Cheap train tickets from Manchester to Edinburgh

Showing times and prices for 19 May

Cheapest

£52

Average

£72

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 £ 72 if you buy it on the day, but the cheapest tickets can be found for only £ 52.

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10:50Manchester Oxford Road3h28 14:18Edinburgh Waverley
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£521One-way
08:51Manchester Oxford Road3h27 12:18Edinburgh Waverley
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£571One-way
10:30Manchester Oxford Road2h56 13:26Edinburgh Waverley
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£631One-way
08:30Manchester Oxford Road3h06 11:36Edinburgh Waverley
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£631One-way
10:55Manchester Victoria4h42 15:37Edinburgh Waverley
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£641One-way

Train schedule Manchester to Edinburgh

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08:30Manchester Oxford Road3h06 11:36Edinburgh Waverley
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08:51Manchester Oxford Road3h27 12:18Edinburgh Waverley
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09:15Manchester Victoria4h05 13:20Edinburgh Waverley
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10:30Manchester Oxford Road2h56 13:26Edinburgh Waverley
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10:50Manchester Oxford Road3h28 14:18Edinburgh Waverley
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10:55Manchester Victoria4h42 15:37Edinburgh Waverley
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Thu
19 May
£52Avanti West Coast
£23National Express
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Fri
20 May
£63Transpennine Express
£17Megabus
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Sat
21 May
£50Transpennine Express
£27National Express
£394British Airways
Sun
22 May
£134Cross Country
£11Megabus
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Mon
23 May
£51Avanti West Coast
£24Flixbus
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Tue
24 May
£35Transpennine Express
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Wed
25 May
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£17National Express
£174British Airways
Thu
26 May
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£21National Express
£212British Airways
Fri
27 May
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£11Megabus
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Sat
28 May
£51Avanti West Coast
£24Flixbus
£329British Airways
Sun
29 May
£133Cross Country
£11Megabus
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Mon
30 May
£50London North Eastern Railway
£23National Express
£196British Airways
Tue
31 May
£46London North Eastern Railway
£19National Express
£169British Airways
Wed
1 Jun
£52Avanti West Coast
£11Megabus
£151British Airways
Thu
2 Jun
£52Avanti West Coast
£11Megabus
£170British Airways
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3 Jun
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£11Megabus
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Sat
4 Jun
£52Avanti West Coast
£27Flixbus
£179British Airways
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5 Jun
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£11Megabus
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Mon
6 Jun
£32London North Eastern Railway
£11Megabus
£87British Airways
Tue
7 Jun
£23Transpennine Express
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Fastest train times from Manchester to Edinburgh

Showing times and prices for 19 May

Fastest Journey

2 h 56 m

Average

3 h 37 m

Trains per day

6

Distance

282 km

Of the 6 trains that leave Manchester for Edinburgh every day 2 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 37 m but if you time it right, some trains will get you there in just 2 h 56 m .

The slowest trains will take 4 h 42 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 Oxford Road2h56 13:26Edinburgh Waverley
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£631One-way
08:30Manchester Oxford Road3h06 11:36Edinburgh Waverley
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£631One-way
08:51Manchester Oxford Road3h27 12:18Edinburgh Waverley
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£571One-way
10:50Manchester Oxford Road3h28 14:18Edinburgh Waverley
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£521One-way
09:15Manchester Victoria4h05 13:20Edinburgh Waverley
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£1331One-way

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Overview: Train from Manchester to Edinburgh

distanceDistance174 miles (281 km)
durationAverage train duration3 h 8 min
priceAverage train ticket price£62 (€70)
frequencyTrain frequency12 a day
changesDirect trainYes, there are 12 direct trains a day
carriersTrain providersCross Country, Avanti West Coast, London North Eastern Railway or Transpennine Express

Trains from Manchester to Edinburgh cover the 174 miles (281 km) long journey taking on average 3 h 8 min with our travel partners like Cross Country, Avanti West Coast, London North Eastern Railway or Transpennine Express. Normally, there are 12 trains operating per day, including direct services available. You can get the cheapest train tickets for this route for as low as £35, but the average price of train tickets is £62. Travellers depart most frequently from Manchester Piccadilly and arrive in Edinburgh Waverley.

Train companies: CrossCountry trains Manchester to Edinburgh

For as little as £35 you can travel by train to Edinburgh from Manchester with CrossCountry. Omio will show you the best deals, timetables and tickets available for this route.

CrossCountry

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

If you're looking for cheap CrossCountry tickets to Edinburgh from Manchester, check out Omio! With one-way Manchester to Edinburgh train ticket prices starting as low as £134 when you book in advance, we'll help you get to Edinburgh from Manchester by showing you the latest CrossCountry offers, train timetables and tickets for this 174 miles (281 km) route. You can also review relevant ticket information for each class fare available on this trip, such as luggage policy and amenities offered onboard with CrossCountry. If you search for CrossCountry tickets from Manchester to Edinburgh in the Omio app, you can quickly see if they are mobile tickets so that you can go paperless when taking the train. Whether you're looking for the cheapest, fastest or earliest train between Manchester and Edinburgh on offer, Omio makes it easier than ever for you to find that perfect train with CrossCountry so you can enjoy a smooth and comfortable journey.

  • Average Price: £134

Please follow the recommendations outlined by CrossCountry when booking your train tickets from Manchester to Edinburgh due to the coronavirus:

  • 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

Trains from Manchester to Edinburgh

You can get trains from Manchester to Edinburgh with ease, with a range of departures throughout the day. There are in the region of 86 trains to Edinburgh from Manchester per week. Trains run from early in the morning to early evening, so there should be a departure time to suit your schedule. Journeys take about 3h 15min on average, but there are faster and slower trains as well.

Manchester to Edinburgh Train Time: Daily Departures

During the week, there are regular departures for Manchester to Edinburgh trains. Between Monday and Friday, the first train normally leaves Manchester at about 06:00, with the last train at approximately 19:00. On Saturdays, the first departure time is normally at about 06:00, with the final train leaving Manchester just after 18:00. On Sundays, the earliest departure is at around 10:00 and the last about 19:00. There are roughly 13 trains on this route on weekdays, 12 on Saturday and nine on Sundays.

How long is the journey by train from Manchester to Edinburgh?

Manchester to Edinburgh trains take an average of 3h 15min between Monday and Saturday, and about 3h30min on Sundays. There are faster trains and slower trains too, though, so it's always worth checking the timetable before you book. The fastest train is about 3h 02min on weekdays and Saturdays and around 3h 12min on Sundays. The slowest is approximately 3h 35min between Monday and Saturday and around 4h 5min on Sundays. There are both direct and indirect trains that operate this route, depending on which operator you travel with.

Trains from Manchester to Edinburgh: City Hall building in Manchester. Source: Shutterstock

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

Departure train station:Trains depart from either Manchester Oxford Road or Manchester Victoria, both of which are easily accessible from popular tourist areas. You can get to Manchester Oxford Road from places such as Manchester Art Gallery, in about 7min on the 197 bus. Manchester Victoria is about 10min from the gallery on the Green Line tram. Both Manchester Victoria and Manchester Oxford Road offers facilities including refreshment stalls, toilets and also a post box.

Arrival train station: Trains arrive into Edinburgh Waverley train station, only about a 2min walk from popular attractions such as the Scott Monument. At the train station, you can find toilets and baby changing facilities, showers, cash machines and car hire facilities.

Which train companies travel from Manchester to Edinburgh?

There are two train companies operating routes from Manchester to Edinburgh, the TransPennine Express Service and Northern Rail. In general, there are about 13 trains on weekdays, 12 on Saturdays and 9 on Sundays. The average train time is in the region of 3h 15min between Monday and Saturday and about 3h 30min on Sundays. There are both direct and indirect routes which you can choose from when you book your train.

Night trains Manchester

You cannot get a train from Manchester to Edinburgh during the night. The earliest train departs Manchester around 06:00, getting into Edinburgh after09:00, whilst the last train departs after 18:00 and arrives shortly before 22:00.

TransPennine Express Service trains from Manchester to Edinburgh

You can get about seven trains each day, between Monday and Saturday, when travelling on TransPennine Express Service's Manchester to Edinburgh trains. There are around five trains that depart on Sundays. The earliest train departure is at about 06:25 on weekdays and Saturdays, whilst it's a bit later at 10:25 on Sundays. In general, trains take in the region of 3h 15min on average and slightly longer on Sundays. The fastest service from this provider is about 3h 05min. Trains with this company are also direct, so you won't have to change along the way.

Northern Rail trains from Manchester to Edinburgh

A Northern Rail Manchester to Edinburgh train offers a slightly less frequent service. There are about six trains on weekdays, five on Saturdays and approximately four on Sundays. The earliest train to depart is at about 08:45 between Monday and Saturday, with Sunday's first departure being at approximately 10:55. Trains with this provider tend to take about 3h 30min on average most of the week. There is also a requirement to transfer along the way, most likely at Lancaster train station.

Trains from Manchester to Edinburgh: Sustainability travel

Taking a train from Manchester to Edinburgh is a more sustainable mode of transport than completing the same journey by car, bus or plane. Trains emit less CO2 into the atmosphere per passenger than the other methods of travel, making journeys by rail a great option both for the environment and your own carbon footprint. Train travel also produces less noise pollution than other modes of transport, which is great for local wildlife populations.

Train Manchester to Edinburgh: Services on Board

On trains to Edinburgh from Manchester, you have the choice between First- and Second-Class seating. On Northern Rail, you can bring two items of large luggage and a smaller item. On TransPennine Express services, you can take as much as you need as long as it fits in in the luggage racks. Bicycles can be taken on board, but spaces for them are limited, so it's best to book this well in advance. You can bring two pets free of charge too, but they must be on a lead or in a suitable pet carrier. If you are travelling with disabilities, you can get help by contacting the train operator in advance of your trip. TransPennine Express and Northern Rail will ensure that a member of staff is on hand to help once you arrive at the origin and destination train stations.

How to find cheap train tickets from Manchester to Edinburgh

You can get cheap tickets from Manchester to Edinburgh if you buy your ticket early, as prices increase the closer you get to your travel date. Be flexible too, as you might find cheaper tickets a few hours either side of your preferred travel time. Another great way to get cheap tickets is to have a railcard, such as a young person's railcard, which offers you discounts on your journeys. You can read about more cheap destinations to travel to in the OmioMagazine.

Trains from Manchester to Edinburgh: cityscape of Edinburgh. Source: Shutterstock

To Edinburgh by train—travel tips

Edinburgh is a city with lots to see and do. Begin your trip by visiting the Royal Yacht Britannia, a museum that was once a yacht belonging to the Royal family. Next up, head over to the National Museum of Scotland, where you can learn all you need to know about this country's fascinating history. Then go and visit Edinburgh Castle overlooking the city. If you go to Calton Hill, you can see the National Monument of Scotland and also get great views across the city. Inchcolm Abbey and Island is another great place to visit, with its history dating back to the 12th century. A trip to Scotland wouldn't be the same without trying some local delicacies, so head to a restaurant and order some haggis.

  • Take a walk to Arthur’s Seat
  • Stroll around Edinburgh Old Town
  • Have some fun at the Camera Obscura and World of Illusions
  • Go and watch The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo
  • Head over to the Palace of Holyroodhouse

Travel Tips: Trains from Manchester to Edinburgh

Travel by train to Edinburgh 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 Manchester to Edinburgh.
FAQs

How much do cheap trains from Manchester to Edinburgh cost?

You can find a cheap train from Manchester to Edinburgh for some dates and times for as low as £35  one way in the next 7 days.

What is the average cost of a train from Manchester to Edinburgh?

If you are looking to buy your train ticket in the next 7 days, you can expect the Manchester to Edinburgh train to cost on average £62  one way.

How many miles is it from Manchester to Edinburgh by train?

The Manchester to Edinburgh train distance is approximately 174 miles (281 km).

What is the average Manchester to Edinburgh train duration?

The train time from Manchester to Edinburgh is on average 3 h 8 min  for the 174 miles (281 km) long journey, but the time it takes to go between Manchester and Edinburgh by train can vary depending on specific dates or travelling on weekends and holidays.

When travelling by train from Manchester to Edinburgh, which train station in Manchester do I depart from and which train station in Edinburgh do I arrive in?

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

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

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

Passengers board the train most frequently from Manchester Piccadilly, which is located around 0.7 miles (1.2 km) away from the city centre, and they get off the train at Edinburgh Waverley, located 0.4 miles (659 m) away from the city centre.

Which train providers can get me from Manchester to Edinburgh?

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

Can I book a direct train from Manchester to Edinburgh?

Yes, there are 12 direct trains a day from Manchester to Edinburgh. If you’re looking for a direct train from Manchester to Edinburgh, 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 Manchester to Edinburgh?

The average number of trains departing Manchester for Edinburgh is 12 a day. The train schedules and services may vary between weekdays and weekends.

What are the first and last departure train times from Manchester to Edinburgh?

The first train from Manchester to Edinburgh leaves at 05: 29   and the last train for this leaves at 19: 50. Omio shows you the latest train from Manchester to Edinburgh schedule to help you book the best departure time for this trip.

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

If you buy Manchester to Edinburgh train tickets within the next 7 days, you can find one way tickets to cost on average £62. However, booking in advance gives you access to the best prices for trains between Manchester and Edinburgh. Look out for train tickets for this trip to go on sale a few months before your planned departure date to find the best deals.

Important Stations and Airports for this Journey

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Manchester Piccadilly is the most popular Manchester 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 Manchester for your journey to Edinburgh.
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Train lines: Northern, TransPennine Express, Avanti West Coast, CrossCountry, East Midlands Trains, Transport for Wales