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Train Information between Edinburgh and Manchester

distanceDistance174 miles (281 km)
durationAverage train duration3 h 7 min
priceAverage train ticket price£52 (€57)
changesDirect trainYes
carriersTrain providersFirst 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 First Transpennine Express, Avanti West Coast or London North Eastern Railway. There are direct train services available. You can get the cheapest train tickets for this journey for as low as £25, but the average price of train tickets is £52. Travellers depart most frequently from Edinburgh Waverley and arrive in Manchester Piccadilly.

Trains from Edinburgh to Manchester: Journey Details

Though known around the world for its football team, Manchester can offer much more to the curious visitor. There is something from every era such as the Victoria Baths, the art Deco of the Daily Express building, and the modern Skyscraper Beetham Tower. Heaton Park offers a natural respite from the metropolis or one can challenge the mind at the city's world class university.

 

Trains from Edinburgh to Manchester: Train Journey Information


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Which train companies go from Edinburgh to Manchester? All direct trains from Edinburgh to Manchester are operated by TransPennine Express. In-direct services are operated by Virgin Trains and Cross Country.

How long is the train from Edinburgh to Manchester? The average journey time for direct trains from Edinburgh to Manchester is 3 hours and 13 minutes. In-direct services don't last too much longer, with the typical journey lasting 3 hours and 22 minutes.

When are the first and last trains of the day from Edinburgh to Manchester? The first train from Edinburgh to Manchester on weekdays departs at 06:15 a.m and arrives at 09:25 a.m. The last direct train from Edinburgh to Manchester departs at 20:14 p.m and arrives at 23:25 p.m.

How often are trains from Edinburgh to Manchester? The Edinburgh-Manchester train runs roughly twice an hour throughout the day, with slightly less services on in the early hours and on Sundays.

Tips for Booking Cheap Trains from Edinburgh to Manchester


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How far in advance to book cheap train tickets from Edinburgh to Manchester? The best time to book trains from Edinburgh to Manchester in advance is 6 weeks before departure.

When is the cheapest and most expensive day to catch the train from Edinburgh to Manchester? The cheapest days to catch the Edinburgh-Manchester train are Tuesday and Wednesday. The most expensive day is Sunday.

Train Station Info and Getting to the City Centre


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Where do trains from Edinburgh to Manchester depart from? All trains from Edinburgh to Manchester depart from Edinburgh Waverly station located in the city centre, just a short walk from Princes Street and the Royal Mile. Edinburgh's main station boasts a hefty array of cafes and shops, perfect for picking up food for the journey. The station is also served by local buses, making it easy to get to.

Where do trains from Edinburgh to Manchester arrive at? All trains from Edinburgh to Manchester arrive at either Piccadilly station or Oxford Road station.

For trains terminating at Manchester Piccadilly, there are frequent bus connections to the city centre. Although, those who choose to go by foot will find themselves only 10-minutes away from Manchester's city centre. For passengers travelling onwards, the station provides connections via. coach and rail to UK destinations.

Passengers arriving at Oxford Road station, located south of the city centre, will be able to get into central Manchester with ease. By foot, the main street is just a 5-minute walk. There are also buses which connect the station to areas of the city. It is also possible to catch the train one-stop over to Manchester Piccadilly.

 

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 trains to Manchester from Edinburgh cost?
Looking to save money on your journey? Omio customers have found the cheapest train to Manchester from Edinburgh for the next 7 days starting from £25  one way.
How much does the train from Edinburgh to Manchester cost on average?
If you’re looking to buy tickets for this journey in the next 7 days, you’ll find that Edinburgh to Manchester train prices are on average £52  one way.
How many miles is it from Edinburgh to Manchester by train?
When travelling this route you should expect the distance between Edinburgh and Manchester via train to be approximately 174 miles (281 km).
What is the average Edinburgh to Manchester train duration?
On average the Edinburgh to Manchester train time is 3 h 7 min  covering the 174 miles (281 km) long journey, but the journey time can vary depending on specific dates or travelling on weekends and bank holidays.
When travelling by train from Edinburgh to Manchester, which train station in Edinburgh do I depart from and which train station in Manchester do I arrive in?

When departing from Edinburgh, you have various train station options to start your route from including Edinburgh Waverley, Edinburgh Haymarket and Edinburgh Gateway. When arriving in Manchester, you can end your journey in train stations like Manchester Piccadilly, Manchester Victoria and Manchester Oxford Road.

Omio customers book a train from Edinburgh Waverley   to Manchester Piccadilly   most frequently for this route.

Where is the train station in Edinburgh? Where is the train station in Manchester?

Passengers board their train most frequently from Edinburgh Waverley and travel around 0 mile (s) / 0 km from the city centre to this train station.

Passengers travelling this route most often arrive at Manchester Piccadilly and need to travel approximately 0 mile (s) / 0 km from the train station to the city centre in Manchester.

What train providers offer a service to Manchester from Edinburgh?
For the route from Edinburgh to Manchester you can take a train with First Transpennine Express, Avanti West Coast or London North Eastern Railway. Be sure to check out all possible train companies that offer services from Edinburgh to Manchester on Omio to compare what amenities they may have.
What are the first and last departure train times from Edinburgh to Manchester?
The earliest train departing from Edinburgh to Manchester leaves at 07: 12. The last train departing from Edinburgh to Manchester leaves at 09: 52. You can find the latest Edinburgh to Manchester train times on Omio and book the best time to leave for your journey on your chosen travel date.
When should I purchase Edinburgh Manchester train tickets to score the best deals?
In general, we recommend booking tickets for trains in advance to score the best deals from all possible train providers offering this journey and save money. If you buy train tickets from Edinburgh to Manchester within the next 7 days, you can find tickets to cost on average £52 one way. To find the best prices for this journey, consider booking your train ticket from Edinburgh to Manchester a few months in advance.
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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.