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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  •  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 - $19

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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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, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 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 best way to get from Edinburgh to Carlisle without a car is to train which takes 1 h 18 min and costs £30 - £75.

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The train from Edinburgh to Carlisle takes 1 h 18 min 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, depart from Edinburgh station.

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The best way to get from Edinburgh to Carlisle is to train which takes 1 h 18 min and costs £30 - £75. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs £11 - £15 and takes 3 h 5 min.

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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 - $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 3 times a day. Tickets cost $14 - $19 and the journey takes 3 h 5 min. Borders Buses also services this route 3 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 - $60
Website
tpexpress.co.uk
Advance Single
$17 - $25
Off-Peak Day Single
$29 - $45
Anytime Day Single
$40 - $60
Virgin West Coast Trains
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
3 h 5 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$14 - $19
Website
nationalexpress.com
Borders Buses
Phone
01896 754350
Email
info@bordersbuses.co.uk
Website
bordersbuses.co.uk
Bus from Old Town, North Bridge to Carlisle, Market Hall
Ave. Duration
3 h 26 min
Frequency
3 times a week
Schedules at
bordersbuses.co.uk
Other operators
BlaBlaCar

A ridesharing platform with 40 million users, Blablacar gives you access to destinations without worrying about on-the-road chaos. 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 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
2 h 16 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$7 - $20
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, arrive at Carlisle station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Edinburgh to Carlisle is 93 miles. It takes approximately 1 h 52 min to drive from Edinburgh to Carlisle.

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There are 260+ hotels available in Carlisle. Prices start at $72 USD 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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