There are 5 ways to get from Edinburgh to Carlisle by train, bus, car or rideshare

Select an option below to see step-by-step directions and to compare ticket prices and travel times in Rome2rio's travel planner.

Recommended option

Train  •  1 h 18 min

  1. Take the train from Edinburgh to Carlisle

$40 - $100

Cheapest option

Rideshare  •  2 h 16 min

  1. Take the rideshare from Edinburgh to Carlisle 92.7 miles

$8 - $21

3 alternative options

Bus National Express  •  3 h 5 min

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

$15 - $45

Bus Borders Buses  •  3 h 58 min

  1. Take the bus from Old Town, North Bridge (Middle of Bridge) to Galashiels, Transport Interchange X95
  2. Take the bus from Galashiels, Transport Interchange to Carlisle, Market Hall (opposite Market Hall) X95

$32

Drive  •  1 h 52 min

  1. Drive from Edinburgh to Carlisle 93.1 miles

$20 - $29

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 - $60 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 twice daily. Tickets cost $15 - $20 and the journey takes 3 h 5 min. Borders Buses also services this route once daily.

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 - $60
Website
tpexpress.co.uk
Advance Single
$18 - $26
Off-Peak Day Single
$30 - $45
Anytime Day Single
$40 - $60
Virgin West Coast Trains
Bus operators
Borders Buses
Phone
01896 754350
Email
info@bordersbuses.co.uk
Website
bordersbuses.co.uk
Bus from South Side, Surgeons' Hall (at 46) to Carlisle, Market Hall (opposite Market Hall)
Ave. Duration
3 h 32 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$44
Schedules at
bordersbuses.co.uk
Bus from Old Town, North Bridge (Middle of Bridge) to Galashiels, Transport Interchange
Ave. Duration
1 h 21 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$12
Schedules at
bordersbuses.co.uk
Bus from Galashiels, Transport Interchange to Carlisle, Market Hall (opposite Market Hall)
Ave. Duration
2 h 2 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$20
Schedules at
bordersbuses.co.uk
Other operators
BlaBlaCar
Website
blablacar.com
Rideshare from Edinburgh to Carlisle
Ave. Duration
2 h 16 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$8 - $21
Book at
blablacar.co.uk

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Questions & Answers

The distance between Edinburgh and Carlisle is 119 km. The road distance is 149 km.

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

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

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

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

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