There are 11 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  •  5 h 30 min

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

$115 - $214

Cheapest option

Bus  •  8 h 10 min

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

$25 - $35

9 alternative options

Bus, train  •  6 h 57 min

  1. Take the bus from St Margaret's Bus Station to Derby, Railway Station (Rail Station) Skylink Leicester Derby
  2. Take the train from Derby to Edinburgh

$125 - $186

Bus Megabus UK  •  9 h 51 min

  1. Take the bus from St Margaret's Bus Station to Sheffield Centre, Sheffield Interchange 240
  2. Take the bus from Meadowhall Interchange to Edinburgh, Bus Station (Stances 1 & 2) M20

$42 - $76

Drive  •  5 h 18 min

  1. Drive from Leicester to Edinburgh 286.4 miles

$60 - $90

Fly East Midlands to Edinburgh  •  3 h 38 min

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

$48 - $182

Train to Birmingham, fly to Edinburgh  •  4 h 3 min

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

$88 - $280

Train to London Luton, fly to Edinburgh  •  3 h 57 min

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

$58 - $186

Fly East Midlands to Glasgow, train  •  4 h 34 min

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

$62 - $203

Train to Birmingham, fly to Glasgow, train  •  4 h 59 min

  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

$102 - $281

Train, train to Manchester, fly to Edinburgh  •  5 h 36 min

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

$80 - $251

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Leicester to Edinburgh is to bus which costs £19 - £24 and takes 8 h 10 min.

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The quickest way to get from Leicester to Edinburgh is to fly which costs £35 - £140 and takes 3 h 38 min.

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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 8 h 10 min.

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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 5 h 30 min.

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The distance between Leicester and Edinburgh is 245 miles. The road distance is 286.4 miles.

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The best way to get from Leicester to Edinburgh without a car is to train which takes 5 h 30 min and costs £85 - £170.

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It takes approximately 5 h 30 min to get from Leicester to Edinburgh, including transfers.

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Leicester to Edinburgh bus services, operated by National Express, arrive at Leicester St Margarets Bus Station.

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

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The best way to get from Leicester to Edinburgh is to train which takes 5 h 30 min and costs £85 - £170. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs £19 - £24 and takes 8 h 10 min, you could also fly, which costs £35 - £140 and takes 3 h 38 min.

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Map of how to get from Leicester to Edinburgh.
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  • Distance: 245 miles
  • Duration: 5 h 30 min

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

You can take a train from Leicester to Edinburgh via Sheffield in around 5 h 30 min. Alternatively, National Express operates a bus from Leicester to Edinburgh once daily. Tickets cost $25 - $35 and the journey takes 8 h 10 min.

Airlines
Flybe
Website
flybe.com
Flights from East Midlands to Edinburgh
Ave. Duration
1 h 10 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$60 - $300
Flights from East Midlands to Edinburgh via Belfast City
Ave. Duration
3 h 5 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$60 - $300
Flights from Birmingham to Edinburgh
Ave. Duration
1 h 15 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$55 - $300
Flights from Birmingham to Edinburgh via Belfast City
Ave. Duration
3 h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$55 - $300
Flights from East Midlands to Glasgow
Ave. Duration
1 h 10 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$60 - $320
Flights from Birmingham to Glasgow
Ave. Duration
1 h 15 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$55 - $280
Flights from Birmingham to Glasgow via Belfast City
Ave. Duration
3 h 6 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$55 - $280
Flights from Manchester to Edinburgh
Ave. Duration
1 h 5 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$45 - $310
Flights from Manchester to Edinburgh via Belfast City
Ave. Duration
2 h 46 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$45 - $310
easyJet
Website
easyjet.com
Flights from Birmingham to Edinburgh via Belfast (Aldergrove)
Ave. Duration
3 h 7 min
When
Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$80 - $240
Flights from London Luton to Edinburgh
Ave. Duration
1 h 16 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$45 - $180
Flights from Birmingham to Glasgow via Belfast (Aldergrove)
Ave. Duration
2 h 55 min
When
Wednesday and Thursday
Estimated price
$95 - $270
Ryanair
Website
ryanair.com
Flights from Birmingham to Edinburgh via Dublin
Ave. Duration
3 h 20 min
When
Monday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$35 - $260
Aer Lingus
Website
aerlingus.com
Flights from Birmingham to Edinburgh via Dublin
Ave. Duration
3 h 30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $900
Train operators
East Midlands Trains
Phone
03457 125 678
Email
getintouch@eastmidlandstrains.co.uk
Website
eastmidlandstrains.co.uk
Train from Leicester to Sheffield
Ave. Duration
53 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$30 - $45
Website
eastmidlandstrains.co.uk
Advance Single
$15 - $22
Off-Peak Single
$30 - $50
Anytime Day Single
$30 - $45
Anytime Single
$40 - $65
Train from Leicester to Luton Airport Parkway
Ave. Duration
58 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$30 - $50
Website
eastmidlandstrains.co.uk
Advance Single
$16 - $23
Off-Peak Single
$30 - $50
Anytime Day Single
$30 - $50
Anytime Single
$45 - $70
Merseyrail Electrics
Phone
0151 330 1000
Website
merseyrail.org
Train from Leicester to Sheffield
Ave. Duration
53 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$15 - $21
Schedules at
ojp.nationalrail.co.uk
Schedules at
merseyrail.org
Train from Leicester to Luton Airport Parkway
Ave. Duration
58 min
Frequency
5 times a week
Estimated price
$16 - $23
Schedules at
ojp.nationalrail.co.uk
Schedules at
merseyrail.org
CrossCountry
Phone
0344 736 9123
Email
customer.relations@crosscountrytrains.co.uk
Website
crosscountrytrains.co.uk
Train from Sheffield to Edinburgh
Ave. Duration
3 h 47 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$100 - $170
Website
crosscountrytrains.co.uk
Advanced Single
$65 - $100
Anytime Single
$100 - $170
Off-Peak Single
$110 - $170
Train from Derby to Edinburgh
Ave. Duration
4 h 24 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$120 - $180
Website
crosscountrytrains.co.uk
Advanced Single
$70 - $110
Anytime Single
$120 - $180
Off-Peak Single
$130 - $190
Train from Leicester to Birmingham New Street
Ave. Duration
50 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$35 - $55
Website
crosscountrytrains.co.uk
Advanced Single
$25 - $40
Anytime Single
$35 - $55
Off-Peak Single
$21 - $35
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
50 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$14 - $19
Website
scotrail.co.uk
Advanced Single
$9 - $14
Anytime Day Single
$14 - $19
TransPennine Express
Phone
+44 345 600 1671
Email
tpecustomer.relations@firstgroup.com
Website
tpexpress.co.uk
Train from Sheffield to Manchester Airport
Ave. Duration
1 h 12 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$21 - $30
Website
tpexpress.co.uk
Advance Single
$11 - $16
Off-Peak Day Single
$18 - $27
Anytime Day Single
$21 - $30
Bus operators
Kinchbus
Phone
01509 815637
Email
talk@kinchbus.co.uk
Website
kinchbus.co.uk
Bus from St Margaret's Bus Station to Derby, Railway Station (Rail Station)
Ave. Duration
1 h 36 min
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
$5 - $7
Schedules at
kinchbus.co.uk
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
8 h 10 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$25 - $35
Website
nationalexpress.com
Bus from St Margaret's Bus Station to Sheffield Centre, Sheffield Interchange
Ave. Duration
2 h 35 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$9 - $14
Website
nationalexpress.com
Megabus UK
Phone
0871 266 3333
Email
enquiries@megabus.com
Website
uk.megabus.com
Bus from Meadowhall Interchange to Edinburgh, Bus Station (Stances 1 & 2)
Ave. Duration
5 h 50 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$30 - $55
Book at
uk.megabus.com

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