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

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Train TransPennine Express  •  4h 58m

  1. Take the train from Birmingham New Street to Oxenholme Lake District
  2. Take the train from Oxenholme Lake District to Edinburgh

$145 - $271

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Bus  •  7h 35m

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

$27 - $35

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Train CrossCountry  •  5h 35m

  1. Take the train from Birmingham New Street to Edinburgh

$130 - $310

Train, night train  •  7h 10m

  1. Take the train from Smethwick Galton Bridge to Crewe
  2. Take the night train from Crewe to Edinburgh

$60 - $88

Drive  •  4h 59m

  1. Drive from Birmingham to Edinburgh 288.9 miles

$60 - $90

Fly Birmingham to Edinburgh  •  3h 8m

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

$52 - $225

Train to East Midlands, fly to Edinburgh  •  4h 11m

  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  •  4h 29m

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

$67 - $226

Train to Manchester, fly to Edinburgh  •  4h 29m

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

$96 - $258

Train to East Midlands, fly to Glasgow, train  •  5h 32m

  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

$98 - $255

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

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The quickest way to get from Birmingham to Edinburgh is to fly which costs £40 - £180 and takes 3h 8m.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Birmingham Coach Station, Digbeth station and arriving at Edinburgh. Services depart four times a day, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 7h 35m.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Birmingham New Street and arriving at Edinburgh. Services depart hourly, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 5h 35m.

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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 4h 58m and costs £110 - £210.

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It takes approximately 4h 58m to get from Birmingham to Edinburgh, including transfers.

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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 4h 58m and costs £110 - £210. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs £21 - £27 and takes 7h 35m, you could also fly, which costs £40 - £180 and takes 3h 8m.

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Map of how to get from Birmingham to Edinburgh.
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  • Distance: 246.9 miles
  • Duration: 4h 58m

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

You can take a train from Birmingham to Edinburgh via Oxenholme Lake District in around 4h 58m. Alternatively, National Express operates a bus from Birmingham to Edinburgh 4 times a day. Tickets cost $27 - $35 and the journey takes 7h 35m.

Airlines
Flybe
Website
flybe.com
Flights from Birmingham to Edinburgh
Ave. Duration
1h 15m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$55 - $300
Flights from Birmingham to Edinburgh via Belfast City
Ave. Duration
3h 5m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$55 - $300
Flights from East Midlands to Edinburgh
Ave. Duration
1h 10m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$60 - $300
Flights from Birmingham to Glasgow
Ave. Duration
1h 15m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$55 - $280
Flights from Birmingham to Glasgow via Belfast City
Ave. Duration
3h 5m
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$55 - $280
Flights from Manchester to Edinburgh
Ave. Duration
1h 5m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$45 - $310
Flights from Manchester to Edinburgh via Belfast City
Ave. Duration
2h 55m
When
Monday
Estimated price
$45 - $310
Flights from East Midlands to Glasgow
Ave. Duration
1h 10m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$60 - $320
Flights from East Midlands to Glasgow via Belfast City
Ave. Duration
2h 55m
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$60 - $320
easyJet
Website
easyjet.com
Flights from Birmingham to Edinburgh via Belfast (Aldergrove)
Ave. Duration
3h 7m
When
Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$80 - $240
Flights from Birmingham to Glasgow via Belfast (Aldergrove)
Ave. Duration
2h 45m
When
Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$95 - $270
Ryanair
Website
ryanair.com
Flights from Birmingham to Glasgow via Dublin
Ave. Duration
3h 30m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$35 - $260
Train operators
Virgin West Coast Trains
Phone
0344 556 5650
Website
virgintrains.co.uk
Train from Birmingham New Street to Oxenholme Lake District
Ave. Duration
2h 5m
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$85 - $140
Website
virgintrains.co.uk
Advanced Single
$50 - $80
Anytime Day Single
$85 - $140
Train from Oxenholme Lake District to Edinburgh
Ave. Duration
1h 54m
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$85 - $140
Website
virgintrains.co.uk
Advanced Single
$55 - $85
Anytime Day Single
$85 - $140
Train from Birmingham New Street to Edinburgh
Ave. Duration
4h 1m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$190 - $310
Website
virgintrains.co.uk
Advanced Single
$120 - $180
Anytime Day Single
$190 - $310
TransPennine Express
Phone
+44 345 600 1671
Email
tpecustomer.relations@firstgroup.com
Website
tpexpress.co.uk
Train from Oxenholme Lake District to Edinburgh
Ave. Duration
2h 2m
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$60 - $85
Website
tpexpress.co.uk
Advance Single
$25 - $35
Off-Peak Day Single
$40 - $60
Anytime Day Single
$60 - $85
CrossCountry
Phone
0344 736 9123
Email
customer.relations@crosscountrytrains.co.uk
Website
crosscountrytrains.co.uk
Train from Birmingham New Street to Edinburgh
Ave. Duration
5h 35m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$130 - $200
Website
crosscountrytrains.co.uk
Advanced Single
$75 - $120
Anytime Single
$130 - $200
Off-Peak Single
$140 - $210
Train from Birmingham New Street to Derby
Ave. Duration
40m
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$35 - $55
Website
crosscountrytrains.co.uk
Advanced Single
$25 - $40
Anytime Single
$35 - $55
Off-Peak Single
$22 - $35
Train from Birmingham New Street to Manchester Piccadilly
Ave. Duration
1h 26m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$45 - $75
Website
crosscountrytrains.co.uk
Advanced Single
$30 - $50
Anytime Single
$45 - $75
Off-Peak Single
$35 - $60
Caledonian Sleeper
Website
sleeper.scot
Night train from Crewe to Edinburgh
Ave. Duration
4h 4m
Frequency
6 times a week
Estimated price
$35 - $55
Website
sleeper.scot
Sleeper Berth Twin
$110 - $160
Sleeper Berth Solo
$194
Sleeper Seat
$35 - $55
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
1h 11m
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
Estimated price
$15 - $19
Website
scotrail.co.uk
Advanced Single
$10 - $14
Anytime Day Single
$15 - $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
7h 35m
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$27 - $35
Website
National Express

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

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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 TransPennine Express, arrive at Edinburgh station.

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

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easyJet and Flybe offer flights from Birmingham Airport to Edinburgh Airport.

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

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