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Cheap bus tickets and times from Manchester to Edinburgh

Showing times and prices for Jun 19


Fastest Journey

5 h 25 m


7 h

Buses per day



282 km

Cheap bus tickets from Manchester to Edinburgh start from $19 with an average ticket price of $30.

The fastest bus from Manchester to Edinburgh takes 5h 25m in comparison to an average duration of 7h and covers a distance of 282 km.

14 buses leave Manchester for Edinburgh every day with 4 travelling directly.

Manchester, Shudehill Interchange
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Manchester, Shudehill Interchange
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Manchester, Shudehill Interchange
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Manchester, Shudehill Interchange
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Overview: Bus from Manchester to Edinburgh

distanceDistance174 miles (281 km)
durationAverage bus duration5 h 20 min
priceAverage bus ticket price$50 (€44)
frequencyBus frequency2 a day
changesDirect busYes, there are 2 direct buses a day
carriersBus companiesMegabus, National Express, FlixBus, TransPennine Express or East Coast

Buses from Manchester to Edinburgh cover the 174 miles (281 km) long route taking on average 5 h 20 min with our travel partners like Megabus, National Express, FlixBus, TransPennine Express or East Coast. Normally, there are 2 buses operating per day, including direct services available. While the average ticket price for this route costs around $50 (€44), you can find the cheapest bus ticket for as low as $13 (€11). Travelers depart most frequently from Manchester, Coach Station and arrive in Edinburgh, Bus Station.

Bus providers: Megabus, National Express and FlixBus from Manchester to Edinburgh

Buy your official Megabus, National Express and FlixBus bus tickets to Edinburgh from Manchester from $14 (€12) with Omio. Find bus times and tickets for over 1000 travel companies to compare and book the most convenient journey.

FlixBus is one of Europe's leading low-cost bus companies, founded in Germany and offering long-distance bus services in Europe and the U. S. FlixBus also operates overnight buses on select routes throughout Europe. Standard amenities on FlixBus include free Wi-Fi, power outlets to charge your phone, tablet or laptop during long bus journeys, extra legroom, luggage space and toilets. You can even purchase snacks and drinks onboard. FlixBus offers only the Standard ticket for all its routes, which allows you to bring one carry-on luggage and one checked bag per person. Additional fees apply for extra luggage and specific seat reservations, such as if you want to book an Extra Seat, Table Seat or the Panorama Seat.

FlixBus from Manchester to Edinburgh bus information:

  • Average Duration: 5 h 20 min
  • Cheapest Price: $14
  • FlixBus frequency: 1 a day

Buses from Manchester to Edinburgh

Each day, four buses leave Manchester heading to the Scottish capital. Of these, two are direct, while the others involve a change at Leeds bus Station. Services continue through the weekend, with journey times ranging from six hours 20 minutes to eight hours 15 minutes. Whenever passengers decide to travel, there are options readily available, all week long.

Which bus companies travel from Manchester to Edinburgh?

National Express is the sole provider of buses from Manchester to Edinburgh. Across their fleet, National Express offers every passenger free WiFi, charging sockets, comfortable seating and the option to bring two 20kg pieces of baggage to be stored in the hold, as well as their hand baggage.

How long is the bus from Manchester to Edinburgh?

Coach times vary, taking into consideration whether the journey is direct or not, wait time at transfer stations, and traffic congestion during peak travel time. The shortest journey leaves Manchester in the early hours of the morning, not long after 1:00 a.m., arriving in Edinburgh six hours 20 minutes later. The longest journey is the indirect route, leaving Manchester at 11:30 a.m. with an almost two-hour wait at Leeds bus Station.

How many buses are there from Manchester to Edinburgh?

Each day, there are four departures from Manchester heading to Edinburgh Elder Street. Of these, half are direct, while the other half involve a transfer at Leeds bus Station. The schedule remains the same, seven days a week. Departures are usually grouped as two around lunchtime and the remaining two either side of midnight.

What are the departure and arrival stations for buses from Manchester to Edinburgh?

Departure bus station: Passengers will join the service at Manchester bus Station, found directly in the heart of Manchester. The station is a 10-minute walk from Manchester Piccadilly train station, which is the busiest of the five train stations in the city. To reach the bus stop, passengers can make use of the extensive bus or tram network that runs across Manchester.

Arrival bus station: Buses from Manchester to Edinburgh complete their journey at Edinburgh Elder Street. The centrally located station is a short walk from Edinburgh Waverley train station, where passengers can organise onward travel. The location is convenient for those wishing to visit Edinburgh's tourist attractions, such as Edinburgh Castle or the Scottish National Portrait Gallery, both of which are within walking distance.

FAQs: Bus from Manchester to Edinburgh

FAQs: Take the bus from Manchester to Edinburgh with ease. Whether you want fast, cheap or something entirely different, our travel experts have the information you need to know so you can find the best option from Manchester to Edinburgh.
Cheap bus tickets from Manchester to Edinburgh can start from as little as $13 (€11) when you book in advance. The average bus ticket price for Manchester to Edinburgh is $50 (€44); however, prices vary depending on the time of day and class and they tend to be more expensive on the day.
On average the Manchester to Edinburgh bus time is 5 h 20 min   covering the 174 mile (281 km) long route, but the journey time can vary depending on specific dates or if traveling on weekends and holidays.
The first bus from Manchester to Edinburgh leaves at 7: 50 AM. Plan your trip with the Journey Planner   from Omio.
The last bus from Manchester to Edinburgh leaves at 11: 00 PM.
Yes, it is possible to travel from Manchester to Edinburgh without having to change trains with Megabus, National Express, FlixBus or TransPennine Express. There are 2 direct buses from Manchester to Edinburgh each day. There may be fewer direct services available on weekends or holidays.
Take the Manchester to Edinburgh bus with Megabus, National Express, FlixBus, TransPennine Express or East Coast. However, it's always good to check out all possible bus companies for the route between Manchester and Edinburgh as there might be differences in the amenities they offer.

When departing from Manchester, you have various bus station options to start your route from including Manchester, Coach Station, Manchester, Airport and Manchester, Shudehill Interchange. When arriving in Edinburgh, you can end your trip in bus stations like Edinburgh, Bus Station, Edinburgh, Barnton Junction and Edinburgh, North Bridge.

Passengers board the bus most frequently from Manchester, Coach Station, which is located around 0.8 miles (1.3 km) away from the city centre, and they get off the bus at Edinburgh, Bus Station, located 0.4 miles (687 m) away from the city centre.

The cheapest month to travel from Manchester to Edinburgh by bus is June.
It's helpful to compare your options as there are 3 ways to travel between Manchester and Edinburgh including taking a bus, train or flight.

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