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The cheapest trains

from Manchester
to Edinburgh

Showing times and prices for Aug 19

Cheapest

£57

Average

£109

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

The average ticket from Manchester to Edinburgh will cost around £ 109 if you buy it on the day, but the cheapest tickets can be found for only £ 57.

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08:26Manchester Piccadilly3h1011:36Edinburgh Waverley
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£571One-way
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08:47Manchester Piccadilly3h3512:22Edinburgh Waverley
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£841One-way
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09:32Manchester Victoria3h4813:20Edinburgh Waverley
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£1211One-way
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09:02Manchester Victoria4h0413:06Edinburgh Waverley
1 change
£1411One-way
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08:32Manchester Victoria3h4812:20Edinburgh Waverley
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£1411One-way

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Bus
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Sun
Aug 18
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£28National Express
£104British Airways
Mon
Aug 19
£57First Transpennine Express
£27National Express
£109Flybe
Tue
Aug 20
£57First Transpennine Express
£24National Express
£83Flybe
Wed
Aug 21
£57First Transpennine Express
£28National Express
£63Flybe
Thu
Aug 22
£57First Transpennine Express
£24National Express
£63Flybe
Fri
Aug 23
£45First Transpennine Express
£27National Express
£211British Airways
Sat
Aug 24
£45First Transpennine Express
£24National Express
£184Flybe
Sun
Aug 25
£57First Transpennine Express
£22National Express
£48Flybe
Mon
Aug 26
£57First Transpennine Express
£19National Express
£42Flybe
Tue
Aug 27
£57First Transpennine Express
£17National Express
£42Flybe
Wed
Aug 28
£34First Transpennine Express
£10National Express
£42Flybe
Thu
Aug 29
£31Virgin Trains
£16National Express
£42Flybe
Fri
Aug 30
£42First Transpennine Express
£18National Express
£110KLM
Sat
Aug 31
£35Virgin Trains
£14National Express
£42Flybe
Sun
Sep 1
£41Virgin Trains
£17National Express
£104British Airways
Mon
Sep 2
£31Virgin Trains
£17National Express
£35Flybe
Tue
Sep 3
£25Virgin Trains
£16National Express
£35Flybe
Wed
Sep 4
£25Virgin Trains
£12National Express
£42Flybe
Thu
Sep 5
£25Virgin Trains
£15National Express
£41Flybe
Fri
Sep 6
£38Virgin Trains
£14National Express
£48Flybe
Sat
Sep 7
£31Virgin Trains
£16National Express
£144Flybe

The fastest trains

from Manchester
to Edinburgh

Showing times and prices for Aug 19

Fastest Journey

3h 10m

Average

3h 41m

Trains per day

5

Distance

282 km

Of the 5 train 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 train cover the 282 km distance in an average of 3h 41m but if you time it right, some train will get you there in just 3h 10m .

The slowest train will take 4h 4m 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
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08:26Manchester Piccadilly3h1011:36Edinburgh Waverley
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£571One-way
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08:47Manchester Piccadilly3h3512:22Edinburgh Waverley
1 change
£841One-way
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08:32Manchester Victoria3h4812:20Edinburgh Waverley
1 change
£1411One-way
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09:32Manchester Victoria3h4813:20Edinburgh Waverley
1 change
£1211One-way
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09:02Manchester Victoria4h0413:06Edinburgh Waverley
1 change
£1411One-way

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Journey Summary

Manchester to Edinburgh Train Information

Avg. Train Duration:
3 hours 19 minutes
Train Ticket Price: £36
Trains depart from:Manchester
Trains arrive in:Edinburgh
Distance:282 km
TrainTrain Companies:First Transpennine Express, Virgin Trains

Trains from Manchester to Edinburgh

Travellers heading from the north-west of England to the Scottish capital on business or for a spot of sightseeing can take daily direct trains from Manchester to Edinburgh Waverley. There are direct services seven days a week, with departure times ranging from early morning to mid-evening. Journey times to Edinburgh average just over three hours. Additional indirect connections with one change en route increase the travel options from Manchester to Scotland, although these take slightly longer.

Which train companies travel from Manchester to Edinburgh?

Direct services from Manchester Piccadilly to Edinburgh Waverley are provided by First Transpennine Express. Indirect connections with one change use a variety of routes and operators, including Virgin Trains departures from Manchester Victoria via Wigan North Western and Cross Country and London North Eastern Railway connections from Manchester Victoria via York.

How long is the train from Manchester to Edinburgh?

Direct First Transpennine Express departures from Manchester Piccadilly are the quickest option on the 212-mile route to Edinburgh, taking just over three hours. Indirect connections from Manchester Victoria take between three hours 30 minutes and over four hours to reach the Scottish capital.

How many trains are there from Manchester to Edinburgh?

The First Transpennine Express timetable offers eight daily direct trains to Edinburgh from Manchester Piccadilly with the schedule beginning in the early morning and continuing with trains every two hours until mid-evening. Sunday services are slightly reduced, with a later first morning train from Manchester. There are numerous daily indirect connections from Manchester with a choice of routes and operators.

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

Departure train station: Trains depart from Manchester Piccadilly and Manchester Victoria. Piccadilly Station is located on the eastern side of central Manchester, with public transport links available on Freebus services and Metrolink trams. Victoria Station is north of the city centre, with a Metrolink tram stop and city bus connections. Both stations have refreshment facilities, newsagents and taxi ranks, and Piccadilly offers luggage storage lockers.

Arrival train station: Trains arrive at Edinburgh Waverley. Waverley Station is located in central Edinburgh, with frequent bus and tram services available from nearby stops on Princes Street and an airport shuttle service departing from Waverley Bridge. The station concourse has a food supermarket, fast food restaurant, pub, luggage storage facilities and a taxi rank.

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Best fares for trains from Manchester to Edinburgh

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Fri, Aug 23
Train
First Transpennine Express
07:263h 10m10:36
ManchesterEdinburgh
Sat, Aug 24
Train
First Transpennine Express
09:263h12:26
ManchesterEdinburgh
Fastest Trains from Manchester to Edinburgh
Sat, Aug 24
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First Transpennine Express
09:263h12:26
ManchesterEdinburgh
Tue, Aug 20
Train
First Transpennine Express
07:263h 10m10:36
ManchesterEdinburgh
Wed, Aug 21
Train
First Transpennine Express
07:263h 10m10:36
ManchesterEdinburgh
Return Train Tickets for Edinburgh to Manchester
Tue, Aug 20
Train
First Transpennine Express
09:123h 12m12:24
EdinburghManchester
Wed, Aug 21
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First Transpennine Express
09:123h 12m12:24
EdinburghManchester
Thu, Aug 22
Train
First Transpennine Express
07:113h 13m10:24
EdinburghManchester

Stations

Important Stations and Airports for this Journey
Manchester
Edinburgh
TrainManchester Oxford Road

Amenities

TrainManchester Piccadilly

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Refreshments
WC

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.
Bus lines 1, 2, 3, 147
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.
TrainManchester Victoria

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