ticket from Manchester to Edinburgh on Omio today and enjoy your route!

These are National Express 's ticket policies for COVID-19 for the coach from Manchester to Edinburgh:

  • 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.

Coaches from Manchester to Edinburgh

Each day, four coaches leave Manchester heading to the Scottish capital. Of these, two are direct, while the others involve a change at Leeds Coach Station. Services continue through the weekend, with journey times ranging from six hours 20 minutes to eight hours 15 minutes. Whenever passengers decide to travel, there are options readily available, all week long.

Which coach companies travel from Manchester to Edinburgh?

National Express is the sole provider of coaches from Manchester to Edinburgh. Across their fleet, National Express offers every passenger free WiFi, charging sockets, comfortable seating and the option to bring two 20kg pieces of luggage to be stored in the hold, as well as their hand luggage.

How long is the coach from Manchester to Edinburgh?

Coach times vary, taking into consideration whether the journey is direct or not, wait time at transfer stations, and traffic congestion during peak travel time. The shortest journey leaves Manchester in the early hours of the morning, not long after 1:00 a.m., arriving in Edinburgh six hours 20 minutes later. The longest journey is the indirect route, leaving Manchester at 11:30 a.m. with an almost two-hour wait at Leeds Coach Station.

How many coaches are there from Manchester to Edinburgh?

Each day, there are four departures from Manchester heading to Edinburgh Elder Street. Of these, half are direct, while the other half involve a transfer at Leeds Coach Station. The schedule remains the same, seven days a week. Departures are usually grouped as two around lunchtime and the remaining two either side of midnight.

What are the departure and arrival stations for coaches from Manchester to Edinburgh?

Departure bus station: Passengers will join the service at Manchester Coach Station, found directly in the heart of Manchester. The station is a 10-minute walk from Manchester Piccadilly train station, which is the busiest of the five train stations in the city. To reach the coach stop, passengers can make use of the extensive bus or tram network that runs across Manchester.

Arrival bus station: Coaches from Manchester to Edinburgh complete their journey at Edinburgh Elder Street. The centrally located station is a short walk from Edinburgh Waverley train station, where passengers can organise onward travel. The location is convenient for those wishing to visit Edinburgh's tourist attractions, such as Edinburgh Castle or the Scottish National Portrait Gallery, both of which are within walking distance.

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FAQs
How much do cheap coaches to Edinburgh from Manchester cost?
Looking to save money on your route? Omio customers have found the cheapest coach between Manchester and Edinburgh for the next 7 days starting from £18  one way.
How much is a coach ticket from Manchester to Edinburgh?
If you’re looking to book your coach tickets in the next week, you can expect the Manchester to Edinburgh coach price to come in at an average of £20  one way.
How many miles is it from Manchester to Edinburgh by coach?
The Manchester to Edinburgh coach distance is approximately 174 miles (281 km).
How long is the coach to Edinburgh from Manchester?
While the time it takes to travel 174 miles (281 km) from Manchester to Edinburgh can vary based on specific dates, weekends, and bank holidays, the coach duration from Manchester to Edinburgh is on average 6 h 45 min.
Which coach station in Manchester goes to Edinburgh? Which coach station do I come into Edinburgh from Manchester?

Some of the Manchester coach stations to Edinburgh you can start your journey from include Manchester, Shudehill Interchange, Manchester, Coach Station and Manchester, Shudehill Interchange. Similarly, some of the arrival coach stations in Edinburgh include Edinburgh, Elder Street, Edinburgh, North Bridge and Edinburgh.

When travelling this route, Omio customers are departing most frequently from Manchester Piccadilly   and arriving in Edinburgh, Elder Street.

Where do I find the Manchester coach station to Edinburgh? Where is the Edinburgh coach station?

The most popular departure coach station with passengers for this journey, called Manchester Piccadilly, is located 0 mile (s) / 0 km from the city centre of Manchester.

The most popular arrival coach station, Edinburgh, Elder Street, is located 0 mile (s) / 0 km away from the city centre of Edinburgh.

Which coach companies should I travel with from Manchester to Edinburgh?
When taking a coach from Manchester 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 Manchester and Edinburgh and compare the amenities they offer before buying a coach ticket.
When does the first coach depart from Manchester to Edinburgh? When does the last coach depart from Manchester to Edinburgh?
The earliest coach for this route departs from Manchester at 09: 30. The last coach leaves from Manchester at 12: 10. Check Omio for the latest coach schedule from Manchester to Edinburgh and book the best time to depart on your chosen travel date.
How far in advance should I purchase coach tickets between Manchester and Edinburgh for the best deals?
You can find a coach from Manchester to Edinburgh to cost on average £20 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 route. You’ll see tickets for the Manchester to Edinburgh coach generally on sale a few months before the planned travel date.
Stations

Important Stations and Airports for this Journey

Manchester
Edinburgh
Manchester (Coach Station)
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Frequently Asked Questions

Where is the train station and what is the best way to get there?
This station is within walking distance of the city centre and is connected to other parts of the city by public transport.
How long does it take to get from the train station to the city centre?
This station is a 5-10 minute walk from the city centre.