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

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Train  •  1h 20m

  1. Take the train from Edinburgh to Carlisle

£13 - £140

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Rideshare  •  2h 16m

  1. Take the rideshare from Edinburgh to Carlisle 92.6 miles

£6 - £15

2 alternative options

Bus  •  3h 25m

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

£7 - £25

Drive  •  1h 53m

  1. Drive from Edinburgh to Carlisle 93.1 miles

£14 - £21

Edinburgh to Carlisle by train

The train journey time between Edinburgh and Carlisle is around 1h 17m and covers a distance of around 101 miles. The fastest train normally takes 1h 10m. Services are operated by TransPennine Express Service, Avanti West Coast and LNER. Typically 103 trains run weekly, although weekend and holiday schedules can vary so check in advance.

Train route overview

Average train time:
1h 17m
Fastest train time:
1h 10m
Train distance:
101 miles
Trains per week:
103
Cheapest price:
£30
Carbon emissions:
8 kg CO2

First and last trains

First train departs at:
06:12
Last train departs at:
20:15

The schedules shown below are for the next available departures.

Edinburgh to Carlisle train schedules

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

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The quickest way to get from Edinburgh to Carlisle is to train which costs £13 - £140 and takes 1h 20m.

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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 3h 25m.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Edinburgh and arriving at Carlisle. Services depart hourly, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 1h 20m.

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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 best way to get from Edinburgh to Carlisle without a car is to train which takes 1h 20m and costs £13 - £140.

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The train from Edinburgh to Carlisle takes 1h 20m including transfers and departs hourly.

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

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Edinburgh to Carlisle train services, operated by TransPennine Express Service, depart from Edinburgh station.

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The best way to get from Edinburgh to Carlisle is to train which takes 1h 20m and costs £13 - £140. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs £7 - £25 and takes 3h 25m.

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Map of how to get from Edinburgh to Carlisle.
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  • Distance: 74.2 miles
  • Duration: 1h 20m

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

TransPennine Express Service operates a train from Edinburgh to Carlisle every 4 hours. Tickets cost £30 - £50 and the journey takes 1h 20m. Two other operators also service this route. Alternatively, National Express operates a bus from Edinburgh to Carlisle once daily. Tickets cost £7 - £10 and the journey takes 3h 25m. Borders Buses also services this route once daily.

Train operators
TransPennine Express Service
LNER
Website
lner.co.uk
Train from Edinburgh to Carlisle
Ave. Duration
1h 44m
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
£13 - £130
Website
lner.co.uk
Advance Single
£13 - £19
Anytime Day Single
£55 - £80
Anytime Day Single 1st Class
£90 - £130
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 Carlisle
Ave. Duration
3h 25m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
£7 - £10
Website
National Express
Borders Buses
Other operators
BlaBlaCar

Blablacar is a popular ridesharing platform with 70 million users over 22 (mostly European) countries. The basic idea is that you carpool with locals who are already planning to drive your route and have space in their car. With some flexibility, you’ll get to your destination often faster and cheaper than other means. On the website or app, enter your departure and arrival points and your date of travel, sift through the profiles of drivers who’ve posted pre-planned drives and find one whose timing and preferences match yours. Request to join the ride, wait to be accepted, and pay your share of the set price.

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Contact Details
Website
blablacar.com
Rideshare from Edinburgh to Carlisle
Ave. Duration
2h 16m
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
£6 - £15
Book at
blablacar.co.uk

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

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Edinburgh to Carlisle train services, operated by TransPennine Express Service, arrive at Carlisle station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Edinburgh to Carlisle is 93 miles. It takes approximately 1h 53m to drive from Edinburgh to Carlisle.

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There are 148+ hotels available in Carlisle. Prices start at £75 per night.

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Check out Blablacar's carpooling service for rideshare options between Edinburgh and Carlisle. A great option if you don't have a driver's licence or want to avoid public transport.

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