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There are 11 ways to get from Leicester to Edinburgh by train, bus, car or plane

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Train  •  5h 34m

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

£75 - £441

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Bus  •  9h 30m

  1. Take the bus from Leicester St Margarets Bus Station to Sheffield, Meadowhall National Express
  2. Take the bus from Meadowhall Interchange/A1 to Edinburgh, Bus Station M20

£20 - £32

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Train via Sheffield  •  5h 46m

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

£129 - £353

Bus, train  •  7h 3m

  1. Take the bus from Haymarket Bus Station to Nuneaton, Bus Station 48L
  2. Take the train from Nuneaton to Crewe
  3. Take the train from Crewe to Edinburgh

£117 - £402

Drive  •  5h 13m

  1. Drive from Leicester to Edinburgh 283.4 miles

£40 - £65

Train to Birmingham, fly to Edinburgh  •  4h 6m

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

£63 - £326

Train to London Stansted, fly to Edinburgh  •  5h 19m

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

£79 - £292

Train, train to London Luton, fly to Edinburgh  •  4h 28m

  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

£66 - £334

Train to London City, fly to Edinburgh  •  4h 38m

  1. Take the train from Leicester to London St Pancras International
  2. Fly from London City (LCY) to Edinburgh (EDI) LCY - EDI

£103 - £352

Train to London Heathrow, fly to Edinburgh  •  4h 49m

  1. Take the train from Leicester to London St Pancras International
  2. Fly from London Heathrow (LHR) to Edinburgh (EDI) LHR - EDI

£90 - £292

Train to Birmingham, fly to Glasgow, train  •  5h 58m

  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

£79 - £456

Leicester to Edinburgh by train

The train journey time between Leicester and Edinburgh is around 5h 35m and covers a distance of around 368 miles. The fastest train normally takes 4h 45m. Services are operated by CrossCountry and LNER. Typically 90 trains run weekly, although weekend and holiday schedules can vary so check in advance.

Train route overview

Average train time:
5h 35m
Fastest train time:
4h 45m
Trains per week:
90
Cheapest price:
£75
Carbon emissions:
31 kg CO2

First and last trains

First train departs at:
06:15
Last train departs at:
21:16

The schedules shown below are for the next available departures.

Leicester to Edinburgh train schedules

Leicester → Edinburgh
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The cheapest way to get from Leicester to Edinburgh is to bus which costs £19 - £35 and takes 9h 30m.

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The quickest way to get from Leicester to Edinburgh is to train and fly which costs £60 - £330 and takes 4h 6m.

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No, there is no direct bus from Leicester station to Edinburgh station. However, there are services departing from Leicester St Margarets Bus Station and arriving at Edinburgh, Bus Station via Meadowhall Interchange/A1. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 9h 30m.

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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 Peterborough. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 5h 34m.

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It is 245 miles from Leicester to Edinburgh. It is approximately 283.4 miles to drive.

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The best way to get from Leicester to Edinburgh without a car is to train which takes 5h 34m and costs £75 - £450.

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It takes approximately 5h 34m 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 CrossCountry, depart from Leicester station.

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The best way to get from Leicester to Edinburgh is to train which takes 5h 34m and costs £75 - £450. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs £19 - £35 and takes 9h 30m.

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Map of how to get from Leicester to Edinburgh.
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  • Distance: 245 miles
  • Duration: 5h 34m

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

You can take a train from Leicester to Edinburgh via Peterborough in around 5h 34m. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Leicester to Edinburgh via Meadowhall Interchange/A1 in around 9h 30m.

Airlines
British Airways
Website
britishairways.com
Flights from London City to Edinburgh
Ave. Duration
1h 17m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
£60 - £370
Flights from London Heathrow to Edinburgh
Ave. Duration
1h 26m
When
Every day
Estimated price
£45 - £260
Flights from London Heathrow to Edinburgh via Dublin
Ave. Duration
3h 32m
When
Every day
Estimated price
£130 - £550
easyJet
Website
easyjet.com
Flights from Birmingham to Edinburgh
Ave. Duration
1h 15m
When
Every day
Estimated price
£35 - £200
Flights from London Stansted to Edinburgh
Ave. Duration
1h 17m
When
Every day
Estimated price
£35 - £160
Flights from London Luton to Edinburgh
Ave. Duration
1h 17m
When
Every day
Estimated price
£27 - £160
Flights from London Luton to Edinburgh via Belfast (Aldergrove)
Ave. Duration
3h 12m
When
Wednesday and Sunday
Estimated price
£27 - £160
Flights from Birmingham to Glasgow
Ave. Duration
1h 20m
When
Every day
Estimated price
£35 - £220
Aer Lingus
Website
aerlingus.com
Flights from London Heathrow to Edinburgh via Dublin
Ave. Duration
3h 32m
When
Every day
Estimated price
£130 - £550
Flights from London Heathrow to Edinburgh via Belfast City
Ave. Duration
3h 25m
When
Monday and Friday
Estimated price
£45 - £260
Ryanair
Website
ryanair.com
Flights from Birmingham to Edinburgh via Dublin
Ave. Duration
3h 5m
When
Tuesday and Friday
Estimated price
£27 - £120
Flights from London Stansted to Edinburgh via Dublin
Ave. Duration
3h 20m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
£16 - £150
Loganair
Website
loganair.co.uk
Flights from London Heathrow to Edinburgh via Isle Of Man
Ave. Duration
3h 5m
When
Monday and Wednesday
Estimated price
£130 - £410
KLM
Website
klm.com
Flights from London Heathrow to Edinburgh via Amsterdam Schiphol
Ave. Duration
3h 45m
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
£100 - £370
Train operators
CrossCountry
Phone
0344 736 9123
Email
customer.relations@crosscountrytrains.co.uk
Website
crosscountrytrains.co.uk
Train from Leicester to Peterborough
Ave. Duration
55 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
£35 - £130
Website
crosscountrytrains.co.uk
Anytime Day
£35 - £45
Anytime Day 1st Class
£85 - £130
Train from Sheffield to Edinburgh
Ave. Duration
3h 44m
Frequency
Every 3 hours
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
49 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 26m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
£60 - £180
Website
crosscountrytrains.co.uk
Anytime Day
£60 - £75
Anytime Day 1st Class
£120 - £180
Train from Kettering to Luton
Ave. Duration
35 min
Frequency
5 times a week
Estimated price
£30 - £120
Website
crosscountrytrains.co.uk
Anytime Day
£30 - £40
Anytime Day 1st Class
£80 - £120
LNER
Website
lner.co.uk
Train from Peterborough to Edinburgh
Ave. Duration
3h 52m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
£40 - £320
Website
lner.co.uk
Advance Single
£40 - £60
Anytime Day Single
£140 - £200
Anytime Day Single 1st Class
£220 - £320
East Midlands Railways
Phone
03457 125 678
Email
getintouch@eastmidlandstrains.co.uk
Website
eastmidlandsrailway.co.uk
Train from Leicester to Sheffield
Ave. Duration
1h 2m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
£30 - £50
Website
eastmidlandsrailway.co.uk
Advance Single
£14 - £30
Off-Peak Single
£26 - £40
Anytime Day Single/Anytime Single
£30 - £50
Train from Leicester to Kettering
Ave. Duration
22 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
£15 - £22
Website
eastmidlandsrailway.co.uk
Advance Single
£6 - £19
Off-Peak Single
£11 - £16
Anytime Day Single/Anytime Single
£15 - £22
Train from Kettering to Luton
Ave. Duration
36 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
£21 - £35
Website
eastmidlandsrailway.co.uk
Advance Single
£9 - £23
Off-Peak Single
£17 - £24
Anytime Day Single/Anytime Single
£21 - £35
Train from Leicester to London St Pancras International
Ave. Duration
1h 4m
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
Estimated price
£45 - £70
Website
eastmidlandsrailway.co.uk
Advance Single
£21 - £40
Off-Peak Single
£40 - £60
Anytime Day Single/Anytime Single
£45 - £70
London Midland
Phone
+44 121 634 2040
Email
comments@londonmidland.com
Website
londonnorthwesternrailway.co.uk
Train from Nuneaton to Crewe
Ave. Duration
1h
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
£22 - £26
Website
londonnorthwesternrailway.co.uk
Advanced Single/Anytime Advance
£6 - £9
Anytime Day Single
£22 - £26
Avanti West Coast
Phone
0344 556 5650
Website
avantiwestcoast.co.uk
Train from Nuneaton to Crewe
Ave. Duration
42 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
£23 - £85
Website
avantiwestcoast.co.uk
Anytime Day Single
£23 - £30
Anytime Day Single 1st Class
£60 - £85
Train from Crewe to Edinburgh
Ave. Duration
3h 12m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
£90 - £310
Website
avantiwestcoast.co.uk
Anytime Day Single
£90 - £120
Anytime Day Single 1st Class
£230 - £310
Thameslink
Phone
0345 026 4700
Website
thameslinkrailway.com
Train from Leicester to London St Pancras International
Ave. Duration
1h 3m
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
£40 - £55
Website
Thameslink
Anytime
£40 - £55
First ScotRail Service
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 30 minutes
Estimated price
£10 - £30
Website
First ScotRail Service
Anytime Day Single
£10 - £15
Anytime Day Single 1st Class
£23 - £30
Bus operators
Stagecoach Midlands
Phone
01604 67 60 60
Email
midlands.enquiries@stagecoachbus.com
Website
stagecoachbus.com
Bus from Haymarket Bus Station to Nuneaton, Bus Station
Ave. Duration
1h 21m
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
Estimated price
£5 - £7
Website
Stagecoach Midlands
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 Sheffield, Meadowhall
Ave. Duration
2h 30m
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
£5 - £8
Website
National Express
Megabus UK
Phone
0871 266 3333
Email
enquiries@megabus.com
Website
uk.megabus.com
Bus from Meadowhall Interchange/A1 to Edinburgh, Bus Station
Ave. Duration
6h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
£14 - £25
Website
Megabus UK

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