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from Belfast to Edinburgh

You can get from Belfast to Edinburgh by train, bus or flight.

Our recommendation

To get from Belfast to Edinburgh on 22 Oct we recommend taking a bus because it’s the best combination of price and speed.

10:20Belfast, Europa BusCentre7h45 18:05Edinburgh
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£321One-way
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10:20Belfast, Europa BusCentre7h45 18:05Edinburgh
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06:30Belfast, Europa BusCentre7h15 13:45Edinburgh
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£321One-way

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Thu
21 Oct
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£89easyJet
Fri
22 Oct
£32National Express
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Sat
23 Oct
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£115easyJet
Sun
24 Oct
£32National Express
£113easyJet
Mon
25 Oct
£32National Express
£79easyJet
Tue
26 Oct
£32National Express
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Wed
27 Oct
£32National Express
£62easyJet
Thu
28 Oct
£32National Express
£45easyJet
Fri
29 Oct
£32National Express
£53easyJet
Sat
30 Oct
£32National Express
£42easyJet
Sun
31 Oct
£32National Express
£39easyJet
Mon
1 Nov
£32National Express
£31easyJet
Tue
2 Nov
£32National Express
£32easyJet
Thu
4 Nov
£32National Express
£41easyJet
Fri
5 Nov
£32National Express
£37easyJet
Sat
6 Nov
£32National Express
£45easyJet
Sun
7 Nov
£32National Express
£35easyJet
Mon
8 Nov
£31National Express
£36easyJet
Tue
9 Nov
£32National Express
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Wed
10 Nov
£32National Express
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Travel Information to Edinburgh from Belfast

distanceDistance143 miles (230 km)
modeAvailable travel modesCoach, flight or train
priceTicket price range£32 - £59
cheapestCheapest modeCoach • £32 • 7 h 15 min
fastestFastest modeFlight • £59 • 50 min
carriersPopular travel companiesNational Express, easyJet or Scotrail

Travel 143 miles (230 km) by coach, flight or train from Belfast to Edinburgh. If speed is a priority, then a flight is the best option with an average duration of 50 min; whereas, if saving money is more important, then a coach is the best option with prices starting as low as £32. The most popular travel providers which serve this journey are National Express, easyJet or Scotrail among others. Travellers can even take a direct coach from Belfast to Edinburgh.

General Information about the journey from Belfast to Edinburgh

Travellers wishing to reach Edinburgh from Belfast have many transport options to choose from for their journey. The fastest and simplest option is to take a flight from Belfast International Airport, as the flight takes less than an hour. However, travellers preferring to make the journey over land can choose from bus and train services which can take anything from 7 to 20 hours to complete.

Return journeys from Edinburgh to Belfast are also available.

Buses from Belfast to Edinburgh

There are regular bus services to Edinburgh, which involve transferring to a Stena Line ferry to cross the Irish Sea. Citylink buses regularly depart from Belfast Europabus Centre at several points during the day. The entire journey takes up to 7 hours 35 minutes to complete. Alternatively, National Express runs coaches three times per day from Belfast Europabus Centre, using the same ferry crossing, which reaches Edinburgh within 7 hours 30 minutes.

Trains from Belfast to Edinburgh

Travellers preferring to travel to Edinburgh by train can reach the Scottish capital within 9 hours, but this option involves multiple transfers between a variety of transport services. Travellers must first travel from Belfast Central Station to Belfast Port by train before taking a ferry crossing from Belfast Port to Cairnryan Port to cross the Irish Sea. To complete the journey, travellers must take a bus from Cairnryan Port to Ayr and then transfer to a train service to make the last leg of the journey from Ayr to Edinburgh. Depending upon the departure time chosen, the entire journey can take up to 20 hours 30 minutes.

Flights from Belfast to Edinburgh

The fastest and most economical option to reach Edinburgh is to take a short flight from Belfast International Airport to Edinburgh Airport. The flight only takes 50 minutes with direct airlines such as Easyjet and Flybe, which also offer low-cost tickets.

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FAQs
What are my travel options from Belfast to Edinburgh?

There are 3 ways to travel from Belfast to Edinburgh including taking a coach, flight or train.

How do I get from Belfast to Edinburgh the cheapest way?

Coach services offer the cheapest way to get from Belfast to Edinburgh. Tickets for a coach cost on average £32.

This is compared to other travel options to Edinburgh:

A coach is generally £27 less than a flight for the same journey. A flight costs on average £59 from Belfast to Edinburgh.

A coach is generally £5 less than a train for the same trip. A train costs on average £36 from Belfast to Edinburgh.

What is the fastest way to Edinburgh from Belfast?

The fastest way to get to Edinburgh from Belfast is by flight with an average travel time of 50 min.

There are alternative travel options to Edinburgh that can usually take longer:

In comparison, getting to Edinburgh by coach can take on average 7 h 15 min.

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How far is Edinburgh from Belfast?

Edinburgh is approximately 143 miles (230 km) away from Belfast.

Where do I depart from Belfast? Where do I arrive in Edinburgh?

These are the most popular departure and arrival points for travellers from Belfast to Edinburgh:

  • Coaches from Belfast to Edinburgh most often leave from Belfast, Stena Line terminus and arrive in Edinburgh, Elder Street.
  • Flights from Belfast to Edinburgh most often leave from Belfast International Airport and arrive in Edinburgh Airport.
  • Trains mostly leave from Belfast Central and tend to arrive in Edinburgh Waverley.
Which travel companies can get me from Belfast to Edinburgh?

If finding a good deal is your main consideration for your trip from Belfast to Edinburgh, then we'll help you find the best value travel companies for you:

  • Travel with National Express to go to Edinburgh by coach. For a good deal on tickets, you can find National Express Belfast to Edinburgh tickets on Omio for £32.
  • Travel with easyJet for flights to Edinburgh. If you’re looking for a good deal on tickets, check for easyJet Belfast to Edinburgh tickets on Omio for £59.
  • Scotrail can get you to Edinburgh by train. You can find a good deal for train tickets with Scotrail from Belfast to Edinburgh for £36 on Omio.
Is there a way to travel directly from Belfast to Edinburgh?

Yes, there are direct routes from Belfast to Edinburgh with the following travel companies:

  • You'll find direct coach services to Edinburgh with National Express.

As you won't need to change at another stop in between, direct services to Edinburgh tend to save you time and add more convenience, so it's worth paying attention to before you purchase tickets for this route.

Where else should I travel to after my journey to Edinburgh from Belfast ends?
Looking to extend your trip from Belfast to Edinburgh? Many Omio customers who go from Belfast to Edinburgh usually extend their holiday to explore other popular destinations like London, Glasgow or Manchester. If you're looking to explore London, Glasgow or Manchester from Edinburgh, let Omio find you the best connections available at an affordable price.
How early should I book Belfast to Edinburgh tickets online to score the best deals?

When planning your trip between Belfast and Edinburgh, it’s good to keep in mind what tickets to purchase and their prices in the next 7 days:

  • Coach tickets are costing £32 one way on average.
  • Plane tickets cost on average £59 one way.
  • Train tickets cost £36 one way on average.

However, we recommend buying tickets from Belfast to Edinburgh online a few months in advance to get the best deals and save money on your upcoming journey.