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There are 10 ways to get from Leicester to Edinburgh by train, bus, car or plane

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Train  •  5h 26m

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

$128 - $199

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Bus  •  8h 10m

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

$25 - $35

8 alternative options

Train, bus  •  9h 49m

  1. Take the train from Nottingham to Meadowhall
  2. Take the bus from Meadowhall Interchange to Edinburgh, Bus Station M20

$51 - $86

Drive  •  5h 18m

  1. Drive from Leicester to Edinburgh 286.4 miles

$60 - $90

Fly East Midlands to Edinburgh  •  3h 43m

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

$48 - $186

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

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

$87 - $280

Train to London Luton, fly to Edinburgh  •  4h 5m

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

$72 - $183

Fly East Midlands to Glasgow, train  •  5h 4m

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

$63 - $207

Train to Birmingham, fly to Glasgow, train  •  5h 25m

  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  •  5h 45m

  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

$93 - $246

Questions & Answers

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

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The quickest way to get from Leicester to Edinburgh is to fly which costs £35 - £150 and takes 3h 43m.

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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 26m.

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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 5h 26m and costs £95 - £160.

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It takes approximately 5h 26m 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 5h 26m and costs £95 - £160. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs £19 - £24 and takes 8h 10m, you could also fly, which costs £35 - £150 and takes 3h 43m.

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Map of how to get from Leicester to Edinburgh.
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  • Distance: 245 miles
  • Duration: 5h 26m

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

You can take a train from Leicester to Edinburgh via Sheffield in around 5h 26m. Alternatively, National Express operates a bus from Leicester to Edinburgh once daily. Tickets cost $25 - $35 and the journey takes 8h 10m.

Airlines
Flybe
Website
flybe.com
Flights from East Midlands to Edinburgh
Ave. Duration
1h 10m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$60 - $300
Flights from Birmingham to Edinburgh
Ave. Duration
1h 15m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$55 - $300
Flights from Birmingham to Edinburgh via Belfast City
Ave. Duration
3h 5m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$55 - $300
Flights from East Midlands to Glasgow
Ave. Duration
1h 10m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$60 - $320
Flights from East Midlands to Glasgow via Belfast City
Ave. Duration
2h 55m
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$60 - $320
Flights from Birmingham to Glasgow
Ave. Duration
1h 15m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$55 - $280
Flights from Birmingham to Glasgow via Belfast City
Ave. Duration
3h 5m
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$55 - $280
Flights from Manchester to Edinburgh
Ave. Duration
1h 5m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$45 - $310
Flights from Manchester to Edinburgh via Belfast City
Ave. Duration
2h 55m
When
Monday
Estimated price
$45 - $310
easyJet
Website
easyjet.com
Flights from Birmingham to Edinburgh via Belfast (Aldergrove)
Ave. Duration
3h 7m
When
Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$80 - $240
Flights from London Luton to Edinburgh
Ave. Duration
1h 15m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$45 - $180
Flights from London Luton to Edinburgh via Belfast (Aldergrove)
Ave. Duration
3h 5m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$45 - $180
Flights from Birmingham to Glasgow via Belfast (Aldergrove)
Ave. Duration
2h 45m
When
Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$95 - $270
Ryanair
Website
ryanair.com
Flights from Birmingham to Glasgow via Dublin
Ave. Duration
3h 30m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$35 - $260
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
53m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$28 - $40
Website
eastmidlandstrains.co.uk
Advance Single
$13 - $20
Off-Peak Single
$27 - $45
Anytime Day Single
$28 - $40
Anytime Single
$35 - $60
Train from Leicester to Luton Airport Parkway
Ave. Duration
1h 2m
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
CrossCountry
Phone
0344 736 9123
Email
customer.relations@crosscountrytrains.co.uk
Website
crosscountrytrains.co.uk
Train from Sheffield to Edinburgh
Ave. Duration
3h 44m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$100 - $160
Website
crosscountrytrains.co.uk
Advanced Single
$65 - $100
Anytime Single
$100 - $160
Off-Peak Single
$110 - $170
Train from Leicester to Birmingham New Street
Ave. Duration
50m
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
1h 11m
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
Estimated price
$15 - $19
Website
scotrail.co.uk
Advanced Single
$10 - $14
Anytime Day Single
$15 - $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
1h 13m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$21 - $30
Website
tpexpress.co.uk
Advance Single
$10 - $16
Off-Peak Day Single
$18 - $27
Anytime Day Single
$21 - $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
$25 - $35
Website
National Express
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The quickest flight from East Midlands Airport to Edinburgh Airport is the direct flight which takes 1h 10m.

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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 286 miles. It takes approximately 5h 18m to drive from Leicester to Edinburgh.

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Flybe offers flights from East Midlands Airport to Edinburgh Airport.

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The best way to get from Leicester to East Midlands Airport is to bus which takes 57m and costs £3 - £8.

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