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There are 7 ways to get from Liverpool to Edinburgh by train, bus, car or plane

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Train  •  4 h 4 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 35 min

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

$29 - $38

5 alternative options

Drive  •  3 h 52 min

  1. Drive from Liverpool to Edinburgh 217.3 miles

$45 - $70

Train to Manchester, fly to Edinburgh  •  4 h 10 min

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

$59 - $198

Fly Liverpool to Edinburgh  •  5 h 32 min

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

$38 - $256

Train to Manchester, fly to Glasgow, train  •  5 h 8 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

$83 - $318

Train to Birmingham, fly to Edinburgh  •  5 h

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

$87 - $275

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The cheapest way to get from Liverpool to Edinburgh is to bus which costs £22 - £30 and takes 7 h 35 min.

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The quickest way to get from Liverpool to Edinburgh is to drive which costs £35 - £55 and takes 3 h 52 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from Liverpool to Edinburgh. However, there are services departing from University of Liverpool, Brownlow Hill and arriving at Edinburgh via Manchester Coach Station, Chorlton St. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 7 h 35 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 4 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 4 min and costs £65 - £160.

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

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Liverpool to Edinburgh bus services, operated by National Express, depart from University of Liverpool, Brownlow Hill 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 4 min and costs £65 - £160. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs £22 - £30 and takes 7 h 35 min, you could also fly, which costs £29 - £200 and takes 5 h 32 min.

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Map of how to get from Liverpool to Edinburgh.
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  • Distance: 176.8 miles
  • Duration: 4 h 4 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 4 min. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Liverpool to Edinburgh via Manchester Coach Station, Chorlton St in around 7 h 35 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 55 min
When
Monday and Tuesday
Estimated price
$45 - $310
Flights from Liverpool to Edinburgh via Belfast City
Ave. Duration
6 h
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$80 - $370
Flights from Liverpool to Edinburgh via Belfast City, Manchester
Ave. Duration
5 h 45 min
When
Monday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$100 - $450
Flights from Manchester to Glasgow
Ave. Duration
1 h 8 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$65 - $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 8 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$55 - $300
easyJet
Website
easyjet.com
Flights from Manchester to Edinburgh via Belfast (Aldergrove)
Ave. Duration
2 h 45 min
When
Thursday
Estimated price
$100 - $250
Flights from Liverpool to Edinburgh via Belfast (Aldergrove)
Ave. Duration
2 h 58 min
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$60 - $260
Flights from Liverpool to Edinburgh via Amsterdam Schiphol
Ave. Duration
3 h 45 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$85 - $420
Flights from Liverpool to Edinburgh via Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
4 h 45 min
When
Monday
Estimated price
$95 - $480
Flights from Liverpool to Edinburgh via Geneva
Ave. Duration
5 h 37 min
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$120 - $650
Flights from Liverpool to Edinburgh via Isle Of Man, Belfast (Aldergrove)
Ave. Duration
5 h 15 min
When
Friday
Estimated price
$60 - $260
Flights from Birmingham to Edinburgh via Belfast (Aldergrove)
Ave. Duration
3 h 12 min
When
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$80 - $240
Ryanair
Website
ryanair.com
Flights from Liverpool to Edinburgh via Dublin
Ave. Duration
4 h 40 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$30 - $240
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 Manchester Airport
Ave. Duration
1 h 29 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$14 - $21
Website
northernrailway.co.uk
Virgin West Coast Trains
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 32 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$75 - $110
Website
tpexpress.co.uk
Advance Single
$30 - $45
Off-Peak Day Single
$45 - $75
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
48 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$14 - $18
Website
scotrail.co.uk
Advanced Single
$9 - $14
Anytime Day Single
$14 - $18
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 University of Liverpool, Brownlow Hill to Manchester Coach Station, Chorlton St
Ave. Duration
1 h 5 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$7 - $10
Website
National Express
Bus from Manchester Coach Station, Chorlton St to Edinburgh
Ave. Duration
5 h 30 min
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
$22 - $28
Website
National Express

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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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Liverpool to Edinburgh train services, operated by Virgin West Coast Trains, arrive at Edinburgh station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Liverpool to Edinburgh is 217 miles. It takes approximately 3 h 52 min to drive from Liverpool to Edinburgh.

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easyJet and Flybe offer flights from Manchester Airport to Edinburgh Airport.

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