There are 9 ways to get from Dublin to Edinburgh by plane, train, bus, car ferry or car

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Fly Dublin to Edinburgh  •  3h 58m

  1. Fly from Dublin (DUB) to Edinburgh (EDI) DUB - EDI

£23 - £205

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Fly Dublin to Glasgow, train  •  4h 40m

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

£37 - £182

Bus to Belfast (Aldergrove), fly to Edinburgh  •  5h 15m

  1. Take the bus from Custom House Quay to Belfast City Centre, Glengall Street
  2. Fly from Belfast (Aldergrove) (BFS) to Edinburgh (EDI) BFS - EDI

£43 - £155

Train to Belfast City, fly to Edinburgh  •  5h 39m

  1. Take the train from Dublin Connolly to Belfast Lanyon Place
  2. Fly from Belfast City (BHD) to Edinburgh (EDI) BHD - EDI

£50 - £242

Fly Dublin to Newcastle, train  •  5h 36m

  1. Fly from Dublin (DUB) to Newcastle (NCL) DUB - NCL
  2. Take the train from Newcastle to Edinburgh

£37 - £188

Car ferry, train via Holyhead  •  9h 53m

  1. Take the car ferry from Dublin to Holyhead
  2. Take the train from Holyhead to Chester
  3. Take the train from Warrington Bank Quay to Edinburgh

£142 - £432

Bus, car ferry  •  11h 3m

  1. Take the bus from Busáras to Belfast City Centre, Glengall Street X2a / ...
  2. Take the car ferry from Belfast to Cairnryan
  3. Take the bus from Cairnryan, Stena Terminal to Edinburgh, Bus Station 923

£82 - £100

Car ferry, train  •  16h 20m

  1. Take the car ferry from Dublin to Bootle
  2. Take the train from Liverpool Lime Street to Edinburgh

£134 - £288

Car ferry, drive  •  7h 50m

  1. Take the car ferry from Dublin to Holyhead
  2. Drive from Holyhead to Edinburgh

£78 - £111

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The cheapest way to get from Dublin to Edinburgh is to fly which costs 27€ - 250€ and takes 3h 58m.

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The quickest way to get from Dublin to Edinburgh is to fly which costs 27€ - 250€ and takes 3h 58m.

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The distance between Dublin and Edinburgh is 219 miles.

The best way to get from Dublin to Edinburgh without a car is to car ferry and train via Holyhead which takes 9h 53m and costs 170€ - 550€.

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It takes approximately 3h 58m to get from Dublin to Edinburgh, including transfers.

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The quickest flight from Dublin Airport to Edinburgh Airport is the direct flight which takes 1h 10m.

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Aer Lingus and Ryanair offer flights from Dublin Airport to Edinburgh Airport.

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There are 1929+ hotels available in Edinburgh. Prices start at £75 per night.

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The best way to get from Dublin to Dublin Airport is to line 702 bus which takes 11 min and costs 8€ - 11€.

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Map of how to get from Dublin to Edinburgh.
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  • Distance: 219.5 miles
  • Duration: 3h 58m

What companies run services between Dublin, Ireland and Edinburgh, Scotland?

Ryanair and Aer Lingus fly from Dublin to Edinburgh every 4 hours.

Flag of United Kingdom Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Home to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, the world’s largest arts festival, this Scottish city offers much for many a traveller. Hike up Arthur’s Seat and take in the views of the cityscape, explore the famed Edinburgh Castle at night for a different (spookier) experience, pick up a bespoke kilt, and sample some of the finest whiskies in the world along with the haggis Scotland is well-known for. Take a nature-filled stroll through the Meadows, catch a cool show at the Edinburgh Festival Theatre, immerse yourself in some culture at the Scottish National Galleries, or see big-name musical acts live at Queen’s Hall.

Things to do in Edinburgh

  • Edinburgh Castle

    Edinburgh Castle is a historic fortress which dominates the skyline of the city of Edinburgh, Scotland, from its position on the Castle Rock. Archaeologists have established human occupation of the rock since at least the Iron Age (2nd century AD), although the nature of the early settlement is unclear. There has been a royal castle on the rock since at least the reign of David I in the 12th century, and the site continued to be a royal residence until 1633. From the 15th century the castle's residential role declined, and by the 17th century it was principally used as military barracks with a large garrison. Its importance as a part of Scotland's national heritage was recognised increasingly from the early 19th century onwards, and various restoration programmes have been carried out over the past century and a half. As one of the most important strongholds in the Kingdom of Scotland, Edinburgh Castle was involved in many historical conflicts from the Wars of Scottish Independence in the 14th century to the Jacobite Rising of 1745. Research undertaken in 2014 identified 26 sieges in its 1100-year-old history, giving it a claim to having been "the most besieged place in Great Britain and one of the most attacked in the world".

  • Calton Hill

    Calton Hill is a hill in central Edinburgh, Scotland, situated beyond the east end of Princes Street and included in the city's UNESCO World Heritage Site. Views of, and from, the hill are often used in photographs and paintings of the city.

  • Old Town

    The Old Town (Scots: Auld Toun) is the name popularly given to the oldest part of Scotland's capital city of Edinburgh. The area has preserved much of its medieval street plan and many Reformation-era buildings. Together with the 18th-century New Town, it forms part of a protected UNESCO World Heritage Site.

  • Scottish Parliament

    The Scottish Parliament (Scottish Gaelic: Pàrlamaid na h-Alba; Scots: The Scots Pairlament), is the devolved national, unicameral legislature of Scotland. Located in the Holyrood area of the capital city, Edinburgh, it is frequently referred to by the metonym Holyrood.

Places to stay in Edinburgh

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