There are 9 ways to get from Manchester to Scotland by train, bus, rideshare, car or plane

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Train TransPennine Express  •  3 h 11 min

  1. Take the train from Manchester Piccadilly to Glasgow Central

$90 - $130

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Bus  •  4 h 10 min

  1. Take the bus from Shudehill Interchange to Buchanan Bus Station M11 / ...

$19 - $55

7 alternative options

Train Virgin West Coast Trains  •  3 h 41 min

  1. Take the train from Manchester Piccadilly to Preston
  2. Take the train from Preston to Glasgow Central

$87 - $199

Rideshare  •  4 h 11 min

  1. Take the rideshare from Manchester to Glasgow 216.8 miles

$24 - $35

Drive  •  3 h 35 min

  1. Drive from Manchester to Glasgow 218.7 miles

$45 - $70

Fly to Edinburgh  •  2 h 52 min

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

$48 - $184

Fly to Glasgow  •  2 h 49 min

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

$52 - $281

Fly to Aberdeen  •  3 h 16 min

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

$49 - $152

Fly to Inverness  •  2 h 59 min

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

$74 - $242

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Shudehill Interchange and arriving at Buchanan Bus Station station. Services depart twice daily, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 4 h 10 min.

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

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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 3 h 11 min and costs .

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

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

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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 3 h 11 min and costs . Alternatively, you can bus, which costs and takes 4 h 10 min, you could also fly, which costs and takes 2 h 52 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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Manchester to Scotland bus services, operated by Megabus UK, arrive at Buchanan Bus Station.

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

What companies run services between Manchester, England and Scotland?

TransPennine Express operates a train from Manchester to Glasgow every 4 hours. Tickets cost $90 - $130 and the journey takes 3 h 11 min. Alternatively, Megabus UK operates a bus from Manchester to Glasgow twice daily. Tickets cost $29 - $55 and the journey takes 4 h 10 min. National Express also services this route twice daily.

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 45 min
When
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
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 Manchester to Aberdeen
Ave. Duration
1 h 20 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$70 - $260
Loganair
Website
loganair.co.uk
Flights from Manchester to Inverness
Ave. Duration
1 h 18 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$45 - $350
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
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
Aer Lingus
Website
aerlingus.com
Flights from Manchester to Glasgow via Dublin
Ave. Duration
3 h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $850
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
3 h 11 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$90 - $130
Website
tpexpress.co.uk
Advance Single
$35 - $50
Off-Peak Day Single
$55 - $85
Anytime Day Single
$90 - $130
Train from Manchester Piccadilly to Preston
Ave. Duration
35 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$14 - $20
Website
tpexpress.co.uk
Advance Single
$8 - $12
Off-Peak Day Single
$14 - $21
Anytime Day Single
$14 - $20
Train from Preston to Glasgow Central
Ave. Duration
2 h 34 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$75 - $110
Website
tpexpress.co.uk
Advance Single
$30 - $45
Off-Peak Day Single
$50 - $75
Anytime Day Single
$75 - $110
Bus operators
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 Glasgow
Ave. Duration
5 h
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$19 - $25
Website
nationalexpress.com
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
4 h 11 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$24 - $35
Book at
blablacar.co.uk

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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 3 h 35 min to drive from Manchester to Scotland.

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Flybe offers flights from Manchester Airport to Edinburgh Airport.

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Book your Manchester to Scotland bus tickets online with Distribusion.

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There are 142+ hotels available in Scotland. Prices start at $91 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 13 min and costs .

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