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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3 h 7 m
3 h 36 m
Trains per day
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.
|Distance||174 miles (281 km)|
|Average train duration||3 h 7 min|
|Average train ticket price||$46 (€45)|
|Train frequency||13 a day|
|Direct train||Yes, there are 6 direct trains a day|
|Train companies||Cross 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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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