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There are 7 ways to get from Edinburgh to Atherton by train, bus, car or plane

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Train  •  3h 13m

  1. Take the train from Edinburgh to Wigan North Western

£81 - £269

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Bus  •  7h 46m

  1. Take the bus from Edinburgh to Manchester Coach Station, Chorlton St National Express

£13 - £17

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Train via Preston  •  3h 50m

  1. Take the train from Edinburgh to Preston

£65 - £262

Train via Leeds  •  5h 56m

  1. Take the train from Edinburgh to Leeds
  2. Take the train from Leeds to Atherton

£53 - £301

Drive  •  3h 36m

  1. Drive from Edinburgh to Atherton 201.4 miles

£30 - £45

Fly to Manchester  •  6h 25m

  1. Fly from Edinburgh (EDI) to Manchester (MAN) EDI - MAN

£56 - £225

Fly to Liverpool, train  •  6h 30m

  1. Fly from Edinburgh (EDI) to Liverpool (LPL) EDI - LPL
  2. Take the train from Liverpool Lime Street to Wigan North Western

£42 - £183

Edinburgh to Atherton by train

The train journey time between Edinburgh and Atherton is around 3h 21m and covers a distance of around 213 miles. The fastest train normally takes 3h 1m. Operated by Avanti West Coast and Northern Rail, the Edinburgh to Atherton train service departs from Edinburgh and arrives in Hag Fold. Typically 48 trains run weekly, although weekend and holiday schedules can vary so check in advance.

Train route overview

Average train time:
3h 21m
Fastest train time:
3h 1m
Trains per week:
48
Cheapest price:
£81
Carbon emissions:
17 kg CO2

First and last trains

First train departs at:
06:52
Last train departs at:
18:52

The schedules shown below are for the next available departures.

Edinburgh to Atherton train schedules

Edinburgh → Atherton
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The cheapest way to get from Edinburgh to Atherton is to bus which costs £12 - £18 and takes 7h 46m.

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The quickest way to get from Edinburgh to Atherton is to train which costs £80 - £270 and takes 3h 13m.

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No, there is no direct bus from Edinburgh to Atherton. However, there are services departing from Edinburgh and arriving at Atherton, Market Street via Manchester City Centre, Art Gallery. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 7h 46m.

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No, there is no direct train from Edinburgh to Atherton. However, there are services departing from Edinburgh and arriving at Hag Fold via Wigan Wallgate. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 3h 13m.

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The distance between Edinburgh and Atherton is 171 miles. The road distance is 201.4 miles.

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The best way to get from Edinburgh to Atherton without a car is to train which takes 3h 13m and costs £80 - £270.

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It takes approximately 3h 13m to get from Edinburgh to Atherton, including transfers.

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

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Edinburgh to Atherton train services, operated by Avanti West Coast, depart from Edinburgh station.

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The best way to get from Edinburgh to Atherton is to train which takes 3h 13m and costs £80 - £270. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs £12 - £18 and takes 7h 46m, you could also fly, which costs £55 - £230 and takes 6h 25m.

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Map of how to get from Edinburgh to Atherton.
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  • Distance: 171.1 miles
  • Duration: 3h 13m

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

Avanti West Coast operates a train from Edinburgh to Wigan North Western every 4 hours. Tickets cost £75 - £270 and the journey takes 2h 37m. Alternatively, National Express operates a bus from Edinburgh to Manchester Coach Station, Chorlton St once daily. Tickets cost £10 - £14 and the journey takes 6h 35m.

Airlines
British Airways
Website
britishairways.com
Flights from Edinburgh to Manchester via Dublin
Ave. Duration
3h 25m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
£130 - £550
Flights from Edinburgh to Manchester via London Heathrow
Ave. Duration
4h 2m
When
Every day
Estimated price
£100 - £340
Flights from Edinburgh to Manchester via London City
Ave. Duration
6h 15m
When
Friday
Estimated price
£100 - £340
easyJet
Website
easyjet.com
Flights from Edinburgh to Manchester via Amsterdam Schiphol
Ave. Duration
4h 5m
When
Sunday
Estimated price
£100 - £370
Flights from Edinburgh to Manchester via Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
4h 30m
When
Friday
Estimated price
£100 - £370
Flights from Edinburgh to Manchester via Belfast (Aldergrove)
Ave. Duration
4h 42m
When
Monday and Sunday
Estimated price
£100 - £370
Flights from Edinburgh to Liverpool via Belfast (Aldergrove)
Ave. Duration
3h 22m
When
Monday, Thursday and Sunday
Estimated price
£80 - £300
Flights from Edinburgh to Liverpool via London Luton, Jersey
Ave. Duration
5h 40m
When
Monday
Estimated price
£80 - £300
Ryanair
Website
ryanair.com
Flights from Edinburgh to Manchester via Dublin
Ave. Duration
3h 40m
When
Every day
Estimated price
£30 - £200
Flights from Edinburgh to Manchester via Berlin Brandenburg Apt
Ave. Duration
5h 5m
When
Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
£30 - £200
Flights from Edinburgh to Manchester via Eindhoven
Ave. Duration
5h 10m
When
Friday
Estimated price
£30 - £200
Flights from Edinburgh to Liverpool via Dublin
Ave. Duration
4h 7m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
£50 - £250
Aer Lingus
Website
aerlingus.com
Flights from Edinburgh to Manchester via Dublin
Ave. Duration
3h 25m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
£130 - £550
Flights from Edinburgh to Manchester via Belfast City
Ave. Duration
5h 15m
When
Sunday
Estimated price
£130 - £550
KLM
Website
klm.com
Flights from Edinburgh to Manchester via Amsterdam Schiphol
Ave. Duration
4h 48m
When
Every day
Estimated price
£130 - £550
Air France
Website
airfrance.com
Flights from Edinburgh to Manchester via Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
4h 35m
When
Every day
Estimated price
£160 - £550
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Edinburgh to Manchester via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
5h 12m
When
Every day
Estimated price
£250 - £550
Loganair
Website
loganair.co.uk
Flights from Edinburgh to Manchester via Isle Of Man
Ave. Duration
3h 40m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
£140 - £650
Brussels Airlines
Website
brusselsairlines.com
Flights from Edinburgh to Manchester via Brussels
Ave. Duration
4h 30m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
£65 - £310
Scandinavian Airlines
Website
flysas.com
Flights from Edinburgh to Manchester via Oslo
Ave. Duration
5h
When
Friday
Estimated price
£80 - £370
Train operators
Avanti West Coast
Phone
0344 556 5650
Website
avantiwestcoast.co.uk
Train from Edinburgh to Wigan North Western
Ave. Duration
2h 37m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
£75 - £270
Website
avantiwestcoast.co.uk
Anytime Day Single
£75 - £110
Anytime Day Single 1st Class
£200 - £270
Train from Edinburgh to Preston
Ave. Duration
2h 24m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
£70 - £250
Website
avantiwestcoast.co.uk
Anytime Day Single
£70 - £95
Anytime Day Single 1st Class
£180 - £250
TransPennine Express Service
Phone
+44 345 600 1671
Email
tpecustomer.relations@firstgroup.com
Website
tpexpress.co.uk
Train from Edinburgh to Preston
Ave. Duration
2h 33m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
£55 - £90
Website
TransPennine Express Service
Advance Single
£22 - £35
Off-Peak Day Single
£40 - £65
Anytime Day Single
£55 - £90
Train from Liverpool Lime Street to Wigan North Western
Ave. Duration
31 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
£11 - £18
Website
TransPennine Express Service
Advance Single
£7 - £11
Off-Peak Day Single
£8 - £13
Anytime Day Single
£11 - £18
LNER
Website
lner.co.uk
Train from Edinburgh to Leeds
Ave. Duration
3h 57m
Frequency
5 times a week
Estimated price
£30 - £240
Website
lner.co.uk
Advance Single
£30 - £45
Anytime Day Single
£100 - £150
Anytime Day Single 1st Class
£170 - £240
Northern Rail
Phone
+44 800 200 6060
Email
enquiries@northernrailway.co.uk
Website
northernrailway.co.uk
Train from Leeds to Atherton
Ave. Duration
2h
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
£23 - £40
Website
northernrailway.co.uk
Anytime Day
£23 - £29
Anytime Day 1st Class
£28 - £40
Train from Liverpool Lime Street to Wigan North Western
Ave. Duration
46 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
£8 - £15
Website
northernrailway.co.uk
Anytime Day
£8 - £11
Anytime Day 1st Class
£10 - £15
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 Edinburgh to Manchester Coach Station, Chorlton St
Ave. Duration
6h 35m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
£10 - £14
Website
National Express

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There is no direct flight from Edinburgh Airport to Manchester Airport. The quickest flight takes 3h 15m and has one stopover.

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Edinburgh to Atherton bus services, operated by National Express, arrive at Manchester Coach Station, Chorlton St.

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Edinburgh to Atherton train services, operated by Avanti West Coast, arrive at Wigan North Western station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Edinburgh to Atherton is 201 miles. It takes approximately 3h 36m to drive from Edinburgh to Atherton.

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Loganair, Brussels Airlines, Scandinavian Airlines and seven other airlines offer flights from Edinburgh Airport to Manchester Airport.

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There are 329+ hotels available in Atherton. Prices start at £75 per night.

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The best way to get from Edinburgh to Edinburgh Airport is to tram which takes 32 min and costs £1 - £6.

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