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

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Train  •  3h 9m

  1. Take the train from Manchester Oxford Road to Edinburgh

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Bus  •  5h 35m

  1. Take the bus from Manchester Shudehill Interchange to Edinburgh Bus Station Manchester Airport Bus Station - Edinburgh Bus Station / ...

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Train via Wigan North Western  •  4h 23m

  1. Take the train from Wigan North Western to Edinburgh

Rideshare  •  4h 23m

  1. Take the rideshare from Manchester to Edinburgh 213.3 miles

Drive  •  3h 50m

  1. Drive from Manchester to Edinburgh 215.1 miles

Fly from Manchester  •  4h 33m

  1. Fly from Manchester (MAN) to Edinburgh (EDI) MAN - EDI

Train to Liverpool, fly  •  4h 58m

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

Train to Birmingham, fly  •  4h 38m

  1. Take the train from Manchester Piccadilly to Birmingham International
  2. Fly from Birmingham (BHX) to Edinburgh (EDI) BHX - EDI

Manchester to Edinburgh by train

51 Weekly Trains
3h 9m Average Duration
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Manchester → Edinburgh
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The cheapest way to get from Manchester to Edinburgh is to bus which costs £10 - £27 and takes 5h 35m.

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The quickest way to get from Manchester to Edinburgh is to train which costs £65 - £100 and takes 3h 9m.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Manchester Shudehill Interchange and arriving at Edinburgh Bus Station station. Services depart once daily, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 5h 35m.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Manchester Oxford Road and arriving at Edinburgh. Services depart every four hours, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 3h 9m.

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The distance between Manchester and Edinburgh is 176 miles. The road distance is 215.1 miles.

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The best way to get from Manchester to Edinburgh without a car is to train which takes 3h 9m and costs £65 - £100.

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The train from Manchester Oxford Road to Edinburgh takes 3h 9m including transfers and departs every four hours.

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Manchester to Edinburgh bus services, operated by Megabus UK, depart from Manchester Shudehill Interchange station.

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Manchester to Edinburgh train services, operated by TransPennine Express Service, depart from Manchester Oxford Road station.

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The best way to get from Manchester to Edinburgh is to train which takes 3h 9m and costs £65 - £100. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs £10 - £27 and takes 5h 35m, you could also fly, which costs £26 - £160 and takes 4h 33m.

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Map of how to get from Manchester to Edinburgh.
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  • Distance: 176 miles
  • Duration: 3h 9m

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

TransPennine Express Service operates a train from Manchester Oxford Road to Edinburgh every 4 hours. Tickets cost £65 - £100 and the journey takes 3h 9m. Alternatively, Megabus UK operates a bus from Manchester Shudehill Interchange to Edinburgh Bus Station 5 times a week. Tickets cost £11 - £27 and the journey takes 5h 35m. National Express also services this route once daily.

Airlines
easyJet
Website
easyjet.com
Flights from Manchester to Edinburgh via Belfast (Aldergrove)
Ave. Duration
2h 58m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
£65 - £360
Flights from Manchester to Edinburgh via Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
4h 10m
When
Sunday
Estimated price
£65 - £360
Flights from Manchester to Edinburgh via Amsterdam Schiphol
Ave. Duration
4h 22m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
£65 - £360
Flights from Manchester to Edinburgh via Copenhagen
Ave. Duration
5h 5m
When
Thursday and Sunday
Estimated price
£65 - £360
Flights from Liverpool to Edinburgh via Belfast (Aldergrove)
Ave. Duration
3h 6m
When
Monday, Thursday and Friday
Estimated price
£60 - £330
Flights from Liverpool to Edinburgh via Amsterdam Schiphol
Ave. Duration
4h 35m
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
£60 - £330
Flights from Liverpool to Edinburgh via Belfast (Aldergrove), Bristol
Ave. Duration
5h 47m
When
Monday, Tuesday and Thursday
Estimated price
£60 - £330
Flights from Liverpool to Edinburgh via Isle Of Man, Belfast (Aldergrove)
Ave. Duration
5h 45m
When
Monday and Friday
Estimated price
£60 - £330
Flights from Birmingham to Edinburgh
Ave. Duration
1h 15m
When
Every day
Estimated price
£28 - £150
Flights from Birmingham to Edinburgh via Belfast (Aldergrove)
Ave. Duration
3h 12m
When
Sunday
Estimated price
£28 - £150
British Airways
Website
britishairways.com
Flights from Manchester to Edinburgh via Belfast City
Ave. Duration
3h
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
£170 - £550
Flights from Manchester to Edinburgh via Isle Of Man
Ave. Duration
3h 5m
When
Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
£160 - £700
Flights from Manchester to Edinburgh via London Heathrow
Ave. Duration
3h 59m
When
Every day
Estimated price
£85 - £490
Flights from Manchester to Edinburgh via London City
Ave. Duration
3h 50m
When
Tuesday
Estimated price
£85 - £490
Flights from Birmingham to Edinburgh via Belfast City
Ave. Duration
3h 25m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
£160 - £440
Ryanair
Website
ryanair.com
Flights from Manchester to Edinburgh via Dublin
Ave. Duration
3h 15m
When
Every day
Estimated price
£21 - £170
Flights from Manchester to Edinburgh via Cork
Ave. Duration
4h 5m
When
Tuesday
Estimated price
£21 - £170
Flights from Manchester to Edinburgh via Charleroi
Ave. Duration
4h 20m
When
Sunday
Estimated price
£21 - £170
Flights from Liverpool to Edinburgh via Knock
Ave. Duration
3h 5m
When
Tuesday and Saturday
Estimated price
£24 - £170
Flights from Liverpool to Edinburgh via Dublin
Ave. Duration
5h 10m
When
Every day
Estimated price
£24 - £170
Aer Lingus
Website
aerlingus.com
Flights from Manchester to Edinburgh via Belfast City
Ave. Duration
3h
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
£170 - £550
Flights from Manchester to Edinburgh via Dublin
Ave. Duration
4h 7m
When
Every day
Estimated price
£170 - £550
Flights from Birmingham to Edinburgh via Dublin
Ave. Duration
3h 20m
When
Every day
Estimated price
£160 - £440
Flights from Birmingham to Edinburgh via Belfast City
Ave. Duration
3h 25m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
£160 - £440
Loganair
Website
loganair.co.uk
Flights from Manchester to Edinburgh via Isle Of Man
Ave. Duration
3h 5m
When
Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
£160 - £700
Flights from Liverpool to Edinburgh via Isle Of Man
Ave. Duration
5h 40m
When
Wednesday and Friday
Estimated price
£110 - £550
KLM
Website
klm.com
Flights from Manchester to Edinburgh via Amsterdam Schiphol
Ave. Duration
3h 52m
When
Every day
Estimated price
£140 - £650
Train operators
TransPennine Express Service
Avanti West Coast
Phone
0344 556 5650
Website
avantiwestcoast.co.uk
Train from Wigan North Western to Edinburgh
Ave. Duration
2h 43m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
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
35 min
Frequency
Hourly
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
Megabus UK
Phone
0871 266 3333
Email
enquiries@megabus.com
Website
uk.megabus.com
Bus from Manchester Shudehill Interchange to Edinburgh Bus Station
Ave. Duration
5h 35m
Frequency
5 times a week
Estimated price
£11 - £27
Website
Megabus UK
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
Other operators
BlaBlaCar

Blablacar is a popular ridesharing platform with 70 million users over 22 (mostly European) countries. The basic idea is that you carpool with locals who are already planning to drive your route and have space in their car. With some flexibility, you’ll get to your destination often faster and cheaper than other means. On the website or app, enter your departure and arrival points and your date of travel, sift through the profiles of drivers who’ve posted pre-planned drives and find one whose timing and preferences match yours. Request to join the ride, wait to be accepted, and pay your share of the set price.

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Contact Details
Website
blablacar.com
Rideshare from Manchester to Edinburgh
Ave. Duration
4h 23m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
£15 - £25
Book at
blablacar.co.uk

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There is no direct flight from Manchester Airport to Edinburgh Airport. The quickest flight takes 2h 40m and has one stopover.

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Manchester to Edinburgh bus services, operated by Megabus UK, arrive at Edinburgh Bus Station.

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Manchester to Edinburgh train services, operated by TransPennine Express Service, arrive at Edinburgh station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Manchester to Edinburgh is 215 miles. It takes approximately 3h 50m to drive from Manchester to Edinburgh.

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Loganair, KLM, Aer Lingus and three other airlines offer flights from Manchester Airport to Edinburgh Airport.

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Book your Manchester to Edinburgh train tickets online with Omio.

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Book your Manchester to Edinburgh bus tickets online with Distribusion.

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There are 761+ hotels available in Edinburgh. Prices start at £75 per night.

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Check out Blablacar's carpooling service for rideshare options between Manchester and Edinburgh. A great option if you don't have a driver's licence or want to avoid public transport.

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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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