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

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Train  •  3h 11m

  1. Take the train from Manchester Piccadilly to Glasgow Central

$85 - $130

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Bus  •  5h

  1. Take the bus from Manchester Coach Station, Chorlton St to Glasgow National Express / ...

$19 - $55

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Rideshare  •  4h 11m

  1. Take the rideshare from Manchester to Glasgow 216.8 miles

$24 - $35

Drive  •  3h 35m

  1. Drive from Manchester to Glasgow 218.7 miles

$45 - $70

Fly to Edinburgh  •  2h 54m

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

$48 - $184

Fly to Glasgow  •  2h 54m

  1. Fly from Manchester (MAN) to Glasgow (GLA) MAN - GLA

$52 - $281

Fly to Aberdeen  •  3h 7m

  1. Fly from Manchester (MAN) to Aberdeen (ABZ) MAN - ABZ

$49 - $152

Fly to Inverness  •  3h 32m

  1. Fly from Manchester (MAN) to Inverness (INV) MAN - INV

$73 - $244

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The cheapest way to get from Manchester to Scotland is to bus which costs £15 - £40 and takes 5h.

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The quickest way to get from Manchester to Scotland is to fly which costs £40 - £220 and takes 2h 54m.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Manchester Coach Station, Chorlton St station and arriving at Glasgow. Services depart three times a day, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 5h.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Manchester Piccadilly and arriving at Glasgow Central. Services depart every four hours, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 3h 11m.

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The distance between Manchester and Scotland is 241 miles. The road distance is 218.7 miles.

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The best way to get from Manchester to Scotland without a car is to train which takes 3h 11m and costs £65 - £95.

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The train from Manchester Piccadilly to Glasgow Central takes 3h 11m including transfers and departs every four hours.

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Manchester to Scotland bus services, operated by National Express, arrive at Manchester Coach Station, Chorlton St.

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Manchester to Scotland train services, operated by TransPennine Express, depart from Manchester Piccadilly station.

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The best way to get from Manchester to Scotland is to train which takes 3h 11m and costs £65 - £95. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs £15 - £40 and takes 5h, you could also fly, which costs £35 - £150 and takes 2h 54m.

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Map of how to get from Manchester to Scotland.
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  • Distance: 241.5 miles
  • Duration: 3h 11m

What companies run services between Manchester, England and Scotland?

TransPennine Express operates a train from Manchester to Glasgow every 4 hours. Tickets cost $85 - $130 and the journey takes 3h 11m. Alternatively, National Express operates a bus from Manchester to Glasgow twice daily. Tickets cost $19 - $25 and the journey takes 5h. Megabus UK also services this route once daily.

Airlines
Flybe
Website
flybe.com
Flights from Manchester to Edinburgh
Ave. Duration
1h 5m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$45 - $310
Flights from Manchester to Edinburgh via Belfast City
Ave. Duration
2h 55m
When
Monday
Estimated price
$45 - $310
Flights from Manchester to Glasgow
Ave. Duration
1h 10m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$65 - $370
Flights from Manchester to Aberdeen
Ave. Duration
1h 15m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$70 - $260
Loganair
Website
loganair.co.uk
Flights from Manchester to Inverness
Ave. Duration
1h 20m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$45 - $350
easyJet
Website
easyjet.com
Flights from Manchester to Glasgow via Belfast (Aldergrove)
Ave. Duration
2h 35m
When
Monday, Thursday and Friday
Estimated price
$90 - $290
Aer Lingus
Website
aerlingus.com
Flights from Manchester to Glasgow via Dublin
Ave. Duration
3h 5m
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
$180 - $850
Ryanair
Website
ryanair.com
Flights from Manchester to Glasgow via Dublin
Ave. Duration
3h 15m
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
$35 - $220
Train operators
TransPennine Express
Phone
+44 345 600 1671
Email
tpecustomer.relations@firstgroup.com
Website
tpexpress.co.uk
Train from Manchester Piccadilly to Glasgow Central
Ave. Duration
3h 11m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$85 - $130
Website
tpexpress.co.uk
Advance Single
$35 - $50
Off-Peak Day Single
$55 - $85
Anytime Day Single
$85 - $130
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 Manchester Coach Station, Chorlton St to Glasgow
Ave. Duration
5h
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$19 - $25
Website
National Express
Megabus UK
Other operators
BlaBlaCar

A ridesharing platform with 40 million users, Blablacar gives you access to destinations without worrying about on-the-road chaos. 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 be accepted, and pay your share of the set price.

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Contact Details
Website
blablacar.com
Rideshare from Manchester to Glasgow
Ave. Duration
4h 11m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$24 - $35
Book at
blablacar.co.uk

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

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Manchester to Scotland bus services, operated by National Express, arrive at Glasgow station.

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Manchester to Scotland train services, operated by TransPennine Express, arrive at Glasgow Central station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Manchester to Scotland is 219 miles. It takes approximately 3h 35m to drive from Manchester to Scotland.

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Flybe offers flights from Manchester Airport to Edinburgh Airport.

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There are 140+ hotels available in Scotland. Prices start at $78 USD per night.

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Check out Blablacar's carpooling service for rideshare options between Manchester and Scotland. 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 13m and costs £3 - £6.

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