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There are 10 ways to get from Leicester to Edinburgh 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.

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Train  •  5h 31m

  1. Take the train from Leicester to Sheffield
  2. Take the train from Sheffield to Edinburgh

£134 - £333

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Bus  •  8h 10m

  1. Take the bus from Leicester St Margarets Bus Station to Edinburgh National Express

£11 - £15

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Train via Huddersfield  •  7h 5m

  1. Take the train from Leicester to Sheffield
  2. Take the train from Sheffield to Huddersfield
  3. Take the train from Huddersfield to Edinburgh

£113 - £167

Drive  •  5h 14m

  1. Drive from Leicester to Edinburgh 283.8 miles

£45 - £75

Fly East Midlands to Edinburgh  •  3h 41m

  1. Fly from East Midlands (EMA) to Edinburgh (EDI) EMA - EDI

£44 - £172

Train to Birmingham, fly to Edinburgh  •  4h 14m

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

£61 - £516

Fly East Midlands to Glasgow, train  •  4h 43m

  1. Fly from East Midlands (EMA) to Glasgow (GLA) EMA - GLA
  2. Take the train from Glasgow Queen Street to Edinburgh

£71 - £279

Train to London Stansted, fly to Edinburgh  •  5h 20m

  1. Take the train from Leicester to Stansted Airport
  2. Fly from London Stansted (STN) to Edinburgh (EDI) STN - EDI

£98 - £442

Train, train to London Luton, fly to Edinburgh  •  4h 55m

  1. Take the train from Leicester to Kettering
  2. Take the train from Kettering to Luton
  3. Fly from London Luton (LTN) to Edinburgh (EDI) LTN - EDI

£58 - £378

Train to Birmingham, fly to Glasgow, train  •  5h 16m

  1. Take the train from Leicester to Birmingham New Street
  2. Fly from Birmingham (BHX) to Glasgow (GLA) BHX - GLA
  3. Take the train from Glasgow Queen Street to Edinburgh

£80 - £583

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The cheapest way to get from Leicester to Edinburgh is to bus which costs £11 - £15 and takes 8h 10m.

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The quickest way to get from Leicester to Edinburgh is to fly which costs £40 - £180 and takes 3h 41m.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Leicester St Margarets Bus Station station and arriving at Edinburgh. Services depart once daily, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 8h 10m.

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No, there is no direct train from Leicester to Edinburgh. However, there are services departing from Leicester and arriving at Edinburgh via Sheffield. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 5h 31m.

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The distance between Leicester and Edinburgh is 245 miles. The road distance is 283.8 miles.

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The best way to get from Leicester to Edinburgh without a car is to train which takes 5h 31m and costs £130 - £340.

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It takes approximately 5h 31m to get from Leicester to Edinburgh, including transfers.

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Leicester to Edinburgh bus services, operated by National Express, depart from Leicester St Margarets Bus Station.

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Leicester to Edinburgh train services, operated by East Midlands Railways, depart from Leicester station.

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The best way to get from Leicester to Edinburgh is to train which takes 5h 31m and costs £130 - £340. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs £11 - £15 and takes 8h 10m, you could also fly, which costs £40 - £180 and takes 3h 41m.

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Map of how to get from Leicester to Edinburgh.
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  • Distance: 245 miles
  • Duration: 5h 31m

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

You can take a train from Leicester to Edinburgh via Sheffield in around 5h 31m. Alternatively, National Express operates a bus from Leicester St Margarets Bus Station to Edinburgh once daily. Tickets cost £11 - £15 and the journey takes 8h 10m.

Airlines
easyJet
Website
easyjet.com
Flights from Birmingham to Edinburgh
Ave. Duration
1h 15m
When
Every day
Estimated price
£30 - £320
Flights from Birmingham to Edinburgh via Belfast (Aldergrove)
Ave. Duration
3h 7m
When
Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
£30 - £320
Flights from London Stansted to Edinburgh
Ave. Duration
1h 16m
When
Every day
Estimated price
£45 - £220
Flights from London Stansted to Edinburgh via Belfast (Aldergrove)
Ave. Duration
3h 1m
When
Monday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
£45 - £220
Flights from London Luton to Edinburgh
Ave. Duration
1h 17m
When
Every day
Estimated price
£65 - £90
Flights from London Luton to Edinburgh via Belfast (Aldergrove)
Ave. Duration
3h 10m
When
Sunday
Estimated price
£65 - £90
Flights from Birmingham to Glasgow
Ave. Duration
1h 20m
When
Every day
Estimated price
£30 - £140
Loganair
Website
loganair.co.uk
Flights from East Midlands to Edinburgh
Ave. Duration
1h 6m
When
Every day
Estimated price
£150 - £600
Flights from East Midlands to Glasgow
Ave. Duration
1h 10m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
£130 - £480
Aer Lingus
Website
aerlingus.com
Flights from Birmingham to Edinburgh via Dublin
Ave. Duration
3h 30m
When
Every day
Estimated price
£130 - £500
Flights from Birmingham to Glasgow via Dublin
Ave. Duration
3h 35m
When
Every day
Estimated price
£110 - £310
Ryanair
Website
ryanair.com
Flights from Birmingham to Edinburgh via Dublin
Ave. Duration
3h 20m
When
Monday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
£22 - £300
Train operators
East Midlands Railways
Phone
03457 125 678
Email
getintouch@eastmidlandstrains.co.uk
Website
eastmidlandstrains.co.uk
Train from Leicester to Sheffield
Ave. Duration
55 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
£24 - £35
Website
eastmidlandsrailway.co.uk
Advance Single
£11 - £17
Off-Peak Single
£23 - £40
Anytime Day Single
£24 - £35
Anytime Single
£30 - £50
Train from Leicester to Kettering
Ave. Duration
22 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
£10 - £15
Website
eastmidlandsrailway.co.uk
Advance Single
£4 - £7
Off-Peak Single
£9 - £15
Anytime Day Single
£10 - £15
Anytime Single
£13 - £20
Train from Kettering to Luton
Ave. Duration
35 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
£15 - £22
Website
eastmidlandsrailway.co.uk
Advance Single
£7 - £11
Off-Peak Single
£14 - £23
Anytime Day Single
£15 - £22
Anytime Single
£21 - £30
CrossCountry
Phone
0344 736 9123
Email
customer.relations@crosscountrytrains.co.uk
Website
crosscountrytrains.co.uk
Train from Sheffield to Edinburgh
Ave. Duration
3h 46m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
£110 - £300
Website
crosscountrytrains.co.uk
Anytime Day
£110 - £140
Anytime Day 1st Class
£210 - £300
Train from Leicester to Birmingham New Street
Ave. Duration
48 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
£30 - £110
Website
crosscountrytrains.co.uk
Anytime Day
£30 - £40
Anytime Day 1st Class
£80 - £110
Train from Leicester to Stansted Airport
Ave. Duration
2h 23m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
£60 - £180
Website
crosscountrytrains.co.uk
Anytime Day
£60 - £75
Anytime Day 1st Class
£120 - £180
TransPennine Express
Phone
+44 345 600 1671
Email
tpecustomer.relations@firstgroup.com
Website
tpexpress.co.uk
Train from Huddersfield to Edinburgh
Ave. Duration
3h 20m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
£75 - £110
Website
tpexpress.co.uk
Advance Single
£29 - £45
Off-Peak Day Single
£45 - £70
Anytime Day Single
£75 - £110
ScotRail
Phone
+44 344 811 0141
Email
customer.relations@scotrail.co.uk
Website
scotrail.co.uk
Train from Glasgow Queen Street to Edinburgh
Ave. Duration
49 min
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
Estimated price
£10 - £30
Website
scotrail.co.uk
Anytime Day Single
£10 - £15
Anytime Day Single 1st Class
£23 - £30
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 Leicester St Margarets Bus Station to Edinburgh
Ave. Duration
8h 10m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
£11 - £15
Website
National Express

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The quickest flight from East Midlands Airport to Edinburgh Airport is the direct flight which takes 1h 5m.

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Leicester to Edinburgh bus services, operated by National Express, arrive at Edinburgh station.

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Leicester to Edinburgh train services, operated by CrossCountry, arrive at Edinburgh station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Leicester to Edinburgh is 284 miles. It takes approximately 5h 14m to drive from Leicester to Edinburgh.

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Loganair offers flights from East Midlands Airport to Edinburgh Airport.

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There are 2303+ hotels available in Edinburgh. Prices start at £75 per night.

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The best way to get from Leicester to East Midlands Airport is to bus which takes 54 min and costs £3 - £6.

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