Cheap train tickets from Manchester to Edinburgh

Showing times and prices for Dec 8

Cheapest

$67

Average

$102

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.

The average ticket from Manchester to Edinburgh will cost around $ 102 if you buy it on the day, but the cheapest tickets can be found for only $ 67.

Cheapest
10:50AMManchester Oxford Road3h28 02:18PMEdinburgh Waverley
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$671One-way
08:00AMManchester Victoria3h49 11:49AMEdinburgh Waverley
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$821One-way
08:51AMManchester Oxford Road3h27 12:18PMEdinburgh Waverley
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$901One-way
08:30AMManchester Oxford Road3h08 11:38AMEdinburgh Waverley
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$1231One-way
10:30AMManchester Oxford Road2h59 01:29PMEdinburgh Waverley
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$1231One-way

Train schedule from Manchester to Edinburgh

Showing trains for tomorrow, Wed, Dec 8
08:00AMManchester Victoria3h49 11:49AMEdinburgh Waverley
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08:30AMManchester Oxford Road3h08 11:38AMEdinburgh Waverley
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08:51AMManchester Oxford Road3h27 12:18PMEdinburgh Waverley
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09:15AMManchester Victoria4h05 01:20PMEdinburgh Waverley
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10:30AMManchester Oxford Road2h59 01:29PMEdinburgh Waverley
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10:50AMManchester Oxford Road3h28 02:18PMEdinburgh Waverley
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Wed
Dec 8
$67Avanti West Coast
$26National Express
$504British Airways
Thu
Dec 9
$73First Transpennine Express
$31National Express
$558British Airways
Fri
Dec 10
$90Avanti West Coast
$31National Express
$409British Airways
Sat
Dec 11
$123First Transpennine Express
$29National Express
$135British Airways
Sun
Dec 12
$105First Transpennine Express
$31National Express
$133British Airways
Mon
Dec 13
$80London North Eastern Railway
$30Flixbus
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Tue
Dec 14
$62Avanti West Coast
$26National Express
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Wed
Dec 15
$72London North Eastern Railway
$26National Express
$237British Airways
Thu
Dec 16
$46First Transpennine Express
$26National Express
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Fri
Dec 17
$86First Transpennine Express
$43Flixbus
$384British Airways
Sat
Dec 18
$96London North Eastern Railway
$53Flixbus
$359British Airways
Sun
Dec 19
$123First Transpennine Express
$54National Express
$269British Airways
Mon
Dec 20
$79First Transpennine Express
$45National Express
$198British Airways
Tue
Dec 21
$62London North Eastern Railway
$45National Express
$243BA Cityflyer
Wed
Dec 22
$63First Transpennine Express
$43Flixbus
$318British Airways
Thu
Dec 23
$62Avanti West Coast
$54National Express
$415British Airways
Fri
Dec 24
$61First Transpennine Express
$46Flixbus
$238British Airways
Sat
Dec 25
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$54National Express
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Sun
Dec 26
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$54National Express
$132British Airways
Mon
Dec 27
$66Avanti West Coast
$49Flixbus
$334British Airways

Fastest train times from Manchester to Edinburgh

Showing times and prices for Dec 8

Fastest Journey

2 h 59 m

Average

3 h 29 m

Trains per day

6

Distance

282 km

Of the 6 trains that leave Manchester for Edinburgh every day 3 travel direct so it’s quite easy to avoid journeys where you’ll have to change along the way.

These direct trains cover the 282 km distance in an average of 3 h 29 m but if you time it right, some trains will get you there in just 2 h 59 m .

The slowest trains will take 4 h 5 m and usually involve a change or two along the way, but you might be able to save a few pennies if you’re on a budget.

Fastest
10:30AMManchester Oxford Road2h59 01:29PMEdinburgh Waverley
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$1231One-way
08:30AMManchester Oxford Road3h08 11:38AMEdinburgh Waverley
0 changes
$1231One-way
08:51AMManchester Oxford Road3h27 12:18PMEdinburgh Waverley
1 changes
$901One-way
10:50AMManchester Oxford Road3h28 02:18PMEdinburgh Waverley
1 changes
$671One-way
08:00AMManchester Victoria3h49 11:49AMEdinburgh Waverley
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$821One-way

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Overview: Train from Manchester to Edinburgh

distanceDistance174 miles (281 km)
durationAverage train duration2 h 59 min
priceAverage train ticket price$86 (€73)
frequencyTrain frequency10 a day
changesDirect trainYes, there are 10 direct trains a day
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 trip taking on average 2 h 59 min with our travel partners like First Transpennine Express, Avanti West Coast, London North Eastern Railway or Cross Country. Normally, there are 10 trains operating per day, including direct services available. You can get the cheapest train tickets for this trip for as low as $67 (€56), but the average price of train tickets is $86 (€73). Travelers depart most frequently from Manchester Piccadilly and arrive in Edinburgh Waverley.

Train providers

CrossCountry from Manchester to Edinburgh trains

Buy your official CrossCountry train tickets between Manchester and Edinburgh from $67 (€56) with Omio. Find train times and tickets for over 1000 travel companies to compare and book the most convenient 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 between Manchester and Edinburgh online with Omio! If you’re looking for the cheapest, fastest or earliest CrossCountry train to Edinburgh from Manchester, 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) journey 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!

    CrossCountry has the following ticket policies due to COVID-19, which you should be aware of when booking and traveling by train from Manchester to Edinburgh:

    • 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 are cheap trains from Manchester to Edinburgh?
    If you’re looking to save money on tickets, you can find cheap Manchester to Edinburgh trains for as little as $67 (€56)  in the next 7 days.
    How much does it cost to take a train to Edinburgh from Manchester?
    If you are looking to buy your train ticket in the next 7 days, you can expect the Manchester to Edinburgh train to cost on average $86 (€73)  one way.
    How far is it from Manchester to Edinburgh by train?
    When traveling this route you should expect the distance between Manchester and Edinburgh by train to be approximately 174 miles (281 km).
    How long is the train ride to Edinburgh from Manchester?
    While the time it takes to travel 174 miles (281 km) between Manchester and Edinburgh can vary based on specific dates, weekends, and holidays, the Manchester to Edinburgh train journey time is on average 2 h 59 min.
    What station does the train from Manchester to Edinburgh depart from? Which Edinburgh train station do I come into from Manchester?

    Some of the Manchester train stations to Edinburgh you can start your journey from include Manchester Piccadilly, Manchester Victoria and Manchester Oxford Road. Similarly, some of the arrival train stations in Edinburgh include Edinburgh Waverley, Edinburgh Haymarket and Edinburgh Gateway.

    When traveling this route, Omio customers are departing most frequently from Manchester Piccadilly   and arriving in Edinburgh Waverley.

    Where is the departure train station in Manchester located? Where is the arrival train station in Edinburgh located?

    Passengers board their train most frequently from Manchester Piccadilly and travel around 0.4 miles (587 m) from the city center to this train station.

    Passengers traveling this route most often arrive at Edinburgh Waverley and need to travel approximately 0.2 miles (429 m) from the train station to the city center in Edinburgh.

    What train companies offer a service to Edinburgh from Manchester?
    For the best Manchester to Edinburgh train to buy, you can travel safely and comfortably with First Transpennine Express, Avanti West Coast, London North Eastern Railway or Cross Country. However, it's always good to check all possible train providers with services between Manchester and Edinburgh to compare what amenities they may offer.
    Is there a direct train from Manchester to Edinburgh?
    Yes, there are 10 direct trains per day from Manchester to Edinburgh with First 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 buy your train ticket.
    How many train services per day are there to Edinburgh from Manchester?
    The average number of trains departing Manchester for Edinburgh is 10 a day. The train schedules and services may vary between weekdays and weekends.
    When should I buy the Manchester to Edinburgh train for the best deals on tickets?
    If you book the Manchester to Edinburgh train within the next 7 days, you can find one way tickets to cost on average $86 (€73). However, booking your train ticket in advance gives you access to the best prices for trains from Manchester to Edinburgh. Look out for train tickets for this route to go on sale a few months before your planned departure date to find the best deals.

    Important Stations and Airports for this Journey

    Manchester
    Edinburgh
    Manchester Piccadilly is the most popular Manchester 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 Manchester for your trip to Edinburgh.
    Amenities at station
    WifiWifi
    LockersLockers
    ParkingParking
    ATMATM
    TaxisTaxis
    AccessibilityAccessibility
    phone
    Phone Number
    +44 3457114141
    ticketOfficeHours
    Ticket Office Hours
    Mon - Sat: 04: 30 - 22: 30 | Sun: 07: 00 - 22: 30
    Public transit options for Manchester Piccadilly
    Bus lines: 1, 2, 3, 147
    Train lines: Northern, TransPennine Express, Avanti West Coast, CrossCountry, East Midlands Trains, Transport for Wales