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Train Information from Manchester to Edinburgh

distanceDistance174 miles (281 km)
durationAverage train duration3 h 11 min
priceAverage train ticket price$71 (€57)
changesDirect trainYes
carriersTrain providersFirst Transpennine Express, Avanti West Coast, London North Eastern Railway or Cross Country

Trains from Manchester to Edinburgh cover the 174 miles (281 km) long journey taking on average 3 h 11 min with our travel partners like First Transpennine Express, Avanti West Coast, London North Eastern Railway or Cross Country. There are direct train services available. You can get the cheapest train tickets for this trip for as low as $55 (€44), but the average price of train tickets is $71 (€57). Travelers depart most frequently from Manchester Piccadilly and arrive in Edinburgh Waverley.

Train companies

CrossCountry between Manchester and Edinburgh

You can travel by train between Manchester and Edinburgh with CrossCountry for as low as $55 (€44). When you search for schedules and tickets, Omio will show you the best route.

CrossCountry

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

Save time and money by searching for and booking your CrossCountry train from Manchester to Edinburgh online with Omio! If you’re looking for the cheapest, fastest or earliest CrossCountry train from Manchester to Edinburgh, Omio can help you out every step of the way. Check current CrossCountry train schedules for the ideal departure and arrival times, compare the best connections for the 174 miles (281 km) route between Manchester and Edinburgh as well as ticket information for the train (such as baggage allowance and amenities offered onboard), and then book a cheap train ticket – all in one convenient place. If you are using the Omio app to search for trains between Manchester and Edinburgh, you can check straight away if the CrossCountry ticket is a mobile ticket, which makes it easy for you to go paperless when traveling without needing to purchase tickets in person at the train station. Buy your official CrossCountry Manchester to Edinburgh train tickets online on Omio quickly and easily and enjoy the travel experience!

When you buy your CrossCountry train tickets from Manchester to Edinburgh don't forget to keep the following COVID-19 related policies in mind:

  • Refund or voucher policy
  • If you have an Off-Peak or Anytime ticket, you can get a full refund and the £10 admin fee has been waived. Advance tickets are normally non-refundable but you can now also get a full refund if your Advance ticket was booked before 23 March 2020.
  • Cashless payments recommended
  • Online booking and check-in recommended

Trains from Manchester to Edinburgh

The Scottish capital  has excellent rail links with England, with frequent daily connections from the north west. Travelers heading to Scotland can  book a train from Manchester to Edinburgh on a choice of routes seven days a week. Direct services from Manchester Piccadilly travel via Cumbria to the Scottish capital. Direct departures  from Manchester Victoria head east to join the East Coast mainline to Edinburgh. Trains are available from early morning to mid evening with departures at roughly hourly intervals. Journey times range from around  three hours to just over four hours. 

Manchester to Edinburgh train time: Daily departures

The TransPennine Express weekday schedule offers  a direct train from Manchester to Edinburgh Waverley station roughly every  hour, from very early in the morning throughout the day until mid evening.  These include direct connections from Manchester Victoria and Manchester Piccadilly.  Weekend trains are less frequent, with no early morning Sunday departures and slightly longer journey times. There are also numerous daily indirect travel options to Edinburgh requiring one change en route, using a wide variety of routes and operators. 

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

The quickest train from Manchester to Edinburgh is a TransPennine Express direct service from Manchester Piccadilly, which takes two hours and 59 minutes to cover the 210 mile trip north to Edinburgh. Most connections from Manchester Piccadilly take around three hours and 15 minutes. Trains on the longer route from Manchester Victoria take between three hours and 40 minutes and four hours and five minutes to complete the trip. 

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

Departure train station: Manchester Piccadilly Station lies on the south east side of central Manchester, with public transport connections taking ten minutes from downtown on local buses and trams. Manchester Victoria Station is on the northern side of the city center, served by Metrolink trams and city buses. Both stations have cafes, grocery stores,  coffee shops, snack bars, public WiFi and news vendors. 

Arrival train station: Edinburgh Waverley Station is located in the city center, with numerous public transport links around the city available on local bus routes and tram lines.  The station concourse has luggage storage facilities, supermarkets, fast food outlets, a pub, coffee shops, book store, car rental desks, news vendors, taxi stands and ATMs. 

Which train companies travel from Manchester to Edinburgh?

TransPennine Express provides daily direct trains from Manchester to Edinburgh with services from Manchester Victoria originating in Liverpool and trains from Manchester Piccadilly originating at Manchester Airport. Indirect connections use several operators including CrossCountry Trains, Avanti, London and North Eastern Railway and Northern Rail.  

TransPennine Express Manchester to Edinburgh

TransPennine Express weekday timetables provide frequent daily direct trains from Manchester to Edinburgh, with departures at least hourly from early morning to mid evening.  Travelers can choose direct routes from Manchester Victoria or Manchester Piccadilly, with journey times that range from around three hours to just over four hours. The Saturday and Sunday timetable is less busy, although there are still hourly services for most of the day. 

Manchester to Edinburgh Trains: Services on board

TransPennine Express trains from Manchester to Edinburgh offer passengers a choice of standard class or first class seating. There are complimentary snacks and drinks for first class passengers and a trolley service providing at-seat refreshments in standard class. There is free WiFi on board and power sockets for charging cell phones and tablets. Bikes are accepted on board subject to space, so it is advisable to book in advance. Foldable bikes can be included as standard luggage.  Small pets can travel for free in pet carriers, while dogs must be in a carrier or on a leash. TransPennine Express Nova trains have dedicated areas for wheelchair or mobility scooter users, and some cars have accessible toilets. Passengers with limited mobility can  use the UK rail network's Passenger Assist program to request assistance in advance of their travel date. 

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

Travelers planning to book a train from Manchester to Edinburgh should be aware that dynamic ticket pricing policies mean it is advisable to reserve a seat well in advance. The Omio booking platform provides a useful comparison of the range of fares available on your chosen date.  Being flexible with plans and looking for off peak travel if possible will help you to find some very cheap fares for your trip to Scotland.  

Train tickets from Manchester to Edinburgh: when to book to save $

Time Price Savings
1 week earlier 28 €
2 weeks earlier 26 €8%
3 weeks earlier 24 €17%
1 month before 26 €8%
2 months earlier 23 €22%
3 months earlier 24 €17%


Train companies often offer promotional prices and offers—by buying in advance—you can get access the best prices for trains in the U.S., Canada, and the major European railroad operators. Search on Omio to check prices and cheap train tickets from Manchester - Edinburgh. Easily find the most attractive rates and choose the your preferred route for your journey. Book and choose your mobile ticket: avoid the queues at the station and the added stress of printing your ticket.

The rule of buying in advance to save money is not only valid when booking a flight but also for train travel. Train tickets are generally on sale 6 months before the departure date. Some train booking tips from us:

  • Buying your train ticket from Manchester - Edinburgh 3 weeks in advance means you can save on average up to 17% compared to the price available on the day of departure.
  • If you book a ticket Manchester - Edinburgh with 2 months in advance you save up to about 22% compared to the initial price.
  • By booking 3 months in advance, you could save up to 17%.
  • On Omio you can find all offers, train times and prices for train travel in Europe, the U.S., and Canada.

Travel Tips

Trains from Manchester to Edinburgh
Travel by train to Edinburgh 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 Manchester to Edinburgh.
FAQs
How much does a cheap train between Manchester and Edinburgh cost?
Omio customers have found cheap train tickets between Manchester and Edinburgh for as low as $55 (€44)  for the next 7 days.
How much is a train ticket to Edinburgh from Manchester?
In the next 7 days you can expect to pay on average $71 (€57)  for a train ticket from Manchester to Edinburgh.
How many miles is it from Manchester to Edinburgh by train?
The distance between Manchester and Edinburgh by train is approximately 174 miles (281 km).
How many hours is the train time between Manchester and Edinburgh?
On average the Manchester to Edinburgh train time is 3 h 11 min  covering the 174 miles (281 km) long trip, but the journey time can vary depending on specific dates or traveling on weekends and holidays.
What is the departure train station in Manchester and arrival train station in Edinburgh?

When taking the train from Manchester to Edinburgh, you can choose to depart from train stations like Manchester Piccadilly, Manchester Victoria and Manchester Oxford Road. Your journey can end in train stations such as Edinburgh Waverley, Edinburgh Haymarket and Edinburgh Gateway.

Omio customers who travel this route most frequently depart from Manchester Piccadilly   and arrive in Edinburgh Waverley.

Where is the train station in Manchester? Where is the train station in Edinburgh?

Passengers board their train most frequently from Manchester Piccadilly and travel around 0 mile (s) / 0 km from the city center to this train station.

Passengers traveling this route most often arrive at Edinburgh Waverley and need to travel approximately 0 mile (s) / 0 km from the train station to the city center in Edinburgh.

What train companies offer a service to Edinburgh from Manchester?
Take the Manchester to Edinburgh train with First Transpennine Express, Avanti West Coast, London North Eastern Railway or Cross Country. However, it's always good to check out all possible train providers for the journey between Manchester and Edinburgh as there might be differences in the amenities they offer.
When does the first train depart from Manchester to Edinburgh? When does the last train depart from Manchester to Edinburgh?
The earliest train for this journey departs from Manchester at 7: 00 AM. The last train leaves from Manchester at 10: 15 AM. Check Omio for the latest train schedule from Manchester to Edinburgh and book the best time to depart on your chosen travel date.
How far in advance should I book a train ticket from Manchester to Edinburgh to get the best deals?
If you buy the Manchester to Edinburgh train within the next 7 days, you can find one way tickets to cost on average $71 (€57). However, booking your train ticket in advance gives you access to the best prices for trains between Manchester and Edinburgh. Look out for train tickets for this trip to go on sale a few months before your planned departure date to find the best deals.
Stations

Important Stations and Airports for this Journey

Manchester
Edinburgh
Manchester Oxford Road
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Manchester Piccadilly
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Frequently Asked Questions

Where is the train station and what is the best way to get there?
This station is within walking distance of the city centre and is connected to other parts of the city by public transport.<br>Bus lines 1, 2, 3, 147
How long does it take to get from the train station to the city centre?
This station is a 5-10 minute walk from the city centre.
Manchester Victoria
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