How to get from Edinburgh to Durham

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from Edinburgh to Durham

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

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To get from Edinburgh to Durham on 17 Aug we recommend taking a train because it’s the best combination of price and speed.

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Travel Information to Durham from Edinburgh

distanceDistance103 miles
modeAvailable travel modesCoach, flight, ferry or train
priceTicket price range£2 - £25
fastestFastest modeTrain • £24 • 1 h 37 min
carriersPopular travel companiesMegabus or Transpennine Express

Take a coach, flight, ferry or train to travel 103 miles to Durham from Edinburgh. The most popular travel providers which serve this trip are Megabus or Transpennine Express among others. Travellers can even take a direct coach or train from Edinburgh to Durham.

How to Travel from Edinburgh to Durham?

The best way to travel from Edinburgh to Durham is by train.  Services depart every day, with dozens of trains travelling between the two cities on weekdays and at weekends, with a journey time of around one hour and 45 minutes. 

What is the Cheapest Way to Get from Edinburgh to Durham?

The cheapest way to travel to Durham from Edinburgh is by train. The most affordable provider is CrossCountry, which provides several services between the two cities each day, with an average journey time of around one hour and 45 minutes. Services leave Edinburgh's Waverley Station every hour or so throughout the day, with the first train leaving at breakfast time and the last train departing for Durham Station in the early evening. All of CrossCountry's trains between Edinburgh and Newcastle run directly with no changes. 

What is the Fastest Way to Travel from Edinburgh to Durham?

The fastest service from Edinburgh's Waverley Station to Durham Station is provided by LNER, with a journey time of around one and a half hours at the quickest. Journey times may vary depending on the time of day and whether there are any changes needed, as some LNER trains change at Newcastle, increasing the journey time to as long as two hours. LNER runs dozens of services between Edinburgh and Newcastle each day, leaving every half hour or so until the early evening. Direct trains from CrossCountry and First Transpennine Express take longer to reach Durham, but the journey time may only be a couple of minutes more depending on the time of day.

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Travel from Edinburgh to Durham by Train

There are three providers that offer trains from Edinburgh to Durham: LNER, CrossCountry, and First Transpennine Express. All of the providers offer direct services, but some LNER trains may need to change at Newcastle. Trains from Edinburgh to Durham leave approximately every 30 minutes throughout the day, from early in the morning until the early evening, with no late-night services available. Journey times may vary but most last around one hour and 40 minutes, with LNER providing the fastest service. Trains from First Transpennine Express do not run all day, but start mid-morning and run until early evening, while trains from LNER and CrossCountry run all day. Trains from Edinburgh to Durham depart from Waverley Station, which is in the centre of the city, next to Edinburgh Old Town. It is the biggest station in the city and is well-served by public transport, with buses arriving regularly. The station has a car park and bike storage, as well as facilities such as toilets, shops, and cafes. Passengers will arrive at Durham's only train station, which is in the east of the city, around a two-minute walk from the main high street, which can be reached via Station Walk and North Road. There is also a bus stop next to the station, with several bus routes across the city and the surrounding areas.  

Travel Tips: Travel from Edinburgh to Durham

Travel to Durham 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 Durham.

There are 4 ways to get from Edinburgh to Durham: coach, flight, ferry or train.

A flight service offers the cheapest way to travel from Edinburgh to Durham, which costs on average £2.

This is compared to other ways of getting to Durham:

A flight is about £23 less than a coach, which costs on average £25 for this journey.

A flight is about £22 less than a train, which costs on average £24 for this trip.

The quickest way to travel between Edinburgh and Durham is by train, which takes on average 1 h 37 min   compared to other travel options that may take you longer to get to your destination:

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The Edinburgh to Durham distance is approximately 103 miles.

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

  • Most travellers who book a coach ticket from Edinburgh to Durham depart from Edinburgh, Elder Street to Durham, Bus Station (stand C).
  • Most travellers board their plane from Edinburgh Airport and arrive in Teesside International Airport.
  • Most travellers catch their train from Edinburgh Waverley and arrive in Durham.

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

  • You can take a coach from Edinburgh to Durham with Megabus. Cheap tickets can be found for £25 with Megabus from Edinburgh to Durham.
  • You can go to Durham from Edinburgh by train with Transpennine Express. You'll see cheap train tickets for £24 with Transpennine Express from Edinburgh to Durham on Omio.

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

  • You can travel directly by coach with Megabus.
  • You can book a direct train with Cross Country or London North Eastern Railway.

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

Many of our customers travelling from Edinburgh to Durham don't make Durham their final stop. Some of the destinations worth visiting after are London, Newcastle upon Tyne or Manchester, either of which you could add to your Edinburgh and Durham trip itinerary. Check Omio for the best and cheapest ways to travel from Durham to any of these top destinations today!

Before travelling from Edinburgh to Durham, 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 trip is on average £25 one way.
  • The price of a plane ticket for this journey is on average £2 one way.
  • The price of a train ticket is on average £24 one way for this trip.

But we recommend booking Edinburgh to Durham 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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