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from Edinburgh to Carlisle

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

Our recommendation

To get from Edinburgh to Carlisle on 19 Jan we recommend taking a bus because it’s the best combination of price and speed.

08:20Edinburgh3h25 11:45Carlisle, Lonsdale Street
0 changes
£221One-way
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08:20Edinburgh3h25 11:45Carlisle, Lonsdale Street
0 changes
£221One-way
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17:25Edinburgh6h40 00:05Carlisle, Lonsdale Street
1 changes
£321One-way

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Wed
19 Jan
£11Avanti West Coast
£22National Express
Thu
20 Jan
£11Avanti West Coast
£22National Express
Fri
21 Jan
£14Avanti West Coast
£22National Express
Sat
22 Jan
£14Avanti West Coast
£22National Express
Sun
23 Jan
£18Avanti West Coast
£22National Express
Mon
24 Jan
£11Avanti West Coast
£22National Express
Tue
25 Jan
£11Avanti West Coast
£22National Express
Wed
26 Jan
£11Avanti West Coast
£22National Express
Thu
27 Jan
£11Avanti West Coast
£22National Express
Fri
28 Jan
£14Avanti West Coast
£22National Express
Sat
29 Jan
£11Avanti West Coast
£22National Express
Sun
30 Jan
£14Avanti West Coast
£22National Express
Mon
31 Jan
£11Avanti West Coast
£22National Express
Tue
1 Feb
£11Avanti West Coast
£22National Express
Wed
2 Feb
£11Avanti West Coast
£22National Express
Thu
3 Feb
£11Avanti West Coast
£22National Express
Fri
4 Feb
£14Avanti West Coast
£22National Express
Sat
5 Feb
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£22National Express
Sun
6 Feb
£39First Transpennine Express
£22National Express
Mon
7 Feb
£14Avanti West Coast
£22National Express

Travel Information to Carlisle from Edinburgh

distanceDistance73 miles (118 km)
modeAvailable travel modesCoach or train
priceTicket price range£16 - £22
cheapestCheapest modeTrain • £16 • 1 h 13 min
fastestFastest modeTrain • £16 • 1 h 13 min
carriersPopular travel companiesNational Express or Avanti West Coast

Travel 73 miles (118 km) by coach or train to Carlisle from Edinburgh. If speed is a priority, then a train is the best option with an average duration of 1 h 13 min; whereas, if saving money is more important, then a train is the best option with prices starting as low as £16. The most popular travel providers which serve this journey are National Express or Avanti West Coast among others. Travellers can even take a direct coach or train from Edinburgh to Carlisle.

Travel Tips: Travel from Edinburgh to Carlisle

Travel to Carlisle 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 Edinburgh to Carlisle.
FAQs

What are my Edinburgh to Carlisle travel options?

You can travel to Carlisle from Edinburgh 2 different ways: coach or train.

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

A train service offers the cheapest way to travel from Edinburgh to Carlisle, which costs on average £16.

This is compared to other ways of getting to Carlisle:

A train is generally £6 less than a coach for the same journey. A coach costs on average £22 from Edinburgh to Carlisle.

What is the quickest way from Edinburgh to Carlisle?

The fastest way to get to Carlisle from Edinburgh is by train with an average travel time of 1 h 13 min.

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

In comparison, taking a coach requires on average 3 h 25 min   of travel time.

How far is Carlisle from Edinburgh?

The Edinburgh to Carlisle distance is approximately 73 miles (118 km).

How many services a day are there between Edinburgh and Carlisle?

The average frequency per day from Edinburgh to Carlisle is:

  • 10 trains per day.

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

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

These are the most popular departure and arrival points when travelling from Edinburgh to Carlisle:

  • Most travellers board their coach from Edinburgh, Elder Street and arrive in Carlisle, Lonsdale Street.
  • Most travellers who book a train ticket from Edinburgh to Carlisle depart from Edinburgh Waverley to Carlisle.

Which travel companies can get me from Edinburgh to Carlisle?

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

  • National Express can get you to Carlisle by coach. You can find a good deal for coach tickets with National Express from Edinburgh to Carlisle for £22 on Omio.
  • Avanti West Coast can get you to Carlisle by train. You can find a good deal for train tickets with Avanti West Coast from Edinburgh to Carlisle for £16 on Omio.

Can I travel directly to Carlisle from Edinburgh?

Yes, there are direct services available from Edinburgh to Carlisle with the following travel operators:

  • You'll find direct coaches per day with National Express.
  • You can take a direct train with First Transpennine Express or Avanti West Coast with 10 direct trains per day.

Direct services tend to save you time and add more convenience in getting you to Carlisle as you won't need to change in between, so it's worth paying attention to before booking your tickets from Edinburgh to Carlisle.

What other destinations are worth visiting after travelling from Edinburgh to Carlisle?

Looking to extend your trip from Edinburgh to Carlisle? Many Omio customers who go from Edinburgh to Carlisle usually extend their holiday to explore other popular destinations like London, Glasgow or Newcastle upon Tyne. If you're looking to explore London, Glasgow or Newcastle upon Tyne from Carlisle, let Omio find you the best connections available at an affordable price.

When should I buy a ticket to Carlisle from Edinburgh online to score the best deals?

Before travelling from Edinburgh to Carlisle, 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 £22 one way.
  • The price of a train ticket is on average £16 one way for this route.

But we recommend booking Edinburgh to Carlisle 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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