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from Edinburgh to Manchester

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

Our recommendation

To get from Edinburgh to Manchester on 4 Aug we recommend taking a bus because it’s the best combination of price and speed.

08:20Edinburgh6h35 14:55Manchester, Coach Station
0 changes
£211One-way
Cheapest
08:20Edinburgh6h35 14:55Manchester, Coach Station
0 changes
£211One-way
Other options
20:35Edinburgh7h25 04:00Manchester, Coach Station
1 changes
£331One-way
10:45Edinburgh8h20 19:05Manchester, Coach Station
1 changes
£431One-way

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Tue
3 Aug
£51Avanti West Coast
£23National Express
Wed
4 Aug
£51Avanti West Coast
£20National Express
Thu
5 Aug
£25Avanti West Coast
£17National Express
Fri
6 Aug
£56Avanti West Coast
£32National Express
Sat
7 Aug
£40Avanti West Coast
£22National Express
Sun
8 Aug
£93First Transpennine Express
£23National Express
Mon
9 Aug
£47Avanti West Coast
£20National Express
Tue
10 Aug
£40Avanti West Coast
£20National Express
Wed
11 Aug
£40Avanti West Coast
£18National Express
Thu
12 Aug
£40Avanti West Coast
£22National Express
Fri
13 Aug
£40Avanti West Coast
£22National Express
Sat
14 Aug
£51Avanti West Coast
£20National Express
Sun
15 Aug
£93First Transpennine Express
£16National Express
Mon
16 Aug
£40Avanti West Coast
£18National Express
Tue
17 Aug
£25Avanti West Coast
£18National Express
Wed
18 Aug
£38First Transpennine Express
£14National Express
Thu
19 Aug
£34First Transpennine Express
£14National Express
Fri
20 Aug
£47Avanti West Coast
£16National Express
Sat
21 Aug
£27Avanti West Coast
£16National Express
Sun
22 Aug
£62First Transpennine Express
£14National Express
Mon
23 Aug
£25Avanti West Coast
£14National Express

Travel Information from Edinburgh to Manchester

distanceDistance174 miles (281 km)
modeAvailable travel modesCoach or train
priceTicket price range£22 - £32
cheapestCheapest modeTrain • £22 • 3 h 11 min
fastestFastest modeTrain • £22 • 3 h 11 min
carriersPopular travel companiesNational Express or First Transpennine Express

Travel 174 miles (281 km) by coach or train to Manchester from Edinburgh. If speed is a priority, then a train is the best option with an average duration of 3 h 11 min; whereas, if saving money is more important, then a train is the best option with prices starting as low as £22. The most popular travel providers which serve this journey are National Express or First Transpennine Express among others. Travellers can even take a direct train from Edinburgh to Manchester.

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FAQs
What are my travel options from Edinburgh to Manchester?

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

What is the cheapest way from Edinburgh to Manchester?

The cheapest way from Edinburgh to Manchester is by taking a train. You can find average ticket prices around £22 compared to other travel options to Manchester:

A train is about £10 less than a coach, which costs on average £32 for this journey.

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

The fastest way to get to Manchester from Edinburgh is by train with an average travel time of 3 h 11 min.

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

In comparison, getting to Manchester by coach can take on average 6 h 35 min.

How many miles are between Edinburgh and Manchester

The distance from Edinburgh to Manchester is approximately 174 miles (281 km).

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

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

  • Most travellers who purchase a coach ticket from Edinburgh to Manchester depart from Edinburgh, Elder Street to Manchester, Shudehill Interchange.
  • Most travellers take a train from Edinburgh Waverley to Manchester Piccadilly.
Which travel companies can get me from Edinburgh to Manchester?

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:

  • National Express can take you to Manchester by coach. If searching for a good deal on coaches, you can find tickets for National Express from Edinburgh to Manchester for £32.
  • Travel with First Transpennine Express to go to Manchester by train. For a good deal on tickets, you can find First Transpennine Express Edinburgh to Manchester tickets on Omio for £22.
Is there a way to travel directly from Edinburgh to Manchester?

Yes, there are direct routes from Edinburgh to Manchester with the following travel companies:

  • You'll find direct train services to Manchester with First Transpennine Express with around direct trains every day.

As you won't need to change at another stop in between, direct services to Manchester tend to save you time and add more convenience, so it's worth paying attention to before you purchase tickets for this journey.

Where else should I travel to after my journey to Manchester from Edinburgh ends?
Your journey from Edinburgh to Manchester doesn't have to end in Manchester. Many of our customers like to extend their holidays to explore other popular destinations like London, Liverpool or Glasgow. If you’d like to add London, Liverpool or Glasgow to your Edinburgh to Manchester trip, check Omio for the best and cheapest ways to travel to any of these top destinations from Manchester today!
How far in advance should I buy my Edinburgh to Manchester ticket online to get the best deals?

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

  • Coach tickets cost £32 one way on average.
  • Train tickets cost £22 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.

Stations

Important Stations and Airports for this Journey

Edinburgh
Manchester
Edinburgh
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Frequently Asked Questions

Where is the bus station and what is the best way to get there?
This station is within walking distance of the city centre and is connected to other parts of the city by public transport.
Edinburgh Waverley
Amenities
Refreshments
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Frequently Asked Questions

Where is the train station and what is the best way to get there?
This station is within walking distance of the city centre and is connected to other parts of the city by public transport.