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There are 5 ways to get from Edinburgh to Skelmersdale by train, car, plane or bus

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Train  •  3h 39m

  1. Take the train from Edinburgh to Wigan North Western

Cheapest option

Fly to Liverpool, train, line 310 bus  •  6h 10m

  1. Fly from Edinburgh (EDI) to Liverpool (LPL) EDI - LPL
  2. Take the train from Liverpool Central to Ormskirk
  3. Take the line 310 bus from Ormskirk, Bus Station to Skelmersdale, Concourse

3 alternative options

Train via Preston  •  4h 20m

  1. Take the train from Edinburgh to Preston

Drive  •  3h 36m

  1. Drive from Edinburgh to Skelmersdale 203.2 miles

Fly to Manchester, train  •  7h 15m

  1. Fly from Edinburgh (EDI) to Manchester (MAN) EDI - MAN
  2. Take the train from Manchester Airport to Wigan North Western

Edinburgh to Skelmersdale by train, walk and bus

The journey time between Edinburgh and Skelmersdale is around 3h 52m and covers a distance of around 217 miles. This includes an average layover time of around 38 min. The fastest journey normally takes 3h 27m. Operated by Avanti West Coast and Arriva Merseyside, the Edinburgh to Skelmersdale service departs from Edinburgh and arrives in Skelmersdale, Concourse. Typically 43 services run weekly, although weekend and holiday schedules can vary so check in advance.

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Average journey times

Time on transportation:
3h 13m
Layover time:
38 min
Total time:
3h 52m

Route information

Fastest journey time:
3h 27m
Journey distance:
217 miles
Services per week:
43
Cheapest price:
£80
Carbon emissions:
19 kg CO2

First and last service

First service departs at:
06:52
Last service departs at:
18:52

The schedules shown below are for the next available departures.

Edinburgh to Skelmersdale train, walk and bus schedules

Edinburgh → Skelmersdale
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The cheapest way to get from Edinburgh to Skelmersdale is to drive which costs £30 - £50 and takes 3h 36m.

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The quickest way to get from Edinburgh to Skelmersdale is to drive which costs £30 - £50 and takes 3h 36m.

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The distance between Edinburgh and Skelmersdale is 168 miles. The road distance is 203.2 miles.

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The best way to get from Edinburgh to Skelmersdale without a car is to train which takes 3h 39m and costs £80 - £270.

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It takes approximately 3h 39m to get from Edinburgh to Skelmersdale, including transfers.

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There is no direct flight from Edinburgh Airport to Liverpool Airport. The quickest flight takes 2h 35m and has one stopover.

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Yes, the driving distance between Edinburgh to Skelmersdale is 203 miles. It takes approximately 3h 36m to drive from Edinburgh to Skelmersdale.

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Loganair and easyJet offer flights from Edinburgh Airport to Liverpool Airport.

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There are 917+ hotels available in Skelmersdale. Prices start at £75 per night.

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The best way to get from Edinburgh to Edinburgh Airport is to tram which takes 31 min and costs £1 - £6.

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Map of how to get from Edinburgh to Skelmersdale.
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  • Distance: 167.8 miles
  • Duration: 3h 39m

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

Avanti West Coast operates a train from Edinburgh to Wigan North Western every 4 hours. Tickets cost £75 - £270 and the journey takes 2h 36m.

Airlines
easyJet
Website
easyjet.com
Flights from Edinburgh to Liverpool via Belfast (Aldergrove)
Ave. Duration
3h 23m
When
Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday
Estimated price
£95 - £220
Flights from Edinburgh to Liverpool via Jersey
Ave. Duration
4h 5m
When
Friday
Estimated price
£95 - £220
Flights from Edinburgh to Liverpool via Belfast (Aldergrove), Jersey
Ave. Duration
5h 35m
When
Saturday
Estimated price
£95 - £220
Flights from Edinburgh to Liverpool via London Gatwick, Belfast (Aldergrove)
Ave. Duration
5h 40m
When
Monday
Estimated price
£95 - £220
Flights from Edinburgh to Manchester via Belfast (Aldergrove)
Ave. Duration
4h 28m
When
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
£65 - £260
Flights from Edinburgh to Manchester via Jersey
Ave. Duration
4h 55m
When
Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
£65 - £260
British Airways
Website
britishairways.com
Flights from Edinburgh to Manchester via London Heathrow
Ave. Duration
3h 51m
When
Every day
Estimated price
£80 - £360
Ryanair
Website
ryanair.com
Flights from Edinburgh to Manchester via Dublin
Ave. Duration
3h 20m
When
Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
£19 - £130
Flights from Edinburgh to Manchester via Charleroi
Ave. Duration
5h 30m
When
Wednesday and Friday
Estimated price
£19 - £130
KLM
Website
klm.com
Flights from Edinburgh to Manchester via Amsterdam Schiphol
Ave. Duration
4h 51m
When
Every day
Estimated price
£120 - £600
Loganair
Website
loganair.co.uk
Flights from Edinburgh to Liverpool via Isle Of Man
Ave. Duration
4h 25m
When
Monday, Wednesday and Friday
Estimated price
£200 - £650
Flights from Edinburgh to Manchester via Newquay
Ave. Duration
6h 55m
When
Monday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
£160 - £650
Air France
Website
airfrance.com
Flights from Edinburgh to Manchester via Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
4h 10m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
£170 - £2,200
Aer Lingus
Website
aerlingus.com
Flights from Edinburgh to Manchester via Belfast City
Ave. Duration
4h 20m
When
Every day
Estimated price
£140 - £440
Brussels Airlines
Website
brusselsairlines.com
Flights from Edinburgh to Manchester via Brussels
Ave. Duration
4h 20m
When
Friday
Estimated price
£450 - £850
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Edinburgh to Manchester via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
4h 25m
When
Sunday
Estimated price
£240 - £950
Jet2.com
Website
jet2.com
Flights from Edinburgh to Manchester via Turin
Ave. Duration
6h 20m
When
Sunday
Estimated price
£45 - £240
Train operators
Avanti West Coast
Phone
0344 556 5650
Website
avantiwestcoast.co.uk
Train from Edinburgh to Wigan North Western
Ave. Duration
2h 36m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
£75 - £270
Website
avantiwestcoast.co.uk
Anytime Day Single
£75 - £110
Anytime Day Single 1st Class
£200 - £270
Train from Edinburgh to Preston
Ave. Duration
2h 23m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
£70 - £250
Website
avantiwestcoast.co.uk
Anytime Day Single
£70 - £95
Anytime Day Single 1st Class
£180 - £250
TransPennine Express Service
First ScotRail Service
Phone
+44 344 811 0141
Email
customer.relations@scotrail.co.uk
Website
scotrail.co.uk
Train from Manchester Airport to Wigan North Western
Ave. Duration
42 min
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
£6 - £18
Website
First ScotRail Service
Anytime Day Single
£6 - £10
Anytime Day Single 1st Class
£14 - £18
Bus operators
Arriva Merseyside

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