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.
Trains per day
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.
|Avg. Train Duration:|
3 hours 19 minutes
|Train Ticket Price:||£36|
|Trains depart from:||Manchester|
|Trains arrive in:||Edinburgh|
|Train Companies:||First Transpennine Express, Virgin Trains|
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.