There are 8 ways to get from Birmingham to Edinburgh by train, bus, car or plane

Select an option below to see step-by-step directions and to compare ticket prices and travel times in Rome2rio's travel planner.

Recommended option

Train Virgin West Coast Trains  •  4 h 4 min

  1. Take the train from Birmingham New Street to Edinburgh

$170 - $270

Cheapest option

Bus  •  7 h 35 min

  1. Take the bus from Birmingham to Edinburgh National Express

$28 - $35

6 alternative options

Train TransPennine Express  •  5 h 34 min

  1. Take the train from Birmingham New Street to Manchester Piccadilly
  2. Take the train from Manchester Piccadilly to Edinburgh

$140 - $204

Drive  •  4 h 59 min

  1. Drive from Birmingham to Edinburgh 288.9 miles

$60 - $90

Fly Birmingham to Edinburgh  •  3 h 6 min

  1. Fly from Birmingham (BHX) to Edinburgh (EDI) BHX - EDI

$52 - $225

Fly Birmingham to Glasgow, train  •  4 h

  1. Fly from Birmingham (BHX) to Glasgow (GLA) BHX - GLA
  2. Take the train from Glasgow Queen Street to Edinburgh

$66 - $226

Train to East Midlands, fly to Edinburgh  •  4 h 5 min

  1. Take the train from Birmingham New Street to Derby
  2. Fly from East Midlands (EMA) to Edinburgh (EDI) EMA - EDI

$83 - $234

Train to Manchester, fly to Edinburgh  •  4 h 26 min

  1. Take the train from Birmingham New Street to Manchester Piccadilly
  2. Fly from Manchester (MAN) to Edinburgh (EDI) MAN - EDI

$98 - $258

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Birmingham to Edinburgh is to bus which costs £21 - £27 and takes 7 h 35 min.

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The quickest way to get from Birmingham to Edinburgh is to fly which takes 3 h 6 min and costs £35 - £170.

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The distance between Birmingham and Edinburgh is 395 km. The road distance is 462 km.

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The train from Birmingham New Street to Edinburgh takes 4 h 4 min including transfers and departs every four hours.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Birmingham and arriving at Edinburgh. Services depart three times a day, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 7 h 35 min.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Birmingham New Street and arriving at Edinburgh. Services depart every four hours. The journey takes approximately 4 h 4 min.

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What companies run services between Birmingham, England and Edinburgh, Scotland?

Virgin West Coast Trains operates a train from Birmingham to Edinburgh every 4 hours. Tickets cost $170 - $270 and the journey takes 4 h 4 min. Alternatively, National Express operates a bus from Birmingham to Edinburgh 3 times a day. Tickets cost $28 - $35 and the journey takes 7 h 35 min.

Airlines
Flybe
Website
flybe.com
Flights from Birmingham to Edinburgh
Ave. Duration
1 h 15 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$55 - $300
Flights from Birmingham to Edinburgh via Belfast City
Ave. Duration
2 h 48 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$55 - $300
Flights from Birmingham to Glasgow
Ave. Duration
1 h 15 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$55 - $280
Flights from Birmingham to Glasgow via Belfast City
Ave. Duration
2 h 55 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$55 - $280
Flights from East Midlands to Edinburgh
Ave. Duration
1 h 10 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$60 - $300
Flights from Manchester to Edinburgh
Ave. Duration
1 h 5 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$45 - $310
Flights from Manchester to Edinburgh via Belfast City
Ave. Duration
2 h 43 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$45 - $310
easyJet
Website
easyjet.com
Flights from Birmingham to Edinburgh via Belfast (Aldergrove)
Ave. Duration
3 h 7 min
When
Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$80 - $240
Ryanair
Website
ryanair.com
Flights from Birmingham to Edinburgh via Dublin
Ave. Duration
3 h 20 min
When
Monday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$35 - $260
Aer Lingus
Website
aerlingus.com
Flights from Birmingham to Edinburgh via Dublin
Ave. Duration
3 h 30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $900
Train operators
Virgin West Coast Trains
CrossCountry
Phone
0344 736 9123
Email
customer.relations@crosscountrytrains.co.uk
Website
crosscountrytrains.co.uk
Train from Birmingham New Street to Manchester Piccadilly
Ave. Duration
1 h 26 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$50 - $75
Website
crosscountrytrains.co.uk
Advanced Single
$30 - $50
Anytime Single
$50 - $75
Off-Peak Single
$35 - $60
Train from Birmingham New Street to Derby
Ave. Duration
34 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$35 - $55
Website
crosscountrytrains.co.uk
Advanced Single
$25 - $40
Anytime Single
$35 - $55
Off-Peak Single
$21 - $35
TransPennine Express
Phone
+44 345 600 1671
Email
tpecustomer.relations@firstgroup.com
Website
tpexpress.co.uk
Train from Manchester Piccadilly to Edinburgh
Ave. Duration
3 h 8 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$90 - $130
Website
tpexpress.co.uk
Advance Single
$35 - $50
Off-Peak Day Single
$55 - $85
Anytime Day Single
$90 - $130
ScotRail
Phone
+44 344 811 0141
Email
customer.relations@scotrail.co.uk
Website
scotrail.co.uk
Train from Glasgow Queen Street to Edinburgh
Ave. Duration
50 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$14 - $19
Website
scotrail.co.uk
Advanced Single
$10 - $14
Anytime Day Single
$14 - $19
Bus operators

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