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There are 7 ways to get from Manchester to East Lothian by train, bus, car or plane

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Train

  1. Take the train from Manchester Piccadilly to Edinburgh

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Bus

  1. Take the bus from Manchester Coach Station, Chorlton St to Edinburgh

5 alternative options

Train, bus

  1. Take the train from Manchester Victoria to Wigan Wallgate
  2. Take the train from Wigan North Western to Edinburgh
  3. Take the bus from Edinburgh, Princes Street to Haddington, Market Street

Drive

  1. Drive from Manchester to East Lothian

Fly from Manchester, bus

  1. Fly from Manchester (MAN) to Edinburgh (EDI)
  2. Take the bus from Edinburgh, Waterloo Place to Haddington, Artillery Park

Train to Liverpool, fly

  1. Take the train from Manchester Piccadilly to Liverpool South Parkway
  2. Fly from Liverpool (LPL) to Edinburgh (EDI)

Train to Birmingham, fly, bus

  1. Take the train from Manchester Piccadilly to Birmingham International
  2. Fly from Birmingham (BHX) to Edinburgh (EDI)
  3. Take the bus from Edinburgh, Waterloo Place to Haddington, Artillery Park
Manchester → East Lothian
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The national COVID-19 helpline number in East Lothian is 111.

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The cheapest way to get from Manchester to East Lothian is to bus which costs £13 - £18 and takes 7h 44m.

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The quickest way to get from Manchester to East Lothian is to drive which costs £30 - £50 and takes 3h 48m.

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No, there is no direct bus from Manchester station to East Lothian. However, there are services departing from Manchester Coach Station, Chorlton St and arriving at Haddington, Market Street via Edinburgh, Waterloo Place. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 7h 44m.

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The distance between Manchester and East Lothian is 171 miles. The road distance is 212.2 miles.

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The best way to get from Manchester to East Lothian without a car is to train which takes 4h and costs £65 - £110.

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It takes approximately 4h to get from Manchester to East Lothian, including transfers.

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Manchester to East Lothian bus services, operated by National Express, depart from Manchester Coach Station, Chorlton St.

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The best way to get from Manchester to East Lothian is to train which takes 4h and costs £65 - £110. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs £13 - £18 and takes 7h 44m.

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There is no direct flight from Manchester Airport to Edinburgh Airport. The quickest flight takes 3h and has one stopover.

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Manchester to East Lothian bus services, operated by National Express, arrive at Edinburgh station.

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Map of how to get from Manchester to East Lothian.
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  • Distance: 170.5 miles
  • Duration: 4h

What companies run services between Manchester, England and East Lothian, Scotland?

TransPennine Express Service operates a train from Manchester Piccadilly to Edinburgh every 4 hours. Tickets cost £65 - £100 and the journey takes 3h 9m. Alternatively, National Express operates a bus from Manchester Coach Station, Chorlton St to Edinburgh once daily. Tickets cost £10 - £14 and the journey takes 6h 45m.

Airlines
easyJet
Website
easyjet.com
Flights from Manchester to Edinburgh via Belfast (Aldergrove)
Ave. Duration
4h 21m
When
Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
£80 - £300
Flights from Manchester to Edinburgh via Amsterdam Schiphol
Ave. Duration
4h 15m
When
Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
£80 - £300
Flights from Manchester to Edinburgh via Hamburg
Ave. Duration
5h 5m
When
Sunday
Estimated price
£80 - £300
Flights from Manchester to Edinburgh via Geneva
Ave. Duration
5h 30m
When
Sunday
Estimated price
£80 - £300
Flights from Manchester to Edinburgh via Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
5h 40m
When
Monday and Sunday
Estimated price
£80 - £300
Flights from Liverpool to Edinburgh via Belfast (Aldergrove)
Ave. Duration
3h 11m
When
Monday, Thursday and Friday
Estimated price
£65 - £280
Flights from Liverpool to Edinburgh via Nice
Ave. Duration
5h 55m
When
Sunday
Estimated price
£65 - £280
Flights from Liverpool to Edinburgh via Belfast (Aldergrove), London Luton
Ave. Duration
6h 5m
When
Monday and Sunday
Estimated price
£65 - £280
Flights from Liverpool to Edinburgh via Isle Of Man, Bristol
Ave. Duration
5h 40m
When
Monday
Estimated price
£65 - £280
Flights from Liverpool to Edinburgh via Belfast (Aldergrove), Bristol
Ave. Duration
6h 15m
When
Wednesday
Estimated price
£65 - £280
Flights from Birmingham to Edinburgh
Ave. Duration
1h 15m
When
Every day
Estimated price
£35 - £160
Flights from Birmingham to Edinburgh via Belfast (Aldergrove)
Ave. Duration
3h 5m
When
Thursday and Sunday
Estimated price
£35 - £160
Ryanair
Website
ryanair.com
Flights from Manchester to Edinburgh via Dublin
Ave. Duration
3h 35m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
£13 - £130
Flights from Manchester to Edinburgh via Gdansk
Ave. Duration
5h 40m
When
Saturday
Estimated price
£13 - £130
Flights from Manchester to Edinburgh via Bratislava
Ave. Duration
6h 15m
When
Sunday
Estimated price
£13 - £130
Flights from Liverpool to Edinburgh via Dublin
Ave. Duration
2h 45m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
£18 - £120
Flights from Liverpool to Edinburgh via Knock
Ave. Duration
6h 15m
When
Wednesday and Sunday
Estimated price
£18 - £120
Flights from Birmingham to Edinburgh via Dublin
Ave. Duration
3h 15m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
£17 - £210
British Airways
Website
britishairways.com
Flights from Manchester to Edinburgh via London Heathrow
Ave. Duration
3h 52m
When
Every day
Estimated price
£80 - £420
Flights from Manchester to Edinburgh via London City
Ave. Duration
3h 50m
When
Tuesday
Estimated price
£80 - £420
Loganair
Website
loganair.co.uk
Flights from Manchester to Edinburgh via Isle Of Man
Ave. Duration
3h
When
Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
£160 - £650
Flights from Liverpool to Edinburgh via Isle Of Man
Ave. Duration
5h 35m
When
Wednesday and Friday
Estimated price
£170 - £490
Air France
Website
airfrance.com
Flights from Manchester to Edinburgh via Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
4h 57m
When
Every day
Estimated price
£140 - £1,000
KLM
Website
klm.com
Flights from Manchester to Edinburgh via Amsterdam Schiphol
Ave. Duration
5h 7m
When
Every day
Estimated price
£130 - £600
Eurowings
Website
eurowings.com
Flights from Manchester to Edinburgh via Dusseldorf
Ave. Duration
4h 10m
When
Friday
Estimated price
£85 - £320
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Manchester to Edinburgh via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
5h 15m
When
Every day
Estimated price
£250 - £800
Aer Lingus
Website
aerlingus.com
Flights from Manchester to Edinburgh via Dublin
Ave. Duration
5h 25m
When
Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
£170 - £440
Train operators
TransPennine Express Service
Northern Rail
Phone
+44 800 200 6060
Email
enquiries@northernrailway.co.uk
Website
northernrailway.co.uk
Train from Manchester Victoria to Wigan Wallgate
Ave. Duration
42 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
£7 - £13
Website
northernrailway.co.uk
Anytime Day
£7 - £10
Anytime Day 1st Class
£9 - £13
Train from Manchester Piccadilly to Liverpool South Parkway
Ave. Duration
41 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
£11 - £20
Website
northernrailway.co.uk
Anytime Day
£11 - £15
Anytime Day 1st Class
£14 - £20
Avanti West Coast
Phone
0344 556 5650
Website
avantiwestcoast.co.uk
Train from Wigan North Western to Edinburgh
Ave. Duration
2h 43m
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
£75 - £270
Website
avantiwestcoast.co.uk
Anytime Day Single
£75 - £110
Anytime Day Single 1st Class
£200 - £270
Train from Manchester Piccadilly to Birmingham International
Ave. Duration
1h 51m
Frequency
5 times a week
Estimated price
£30 - £120
Website
avantiwestcoast.co.uk
Anytime Day Single
£30 - £45
Anytime Day Single 1st Class
£85 - £120
East Midlands Railways
Phone
03457 125 678
Email
getintouch@eastmidlandstrains.co.uk
Website
eastmidlandsrailway.co.uk
Train from Manchester Piccadilly to Liverpool South Parkway
Ave. Duration
36 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
£15 - £23
Website
eastmidlandsrailway.co.uk
Advance Single
£7 - £20
Off-Peak Single
£11 - £17
Anytime Day Single/Anytime Single
£15 - £23
Bus operators
East Coast Buses
Email
hello@eastcoastbuses.co.uk
Website
eastcoastbuses.co.uk
Bus from Edinburgh, Princes Street to Haddington, Market Street
Ave. Duration
39 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
£3 - £4
Website
East Coast Buses
Bus from Edinburgh, Waterloo Place to Haddington, Artillery Park
Ave. Duration
40 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
£3 - £4
Website
East Coast Buses
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 Manchester Coach Station, Chorlton St to Edinburgh
Ave. Duration
6h 45m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
£10 - £14
Website
National Express

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Yes, the driving distance between Manchester to East Lothian is 212 miles. It takes approximately 3h 48m to drive from Manchester to East Lothian.

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Loganair, Eurowings, Lufthansa and six other airlines offer flights from Manchester Airport to Edinburgh Airport.

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There are 100+ hotels available in East Lothian. Prices start at £75 per night.

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The best way to get from Manchester to Manchester Airport is to train which takes 23 min and costs £5 - £17.

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