There are 10 ways to get from Edinburgh to Liverpool 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 37 min

  1. Take the train from Edinburgh to Wigan North Western
  2. Take the train from Wigan North Western to Liverpool Lime Street

$128 - $196

Cheapest option

Bus  •  7 h 37 min

  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 Liverpool University National Express / ...

$30 - $40

8 alternative options

Train TransPennine Express  •  4 h 4 min

  1. Take the train from Edinburgh to Preston
  2. Take the train from Preston to Liverpool Lime Street

$89 - $190

Drive  •  3 h 52 min

  1. Drive from Edinburgh to Liverpool 217.2 miles

$45 - $70

Fly Edinburgh to Liverpool  •  5 h 7 min

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

$38 - $254

Fly Edinburgh to Manchester, train  •  4 h 25 min

  1. Fly from Edinburgh (EDI) to Manchester (MAN) EDI - MAN
  2. Take the train from Manchester Airport to Liverpool Lime Street

$60 - $199

Train to Glasgow, fly to Manchester, train  •  5 h 1 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 Liverpool Lime Street

$84 - $320

Fly Edinburgh to Birmingham, train  •  5 h 14 min

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

$88 - $276

Train to Glasgow, fly to Birmingham, train  •  5 h 51 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 Liverpool Lime Street

$102 - $277

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

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

$74 - $255

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Edinburgh to Liverpool is to bus which costs £23 - £30 and takes 7 h 37 min.

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The quickest way to get from Edinburgh to Liverpool is to train which costs £95 - £150 and takes 3 h 37 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from Edinburgh to Liverpool. However, there are services departing from Edinburgh and arriving at Liverpool University via Manchester Coach Station, Chorlton St. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 7 h 37 min.

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No, there is no direct train from Edinburgh to Liverpool. However, there are services departing from Edinburgh and arriving at Liverpool Lime Street via Wigan North Western. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 3 h 37 min.

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The distance between Edinburgh and Liverpool is 177 miles. The road distance is 217.2 miles.

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The best way to get from Edinburgh to Liverpool without a car is to train which takes 3 h 37 min and costs £95 - £150.

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It takes approximately 3 h 37 min to get from Edinburgh to Liverpool, including transfers.

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

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

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The best way to get from Edinburgh to Liverpool is to train which takes 3 h 37 min and costs £95 - £150. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs £23 - £30 and takes 7 h 37 min, you could also fly, which costs £28 - £200 and takes 5 h 7 min.

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Map of how to get from Edinburgh to Liverpool.
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  • Distance: 176.8 miles
  • Duration: 3 h 37 min

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

You can take a train from Edinburgh to Liverpool via Wigan North Western in around 3 h 37 min. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Edinburgh to Liverpool via Manchester Coach Station, Chorlton St in around 7 h 37 min.

Airlines
Flybe
Website
flybe.com
Flights from Edinburgh to Liverpool via Belfast City
Ave. Duration
2 h 45 min
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
$80 - $370
Flights from Edinburgh to Liverpool via Manchester, Isle Of Man
Ave. Duration
5 h 10 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$90 - $400
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 Glasgow to Manchester
Ave. Duration
1 h 8 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 7 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$55 - $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
3 h 15 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$55 - $280
Flights from Edinburgh to East Midlands
Ave. Duration
1 h 13 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$60 - $300
easyJet
Website
easyjet.com
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 and Saturday
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 40 min
When
Monday and Friday
Estimated price
$90 - $430
Flights from Edinburgh to Manchester via Belfast (Aldergrove)
Ave. Duration
2 h 40 min
When
Monday
Estimated price
$100 - $250
Flights from Glasgow to Manchester via Belfast (Aldergrove)
Ave. Duration
2 h 55 min
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$90 - $290
Flights from Edinburgh to Birmingham via Belfast (Aldergrove)
Ave. Duration
3 h 30 min
When
Monday and Friday
Estimated price
$80 - $240
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
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 Glasgow to Birmingham via Dublin
Ave. Duration
3 h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$35 - $260
Train operators
Virgin West Coast Trains
Phone
0344 556 5650
Website
virgintrains.co.uk
Train from Edinburgh to Wigan North Western
Ave. Duration
2 h 35 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$120 - $190
Website
virgintrains.co.uk
Advanced Single
$75 - $110
Anytime Day Single
$120 - $190
Train from Edinburgh to Preston
Ave. Duration
2 h 22 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$110 - $180
Website
virgintrains.co.uk
Advanced Single
$70 - $110
Anytime Day Single
$110 - $180
Train from Crewe to Liverpool Lime Street
Ave. Duration
34 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$24 - $40
Website
virgintrains.co.uk
Advanced Single
$16 - $24
Anytime Day Single
$24 - $40
Northern Rail
Website
northernrailway.co.uk
Train from Wigan North Western to Liverpool Lime Street
Ave. Duration
47 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$7 - $11
Website
northernrailway.co.uk
Train from Preston to Liverpool Lime Street
Ave. Duration
50 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$12 - $18
Website
northernrailway.co.uk
Train from Manchester Airport to Liverpool Lime Street
Ave. Duration
1 h 10 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$15 - $23
Website
northernrailway.co.uk
TransPennine Express
Phone
+44 345 600 1671
Email
tpecustomer.relations@firstgroup.com
Website
tpexpress.co.uk
Train from Edinburgh to Preston
Ave. Duration
2 h 31 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$75 - $110
Website
tpexpress.co.uk
Advance Single
$30 - $45
Off-Peak Day Single
$50 - $75
Anytime Day Single
$75 - $110
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
$14 - $19
Website
scotrail.co.uk
Advanced Single
$9 - $14
Anytime Day Single
$14 - $19
West Midlands
Phone
+44 121 634 2040
Email
comments@londonmidland.com
Website
londonmidland.com
Train from Birmingham New Street to Liverpool Lime Street
Ave. Duration
1 h 34 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$35 - $50
Website
wmtrains.co.uk
Advanced Single
$20 - $29
Anytime Day Single
$35 - $50
Train from Crewe to Liverpool Lime Street
Ave. Duration
37 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$14 - $20
Website
wmtrains.co.uk
Advanced Single
$8 - $12
Anytime Day Single
$14 - $20
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
$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
6 h 15 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$23 - $29
Website
nationalexpress.com
Bus from Manchester Coach Station, Chorlton St to Liverpool University
Ave. Duration
55 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$7 - $11
Website
nationalexpress.com

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