Cheap train tickets from Edinburgh to Manchester

Showing times and prices for 20 May

Cheapest

£52

Average

£95

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 Edinburgh to Manchester will cost around £ 95 if you buy it on the day, but the cheapest tickets can be found for only £ 52.

Cheapest
20:11Edinburgh Waverley3h40 23:51Manchester Oxford Road
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£521One-way
19:11Edinburgh Waverley4h39 23:50Manchester Victoria
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£531One-way
18:52Edinburgh Waverley3h21 22:13Deansgate
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£551One-way
12:52Edinburgh Waverley3h17 16:09Deansgate
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£551One-way
16:52Edinburgh Waverley3h17 20:09Deansgate
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£551One-way

Train schedule Edinburgh to Manchester

Showing trains for tomorrow, Fri, 20 May
08:12AMEdinburgh Waverley3h08 11:20AMManchester Oxford Road
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08:52AMEdinburgh Waverley3h17 12:09PMDeansgate
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09:05AMEdinburgh Waverley4h03 01:08PMManchester Victoria
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10:12AMEdinburgh Waverley3h07 01:19PMManchester Oxford Road
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10:52AMEdinburgh Waverley3h27 02:19PMManchester Oxford Road
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11:06AMEdinburgh Waverley4h02 03:08PMManchester Victoria
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12:12PMEdinburgh Waverley3h07 03:19PMManchester Oxford Road
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12:52PMEdinburgh Waverley3h17 04:09PMDeansgate
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01:05PMEdinburgh Waverley4h03 05:08PMManchester Victoria
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02:12PMEdinburgh Waverley3h08 05:20PMManchester Oxford Road
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02:52PMEdinburgh Waverley3h31 06:23PMManchester Oxford Road
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03:08PMEdinburgh Waverley4h00 07:08PMManchester Victoria
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04:12PMEdinburgh Waverley3h12 07:24PMManchester Oxford Road
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04:52PMEdinburgh Waverley3h17 08:09PMDeansgate
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05:00PMEdinburgh Waverley4h10 09:10PMManchester Victoria
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05:07PMEdinburgh Waverley4h03 09:10PMManchester Victoria
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05:30PMEdinburgh Waverley4h09 09:39PMManchester Victoria
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06:11PMEdinburgh Waverley3h09 09:20PMManchester Oxford Road
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06:52PMEdinburgh Waverley3h21 10:13PMDeansgate
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07:11PMEdinburgh Waverley4h39 11:50PMManchester Victoria
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07:36PMEdinburgh Waverley4h14 11:50PMManchester Victoria
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08:11PMEdinburgh Waverley3h40 11:51PMManchester Oxford Road
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Fri
20 May
£57Avanti West Coast
£28National Express
Sat
21 May
£95Transpennine Express
£23National Express
Sun
22 May
£133Cross Country
£33Flixbus
Mon
23 May
£41Avanti West Coast
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Tue
24 May
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£23National Express
Wed
25 May
£41Avanti West Coast
£20Flixbus
Thu
26 May
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£19Flixbus
Fri
27 May
£41Avanti West Coast
£22Flixbus
Sat
28 May
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£21National Express
Sun
29 May
£134London North Eastern Railway
£19Flixbus
Mon
30 May
£41Avanti West Coast
£25National Express
Tue
31 May
£41Avanti West Coast
£23National Express
Wed
1 Jun
£16Avanti West Coast
£17National Express
Thu
2 Jun
£63Transpennine Express
£23National Express
Fri
3 Jun
£34Avanti West Coast
£19National Express
Sat
4 Jun
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£40Flixbus
Sun
5 Jun
£52Avanti West Coast
£31Flixbus
Mon
6 Jun
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£21National Express
Tue
7 Jun
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£15Flixbus
Wed
8 Jun
£30Avanti West Coast
£15Flixbus

Fastest train times from Edinburgh to Manchester

Showing times and prices for 20 May

Fastest Journey

3 h 7 m

Average

3 h 38 m

Trains per day

22

Distance

282 km

Of the 22 trains that leave Edinburgh for Manchester every day 7 travel direct so it’s quite easy to avoid journeys where you’ll have to change along the way.

These direct trains cover the 282 km distance in an average of 3 h 38 m but if you time it right, some trains will get you there in just 3 h 7 m .

The slowest trains will take 4 h 39 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
12:12Edinburgh Waverley3h07 15:19Manchester Oxford Road
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£1011One-way
Fastest
10:12Edinburgh Waverley3h07 13:19Manchester Oxford Road
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£1011One-way
08:12Edinburgh Waverley3h08 11:20Manchester Oxford Road
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£671One-way
14:12Edinburgh Waverley3h08 17:20Manchester Oxford Road
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£1011One-way
18:11Edinburgh Waverley3h09 21:20Manchester Oxford Road
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£671One-way

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Overview: Train from Edinburgh to Manchester

distanceDistance174 miles (281 km)
durationAverage train duration3 h 7 min
priceAverage train ticket price£71 (€81)
frequencyTrain frequency5 a day
changesDirect trainYes, there are 5 direct trains a day
carriersTrain companiesCross Country, Transpennine Express, Avanti West Coast or London North Eastern Railway

Trains from Edinburgh to Manchester cover the 174 miles (281 km) long route taking on average 3 h 7 min with our travel partners like Cross Country, Transpennine Express, Avanti West Coast or London North Eastern Railway. Normally, there are 5 trains operating per day, including direct services available. While the average ticket price for this route costs around £71, you can find the cheapest train ticket for as low as £37. Travellers depart most frequently from Edinburgh Waverley and arrive in Manchester Piccadilly.

Train companies: CrossCountry trains Edinburgh to Manchester

Travel from Edinburgh to Manchester from £37 with Omio’s train partners CrossCountry! You can find the best timetables and tickets when comparing and booking the most popular route for you.

CrossCountry

CrossCountry is a fast speed train company in the United Kingdom and for your next train between Edinburgh and Manchester you can choose between Standard Class and First Class tickets on Omio.

CrossCountry is one of the best options when travelling by train to Manchester from Edinburgh. Omio quickly shows you current CrossCountry train timetables for the Edinburgh - Manchester journey and makes it easier than ever for you to buy train tickets online for the cheapest, fastest or earliest trip available. The distance to Manchester from Edinburgh is around 174 miles (281 km) and the cheapest CrossCountry one-way ticket you can book starts at £133. As you check the latest Edinburgh to Manchester train timetable from CrossCountry for your ideal departure and arrival times, you can also review travel information, such as luggage policy and amenities offered onboard, and compare the best route available to arrive to Manchester safely. If you search for CrossCountry tickets in the Omio app, you can also see if they are mobile tickets so that you can travel paperless. Let Omio quickly find you the perfect CrossCountry ticket between Edinburgh and Manchester so you can spend more time enjoying the smooth and easy journey!

  • Average Price: £133

CrossCountry 's current ticket policies due to COVID-19 for your train from Edinburgh to Manchester are the following:

  • Refund or voucher policy
  • If you have an Off-Peak or Anytime ticket, you can get a full refund and the £10 admin fee has been waived. Advance tickets are normally non-refundable but you can now also get a full refund if your Advance ticket was booked before 23 March 2020.
  • Cashless payments recommended
  • Online booking and check-in recommended

Travel Tips: Trains from Edinburgh to Manchester

Travel by train to Manchester easily. Whether you want fast, cheap or something entirely different, our travel experts have collected everything you need to know so you can find the best option from Edinburgh to Manchester.
FAQs

How much do cheap train tickets from Edinburgh to Manchester cost?

If you’re looking to save money on tickets, you can find a cheap train from Edinburgh to Manchester for as little as £37  in the next 7 days.

How much is a train ticket from Edinburgh to Manchester?

If you are looking to purchase your train ticket in the next 7 days, you can expect the Edinburgh to Manchester train to cost on average £71  one way.

What is the distance between Edinburgh and Manchester by train?

The distance between Edinburgh and Manchester by train is approximately 174 miles (281 km).

How long is the train between Edinburgh and Manchester?

The train time from Edinburgh to Manchester is on average 3 h 7 min  for the 174 miles (281 km) long journey, but the time it takes to go from Edinburgh to Manchester by train can vary depending on specific dates or travelling on weekends and holidays.

Which train station from Edinburgh to Manchester do I depart from? Which Manchester train station from Edinburgh do I arrive in?

Some of the Edinburgh train stations to Manchester you can start your journey from include Edinburgh Waverley, Edinburgh Gateway and Edinburgh Park. Similarly, some of the arrival train stations in Manchester include Manchester Piccadilly, Manchester Airport and Manchester Victoria.

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

Where is the train station in Edinburgh to go to Manchester? Where is the train station in Manchester located?

Passengers board their train most frequently from Edinburgh Waverley and travel around 0.4 miles (659 m) from the city centre to this train station.

Passengers travelling this route most often arrive at Manchester Piccadilly and need to travel approximately 0.7 miles (1.2 km) from the train station to the city centre in Manchester.

Which train providers can take me between Edinburgh and Manchester?

When taking a train from Edinburgh to Manchester, you can count on Cross Country, Transpennine Express, Avanti West Coast or London North Eastern Railway for the best way to get you to Manchester. You can also check all possible train providers who offer a service between Edinburgh and Manchester and compare the amenities they offer before buying a train ticket.

Can I book a direct train from Edinburgh to Manchester?

Yes, there are 5 direct trains a day to Manchester from Edinburgh. If you’re looking for a direct train from Edinburgh to Manchester, consider travelling with Transpennine Express. Non-stop train services tend to offer more convenience and save you time getting you to your destination, so it's worth paying attention to this when booking your train tickets.

How many train services per day are there from Edinburgh to Manchester?

On average, there are 5 trains a day from Edinburgh to Manchester. The train times and services may be different on weekends and holidays compared to weekdays.

When does the first train depart from Edinburgh to Manchester? When does the last train depart from Edinburgh to Manchester?

If you prefer early morning trains from Edinburgh to Manchester, the first train leaves at 05: 06. If you prefer late night trains from Edinburgh to Manchester, the last train of the day leaves at 21: 00. Omio shows you the latest train from Edinburgh to Manchester times to help you book the best departure time for this trip.

How early should I purchase Edinburgh to Manchester train tickets to get the best deals?

The price of a one way train ticket from Edinburgh to Manchester is on average £71 if you book within the next 7 days. But we recommend booking tickets before your planned travel date to find the best prices for trains from all possible train providers offering this trip. In general, you can find train tickets between Edinburgh and Manchester available a few months in advance.

Important Stations and Airports for this Journey

Edinburgh
Manchester
Edinburgh Waverley is the most popular Edinburgh railway station for Omio travellers, but it's not the only one. Read all the information you need to know about the main train stations in Edinburgh for your journey to Manchester.
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Public transport options for Edinburgh Waverley
Bus lines: 22, 30, 33, X22, X25, X37
Train lines: Avanti West Coast, Caledonian Sleeper, CrossCountry, LNER, ScotRail, Transpennine Express