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There are 3 ways to get from Edinburgh to East Lothian by bus, taxi or car

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Bus  •  39 min

  1. Take the bus from Edinburgh, Princes Street to Haddington, Market Street X7 / ...

£3 - £4

2 alternative options

Taxi  •  32 min

  1. Take a taxi from Edinburgh to East Lothian 23.7 miles

£55 - £65

Drive  •  32 min

  1. Drive from Edinburgh to East Lothian 23.7 miles

£3 - £6

Edinburgh to East Lothian by bus

The bus journey time between Edinburgh and East Lothian is around 47 min and covers a distance of around 18 miles. The fastest bus normally takes 35 min. Operated by East Coast Buses, the Edinburgh to East Lothian bus service departs from Edinburgh, Princes Street and arrives in Haddington, Market Street. Typically 454 buses run weekly, although weekend and holiday schedules can vary so check in advance.

Bus route overview

Average bus time:
47 min
Fastest bus time:
35 min
Bus distance:
18 miles
Buses per week:
454
Cheapest price:
£3
Carbon emissions:
3 kg CO2

First and last buses

First bus departs at:
06:26
Last bus departs at:
23:43

The schedules shown below are for the next available departures.

Edinburgh to East Lothian bus schedules

Edinburgh → East Lothian
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The national COVID-19 helpline number in East Lothian is 111.

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The cheapest way to get from Edinburgh to East Lothian is to bus which costs £3 - £4 and takes 39 min.

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The quickest way to get from Edinburgh to East Lothian is to taxi which costs £55 - £65 and takes 32 min.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Edinburgh, Princes Street and arriving at Haddington, Market Street. Services depart every 30 minutes, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 39 min.

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The distance between Edinburgh and East Lothian is 18 miles. The road distance is 23.7 miles.

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The best way to get from Edinburgh to East Lothian without a car is to bus which takes 39 min and costs £3 - £4.

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The bus from Edinburgh, Princes Street to Haddington, Market Street takes 39 min including transfers and departs every 30 minutes.

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Edinburgh to East Lothian bus services, operated by East Coast Buses, depart from Edinburgh, Princes Street station.

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Edinburgh to East Lothian bus services, operated by East Coast Buses, arrive at Haddington, Market Street station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Edinburgh to East Lothian is 24 miles. It takes approximately 32 min to drive from Edinburgh to East Lothian.

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There are 104+ hotels available in East Lothian. Prices start at £75 per night.

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  • Distance: 17.6 miles
  • Duration: 39 min

What companies run services between Edinburgh, Scotland and East Lothian, Scotland?

East Coast Buses operates a bus from Edinburgh, Princes Street to Haddington, Market Street every 30 minutes. Tickets cost £3 - £4 and the journey takes 39 min.

Bus operators
East Coast Buses
Email
hello@eastcoastbuses.co.uk
Website
eastcoastbuses.co.uk
Bus from Edinburgh, Princes Street to Haddington, Market Street
Ave. Duration
39 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
£3 - £4
Website
East Coast Buses
Other operators
Taxi from Edinburgh to East Lothian
Ave. Duration
32 min
Estimated price
£55 - £65
Persevere Cabs
Phone
+44 131 555 2323
Website
perseverecabs.com
Dunedin Taxis
Phone
+44 131 669 2323
City Cabs Ltd
Phone
+44 131 228 1211
Website
citycabs.co.uk
Central Taxis Ltd
Phone
+44 131 229 2468
Website
taxis-edinburgh.co.uk
Capital Cars
Phone
+44 131 777 7777
Website
capitalcarsscotland.co.uk

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