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There are 10 ways to get from Nottingham to Edinburgh by train, bus, car or plane

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Train via Grantham  •  5h 19m

  1. Take the train from Grantham to Doncaster
  2. Take the train from Doncaster to Edinburgh

£49 - £374

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Bus  •  7h 40m

  1. Take the bus from Nottingham Station Street to Leeds Coach Station, Dyer Street National Express
  2. Take the bus from Leeds City Centre, Bus Stn stand 1 to Edinburgh, Bus Station M20 / ...

£15 - £30

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Train  •  5h 34m

  1. Take the train from Nottingham to Sheffield
  2. Take the train from Sheffield to Edinburgh

£126 - £330

Train via Manchester  •  6h

  1. Take the train from Nottingham to Manchester Piccadilly
  2. Take the train from Manchester Piccadilly to Edinburgh

£105 - £158

Drive  •  4h 49m

  1. Drive from Nottingham to Edinburgh 257.3 miles

£35 - £60

Train to Birmingham, fly to Edinburgh  •  4h 31m

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

£70 - £340

Train, train to London Luton, fly to Edinburgh  •  4h 59m

  1. Take the train from Nottingham to Kettering
  2. Take the train from Kettering to Luton
  3. Fly from London Luton (LTN) to Edinburgh (EDI) LTN - EDI

£78 - £351

Train to London City, fly to Edinburgh  •  5h 18m

  1. Take the train from Nottingham to London St Pancras International
  2. Fly from London City (LCY) to Edinburgh (EDI) LCY - EDI

£120 - £370

Train, train to London Stansted, fly to Edinburgh  •  5h 47m

  1. Take the train from Nottingham to Ely
  2. Take the train from Ely to Stansted Airport
  3. Fly from London Stansted (STN) to Edinburgh (EDI) STN - EDI

£73 - £283

Train to Birmingham, fly to Glasgow, train  •  6h 23m

  1. Take the train from Nottingham to Birmingham New Street
  2. Fly from Birmingham (BHX) to Glasgow (GLA) BHX - GLA
  3. Take the train from Glasgow Queen Street to Edinburgh

£86 - £470

Nottingham to Edinburgh by train

The train journey time between Nottingham and Edinburgh is around 5h 33m and covers a distance of around 310 miles. The fastest train normally takes 4h 26m. Services are operated by East Midlands Railways, LNER, Hull Trains and others. Typically 82 trains run weekly, although weekend and holiday schedules can vary so check in advance.

Train route overview

Average train time:
5h 33m
Fastest train time:
4h 26m
Trains per week:
82
Cheapest price:
£49
Carbon emissions:
26 kg CO2

First and last trains

First train departs at:
06:10
Last train departs at:
21:41

The schedules shown below are for the next available departures.

Nottingham to Edinburgh train schedules

Nottingham → Edinburgh
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The most affordable way to get from Nottingham to Edinburgh is to bus, which costs £14 - £30 and takes 7h 40m.

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The quickest way to get from Nottingham to Edinburgh is to train and fly which costs £70 - £340 and takes 4h 31m.

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No, there is no direct bus from Nottingham station to Edinburgh station. However, there are services departing from Nottingham Station Street and arriving at Edinburgh, Bus Station via Leeds City Centre, Bus Stn stand 1. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 7h 40m.

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No, there is no direct train from Nottingham to Edinburgh. However, there are services departing from Nottingham and arriving at Edinburgh via Grantham and Doncaster. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 5h 19m.

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The distance between Nottingham and Edinburgh is 224 miles. The road distance is 257.3 miles.

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The best way to get from Nottingham to Edinburgh without a car is to train via Grantham which takes 5h 19m and costs £45 - £380.

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It takes approximately 5h 19m to get from Nottingham to Edinburgh, including transfers.

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Nottingham to Edinburgh bus services, operated by National Express, depart from Nottingham Station Street.

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Nottingham to Edinburgh train services, operated by LNER, depart from Grantham station.

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The best way to get from Nottingham to Edinburgh is to train via Grantham which takes 5h 19m and costs £45 - £380. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs £14 - £30 and takes 7h 40m.

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Map of how to get from Nottingham to Edinburgh.
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  • Distance: 224.2 miles
  • Duration: 5h 19m

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

You can take a train from Nottingham to Edinburgh via Grantham and Doncaster in around 5h 19m. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Nottingham to Edinburgh via Leeds Coach Station, Dyer Street and Leeds City Centre, Bus Stn stand 1 in around 7h 40m.

Airlines
easyJet
Website
easyjet.com
Flights from Birmingham to Edinburgh
Ave. Duration
1h 15m
When
Every day
Estimated price
£35 - £200
Flights from London Luton to Edinburgh
Ave. Duration
1h 17m
When
Every day
Estimated price
£27 - £160
Flights from London Luton to Edinburgh via Belfast (Aldergrove)
Ave. Duration
3h 12m
When
Wednesday and Sunday
Estimated price
£27 - £160
Flights from London Stansted to Edinburgh
Ave. Duration
1h 17m
When
Every day
Estimated price
£35 - £160
Flights from Birmingham to Glasgow
Ave. Duration
1h 20m
When
Every day
Estimated price
£35 - £220
British Airways
Website
britishairways.com
Flights from London City to Edinburgh
Ave. Duration
1h 17m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
£60 - £370
Ryanair
Website
ryanair.com
Flights from Birmingham to Edinburgh via Dublin
Ave. Duration
3h 5m
When
Tuesday and Friday
Estimated price
£27 - £120
Flights from London Stansted to Edinburgh via Dublin
Ave. Duration
3h 20m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
£16 - £150
Train operators
LNER
Website
lner.co.uk
Train from Grantham to Doncaster
Ave. Duration
31 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
£6 - £85
Website
lner.co.uk
Advance Single
£6 - £10
Anytime Day Single
£35 - £55
Anytime Day Single 1st Class
£55 - £85
Train from Doncaster to Edinburgh
Ave. Duration
3h
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
£30 - £250
Website
lner.co.uk
Advance Single
£30 - £45
Anytime Day Single
£110 - £160
Anytime Day Single 1st Class
£170 - £250
Hull Trains
Phone
+44 345 071 0222
Website
hulltrains.co.uk
Train from Grantham to Doncaster
Ave. Duration
37 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
£16 - £22
Website
hulltrains.co.uk
Advanced Single
£11 - £16
Anytime Day Single
£16 - £22
Super Off-Peak Single
£20 - £27
Off-Peak Single
£23 - £26
Anytime Single
£27 - £32
CrossCountry
Phone
0344 736 9123
Email
customer.relations@crosscountrytrains.co.uk
Website
crosscountrytrains.co.uk
Train from Doncaster to Edinburgh
Ave. Duration
3h 8m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
£100 - £270
Website
crosscountrytrains.co.uk
Anytime Day
£100 - £130
Anytime Day 1st Class
£190 - £270
Train from Sheffield to Edinburgh
Ave. Duration
3h 44m
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
£110 - £300
Website
crosscountrytrains.co.uk
Anytime Day
£110 - £140
Anytime Day 1st Class
£210 - £300
Train from Nottingham to Birmingham New Street
Ave. Duration
1h 14m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
£35 - £130
Website
crosscountrytrains.co.uk
Anytime Day
£35 - £45
Anytime Day 1st Class
£90 - £130
Train from Kettering to Luton
Ave. Duration
35 min
Frequency
5 times a week
Estimated price
£30 - £120
Website
crosscountrytrains.co.uk
Anytime Day
£30 - £40
Anytime Day 1st Class
£80 - £120
Train from Ely to Stansted Airport
Ave. Duration
51 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
£30 - £110
Website
crosscountrytrains.co.uk
Anytime Day
£30 - £40
Anytime Day 1st Class
£80 - £110
East Midlands Railways
Phone
03457 125 678
Email
getintouch@eastmidlandstrains.co.uk
Website
eastmidlandsrailway.co.uk
Train from Nottingham to Sheffield
Ave. Duration
50 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
£21 - £30
Website
eastmidlandsrailway.co.uk
Advance Single
£9 - £23
Off-Peak Single
£16 - £24
Anytime Day Single/Anytime Single
£21 - £30
Train from Nottingham to Manchester Piccadilly
Ave. Duration
1h 51m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
£40 - £60
Website
eastmidlandsrailway.co.uk
Advance Single
£18 - £35
Off-Peak Single
£30 - £50
Anytime Day Single/Anytime Single
£40 - £60
Train from Nottingham to Kettering
Ave. Duration
53 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
£27 - £40
Website
eastmidlandsrailway.co.uk
Advance Single
£12 - £27
Off-Peak Single
£22 - £35
Anytime Day Single/Anytime Single
£27 - £40
Train from Kettering to Luton
Ave. Duration
36 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
£21 - £35
Website
eastmidlandsrailway.co.uk
Advance Single
£9 - £23
Off-Peak Single
£17 - £24
Anytime Day Single/Anytime Single
£21 - £35
Train from Nottingham to London St Pancras International
Ave. Duration
1h 44m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
£60 - £90
Website
eastmidlandsrailway.co.uk
Advance Single
£27 - £50
Off-Peak Single
£50 - £75
Anytime Day Single/Anytime Single
£60 - £90
Train from Nottingham to Ely
Ave. Duration
1h 33m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
£40 - £60
Website
eastmidlandsrailway.co.uk
Advance Single
£18 - £35
Off-Peak Single
£30 - £50
Anytime Day Single/Anytime Single
£40 - £60
TransPennine Express Service
First ScotRail Service
Phone
+44 344 811 0141
Email
customer.relations@scotrail.co.uk
Website
scotrail.co.uk
Train from Glasgow Queen Street to Edinburgh
Ave. Duration
49 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
£10 - £30
Website
First ScotRail Service
Anytime Day Single
£10 - £15
Anytime Day Single 1st Class
£23 - £30
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 Nottingham Station Street to Leeds Coach Station, Dyer Street
Ave. Duration
1h 40m
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
£5 - £8
Website
National Express
Bus from Leeds Coach Station, Dyer Street to Edinburgh
Ave. Duration
5h 35m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
£9 - £12
Website
National Express
Megabus UK
Phone
0871 266 3333
Email
enquiries@megabus.com
Website
uk.megabus.com
Bus from Leeds City Centre, Bus Stn stand 1 to Edinburgh, Bus Station
Ave. Duration
5h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
£13 - £23
Website
Megabus UK

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The quickest flight from Birmingham Airport to Edinburgh Airport is the direct flight which takes 1h 15m.

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

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Nottingham to Edinburgh train services, operated by LNER, arrive at Edinburgh station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Nottingham to Edinburgh is 257 miles. It takes approximately 4h 49m to drive from Nottingham to Edinburgh.

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