There are 10 ways to get from Edinburgh to Chester by train, bus, 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  •  3 h 50 min

  1. Take the train from Edinburgh to Warrington Bank Quay

$139 - $225

Cheapest option

Bus  •  8 h 25 min

  1. Take the bus from Edinburgh to Manchester Airport National Express
  2. Take the bus from Manchester Airport The Station to Chester, Railway Station 5

$42 - $51

8 alternative options

Train TransPennine Express  •  4 h 45 min

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

$109 - $152

Drive  •  4 h 11 min

  1. Drive from Edinburgh to Chester 237.4 miles

$50 - $75

Fly Edinburgh to Manchester, bus  •  4 h 17 min

  1. Fly from Edinburgh (EDI) to Manchester (MAN) EDI - MAN
  2. Take the bus from Manchester Airport The Station to Chester, Railway Station

$57 - $188

Fly Edinburgh to Liverpool  •  6 h 31 min

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

$45 - $272

Fly Edinburgh to Birmingham, train  •  5 h 2 min

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

$83 - $318

Train to Glasgow, fly to Manchester, bus  •  4 h 53 min

  1. Take the train from Edinburgh to Glasgow Queen Street
  2. Fly from Glasgow (GLA) to Manchester (MAN) GLA - MAN
  3. Take the bus from Manchester Airport The Station to Chester, Railway Station

$81 - $310

Fly Edinburgh to East Midlands, train  •  6 h 16 min

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

$69 - $243

Train to Glasgow, fly to Birmingham, train  •  5 h 39 min

  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 New Street to Crewe

$97 - $320

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 $130 - $210 and the journey takes 2 h 46 min. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Edinburgh to Chester via Manchester Airport and Manchester Airport The Station in around 8 h 25 min.

Airlines
Flybe
Website
flybe.com
Flights from Edinburgh to Manchester
Ave. Duration
1 h 5 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$45 - $310
Flights from Edinburgh to Manchester via Belfast City
Ave. Duration
2 h 50 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$45 - $310
Flights from Edinburgh to Liverpool via Belfast City
Ave. Duration
3 h 20 min
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
$80 - $370
Flights from Edinburgh to Liverpool via Manchester, Isle Of Man
Ave. Duration
6 h 5 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$90 - $400
Flights from Edinburgh to Birmingham
Ave. Duration
1 h 15 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$55 - $300
Flights from Edinburgh to Birmingham via Belfast City
Ave. Duration
2 h 55 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$55 - $300
Flights from Glasgow to Manchester
Ave. Duration
1 h 8 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$65 - $370
Flights from Glasgow to Manchester via Belfast City
Ave. Duration
2 h 50 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$65 - $370
Flights from Glasgow to Manchester via Isle Of Man
Ave. Duration
3 h 5 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$65 - $370
Flights from Edinburgh to East Midlands
Ave. Duration
1 h 13 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$60 - $300
Flights from Edinburgh to East Midlands via Belfast City
Ave. Duration
3 h 10 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$60 - $300
Flights from Glasgow to Birmingham
Ave. Duration
1 h 15 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$55 - $280
Flights from Glasgow to Birmingham via Belfast City
Ave. Duration
2 h 57 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$55 - $280
easyJet
Website
easyjet.com
Flights from Edinburgh to Manchester via Belfast (Aldergrove)
Ave. Duration
2 h 40 min
When
Monday
Estimated price
$100 - $250
Flights from Edinburgh to Liverpool via Belfast (Aldergrove)
Ave. Duration
3 h 48 min
When
Monday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$60 - $260
Flights from Edinburgh to Liverpool via Jersey
Ave. Duration
4 h 35 min
When
Tuesday
Estimated price
$85 - $420
Flights from Edinburgh to Liverpool via Amsterdam
Ave. Duration
6 h 15 min
When
Monday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$85 - $420
Flights from Edinburgh to Liverpool via London Luton, Jersey
Ave. Duration
5 h 35 min
When
Monday and Friday
Estimated price
$90 - $440
Flights from Edinburgh to Liverpool via London Luton, Belfast (Aldergrove)
Ave. Duration
5 h 37 min
When
Monday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$90 - $430
Flights from Edinburgh to Birmingham via Belfast (Aldergrove)
Ave. Duration
3 h 22 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday
Estimated price
$80 - $240
Flights from Glasgow to Birmingham via Belfast (Aldergrove)
Ave. Duration
2 h 45 min
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday
Estimated price
$95 - $270
Ryanair
Website
ryanair.com
Flights from Edinburgh to Liverpool via Dublin
Ave. Duration
3 h 5 min
When
Monday and Friday
Estimated price
$30 - $240
Flights from Edinburgh to Liverpool via London Stansted, Dublin
Ave. Duration
7 h 10 min
When
Monday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$50 - $290
Flights from Glasgow to Manchester via Dublin
Ave. Duration
2 h 55 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$35 - $220
Flights from Glasgow to Birmingham via Dublin
Ave. Duration
3 h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$35 - $260
British Airways
Website
britishairways.com
Flights from Edinburgh to Birmingham via Dublin
Ave. Duration
3 h 30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $900
Flights from Glasgow to Manchester via Dublin
Ave. Duration
3 h
When
Friday
Estimated price
$180 - $850
Flights from Glasgow to Birmingham via Dublin
Ave. Duration
3 h 30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $850
Aer Lingus
Website
aerlingus.com
Flights from Edinburgh to Birmingham via Dublin
Ave. Duration
3 h 30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $900
Flights from Glasgow to Birmingham via Dublin
Ave. Duration
3 h 30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $850
Train operators
Virgin West Coast Trains
Phone
0344 556 5650
Website
virgintrains.co.uk
Train from Edinburgh to Warrington Bank Quay
Ave. Duration
2 h 46 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$130 - $210
Website
virgintrains.co.uk
Advanced Single
$80 - $120
Anytime Day Single
$130 - $210
Train from Birmingham New Street to Crewe
Ave. Duration
52 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$35 - $55
Website
virgintrains.co.uk
Advanced Single
$23 - $35
Anytime Day Single
$35 - $55
TransPennine Express
Phone
+44 345 600 1671
Email
tpecustomer.relations@firstgroup.com
Website
tpexpress.co.uk
Train from Edinburgh to Manchester Piccadilly
Ave. Duration
3 h 11 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$90 - $130
Website
tpexpress.co.uk
Advance Single
$35 - $55
Off-Peak Day Single
$55 - $85
Anytime Day Single
$90 - $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
58 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$17 - $26
Website
arrivatrainswales.co.uk
Advanced Single
$8 - $12
Anytime Day Single
$17 - $26
First Anytime Day Single
$26 - $40
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
44 min
Frequency
Every 30 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
1 h 16 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$25 - $35
Website
eastmidlandstrains.co.uk
Advance Single
$12 - $18
Off-Peak Single
$24 - $40
Anytime Day Single
$25 - $35
Anytime Single
$30 - $50
Bus operators
easyBus
Bus from Manchester Airport The Station to Chester, Railway Station
Ave. Duration
40 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$12

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Questions & Answers

The distance between Edinburgh and Chester is 308 km. The road distance is 380 km.

The cheapest way to get from Edinburgh to Chester is to bus which costs £30 - £40 and takes 8 h 25 min.

The quickest way to get from Edinburgh to Chester is to train which takes 3 h 50 min and costs £100 - £170.

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 3 h 50 min.

No, there is no direct bus from Edinburgh to Chester. However, there are services departing from Edinburgh and arriving at Chester, Railway Station via Manchester Airport The Station. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 8 h 25 min.

It takes approximately 3 h 50 min to get from Edinburgh to Chester, including transfers.