There are 10 ways to get from Birmingham to Edinburgh by train, bus, car or plane

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Train Virgin West Coast Trains  •  4 h 4 min

  1. Take the train from Birmingham New Street to Edinburgh

$170 - $270

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Bus  •  7 h 35 min

  1. Take the bus from Birmingham Coach Station, Digbeth to Edinburgh National Express

$28 - $35

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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

$139 - $203

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

Train to East Midlands, fly to Edinburgh  •  3 h 58 min

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

$83 - $234

Fly Birmingham to Glasgow, train  •  4 h 2 min

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

$66 - $226

Train to Manchester, fly to Edinburgh  •  4 h 27 min

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

$97 - $257

Train to London Luton, fly to Edinburgh  •  5 h 13 min

  1. Take the train from Birmingham New Street to Milton Keynes Central
  2. Fly from London Luton (LTN) to Edinburgh (EDI) LTN - EDI

$89 - $209

Train to East Midlands, fly to Glasgow, train  •  4 h 54 min

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

$97 - $255

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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 costs £40 - £180 and takes 3 h 6 min.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Birmingham Coach Station, Digbeth station and arriving at Edinburgh. Services depart twice daily, 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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The distance between Birmingham and Edinburgh is 247 miles. The road distance is 288.9 miles.

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The best way to get from Birmingham to Edinburgh without a car is to train which takes 4 h 4 min and costs £130 - £200.

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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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Birmingham to Edinburgh bus services, operated by National Express, arrive at Birmingham Coach Station, Digbeth.

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Birmingham to Edinburgh train services, operated by Virgin West Coast Trains, depart from Birmingham New Street station.

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The best way to get from Birmingham to Edinburgh is to train which takes 4 h 4 min and costs £130 - £200. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs £21 - £27 and takes 7 h 35 min, you could also fly, which costs £40 - £180 and takes 3 h 6 min.

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Map of how to get from Birmingham to Edinburgh.
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  • Distance: 246.9 miles
  • Duration: 4 h 4 min

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 twice daily. 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
3 h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$55 - $300
Flights from East Midlands to Edinburgh
Ave. Duration
1 h 10 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$60 - $300
Flights from East Midlands to Edinburgh via Belfast City
Ave. Duration
3 h 5 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$60 - $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
3 h 6 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$55 - $280
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 46 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$45 - $310
Flights from East Midlands to Glasgow
Ave. Duration
1 h 10 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$60 - $320
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
Flights from Birmingham to Glasgow via Belfast (Aldergrove)
Ave. Duration
2 h 55 min
When
Wednesday and Thursday
Estimated price
$95 - $270
Flights from London Luton to Edinburgh
Ave. Duration
1 h 16 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$45 - $180
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
Phone
0344 556 5650
Website
virgintrains.co.uk
Train from Birmingham New Street to Edinburgh
Ave. Duration
4 h 4 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$170 - $270
Website
virgintrains.co.uk
Advanced Single
$100 - $160
Anytime Day Single
$170 - $270
Train from Birmingham New Street to Milton Keynes Central
Ave. Duration
49 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$40 - $65
Website
virgintrains.co.uk
Advanced Single
$26 - $40
Anytime Day Single
$40 - $65
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
$45 - $75
Website
crosscountrytrains.co.uk
Advanced Single
$30 - $50
Anytime Single
$45 - $75
Off-Peak Single
$35 - $60
Train from Birmingham New Street to Derby
Ave. Duration
31 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
$9 - $14
Anytime Day Single
$14 - $19
Bus operators
National Express

National Express Coaches are a quick and convenient way of travelling around the UK. Over 550 National Express coaches run on Britain's roads every day, serving over 900 destinations across the UK. National Express Coaches carry around 19 million passenger journeys every year. For added convenience, National Express operate coach services to all major UK airports 24 hours per day, and is on its way to being 100% wheelchair accessible. The company also has a 24-hour control centre that receives a GPS signal to update on location, speed and the temperature inside coaches, ensuring the smoothest journey possible.

Contact Details
Phone
+44 08717 818178
Website
nationalexpress.com
Bus from Birmingham Coach Station, Digbeth to Edinburgh
Ave. Duration
7 h 35 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$28 - $35
Website
nationalexpress.com

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The quickest flight from Birmingham Airport to Edinburgh Airport is the direct flight which takes 1 h 15 min.

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Birmingham to Edinburgh bus services, operated by National Express, arrive at Edinburgh station.

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Birmingham to Edinburgh train services, operated by Virgin West Coast Trains, arrive at Edinburgh station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Birmingham to Edinburgh is 289 miles. It takes approximately 4 h 59 min to drive from Birmingham to Edinburgh.

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Aer Lingus, easyJet, Ryanair and Flybe offer flights from Birmingham Airport to Edinburgh Airport.

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There are 2302+ hotels available in Edinburgh. Prices start at $98 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Birmingham to Birmingham Airport is to train which takes 8 min and costs £2 - £29.

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