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from Carlisle to Edinburgh

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

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20 May
£11Avanti West Coast
£22National Express
21 May
£15Avanti West Coast
£16National Express
22 May
£31Avanti West Coast
£22National Express
23 May
£12Avanti West Coast
£16National Express
24 May
£10First Transpennine Express
£19National Express
25 May
£11Avanti West Coast
£22National Express
26 May
£10First Transpennine Express
£16National Express

Travel Information between Carlisle and Edinburgh

distanceDistance73 miles (118 km)
modeAvailable travel modesCoach or train
priceTicket price range£22 - £39
cheapestCheapest modeCoach • £22 • 3 h 30 min
fastestFastest modeTrain • £39 • 1 h 18 min
carriersPopular travel companiesNational Express or First Transpennine Express

Travel 73 miles (118 km) by coach or train between Carlisle and Edinburgh. If speed is a priority, then a train is the best option with an average duration of 1 h 18 min; whereas, if saving money is more important, then a coach is the best option with prices starting as low as £22. The most popular travel providers which serve this trip are National Express or First Transpennine Express among others. Travellers can even take a direct from Carlisle to Edinburgh.

Travel Tips: Travel from Carlisle 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 Carlisle to Edinburgh.

What are my Carlisle to Edinburgh travel options?

There are 2 ways to get from Carlisle to Edinburgh: coach or train.

What is the cheapest way to travel from Carlisle to Edinburgh?

A coach service offers the cheapest way to travel from Carlisle to Edinburgh, which costs on average £22.

This is compared to other ways of getting to Edinburgh:

A coach is £17 less than a train for this route with tickets for a train from Carlisle to Edinburgh costing on average £39.

What is the quickest way from Carlisle to Edinburgh?

The quickest way to travel from Carlisle to Edinburgh is by train, which takes on average 1 h 18 min   compared to other travel options that may take you longer to get to your destination:

In comparison, travelling by coach can take you on average 3 h 30 min.

How far is Edinburgh from Carlisle?

Edinburgh is approximately 73 miles (118 km) away from Carlisle.

How many scheduled departures are there a day from Carlisle to Edinburgh?

The average frequency per day from Carlisle to Edinburgh is:

  • Around 12 trains per day.

However, we recommend checking specific travel dates for your journey from Carlisle to Edinburgh as scheduled services by coach or train can vary by season or day of the week.

When going from Carlisle to Edinburgh, where do I depart from Carlisle and where do I arrive in Edinburgh?

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

  • Coaches mostly depart from Carlisle and arrive in Edinburgh, Elder Street.
  • Trains from Carlisle to Edinburgh most often leave from Carlisle and arrive in Edinburgh Waverley.

Who can get me from Carlisle to Edinburgh?

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

  • National Express can get you to Edinburgh by coach. You can find a good deal for coach tickets with National Express from Carlisle to Edinburgh for £22 on Omio.
  • First Transpennine Express can take you to Edinburgh by train. If searching for a good deal on trains, you can find tickets for First Transpennine Express from Carlisle to Edinburgh for £39.

Where should I go next after I travel to Edinburgh from Carlisle?

Looking to extend your trip from Carlisle to Edinburgh? Many Omio customers who go from Carlisle 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 far in advance should I purchase my Carlisle to Edinburgh ticket online to get the best deals?

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

  • The price of a coach ticket is on average £22 one way for this trip.
  • The price of a train ticket for this trip is on average £39 one way.

But we recommend booking Carlisle 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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