How to get from Manchester to Edinburgh

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from Manchester to Edinburgh

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

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To get from Manchester to Edinburgh on 29 Jun we recommend taking a train because it’s the best combination of price and speed.

10:50Manchester Oxford Road3h28 14:18Edinburgh Waverley
1 change
£521One-way
Cheapest
11:00Manchester, Coach Station7h55 18:55Edinburgh
1 change
£271One-way
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10:30Manchester, Coach Station6h45 17:15Edinburgh
0 changes
£281One-way
08:51Manchester Oxford Road3h27 12:18Edinburgh Waverley
1 change
£571One-way
08:30Manchester Oxford Road3h06 11:36Edinburgh Waverley
0 changes
£631One-way

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Travel Information from Manchester to Edinburgh

distanceDistance174 miles (281 km)
modeAvailable travel modesCoach, flight, ferry or train
fastestFastest modeTrain • £117 • 3 h 6 min
carriersPopular travel companiesFlixbus or Transpennine Express

Take a coach, flight, ferry or train to travel 174 miles (281 km) between Manchester and Edinburgh. The most popular travel providers which serve this trip are Flixbus or Transpennine Express among others. Travellers can even take a direct coach, flight or train from Manchester to Edinburgh.

Travel Tips: Travel from Manchester to Edinburgh

Travel to Edinburgh 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 Manchester to Edinburgh.
FAQs

You can travel to Edinburgh from Manchester 4 different ways: coach, flight, ferry or train.

A ferry service offers the cheapest way to travel from Manchester to Edinburgh, which costs on average £1.

This is compared to other ways of getting to Edinburgh:

A ferry journey is usually £35 less than a journey to Edinburgh by coach, which costs on average £35 for the same trip.

A ferry is about £2 less than a flight, which costs on average £2 for this route.

A ferry journey is usually £117 less than a journey to Edinburgh by train, which costs on average £117 for the same trip.

The fastest way from Manchester to Edinburgh is by train with an average journey time of 3 h 6 min.

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

In comparison, going by coach can take 4 h 50 min   on average.

In comparison, travelling by flight can take you on average 3 h 25 min.

In comparison, taking a ferry requires on average NaN h NaN min   of travel time.

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

The average frequency per day from Manchester to Edinburgh is:

  • 2 coaches a day.
  • 7 trains a day.

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

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

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

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

  • You can take a coach from Manchester to Edinburgh with Flixbus. Cheap tickets can be found for £35 with Flixbus from Manchester to Edinburgh.
  • You can go to Edinburgh from Manchester by train with Transpennine Express. You'll see cheap train tickets for £117 with Transpennine Express from Manchester to Edinburgh on Omio.

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

  • You can check for a direct coach to Edinburgh with National Express or Megabus with 1 direct coach per day.
  • You can check for a direct flight to Edinburgh with with direct flights per day.
  • You can find 7 direct trains per day to Edinburgh with Transpennine Express.

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

Your journey from Manchester to Edinburgh doesn't have to end in Edinburgh. 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 Manchester to Edinburgh trip, check Omio for the best and cheapest ways to travel to any of these top destinations from Edinburgh today!

When planning your trip between Manchester and Edinburgh, 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 £35 one way.
  • Plane tickets cost £2 one way on average.
  • Ferry tickets cost on average £1 one way.
  • Train tickets cost £117 one way on average.

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

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