How to get from York to Edinburgh

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from York to Edinburgh

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

Our recommendation

To get from York to Edinburgh on 27 Jun we recommend taking a train because it’s the best combination of price and speed.

09:32York2h32 12:04Edinburgh Waverley
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09:32York2h32 12:04Edinburgh Waverley
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08:32York2h34 11:06Edinburgh Waverley
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08:06York2h56 11:02Edinburgh Waverley
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08:44York2h36 11:20Edinburgh Waverley
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Travel Information to Edinburgh from York

distanceDistance161 miles (259 km)
modeAvailable travel modesCoach or train
priceTicket price range£39 - £64
cheapestCheapest modeTrain • £39 • 2 h 24 min
fastestFastest modeTrain • £39 • 2 h 24 min
carriersPopular travel companiesNational Express or London North Eastern Railway

Take a coach or train to travel 161 miles (259 km) from York to Edinburgh. If speed is a priority, then a train is the best option with an average duration of 2 h 24 min; whereas, if saving money is more important, then a train is the best option with prices starting as low as £39. The most popular travel providers which serve this journey are National Express or London North Eastern Railway among others. Travellers can even take a direct train from York to Edinburgh.

Travel Tips: Travel from York 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 York to Edinburgh.

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

The cheapest way from York to Edinburgh is by taking a train. You can find average ticket prices around £39 compared to other travel options to Edinburgh:

A train is £26 less than a coach for this route with tickets for a coach from York to Edinburgh costing on average £64.

The fastest way from York to Edinburgh is by train with an average journey time of 2 h 24 min.

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

In comparison, getting to Edinburgh by coach can take on average 4 h 29 min.

Edinburgh is approximately 161 miles (259 km) away from York.

The average frequency per day from York to Edinburgh is:

  • 39 trains per day.

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

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

  • Most travellers catch their coach from York, Train Station and arrive in Edinburgh, Elder Street.
  • Most travellers board their train from York and arrive in Edinburgh Waverley.

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

  • You can travel from York to Edinburgh by coach with National Express. You can find cheap tickets on Omio for £64 with National Express from York to Edinburgh.
  • You can take a train from York to Edinburgh with London North Eastern Railway. Cheap tickets can be found for £39 with London North Eastern Railway from York to Edinburgh.

Yes, there are direct services available from York to Edinburgh with the following travel operators:

  • You can take a direct train with Cross Country or London North Eastern Railway with 39 direct trains per day.

Direct services tend to save you time and add more convenience in getting you to Edinburgh as you won't need to change in between, so it's worth paying attention to before booking your tickets from York to Edinburgh.

Many of our customers travelling from York to Edinburgh don't make Edinburgh their final stop. Some of the destinations worth visiting after are London, Glasgow or Manchester, either of which you could add to your York and Edinburgh trip itinerary. Check Omio for the best and cheapest ways to travel from Edinburgh to any of these top destinations today!

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

  • Coach tickets are costing on average £64 one way.
  • Train tickets cost £39 one way on average.

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

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