Edinburgh to Manchester train

Cheap train tickets from Edinburgh to Manchester

Showing times and prices for Sep 30

Cheapest

59

Average

117

The best way to find a cheap fare is to book your ticket as far in advance as you can and to avoid traveling at rush hour.

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02:52PMEdinburgh Waverley3h37 06:29PMDeansgate
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02:52PMEdinburgh Waverley3h48 06:40PMDeansgate
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08:12AMEdinburgh Waverley3h08 11:20AMManchester Oxford Road
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08:52AMEdinburgh Waverley3h17 12:09PMDeansgate
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Train schedule from Edinburgh to Manchester

Showing trains for tomorrow, Friday, September 30
08:12AMEdinburgh Waverley3h08 11:20AMManchester Oxford Road
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08:52AMEdinburgh Waverley3h17 12:09PMDeansgate
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09:05AMEdinburgh Waverley4h03 01:08PMManchester Victoria
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10:12AMEdinburgh Waverley3h07 01:19PMManchester Oxford Road
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11:06AMEdinburgh Waverley4h02 03:08PMManchester Victoria
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12:12PMEdinburgh Waverley3h07 03:19PMManchester Oxford Road
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12:52PMEdinburgh Waverley3h17 04:09PMDeansgate
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01:05PMEdinburgh Waverley4h03 05:08PMManchester Victoria
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02:12PMEdinburgh Waverley3h08 05:20PMManchester Oxford Road
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02:30PMEdinburgh Waverley4h08 06:38PMManchester Victoria
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02:52PMEdinburgh Waverley3h37 06:29PMDeansgate
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02:52PMEdinburgh Waverley3h48 06:40PMDeansgate
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03:00PMEdinburgh Waverley4h08 07:08PMManchester Victoria
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03:08PMEdinburgh Waverley4h00 07:08PMManchester Victoria
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04:12PMEdinburgh Waverley3h12 07:24PMManchester Oxford Road
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Fastest train times from Edinburgh to Manchester

Showing times and prices for Sep 30

Fastest Journey

3 h 7 m

Average

3 h 36 m

Trains per day

15

Distance

282 km

Of the 15 trains that leave Edinburgh for Manchester every day 5 travel direct so it’s quite easy to avoid journeys where you’ll have to change along the way.

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10:12AMEdinburgh Waverley3h07 01:19PMManchester Oxford Road
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12:12PMEdinburgh Waverley3h07 03:19PMManchester Oxford Road
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02:12PMEdinburgh Waverley3h08 05:20PMManchester Oxford Road
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08:12AMEdinburgh Waverley3h08 11:20AMManchester Oxford Road
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04:12PMEdinburgh Waverley3h12 07:24PMManchester Oxford Road
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Overview: Train from Edinburgh to Manchester

distanceDistance174 miles (281 km)
durationAverage train duration3 h 7 min
priceAverage train ticket price$46 (€45)
frequencyTrain frequency13 a day
changesDirect trainYes, there are 6 direct trains a day
carriersTrain companiesCross Country, Transpennine Express, Avanti West Coast, London North Eastern Railway or TransPennine Express Service

Trains from Edinburgh to Manchester cover the 174 miles (281 km) long route taking on average 3 h 7 min with our travel partners like Cross Country, Transpennine Express, Avanti West Coast, London North Eastern Railway or TransPennine Express Service. Normally, there are 13 trains operating per day, including direct services available. You can get the cheapest train tickets for this trip for as low as $26 (€25), but the average price of train tickets is $46 (€45). Travelers depart most frequently from Edinburgh Waverley and arrive in Manchester Piccadilly.

Train companies: First TransPennine Express 3 and CrossCountry from Edinburgh to Manchester trains

First TransPennine Express 3 and CrossCountry trains will get you to Manchester from Edinburgh from $26 (€25). With over 1000 travel companies on Omio, you can find the best train times and tickets for your trip.

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First TransPennine Express 3

CrossCountry is a fast speed train company in the United Kingdom and for your next train from Edinburgh to Manchester you can choose between Standard Class and First Class tickets on Omio.

Enjoy a smooth and easy journey from Edinburgh to Manchester with CrossCountry! As an official travel partner of CrossCountry, Omio can help you search current train schedules and timetables from CrossCountry, compare the best routes between Edinburgh and Manchester as well as the class fares available for this route (including information on baggage allowance and amenities provided onboard), and buy the most affordable CrossCountry Edinburgh to Manchester train ticket available today. If you search for CrossCountry tickets in the Omio app, you can also see if they are mobile tickets so that you can travel paperless rather than needing to wait in a line at the train station in person to purchase tickets. Once you find your ideal route, book your one-way train from Edinburgh to Manchester on Omio or in the Omio app in just a few simple steps. You can then sit back and enjoy the 174 miles (281 km) trip to Manchester from Edinburgh with ease and comfort on a train with CrossCountry.

    Find cheap tickets for First TransPennine Express 3 trains from Edinburgh to Manchester on Omio. Omio can help you find the best train deals and prices all in one place by showing you the most up-to-date Edinburgh to Manchester train schedule from First TransPennine Express 3, the latest train ticket offers available and other travel information for the 174 miles (281 km) journey from Edinburgh to Manchester, including information on baggage allowance and amenities offered onboard depending on the class fare you pick and choose. If you search for trains between Edinburgh and Manchester in the Omio app, you can check to see if the First TransPennine Express 3 trains available are mobile tickets, which makes it even more convenient for you to go paperless when traveling. Check the First TransPennine Express 3 train schedule for your ideal departure and arrival times, compare the best route available to get to Manchester from Edinburgh and then book a cheap train with ease. Sit back and enjoy your upcoming train to Manchester from Edinburgh with First TransPennine Express 3!

    Edinburgh to Manchester train information with First TransPennine Express 3:

    • Average Duration: 3 h 10 min
    • First TransPennine Express 3 frequency: 6 a day

    Trains from Edinburgh to Manchester

    Manchester has moved on from its industrial heritage to become an important media and culture hub in the north west of England, with excellent transport links across the UK. Travelers from the Scottish capital can book a direct train from  Edinburgh to Manchester seven days a week. Direct services offer a choice of routes from Edinburgh: via Cumbria to Manchester Piccadilly station,  or via the East Coast main line and Newcastle to Manchester Victoria station. Trains leave Edinburgh Waverley at roughly hourly intervals from the morning to late evening. Journey times range from just over three hours to just over four hours. 

    Edinburgh to Manchester train time: Daily departures

    The TransPennine Express weekday schedule provides direct trains from Edinburgh Waverley station to Manchester at least once an hour,  with departures from the morning throughout the day until late evening. Trains include direct departures to Manchester  Piccadilly and Manchester Victoria.  Weekend timetables are a little less busy, with Sunday departures beginning in mid morning, and with slightly longer journey times. Numerous daily indirect travel options, requiring one change of train en route, offer alternative travel options to Manchester, using various  train companies and routes. 

    How long is the journey by train from Edinburgh to Manchester?

    The fastest train from Edinburgh to Manchester is a TransPennine Express direct service to Manchester Piccadilly, which takes three hours and 11 minutes to complete the 210 mile trip south from Scotland. Other services to  Piccadilly average around three hours and 20  minutes. Trains on the longer route via the east coast to Manchester Victoria take between three hours and 46 minutes and four hours and 14  minutes to reach Manchester.

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

    Departure train station:  Edinburgh Waverley Station is situated in the heart of the Scottish capital, served by numerous local bus routes and tram lines offering connections around the city and out to the airport. Facilities at the station include a luggage storage office, grocery stores, fast food outlets, coffee shops, a pub, book store, news vendors, public WiFi and ATMs. 

    Arrival train station: Manchester Piccadilly Station is located south east of the city center, 15 minutes on foot from the center,  with public transport connections provided by city buses and trams. Manchester Victoria Station is on the northern edge of the city center, with fast connections downtown provided by Metrolink trams and city buses. Both stations have mini-markets, restaurants, coffee shops, car rental desks, public WiFi, news vendors and taxi stands. 

    Which train companies travel from Edinburgh to Manchester?

    National operator TransPennine Express provides all daily direct trains from Edinburgh to Manchester with routes destined for Manchester Airport arriving at Manchester Piccadilly and  trains heading for Liverpool stopping at Manchester Victoria.  Indirect services from Edinburgh operate on various routes, with train companies that include Avanti,  CrossCountry Trains and  London and North Eastern Railway.  

    TransPennine Express Edinburgh to Manchester

    TransPennine Express weekday timetables provide  direct departures  from Edinburgh to Manchester at least hourly from morning to late evening.  Travelers have a choice of direct routes to Manchester Victoria or Manchester Piccadilly, with average journey times that range from just over three hours for Piccadilly services to just under four hours for trains to Victoria. Weekend schedules are less frequent, with a later start to services on Sunday mornings. 

    Edinburgh to Manchester Trains: Services on board

    Travelers booking a seat on the TransPennine Express train from Edinburgh to Manchester can choose from standard class or first class. First class passengers are treated to snacks while a trolley service provides drinks and sandwiches to purchase in standard class. There is free WiFi on the train and power sockets for charging laptops and cell phones. Bikes can be taken on board, but booking in advance is advisable as storage space is limited. Foldable bikes can be carried as standard luggage.  Small pets in pet carriers travel for free, while dogs not in carriers must be on a leash. TransPennine Express Nova trains provide seating areas for wheelchair or mobility scooter users, with accessible toilets in some cars. The UK rail network's Passenger Assist program offers assistance in alighting and boarding for passengers with limited mobility but should be requested in advance of travel.

    How can I find cheap train tickets from Edinburgh to Manchester?

    Booking a train from Edinburgh to Manchester in advance can make a very substantial difference to the fare. The Omio booking platform offers a handy guide to all the fares available on this route on your chosen date, as well as departure times and journey duration. For major sporting events or concerts in Manchester, booking as far ahead as possible will ensure you can take advantage of the lowest priced advance tickets. 

    Travel Tips: Trains from Edinburgh to Manchester

    Travel by train to Manchester easily. Whether you want fast, cheap or something entirely different, our travel experts have collected everything you need to know so you can find the best option from Edinburgh to Manchester.
    FAQs
    If you’re looking to save money on tickets, you can find cheap Edinburgh to Manchester trains for as little as $26 (€25)  in the next 7 days.
    The train price from Edinburgh to Manchester is on average $46 (€45)  if you are looking to book your tickets for this trip in the next 7 days.
    The Edinburgh to Manchester train distance is approximately 174 miles (281 km).
    On average the Edinburgh to Manchester train travel time is 3 h 7 min  for the 174 miles (281 km) long journey, but the duration can vary if you travel on weekends and holidays.

    When departing from Edinburgh, you have various train station options to start your trip from including Edinburgh Waverley, Edinburgh Gateway and Edinburgh Park. When arriving in Manchester, you can end your journey in train stations like Manchester Piccadilly, Manchester Airport and Manchester Victoria.

    Omio customers book a train from Edinburgh Waverley   to Manchester Piccadilly   most frequently for this route.

    Passengers board their train most frequently from Edinburgh Waverley and travel around 0.4 miles (660 m) from the city center to this train station.

    Passengers traveling this route most often arrive at Manchester Piccadilly and need to travel approximately 0.6 miles (954 m) from the train station to the city center in Manchester.

    For the best Edinburgh to Manchester train to purchase, you can travel safely and comfortably with Cross Country, Transpennine Express, Avanti West Coast, London North Eastern Railway or TransPennine Express Service. However, it's always good to check all possible train companies with services between Edinburgh and Manchester to compare what amenities they may offer.
    Yes, there are 6 direct trains per day from Edinburgh to Manchester with Transpennine Express, and you won’t need to transfer at another stop in between. Direct train services tend to offer more convenience and save you time when traveling to your destination, so it's worth paying attention to before you purchase your train ticket.
    On average, there are 13 trains a day from Edinburgh to Manchester. The train times and services may be different on weekends and holidays compared to weekdays.
    The earliest train departing from Edinburgh to Manchester leaves at 5: 12 AM. The last train departing from Edinburgh to Manchester leaves at 8: 00 PM. You can find the latest Edinburgh to Manchester train schedule on Omio and book the best time to leave for your journey on your chosen travel date.
    The price of a one way train ticket from Edinburgh to Manchester is on average $46 (€45) if you buy within the next 7 days. But we recommend booking tickets before your planned travel date to find the best prices for trains from all possible train companies offering this trip. In general, you can find train tickets from Edinburgh to Manchester available a few months in advance.

    Important Stations and Airports for this Journey

    Edinburgh
    Manchester
    Edinburgh Waverley is the most popular Edinburgh railway station for Omio travelers, but it's not the only one. Read all the information you need to know about the main train stations in Edinburgh for your trip to Manchester.
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    LockersLockers
    ShoppingShopping
    ParkingParking
    ATMATM
    TaxisTaxis
    AccessibilityAccessibility
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    Ticket Office Hours
    Mon - Sat: 05: 00 - 23: 59 | Sun: 07: 00 - 23: 59
    Public transit options for Edinburgh Waverley
    Bus lines: 22, 30, 33, X22, X25, X37
    Train lines: Avanti West Coast, Caledonian Sleeper, CrossCountry, LNER, ScotRail, Transpennine Express
    Location for Rail Replacement Services: Buses pick up/drop off on Waterloo Place, pick up across from Apex Hotel and drop off outside the Apex Hotel.
    Metro: No metro available.
    Amenities at station
    WifiWifi
    ParkingParking
    ATMATM
    AccessibilityAccessibility
    Public transit options for Edinburgh Gateway
    Location for Rail Replacement Services: Buses pick up/drop off from the bus stops outside the station
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    WifiWifi
    ParkingParking
    ATMATM
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    AccessibilityAccessibility
    Public transit options for Edinburgh Park
    Location for Rail Replacement Services: Buses pick up/drop off from Platform 2 bus stop, adjacent to Herminston Gate

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