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There are 8 ways to get from Edinburgh to Holyhead by train, bus, car or plane

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Train Virgin West Coast Trains  •  6 h 13 min

  1. Take the train from Edinburgh to Warrington Bank Quay
  2. Take the train from Chester to Holyhead

$165 - $282

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Bus, train  •  11 h 42 min

  1. Take the bus from Edinburgh to Manchester Coach Station, Chorlton St
  2. Take the bus from Manchester Coach Station, Chorlton St to Chester
  3. Take the train from Chester to Holyhead

$62 - $123

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Train TransPennine Express  •  6 h 52 min

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

$132 - $222

Drive  •  5 h 29 min

  1. Drive from Edinburgh to Holyhead 316.8 miles

$65 - $100

Fly Edinburgh to Anglesey  •  11 h 2 min

  1. Fly from Edinburgh (EDI) to Anglesey (VLY) EDI - VLY

$82 - $351

Fly Edinburgh to Manchester, train  •  7 h 16 min

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

$94 - $291

Train to Glasgow, fly to Manchester, train  •  8 h 31 min

  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 Manchester Airport to Chester
  4. Take the train from Chester to Holyhead

$119 - $413

Fly Edinburgh to Birmingham, train  •  8 h

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

$112 - $347

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The cheapest way to get from Edinburgh to Holyhead is to drive which costs £50 - £80 and takes 5 h 29 min.

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The quickest way to get from Edinburgh to Holyhead is to drive which costs £50 - £80 and takes 5 h 29 min.

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No, there is no direct train from Edinburgh to Holyhead. However, there are services departing from Edinburgh and arriving at Holyhead via Warrington Bank Quay and Chester. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 6 h 13 min.

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The distance between Edinburgh and Holyhead is 193 miles. The road distance is 316.8 miles.

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The best way to get from Edinburgh to Holyhead without a car is to train which takes 6 h 13 min and costs £120 - £220.

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It takes approximately 6 h 13 min to get from Edinburgh to Holyhead, including transfers.

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

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The best way to get from Edinburgh to Holyhead is to train which takes 6 h 13 min and costs £120 - £220. Alternatively, you can fly, which costs £60 - £270 and takes 11 h 2 min.

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There is no direct flight from Edinburgh Airport to Anglesey Airport. The quickest flight takes 8 h and has one stopover.

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Edinburgh to Holyhead train services, operated by Arriva Trains Wales, arrive at Holyhead station.

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Map of how to get from Edinburgh to Holyhead.
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  • Distance: 192.6 miles
  • Duration: 6 h 13 min

What companies run services between Edinburgh, Scotland and Holyhead, Wales?

You can take a train from Edinburgh to Holyhead via Warrington Bank Quay and Chester in around 6 h 13 min. Alternatively, Flybe flies from Edinburgh to Holyhead once daily.

Airlines
Flybe
Website
flybe.com
Flights from Edinburgh to Anglesey via Cardiff
Ave. Duration
11 h 50 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$75 - $340
Flights from Edinburgh to Manchester
Ave. Duration
1 h 10 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$45 - $310
Flights from Edinburgh to Manchester via Belfast City
Ave. Duration
3 h
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$45 - $310
Flights from Glasgow to Manchester
Ave. Duration
1 h 5 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$65 - $370
Flights from Glasgow to Manchester via Belfast City
Ave. Duration
2 h 37 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$65 - $370
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
3 h
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$55 - $300
easyJet
Website
easyjet.com
Flights from Edinburgh to Manchester via Belfast (Aldergrove)
Ave. Duration
2 h 42 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$100 - $250
Flights from Glasgow to Manchester via Belfast (Aldergrove)
Ave. Duration
2 h 47 min
When
Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$90 - $290
Flights from Edinburgh to Birmingham via Belfast (Aldergrove)
Ave. Duration
3 h 10 min
When
Wednesday and Sunday
Estimated price
$80 - $240
Ryanair
Website
ryanair.com
Flights from Edinburgh to Manchester via Dublin
Ave. Duration
3 h 15 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$35 - $260
Flights from Edinburgh to Birmingham via Dublin
Ave. Duration
3 h 7 min
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$35 - $260
Aer Lingus
Website
aerlingus.com
Flights from Edinburgh to Birmingham via Dublin
Ave. Duration
3 h 20 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, 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
2 h 46 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$120 - $200
Website
virgintrains.co.uk
Advanced Single
$80 - $120
Anytime Day Single
$120 - $200
Train from Chester to Holyhead
Ave. Duration
1 h 34 min
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$45 - $75
Website
virgintrains.co.uk
Advanced Single
$29 - $45
Anytime Day Single
$45 - $75
Train from Birmingham International to Crewe
Ave. Duration
1 h 13 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$35 - $60
Website
virgintrains.co.uk
Advanced Single
$25 - $40
Anytime Day Single
$35 - $60
Arriva Trains Wales
Phone
03333 211 202
Email
customer.relations@arrivatrainswales.co.uk
Website
arrivatrainswales.co.uk
Train from Chester to Holyhead
Ave. Duration
1 h 43 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$30 - $50
Website
arrivatrainswales.co.uk
Advanced Single
$15 - $21
Anytime Day Single
$30 - $50
First Anytime Day Single
$50 - $80
Train from Manchester Piccadilly to Chester
Ave. Duration
1 h 1 min
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 Manchester Airport to Chester
Ave. Duration
1 h 16 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$20 - $35
Website
arrivatrainswales.co.uk
Advanced Single
$10 - $14
Anytime Day Single
$20 - $35
First Anytime Day Single
$30 - $50
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
$85 - $130
Website
tpexpress.co.uk
Advance Single
$35 - $50
Off-Peak Day Single
$55 - $85
Anytime Day Single
$85 - $130
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
1 h 10 min
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
Estimated price
$15 - $19
Website
scotrail.co.uk
Advanced Single
$10 - $14
Anytime Day Single
$15 - $19
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
6 h 15 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$23 - $29
Website
nationalexpress.com
Bus from Manchester Coach Station, Chorlton St to Chester
Ave. Duration
1 h 20 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$7 - $11
Website
nationalexpress.com

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Yes, the driving distance between Edinburgh to Holyhead is 317 miles. It takes approximately 5 h 29 min to drive from Edinburgh to Holyhead.

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Flybe offers flights from Edinburgh Airport to Anglesey Airport.

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There are 346+ hotels available in Holyhead. Prices start at $78 USD per night.

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

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