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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 21 Jan 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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£211One-way
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10:30Manchester, Coach Station6h45 17:15Edinburgh
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£211One-way
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16:59Manchester Oxford Road3h25 20:24Edinburgh Waverley
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£501One-way
10:50Manchester Oxford Road3h28 14:18Edinburgh Waverley
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£501One-way
14:50Manchester Oxford Road3h31 18:21Edinburgh Waverley
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£501One-way

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Fri
21 Jan
£50Avanti West Coast
£21National Express
£184British Airways
Sat
22 Jan
£50Avanti West Coast
£21National Express
£86British Airways
Sun
23 Jan
£50Avanti West Coast
£16Flixbus
£87British Airways
Mon
24 Jan
£50Avanti West Coast
£15Flixbus
£162British Airways
Tue
25 Jan
£43Avanti West Coast
£19National Express
£137British Airways
Wed
26 Jan
£43Avanti West Coast
£21National Express
£185British Airways
Thu
27 Jan
£22First Transpennine Express
£19National Express
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Fri
28 Jan
£55Avanti West Coast
£14Flixbus
£164British Airways
Sat
29 Jan
£39Avanti West Coast
£14Flixbus
£86British Airways
Sun
30 Jan
£50Avanti West Coast
£20Flixbus
£86British Airways
Mon
31 Jan
£36First Transpennine Express
£15Flixbus
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Tue
1 Feb
£37First Transpennine Express
£19National Express
£120British Airways
Wed
2 Feb
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£19National Express
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Thu
3 Feb
£32First Transpennine Express
£17Flixbus
£129British Airways
Fri
4 Feb
£41First Transpennine Express
£14Flixbus
£219British Airways
Sat
5 Feb
£49Avanti West Coast
£15Flixbus
£85British Airways
Sun
6 Feb
£50Avanti West Coast
£17Flixbus
£86British Airways
Mon
7 Feb
£36First Transpennine Express
£15Flixbus
£108British Airways
Tue
8 Feb
£32First Transpennine Express
£19National Express
£91British Airways
Wed
9 Feb
£32First Transpennine Express
£19National Express
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Travel Information between Manchester and Edinburgh

distanceDistance174 miles (281 km)
modeAvailable travel modesCoach or train
priceTicket price range£17 - £90
cheapestCheapest modeCoach • £17 • 6 h 45 min
carriersPopular travel companiesFlixbus or First Transpennine Express

Take a coach or train to travel 174 miles (281 km) from Manchester to Edinburgh. A coach is best for those looking to save money on this route, with tickets costing about £17. The most popular travel providers which serve this route are Flixbus or First Transpennine Express among others. Travellers can even take a direct coach or train from Manchester to Edinburgh.

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FAQs

How do I go from Manchester to Edinburgh?

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

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

A coach service offers the cheapest way to travel from Manchester to Edinburgh, which costs on average £17.

This is compared to other ways of getting to Edinburgh:

A coach journey is usually £73 less than a journey to Edinburgh by train, which costs on average £90 for the same trip.

What is the fastest way to Edinburgh from Manchester?

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

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

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

In comparison, taking a train requires on average 3 h 2 min   of travel time.

How many miles are between Manchester and Edinburgh

You should expect to travel around 174 miles (281 km) from Manchester to Edinburgh.

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

The average frequency per day from Manchester to Edinburgh is:

  • 10 trains per day.

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

When going from Manchester to Edinburgh, where do I depart from Manchester and where do I arrive 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 from Manchester to Edinburgh most often leave from Manchester Piccadilly and arrive in Edinburgh Waverley.

Who can get me from Manchester to Edinburgh?

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

  • You can travel by coach from Manchester to Edinburgh with Flixbus, and you can find Flixbus Manchester to Edinburgh tickets for £17 on Omio.
  • You can take a train from Manchester to Edinburgh with First Transpennine Express. Cheap tickets can be found for £90 with First Transpennine Express from Manchester to Edinburgh.

Is there a direct service between Manchester and Edinburgh?

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 with direct coaches per day.
  • You can find 10 direct trains per day to Edinburgh with First 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 book tickets for this route.

Where should I go next after I travel to Edinburgh from Manchester?

Many of our customers who book a trip from Manchester to Edinburgh often extend their holiday and travel to other popular destinations like London, Glasgow or Newcastle upon Tyne. If you’re thinking of adding another destination to your Manchester and Edinburgh itinerary, let Omio find you the best connections between Edinburgh and any of these top destinations today!

How far in advance should I purchase my Manchester to Edinburgh ticket 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 for this trip is on average £17 one way.
  • The price of a train ticket is on average £90 one way for this trip.

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.