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

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Fly Dublin to Edinburgh  •  3h 49m

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

£16 - £124

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Fly Dublin to Glasgow, train  •  4h 31m

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

£32 - £234

Train to Belfast City, fly to Edinburgh  •  5h 21m

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

£49 - £241

Train to Belfast (Aldergrove), fly to Edinburgh  •  5h 56m

  1. Take the train from Connolly to Belfast City Centre, Lanyon Place
  2. Fly from Belfast (Aldergrove) (BFS) to Edinburgh (EDI) BFS - EDI

£60 - £174

Car ferry, train  •  11h 3m

  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

£145 - £432

Train, car ferry, bus  •  11h 11m

  1. Take the train from Connolly to Belfast City Centre, Lanyon Place
  2. Take the car ferry from Belfast to Cairnryan
  3. Take the bus from Cairnryan, Stena Terminal to Edinburgh, Bus Station 923

Bus, car ferry, train  •  12h 17m

  1. Take the bus from The Gresham Hotel to Belfast, Europa Bus Centre
  2. Take the car ferry from Belfast to Cairnryan
  3. Take the bus from Cairnryan, Stena Terminal to Ayr station Sl
  4. Take the train from Ayr to Glasgow Central
  5. Take the train from Glasgow Central to Edinburgh

Bus and ferry, bus  •  19h 25m

  1. Take the bus and ferry from Dublin to Birmingham 871
  2. Take the bus from Birmingham Coach Station, Digbeth to Edinburgh National Express

£23 - £29

Car ferry, drive  •  9h 4m

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

£74 - £101

Dublin to Edinburgh by car ferry, walk and train

The journey time between Dublin and Edinburgh is around 11h 13m and covers a distance of around 390 miles. The fastest journey normally takes 10h 3m. Services are operated by Stena Line, Irish Ferries, Transport for Wales and others. Typically 21 services run weekly, although weekend and holiday schedules can vary so check in advance.

Route overview

Average journey time:
11h 13m
Fastest journey time:
10h 3m
Services per week:
21
Cheapest price:
£146
Carbon emissions:
43 kg CO2

First and last service

First service departs at:
02:15
Last service departs at:
20:55

The schedules shown below are for the next available departures.

Dublin to Edinburgh car ferry, walk and train schedules

Car ferry services typically run at the following times each day These schedules are estimated
Estimated schedules: These schedules are estimated and based on typical services on an average day. Please check times and availability with the operator before travelling.
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International entry into United Kingdom from Ireland

  • Entry is fully open for citizens and permanent residents of Ireland
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Allowed for: All visitors with the below exceptions

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Conditions of entry into United Kingdom from Ireland

  • Passenger Locator Form (PLF) required
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  • 10-day mandatory self-quarantine
  • Before travelling, travellers must book and pay for a travel test package, which will include COVID-19 tests to be taken on day 2 and on day 8 of your quarantine
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  • Negative COVID-19 test issued at most 3 days before arrival
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This doesn't apply to arrivals from: Ireland, Jersey, Guernsey and Isle of Man
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This applies to arrivals from Australia, Brunei, Falkland Islands, Faroe Islands, Gibraltar, Iceland, Israel, New Zealand, Saint Helena, Singapore and South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands
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Rules to follow in United Kingdom

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Yes, entry into United Kingdom is currently allowed from Ireland.

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Domestic travel is not restricted, but some conditions may apply

  • Face masks are mandatory
  • There is a social distancing requirement of 2 metres
  • Nationwide control measures in place

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The national COVID-19 helpline number in Edinburgh is 111.

Wearing a face mask on public transport in Edinburgh is mandatory.

The social distance requirement in Edinburgh is 2 metres.

Make yourself known to an official member of staff and/or call the national coronavirus helpline number on 111.

No, but conditions apply when returning to Ireland from United Kingdom.

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Last updated: 19 Jun 2021
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Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Dublin to Edinburgh is to bus and ferry and bus which costs €26 - €35 and takes 19h 25m.

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The quickest way to get from Dublin to Edinburgh is to fly which costs €18 - €150 and takes 3h 49m.

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No, there is no direct bus from Dublin to Edinburgh. However, there are services departing from Dublin and arriving at Edinburgh via Birmingham Coach Station, Digbeth. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 19h 25m.

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It is approximately 219 miles to get from Dublin to Edinburgh.

The best way to get from Dublin to Edinburgh without a car is to car ferry and train which takes 11h 3m and costs €160 - €550.

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It takes approximately 3h 49m to get from Dublin to Edinburgh, including transfers.

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Dublin to Edinburgh bus services, operated by National Express, depart from Dublin station.

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

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

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

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Map of how to get from Dublin to Edinburgh.
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  • Distance: 219.5 miles
  • Duration: 3h 49m

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

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

Airlines
Aer Lingus
Website
aerlingus.com
Flights from Dublin to Edinburgh
Ave. Duration
1h 17m
When
Every day
Estimated price
£35 - £190
Flights from Dublin to Glasgow
Ave. Duration
1h 10m
When
Every day
Estimated price
£35 - £180
Flights from Belfast City to Edinburgh
Ave. Duration
50 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
£40 - £250
easyJet
Website
easyjet.com
Flights from Belfast (Aldergrove) to Edinburgh
Ave. Duration
52 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
£40 - £170
Ryanair
Website
ryanair.com
Flights from Dublin to Edinburgh
Ave. Duration
1h
When
Every day
Estimated price
£10 - £80
Flights from Dublin to Glasgow
Ave. Duration
55 min
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
£9 - £50
Train operators
First ScotRail Service
Phone
+44 344 811 0141
Email
customer.relations@scotrail.co.uk
Website
scotrail.co.uk
Train from Glasgow Queen Street to Edinburgh
Ave. Duration
49 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
£10 - £30
Website
First ScotRail Service
Anytime Day Single
£10 - £15
Anytime Day Single 1st Class
£23 - £30
Train from Ayr to Glasgow Central
Ave. Duration
1h
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
£9 - £26
Website
First ScotRail Service
Anytime Day Single
£9 - £13
Anytime Day Single 1st Class
£20 - £26
Train from Glasgow Central to Edinburgh
Ave. Duration
1h 31m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
£9 - £30
Website
First ScotRail Service
Anytime Day Single
£9 - £14
Anytime Day Single 1st Class
£23 - £30
Irish Rail
Avanti West Coast
Phone
0344 556 5650
Website
avantiwestcoast.co.uk
Train from Holyhead to Chester
Ave. Duration
1h 36m
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
£30 - £110
Website
avantiwestcoast.co.uk
Anytime Day Single
£30 - £45
Anytime Day Single 1st Class
£80 - £110
Train from Warrington Bank Quay to Edinburgh
Ave. Duration
2h 54m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
£80 - £280
Website
avantiwestcoast.co.uk
Anytime Day Single
£80 - £110
Anytime Day Single 1st Class
£210 - £280
LNER
Website
lner.co.uk
Train from Glasgow Central to Edinburgh
Ave. Duration
1h 4m
Frequency
6 times a week
Estimated price
£6 - £45
Website
lner.co.uk
Advance Single
£6 - £9
Anytime Day Single
£18 - £26
Anytime Day Single 1st Class
£29 - £45
Bus operators
Scottish Citylink
Phone
0871 266 33 33
Email
info@citylink.co.uk
Website
citylink.co.uk
Bus from Cairnryan, Stena Terminal to Edinburgh, Bus Station
Ave. Duration
3h 30m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
£23 - £35
Website
Scottish Citylink
Aircoach
Phone
+353 1 844 7118
Website
aircoach.ie
Bus from The Gresham Hotel to Belfast, Europa Bus Centre
Ave. Duration
2h 20m
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
£11
Website
Aircoach
Dodds of Troon
Phone
01292 288100
Email
info@doddsoftroon.com
Website
doddsoftroon.com
Bus from Cairnryan, Stena Terminal to Ayr station
Ave. Duration
1h 15m
Frequency
Once daily
Website
Dodds of Troon
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 and ferry from Dublin to Birmingham
Ave. Duration
8h 55m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
£9 - £12
Website
National Express
Bus from Birmingham Coach Station, Digbeth to Edinburgh
Ave. Duration
9h 30m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
£13 - £17
Website
National Express
Ferry operators
Stena Line
Phone
+44 844 770 7070
Website
stenaline.co.uk
Car ferry from Dublin to Holyhead
Ave. Duration
3h 31m
Frequency
4 times a day
Website
Stena Line
Car ferry from Belfast to Cairnryan
Ave. Duration
2h 22m
Frequency
5 times a day
Website
Stena Line
Irish Ferries
Phone
+353 818 300 400
Email
info@irishferries.com
Website
irishferries.com
Car ferry from Dublin to Holyhead
Ave. Duration
3h 25m
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
£28 - £32
Website
Irish Ferries
Car
£100 - £120
On Foot
£28 - £32

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