There are 4 ways to get from Edinburgh to Carlisle by train, bus, rideshare or car

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Train  •  1 h 18 min

  1. Take the train from Edinburgh to Carlisle

$40 - $95

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Rideshare  •  2 h 16 min

  1. Take the rideshare from Edinburgh to Carlisle 92.7 miles

$7 - $20

2 alternative options

Bus  •  3 h 5 min

  1. Take the bus from Edinburgh to Carlisle National Express / ...

$14 - $45

Drive  •  1 h 52 min

  1. Drive from Edinburgh to Carlisle 93.1 miles

$20 - $29

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The cheapest way to get from Edinburgh to Carlisle is to rideshare which costs £6 - £15 and takes 2 h 16 min.

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The quickest way to get from Edinburgh to Carlisle is to train which costs £30 - £75 and takes 1 h 18 min.

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The distance between Edinburgh and Carlisle is 74 miles. The road distance is 93.1 miles.

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The train from Edinburgh to Carlisle takes 1 h 18 min including transfers and departs hourly.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Edinburgh and arriving at Carlisle. Services depart three times a day, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 3 h 5 min.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Edinburgh and arriving at Carlisle. Services depart hourly. The journey takes approximately 1 h 18 min.

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The nearest airport to Carlisle is Carlisle (CAX) Airport which is 5.9 miles away. Other nearby airports include Newcastle (NCL) (50 miles), Edinburgh (EDI) (75.1 miles), Leeds Bradford (LBA) (88.1 miles) and Glasgow (GLA) (89.5 miles).

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

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Map of how to get from Edinburgh to Carlisle.
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  • Distance: 74.2 miles
  • Duration: 1 h 18 min

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

TransPennine Express operates a train from Edinburgh to Carlisle every 4 hours. Tickets cost $40 - $55 and the journey takes 1 h 18 min. Virgin West Coast Trains also services this route every 4 hours. Alternatively, National Express operates a bus from Edinburgh to Carlisle 3 times a day. Tickets cost $14 - $19 and the journey takes 3 h 5 min. Borders Buses also services this route 4 times a week.

Train operators
TransPennine Express
Phone
+44 345 600 1671
Email
tpecustomer.relations@firstgroup.com
Website
tpexpress.co.uk
Train from Edinburgh to Carlisle
Ave. Duration
1 h 18 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$40 - $55
Website
tpexpress.co.uk
Advance Single
$17 - $25
Off-Peak Day Single
$28 - $45
Anytime Day Single
$40 - $55
Virgin West Coast Trains
Bus operators
Borders Buses
Phone
01896 754350
Email
info@bordersbuses.co.uk
Website
bordersbuses.co.uk
Bus from Old Town, North Bridge (Middle of Bridge) to Carlisle, Market Hall (opposite Market Hall)
Ave. Duration
3 h 26 min
Frequency
4 times a week
Estimated price
$42
Schedules at
bordersbuses.co.uk
Other operators
BlaBlaCar
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Contact Details
Website
blablacar.com
Rideshare from Edinburgh to Carlisle
Ave. Duration
2 h 16 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$7 - $20
Book at
blablacar.co.uk

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