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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Of the 6 trains that leave Manchester for Edinburgh every day 2 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 2 min|
|Average train ticket price||$54 (€53)|
|Train frequency||6 a day|
|Direct train||Yes, there are 5 direct trains a day|
|Train providers||Cross Country, Avanti West Coast, London North Eastern Railway, Transpennine Express or TransPennine Express Service|
Trains from Manchester to Edinburgh cover the 174 miles (281 km) long journey taking on average 3 h 2 min with our travel partners like Cross Country, Avanti West Coast, London North Eastern Railway, Transpennine Express or TransPennine Express Service. Normally, there are 6 trains operating per day, including direct services available. You can get the cheapest train tickets for this route for as low as $26 (€26), but the average price of train tickets is $54 (€53). Travelers depart most frequently from Manchester Piccadilly and arrive in Edinburgh Waverley.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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:
When taking a train from Manchester, you have a couple of train stations you can depart from including Manchester Piccadilly, Manchester Airport and Manchester Victoria. When you arrive in Edinburgh, your train can arrive in train stations including Edinburgh Waverley, Edinburgh Gateway and Edinburgh Park.
Omio customers traveling this route book their trains from Manchester Piccadilly to Edinburgh Waverley.
You can find the most popular departure train station for this route, Manchester Piccadilly, located approximately 0.6 miles (954 m) from the city center of Manchester. The most popular arrival train station in Edinburgh, called Edinburgh Waverley, is located around 0.4 miles (660 m) away from its city center.
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