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from Manchester to Edinburgh

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

Our recommendation

To get from Manchester to Edinburgh on 23 Sep we recommend taking a bus because it’s the best combination of price and speed.

10:30Manchester, Coach Station6h45 17:15Edinburgh
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£171One-way
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10:30Manchester, Coach Station6h45 17:15Edinburgh
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£171One-way
Other options
13:10Manchester, Coach Station7h20 20:30Edinburgh
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£231One-way
01:35Manchester, Coach Station7h05 08:40Edinburgh
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£311One-way
11:30Manchester, Coach Station7h40 19:10Edinburgh
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£341One-way

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COMPARE Prices for trains, buses and flights

Wed
22 Sep
£61First Transpennine Express
£17National Express
Thu
23 Sep
£49First Transpennine Express
£18National Express
Fri
24 Sep
£49First Transpennine Express
£19National Express
Sat
25 Sep
£92First Transpennine Express
£19National Express
Sun
26 Sep
£50Avanti West Coast
£23National Express
Mon
27 Sep
£47First Transpennine Express
£23National Express
Tue
28 Sep
£44First Transpennine Express
£17National Express
Wed
29 Sep
£41First Transpennine Express
£17National Express
Thu
30 Sep
£41First Transpennine Express
£18National Express
Fri
1 Oct
£47First Transpennine Express
£19National Express
Sat
2 Oct
£50Avanti West Coast
£17National Express
Sun
3 Oct
£50Avanti West Coast
£17National Express
Mon
4 Oct
£44First Transpennine Express
£17National Express
Tue
5 Oct
£41First Transpennine Express
£17National Express
Wed
6 Oct
£39Avanti West Coast
£16National Express
Thu
7 Oct
£39Avanti West Coast
£17National Express
Fri
8 Oct
£93First Transpennine Express
£17National Express
Sat
9 Oct
£39Avanti West Coast
£17National Express
Sun
10 Oct
£46Avanti West Coast
£18National Express
Mon
11 Oct
£41First Transpennine Express
£17National Express
Tue
12 Oct
£30First Transpennine Express
£10National Express

Travel Information between Manchester and Edinburgh

distanceDistance174 miles (281 km)
modeAvailable travel modesCoach or train
priceTicket price range£19 - £22
cheapestCheapest modeCoach • £19 • 6 h 45 min
fastestFastest modeTrain • £22 • 3 h 3 min
carriersPopular travel companiesNational Express or First Transpennine Express

Travel 174 miles (281 km) by coach or train between Manchester and Edinburgh. 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 £19. The most popular travel providers which serve this route are National Express or First Transpennine Express among others. Travellers can even take a direct 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
What are my Manchester to Edinburgh travel options?

There are 2 ways that you can travel to Edinburgh from Manchester. You can take a coach or train.

What is the cheapest way to go to Edinburgh from Manchester?

Coach services offer the cheapest way to get from Manchester to Edinburgh. Tickets for a coach cost on average £19.

This is compared to other travel options to Edinburgh:

A coach is about £3 less than a train, which costs on average £22 for this trip.

What is the fastest way from Manchester to Edinburgh?

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

Other travel options between Manchester and Edinburgh can usually take longer:

In comparison, getting to Edinburgh by coach can take on average 6 h 45 min.

How far is Edinburgh from Manchester?

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

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

The average frequency per day from Manchester to Edinburgh is:

  • 10 trains per day.

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

What are the departure and arrival points in Manchester and in Edinburgh?

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

  • Coaches mostly depart from Manchester, Shudehill Interchange and arrive in Edinburgh, Elder Street.
  • Trains most often depart from Manchester at Manchester Piccadilly and arrive in Edinburgh at Edinburgh Waverley.
Which travel companies can help me find a way to get from Manchester to Edinburgh?

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 National Express. Cheap tickets can be found for £19 with National Express from Manchester to Edinburgh.
  • You can travel by train from Manchester to Edinburgh with First Transpennine Express, and you can find First Transpennine Express Manchester to Edinburgh tickets for £22 on Omio.
Where else should I travel to after my journey to Edinburgh from Manchester ends?
Many of our customers travelling from Manchester to Edinburgh don't make Edinburgh their final stop. Some of the destinations worth visiting after are London, Glasgow or Newcastle upon Tyne, either of which you could add to your Manchester and Edinburgh trip itinerary. Check Omio for the best and cheapest ways to travel from Edinburgh to any of these top destinations today!
How far in advance should I book tickets to Edinburgh from Manchester online to get the best deals?

Before travelling from Manchester to Edinburgh, it’s good to know what ticket you can book and how much it will cost in the next 7 days:

  • The price of a coach ticket is £19 one way on average for this route.
  • The price of a train ticket is £22 one way on average for this route.

But we recommend booking Manchester to Edinburgh tickets online a few months before your planned travel date to score the best deals and save money on your trip.

Stations

Important Stations and Airports for this Journey

Manchester
Edinburgh
Manchester (Coach Station)
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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.
How long does it take to get from the train station to the city centre?
This station is a 5-10 minute walk from the city centre.
Manchester Oxford Road
Amenities
Manchester Piccadilly
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.<br>Bus lines 1, 2, 3, 147
How long does it take to get from the train station to the city centre?
This station is a 5-10 minute walk from the city centre.