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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 23 Oct we recommend taking a bus because it’s the best combination of price and speed.

08:20Edinburgh6h35 14:55Manchester, Coach Station
0 changes
£231One-way
Cheapest
08:20Edinburgh6h35 14:55Manchester, Coach Station
0 changes
£231One-way
Other options
20:25Edinburgh7h35 04:00Manchester, Coach Station
1 changes
£331One-way
08:45Edinburgh7h40 16:25Manchester, Coach Station
1 changes
£401One-way
10:45Edinburgh8h20 19:05Manchester, Coach Station
1 changes
£401One-way

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Fri
22 Oct
£92First Transpennine Express
£40National Express
Sat
23 Oct
£92First Transpennine Express
£23National Express
Sun
24 Oct
£92First Transpennine Express
£23National Express
Mon
25 Oct
£49First Transpennine Express
£23National Express
Tue
26 Oct
£39Avanti West Coast
£23National Express
Wed
27 Oct
£39Avanti West Coast
£23National Express
Thu
28 Oct
£44First Transpennine Express
£27National Express
Fri
29 Oct
£92First Transpennine Express
£28National Express
Sat
30 Oct
£47Avanti West Coast
£23National Express
Sun
31 Oct
£53Avanti West Coast
£23National Express
Mon
1 Nov
£39Avanti West Coast
£14National Express
Tue
2 Nov
£39Avanti West Coast
£14National Express
Wed
3 Nov
£39Avanti West Coast
£20National Express
Thu
4 Nov
£39Avanti West Coast
£14National Express
Fri
5 Nov
£46Avanti West Coast
£19National Express
Sat
6 Nov
£26Avanti West Coast
£14National Express
Sun
7 Nov
£53Avanti West Coast
£16National Express
Mon
8 Nov
£25Avanti West Coast
£14National Express
Tue
9 Nov
£25Avanti West Coast
£12National Express
Wed
10 Nov
£25Avanti West Coast
£16National Express
Thu
11 Nov
£25Avanti West Coast
£12National Express

Travel Information to Manchester from Edinburgh

distanceDistance174 miles (281 km)
modeAvailable travel modesCoach or train
priceTicket price range£21 - £48
cheapestCheapest modeCoach • £21 • 6 h 35 min
fastestFastest modeTrain • £48 • 3 h 11 min
carriersPopular travel companiesNational Express or First Transpennine Express

Take a coach or train to travel 174 miles (281 km) from Edinburgh to Manchester. 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 coach is the best option with prices starting as low as £21. The most popular travel providers which serve this route are National Express or First Transpennine Express among others. Travellers can even take a direct coach from Edinburgh to Manchester.

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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
How do I go from Edinburgh to Manchester?

There are 2 travel options from Edinburgh to Manchester: coach or train.

What is the cheapest way to travel between Edinburgh and Manchester?

Coach services offer the cheapest way to get from Edinburgh to Manchester. Tickets for a coach cost on average £21.

This is compared to other travel options to Manchester:

A coach is about £27 less than a train, which costs on average £48 for this trip.

What is the fastest way from Edinburgh to Manchester?

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

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

In comparison, taking a coach requires on average 6 h 35 min   of travel time.

How many miles from Edinburgh to Manchester would I travel?

Manchester is approximately 174 miles (281 km) away from Edinburgh.

How many services a day are there to Manchester from Edinburgh?

The average frequency per day from Edinburgh to Manchester is:

  • Around 6 trains per day.

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

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 take a coach from Edinburgh, Elder Street to Manchester, Shudehill Interchange.
  • Most travellers catch their train from Edinburgh Waverley and arrive in Manchester Piccadilly.
Which travel operators can get me from Edinburgh to Manchester?

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

  • You can travel from Edinburgh to Manchester by coach with National Express. You can find cheap tickets on Omio for £21 with National Express from Edinburgh to Manchester.
  • You can travel by train from Edinburgh to Manchester with First Transpennine Express, and you can find First Transpennine Express Edinburgh to Manchester tickets for £48 on Omio.
Can I find a direct route from Edinburgh to Manchester?

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

  • You'll find direct coach services to Manchester with National Express.

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 book tickets for this journey.

Where should I go next after I travel to Manchester from Edinburgh?
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!
When should I book a ticket from Edinburgh to Manchester online to score the best deals?

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

  • Coach tickets cost on average £21 one way.
  • Train tickets are costing £48 one way on average.

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