How to get from Edinburgh to Manchester

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from Edinburgh to Manchester

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

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To get from Edinburgh to Manchester on 20 May we recommend taking a train because it’s the best combination of price and speed.

16:52Edinburgh Waverley3h17 20:09Deansgate
1 change
£551One-way
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08:20Edinburgh6h35 14:55Manchester, Coach Station
0 changes
£301One-way
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18:52Edinburgh Waverley3h21 22:13Deansgate
1 change
£551One-way
12:52Edinburgh Waverley3h17 16:09Deansgate
1 change
£551One-way
20:11Edinburgh Waverley3h40 23:51Manchester Oxford Road
0 changes
£521One-way

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Travel Information from Edinburgh to Manchester

distanceDistance174 miles (281 km)
modeAvailable travel modesCoach, flight or train
priceTicket price range£33 - £206
cheapestCheapest modeCoach • £33 • 6 h 35 min
fastestFastest modeTrain • £49 • 3 h 3 min
carriersPopular travel companiesNational Express, British Airways or Avanti West Coast

Travel 174 miles (281 km) by coach, flight or train from Edinburgh to Manchester. If speed is a priority, then a train is the best option with an average duration of 3 h 3 min; whereas, if saving money is more important, then a coach is the best option with prices starting as low as £33. The most popular travel providers which serve this trip are National Express, British Airways or Avanti West Coast among others. Travellers can even take a direct coach or train from Edinburgh to Manchester.

Travel Tips: Travel from Edinburgh to Manchester

Travel to Manchester 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 Manchester.
FAQs

There are 3 ways to get from Edinburgh to Manchester: coach, flight or train.

A coach service offers the cheapest way to travel from Edinburgh to Manchester, which costs on average £33.

This is compared to other ways of getting to Manchester:

A coach is generally £173 less than a flight for the same trip. A flight costs on average £206 from Edinburgh to Manchester.

A coach is generally £16 less than a train for the same journey. A train costs on average £49 from Edinburgh to Manchester.

The fastest way from Edinburgh to Manchester is by train with an average journey time of 3 h 3 min.

Other travel options from Edinburgh to Manchester can usually take longer:

In comparison, travelling by coach can take you on average 6 h 35 min.

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The distance between Edinburgh and Manchester is around 174 miles (281 km).

The average frequency per day from Edinburgh to Manchester is:

  • Around 5 trains per day.

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

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

  • Coaches mostly depart from Edinburgh, Elder Street and arrive in Manchester, Coach Station.
  • Flights mostly leave from Edinburgh Airport and tend to arrive in Manchester Airport.
  • Trains mostly leave from Edinburgh Waverley and tend to arrive in Manchester Piccadilly.

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

  • Travel with National Express to go to Manchester by coach. For a good deal on tickets, you can find National Express Edinburgh to Manchester tickets on Omio for £33.
  • Travel with British Airways for flights to Manchester. If you’re looking for a good deal on tickets, check for British Airways Edinburgh to Manchester tickets on Omio for £206.
  • Travel with Avanti West Coast for trains to Manchester. If you’re looking for a good deal on tickets, check for Avanti West Coast Edinburgh to Manchester tickets on Omio for £49.

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

  • You can take a direct coach with National Express with direct coaches per day.
  • You can take a direct train with First Transpennine Express with 5 direct trains per day.

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

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

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

  • Coach tickets are costing on average £33 one way.
  • Plane tickets cost on average £206 one way.
  • Train tickets cost £49 one way on average.

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

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