• Our partners include:

  • National Express
  • RailEurope
  • ThamesLink
  • Virgin Trains
  • BlaBlaCar
  • Booking.com
  • Skyscanner
  • Airbnb
  • Expedia
  • Uber

There are 11 ways to get from Edinburgh to Chester by train, bus, night train, car or plane

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 Virgin West Coast Trains  •  3h 51m

  1. Take the train from Edinburgh to Warrington Bank Quay

$135 - $207

Cheapest option

Bus  •  8h 35m

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

$30 - $39

9 alternative options

Train TransPennine Express  •  4h 28m

  1. Take the train from Edinburgh to Manchester Piccadilly
  2. Take the train from Manchester Piccadilly to Chester

$102 - $147

Night train  •  4h 35m

  1. Take the night train from Edinburgh to Crewe

$46 - $78

Drive  •  4h 11m

  1. Drive from Edinburgh to Chester 237.4 miles

$50 - $75

Fly Edinburgh to Manchester, train  •  5h

  1. Fly from Edinburgh (EDI) to Manchester (MAN) EDI - MAN
  2. Take the train from Crewe to Chester

$61 - $214

Fly Edinburgh to Liverpool  •  6h 28m

  1. Fly from Edinburgh (EDI) to Liverpool (LPL) EDI - LPL

$44 - $264

Fly Edinburgh to Birmingham, train  •  5h 31m

  1. Fly from Edinburgh (EDI) to Birmingham (BHX) EDI - BHX
  2. Take the train from Birmingham International to Crewe

$84 - $277

Train to Glasgow, fly to Manchester, train  •  6h 16m

  1. Take the train from Edinburgh to Glasgow Queen Street
  2. Fly from Glasgow (GLA) to Manchester (MAN) GLA - MAN
  3. Take the train from Crewe to Chester

$86 - $336

Fly Edinburgh to East Midlands, train  •  6h 31m

  1. Fly from Edinburgh (EDI) to East Midlands (EMA) EDI - EMA
  2. Take the train from Derby to Crewe

$80 - $241

Train to Glasgow, fly to Birmingham, train  •  6h 51m

  1. Take the train from Edinburgh to Glasgow Queen Street
  2. Fly from Glasgow (GLA) to Birmingham (BHX) GLA - BHX
  3. Take the train from Birmingham International to Crewe

$99 - $279

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Edinburgh to Chester is to bus which costs £23 - £35 and takes 8h 35m.

More details

The quickest way to get from Edinburgh to Chester is to train which costs £100 - £160 and takes 3h 51m.

More details

No, there is no direct bus from Edinburgh to Chester. However, there are services departing from Edinburgh and arriving at Chester via Manchester Coach Station, Chorlton St. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 8h 35m.

More details

No, there is no direct train from Edinburgh to Chester. However, there are services departing from Edinburgh and arriving at Chester via Warrington Bank Quay. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 3h 51m.

More details

The distance between Edinburgh and Chester is 192 miles. The road distance is 237.4 miles.

Get driving directions

The best way to get from Edinburgh to Chester without a car is to train which takes 3h 51m and costs £100 - £160.

More details

It takes approximately 3h 51m to get from Edinburgh to Chester, including transfers.

More details

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

More details

Edinburgh to Chester train services, operated by Virgin West Coast Trains, depart from Edinburgh station.

More details

The best way to get from Edinburgh to Chester is to train which takes 3h 51m and costs £100 - £160. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs £23 - £35 and takes 8h 35m, you could also fly, which costs £30 - £210 and takes 6h 28m.

Mode details

Map of how to get from Edinburgh to Chester.
Launch map view
  • Distance: 192.3 miles
  • Duration: 3h 51m

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

Virgin West Coast Trains operates a train from Edinburgh to Chester every 4 hours. Tickets cost $120 - $200 and the journey takes 2h 46m. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Edinburgh to Chester via Manchester Coach Station, Chorlton St in around 8h 35m.

Airlines
Flybe
Website
flybe.com
Flights from Edinburgh to Manchester
Ave. Duration
1h 10m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$45 - $310
Flights from Edinburgh to Manchester via Belfast City
Ave. Duration
3h
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$45 - $310
Flights from Edinburgh to Liverpool via Birmingham, Isle Of Man
Ave. Duration
6h
When
Monday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$100 - $450
Flights from Edinburgh to Birmingham
Ave. Duration
1h 15m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$55 - $300
Flights from Edinburgh to Birmingham via Belfast City
Ave. Duration
3h
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$55 - $300
Flights from Glasgow to Manchester
Ave. Duration
1h 5m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$65 - $370
Flights from Glasgow to Manchester via Belfast City
Ave. Duration
2h 50m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$65 - $370
Flights from Edinburgh to East Midlands
Ave. Duration
1h 10m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$60 - $300
Flights from Glasgow to Birmingham
Ave. Duration
1h 15m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$55 - $280
Flights from Glasgow to Birmingham via Belfast City
Ave. Duration
3h 22m
When
Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$55 - $280
easyJet
Website
easyjet.com
Flights from Edinburgh to Manchester via Belfast (Aldergrove)
Ave. Duration
2h 42m
When
Monday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$100 - $250
Flights from Edinburgh to Liverpool via Belfast (Aldergrove)
Ave. Duration
3h 11m
When
Monday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$60 - $260
Flights from Edinburgh to Liverpool via Amsterdam Schiphol
Ave. Duration
5h 25m
When
Monday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$85 - $420
Flights from Edinburgh to Liverpool via Geneva
Ave. Duration
5h 47m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $650
Flights from Edinburgh to Liverpool via London Luton, Belfast (Aldergrove)
Ave. Duration
5h 50m
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$90 - $430
Flights from Glasgow to Manchester via Belfast (Aldergrove)
Ave. Duration
2h 50m
When
Friday
Estimated price
$90 - $290
Flights from Glasgow to Birmingham via Belfast (Aldergrove)
Ave. Duration
2h 45m
When
Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$95 - $270
Ryanair
Website
ryanair.com
Flights from Edinburgh to Manchester via Dublin
Ave. Duration
3h 15m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$35 - $260
Flights from Edinburgh to Liverpool via Dublin
Ave. Duration
4h 50m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$30 - $240
Flights from Edinburgh to Birmingham via Dublin
Ave. Duration
3h 7m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$35 - $260
Flights from Glasgow to Birmingham via Dublin
Ave. Duration
3h 10m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$35 - $260
Aer Lingus
Website
aerlingus.com
Flights from Edinburgh to Birmingham via Dublin
Ave. Duration
3h 15m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$180 - $900
Train operators
Virgin West Coast Trains
Phone
0344 556 5650
Website
virgintrains.co.uk
Train from Edinburgh to Warrington Bank Quay
Ave. Duration
2h 46m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$120 - $200
Website
virgintrains.co.uk
Advanced Single
$80 - $120
Anytime Day Single
$120 - $200
Train from Crewe to Chester
Ave. Duration
19m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$16 - $26
Website
virgintrains.co.uk
Advanced Single
$11 - $16
Anytime Day Single
$16 - $26
Train from Birmingham International to Crewe
Ave. Duration
1h 14m
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$40 - $65
Website
virgintrains.co.uk
Advanced Single
$27 - $40
Anytime Day Single
$40 - $65
TransPennine Express
Phone
+44 345 600 1671
Email
tpecustomer.relations@firstgroup.com
Website
tpexpress.co.uk
Train from Edinburgh to Manchester Piccadilly
Ave. Duration
3h 11m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$85 - $130
Website
tpexpress.co.uk
Advance Single
$35 - $50
Off-Peak Day Single
$55 - $85
Anytime Day Single
$85 - $130
Arriva Trains Wales
Phone
03333 211 202
Email
customer.relations@arrivatrainswales.co.uk
Website
arrivatrainswales.co.uk
Train from Manchester Piccadilly to Chester
Ave. Duration
58m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$16 - $25
Website
arrivatrainswales.co.uk
Advanced Single
$8 - $12
Anytime Day Single
$16 - $25
First Anytime Day Single
$25 - $40
Train from Crewe to Chester
Ave. Duration
19m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$9 - $14
Website
arrivatrainswales.co.uk
Advanced Single
$5 - $7
Anytime Day Single
$9 - $14
First Anytime Day Single
$13 - $20
Caledonian Sleeper
Website
sleeper.scot
Night train from Edinburgh to Crewe
Ave. Duration
3h 57m
Frequency
5 times a week
Estimated price
$35 - $55
Website
sleeper.scot
Sleeper Berth Twin
$110 - $160
Sleeper Berth Solo
$194
Sleeper Seat
$35 - $55
ScotRail
Phone
+44 344 811 0141
Email
customer.relations@scotrail.co.uk
Website
scotrail.co.uk
Train from Edinburgh to Glasgow Queen Street
Ave. Duration
1h 10m
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
Estimated price
$15 - $19
Website
scotrail.co.uk
Advanced Single
$10 - $14
Anytime Day Single
$15 - $19
East Midlands Trains
Phone
03457 125 678
Email
getintouch@eastmidlandstrains.co.uk
Website
eastmidlandstrains.co.uk
Train from Derby to Crewe
Ave. Duration
1h 17m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$24 - $35
Website
eastmidlandstrains.co.uk
Advance Single
$11 - $17
Off-Peak Single
$23 - $40
Anytime Day Single
$24 - $35
Anytime Single
$30 - $50
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 15m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$23 - $29
Website
National Express
Bus from Manchester Coach Station, Chorlton St to Chester
Ave. Duration
1h 20m
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$7 - $11
Website
National Express

Want to know more about travelling around United Kingdom

Rome2rio's Travel Guide series provide vital information for the global traveller. Filled with useful and timely travel information, the guides answer all the hard questions - such as 'How do I buy a ticket?', 'Should I book online before I travel? ', 'How much should I expect to pay?', 'Do the trains and buses have Wifi?' - to help you get the most out of your next trip.

More Questions & Answers

The quickest flight from Edinburgh Airport to Manchester Airport is the direct flight which takes 1h 10m.

Search flights

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

More details

Edinburgh to Chester train services, operated by Virgin West Coast Trains, arrive at Warrington Bank Quay station.

More details

Yes, the driving distance between Edinburgh to Chester is 237 miles. It takes approximately 4h 11m to drive from Edinburgh to Chester.

Get driving directions

Ryanair, easyJet and Flybe offer flights from Edinburgh Airport to Manchester Airport.

Search flights

Book your Edinburgh to Chester train tickets online with Rome2rio.

Search and book

Book your Edinburgh to Chester bus tickets online with Distribusion and Distribusion.

Search and book

There are 437+ hotels available in Chester. Prices start at $65 USD per night.

More details

The best way to get from Edinburgh to Edinburgh Airport is to tram which takes 32m and costs £3 - £5.

More details