How to get from Belfast to Edinburgh

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from Belfast to Edinburgh

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

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To get from Belfast to Edinburgh on 29 Jun we recommend taking a flight because it’s the best combination of price and speed.

08:25Belfast International Airport0h55 09:20Edinburgh Airport
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10:20George Best Belfast City Airport0h50 11:10Edinburgh Airport
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Travel Information from Belfast to Edinburgh

distanceDistance143 miles (230 km)
modeAvailable travel modesCoach, flight, ferry or train
fastestFastest modeFlight • £91 • 50 min
carriersPopular travel companieseasyJet

Travel 143 miles (230 km) by coach, flight, ferry or train between Belfast and Edinburgh. The most popular travel providers which serve this journey are easyJet among others. Travellers can even take a direct 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.

Travel Tips: Travel from Belfast to Edinburgh

Travel 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 Belfast to Edinburgh.

There are 4 travel options from Belfast to Edinburgh: coach, flight, ferry or train.

A ferry service offers the cheapest way to travel from Belfast to Edinburgh, which costs on average £1.

This is compared to other ways of getting to Edinburgh:

A ferry is £4 less than a coach for this route with tickets for a coach from Belfast to Edinburgh costing on average £4.

A ferry is about £91 less than a flight, which costs on average £91 for this journey.

A ferry is £58 less than a train for this journey with tickets for a train from Belfast to Edinburgh costing on average £58.

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:

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The Belfast to Edinburgh distance is approximately 143 miles (230 km).

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

  • Coaches mostly leave from Belfast, Stena Line terminus and tend to arrive in Edinburgh, Elder Street.
  • Flights most often depart from Belfast at Belfast International Airport and arrive in Edinburgh at Edinburgh Airport.
  • Trains mostly leave from Belfast Lanyon Place and tend to arrive in Edinburgh Waverley.

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 easyJet to go to Edinburgh by plane. For a good deal on tickets, you can find easyJet Belfast to Edinburgh tickets on Omio for £91.
Your journey from Belfast to Edinburgh doesn't have to end in Edinburgh. Many of our customers like to extend their holidays to explore other popular destinations like London, Glasgow or Manchester. If you’d like to add London, Glasgow or Manchester to your Belfast to Edinburgh trip, check Omio for the best and cheapest ways to travel to any of these top destinations from Edinburgh today!

Before travelling from Belfast to Edinburgh, it’s good to know what ticket you can purchase and how much it will cost in the next 7 days:

  • The price of a coach ticket for this route is on average £4 one way.
  • The price of a plane ticket is on average £91 one way for this trip.
  • The price of a ferry ticket for this trip is on average £1 one way.
  • The price of a train ticket is on average £58 one way for this trip.

But we recommend booking Belfast to Edinburgh tickets online a few months before your planned travel date to score the best deals and save money on your trip.

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