There are 8 ways to get from Liverpool to Edinburgh by train, bus, car or plane

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Train TransPennine Express  •  4 h 11 min

  1. Take the train from Liverpool Lime Street to Preston
  2. Take the train from Preston to Edinburgh

$87 - $198

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Bus  •  7 h 50 min

  1. Take the bus from Liverpool University to Manchester Coach Station, Chorlton St National Express / ...
  2. Take the bus from Manchester Coach Station, Chorlton St to Edinburgh National Express

$29 - $39

6 alternative options

Train Virgin West Coast Trains  •  4 h 26 min

  1. Take the train from Liverpool Lime Street to Wigan North Western
  2. Take the train from Wigan North Western to Edinburgh

$127 - $200

Drive  •  3 h 52 min

  1. Drive from Liverpool to Edinburgh 217.3 miles

$45 - $70

Train to Manchester, fly to Edinburgh  •  3 h 49 min

  1. Take the train from Liverpool Lime Street to Manchester Airport
  2. Fly from Manchester (MAN) to Edinburgh (EDI) MAN - EDI

$60 - $199

Train to Manchester, fly to Glasgow, train  •  4 h 50 min

  1. Take the train from Liverpool Lime Street to Manchester Airport
  2. Fly from Manchester (MAN) to Glasgow (GLA) MAN - GLA
  3. Take the train from Glasgow Queen Street to Edinburgh

$84 - $320

Fly Liverpool to Edinburgh  •  5 h 29 min

  1. Fly from Liverpool (LPL) to Edinburgh (EDI) LPL - EDI

$37 - $255

Train to Birmingham, fly to Edinburgh  •  4 h 57 min

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

$88 - $276

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The cheapest way to get from Liverpool to Edinburgh is to bus which costs £22 - £30 and takes 7 h 50 min.

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The quickest way to get from Liverpool to Edinburgh is to train and fly which costs £45 - £160 and takes 3 h 49 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from Liverpool to Edinburgh. However, there are services departing from Liverpool University and arriving at Edinburgh via Manchester Coach Station, Chorlton St. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 7 h 50 min.

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No, there is no direct train from Liverpool to Edinburgh. However, there are services departing from Liverpool Lime Street and arriving at Edinburgh via Preston. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 4 h 11 min.

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The distance between Liverpool and Edinburgh is 177 miles. The road distance is 217.3 miles.

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The best way to get from Liverpool to Edinburgh without a car is to train which takes 4 h 11 min and costs £65 - £150.

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It takes approximately 4 h 11 min to get from Liverpool to Edinburgh, including transfers.

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Liverpool to Edinburgh bus services, operated by National Express, depart from Liverpool University station.

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Liverpool to Edinburgh train services, operated by Northern Rail, depart from Liverpool Lime Street station.

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The best way to get from Liverpool to Edinburgh is to train which takes 4 h 11 min and costs £65 - £150. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs £22 - £30 and takes 7 h 50 min, you could also fly, which costs £28 - £200 and takes 5 h 29 min.

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The quickest flight from Manchester Airport to Edinburgh Airport is the direct flight which takes 1 h 5 min.

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

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Map of how to get from Liverpool to Edinburgh.
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  • Distance: 176.8 miles
  • Duration: 4 h 11 min

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

You can take a train from Liverpool to Edinburgh via Preston in around 4 h 11 min. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Liverpool to Edinburgh via Manchester Coach Station, Chorlton St in around 7 h 50 min.

Airlines
Flybe
Website
flybe.com
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
Flights from Manchester to Glasgow
Ave. Duration
1 h 10 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$65 - $370
Flights from Manchester to Glasgow via Belfast City
Ave. Duration
2 h 55 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$65 - $370
Flights from Liverpool to Edinburgh via Belfast City
Ave. Duration
4 h 5 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$80 - $370
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
easyJet
Website
easyjet.com
Flights from Manchester to Glasgow via Belfast (Aldergrove)
Ave. Duration
2 h 42 min
When
Monday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$90 - $290
Flights from Liverpool to Edinburgh via Belfast (Aldergrove)
Ave. Duration
3 h 38 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$60 - $260
Flights from Liverpool to Edinburgh via Jersey
Ave. Duration
4 h 25 min
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$85 - $420
Flights from Liverpool to Edinburgh via Amsterdam
Ave. Duration
4 h 47 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$85 - $420
Flights from Liverpool to Edinburgh via Isle Of Man, Bristol
Ave. Duration
5 h 25 min
When
Monday and Friday
Estimated price
$80 - $370
Flights from Birmingham to Edinburgh via Belfast (Aldergrove)
Ave. Duration
3 h 7 min
When
Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$80 - $240
Ryanair
Website
ryanair.com
Flights from Manchester to Glasgow via Dublin
Ave. Duration
3 h 10 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$35 - $220
Flights from Liverpool to Edinburgh via Derry
Ave. Duration
2 h 30 min
When
Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday
Estimated price
$30 - $240
Flights from Liverpool to Edinburgh via Dublin
Ave. Duration
5 h 5 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$30 - $240
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 Manchester to Glasgow via Dublin
Ave. Duration
3 h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $850
Flights from Birmingham to Edinburgh via Dublin
Ave. Duration
3 h 30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $900
Train operators
Northern Rail
Website
northernrailway.co.uk
Train from Liverpool Lime Street to Preston
Ave. Duration
51 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$12 - $18
Website
northernrailway.co.uk
Train from Liverpool Lime Street to Wigan North Western
Ave. Duration
46 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$7 - $11
Website
northernrailway.co.uk
Train from Liverpool Lime Street to Manchester Airport
Ave. Duration
1 h 10 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$15 - $23
Website
northernrailway.co.uk
TransPennine Express
Phone
+44 345 600 1671
Email
tpecustomer.relations@firstgroup.com
Website
tpexpress.co.uk
Train from Preston to Edinburgh
Ave. Duration
2 h 31 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$75 - $110
Website
tpexpress.co.uk
Advance Single
$30 - $45
Off-Peak Day Single
$50 - $75
Anytime Day Single
$75 - $110
Virgin West Coast Trains
Phone
0344 556 5650
Website
virgintrains.co.uk
Train from Preston to Edinburgh
Ave. Duration
2 h 25 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$110 - $180
Website
virgintrains.co.uk
Advanced Single
$70 - $110
Anytime Day Single
$110 - $180
Train from Wigan North Western to Edinburgh
Ave. Duration
2 h 40 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$120 - $190
Website
virgintrains.co.uk
Advanced Single
$75 - $110
Anytime Day Single
$120 - $190
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
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 Liverpool University to Manchester Coach Station, Chorlton St
Ave. Duration
1 h 5 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$7 - $11
Website
nationalexpress.com
Bus from Manchester Coach Station, Chorlton St to Edinburgh
Ave. Duration
5 h 45 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$22 - $29
Website
nationalexpress.com

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