You can get from Belfast to Edinburgh by train, bus or flight.
To get from Belfast to Edinburgh on 22 Oct we recommend taking a bus because it’s the best combination of price and speed.
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|Distance||143 miles (230 km)|
|Available travel modes||Coach, flight or train|
|Ticket price range||£32 - £59|
|Cheapest mode||Coach • £32 • 7 h 15 min|
|Fastest mode||Flight • £59 • 50 min|
|Popular travel companies||National 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
There are 3 ways to travel from Belfast to Edinburgh including taking a coach, flight or train.
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.
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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Edinburgh is approximately 143 miles (230 km) away from Belfast.
These are the most popular departure and arrival points for travellers 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:
Yes, there are direct routes from Belfast to Edinburgh with the following travel companies:
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.
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:
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.
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