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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 28 Sep 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
Cheapest
08:20Edinburgh3h25 11:45Carlisle, Lonsdale Street
0 changes
£221One-way
Other options
20:35Edinburgh4h00 00:35Carlisle, Lonsdale Street
1 changes
£321One-way

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COMPARE Prices for trains, buses and flights

Tue
28 Sep
£13Avanti West Coast
£22National Express
Fri
1 Oct
£15Avanti West Coast
£22National Express
Sat
2 Oct
£30Avanti West Coast
£22National Express
Sun
3 Oct
£19Avanti West Coast
£32National Express

Travel Information to Carlisle from Edinburgh

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

Take a coach or train to travel 73 miles (118 km) from Edinburgh to Carlisle. 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 £13. The most popular travel providers which serve this trip are National Express or Avanti West Coast among others. Travellers can even take a direct coach 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
How do I go from Edinburgh to Carlisle?

There are 2 ways that you can travel between Edinburgh and Carlisle. You can take a coach or train.

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

Train services offer the cheapest way to get from Edinburgh to Carlisle. Tickets for a train cost on average £13.

This is compared to other travel options to Carlisle:

A train is generally £9 less than a coach for the same route. A coach costs on average £22 from Edinburgh to Carlisle.

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

The quickest way to travel to Carlisle from Edinburgh is by train, which takes on average 1 h 13 min   compared to other travel options that may take you longer to get to your destination:

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

How far is Carlisle from Edinburgh?

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

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

The average frequency per day from Edinburgh to Carlisle is:

  • 10 trains a day.

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

What are the departure and arrival points when travelling from Edinburgh to 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 take a train from Edinburgh Waverley to Carlisle.
Which travel companies can take me from Edinburgh to Carlisle?

Omio works with many trusted partners that can help you travel the best way from Edinburgh to Carlisle:

  • You can go to Carlisle from Edinburgh by coach with National Express. You'll see cheap coach tickets for £22 with National Express from Edinburgh to Carlisle on Omio.
  • You can take a train from Edinburgh to Carlisle with Avanti West Coast. Cheap tickets can be found for £13 with Avanti West Coast from Edinburgh to Carlisle.
Is it possible to travel directly to Carlisle from Edinburgh?

Yes, there are direct services available between Edinburgh and Carlisle with the following travel operators:

  • You can take a direct coach with National Express.

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 popular destinations should I add to my itinerary for my trip to Carlisle from Edinburgh?
Your journey from Edinburgh to Carlisle doesn't have to end in Carlisle. Many of our customers like to extend their holidays to explore other popular destinations like London, Glasgow or Newcastle upon Tyne. If you’d like to add London, Glasgow or Newcastle upon Tyne to your Edinburgh to Carlisle trip, check Omio for the best and cheapest ways to travel to any of these top destinations from Carlisle today!
How early should I buy tickets to Carlisle from Edinburgh online for the best deals?

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

  • Coach tickets are costing £22 one way on average.
  • Train tickets cost £13 one way on average.

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

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