Manchester to Edinburgh train

Cheap train tickets from Manchester to Edinburgh

Showing times and prices for Sep 27

Cheapest

55

Average

77

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.

Cheapest
10:50AMManchester Oxford Road3h28 02:18PMEdinburgh Waverley
1 transfer
551One-way
10:30AMManchester Oxford Road2h56 01:26PMEdinburgh Waverley
0 transfers
611One-way
08:51AMManchester Oxford Road3h27 12:18PMEdinburgh Waverley
1 transfer
611One-way
08:30AMManchester Oxford Road3h06 11:36AMEdinburgh Waverley
0 transfers
681One-way
10:55AMManchester Victoria4h42 03:37PMEdinburgh Waverley
2 transfers
691One-way

Train schedule from Manchester to Edinburgh

Showing trains for tomorrow, Tuesday, September 27
08:30AMManchester Oxford Road3h06 11:36AMEdinburgh Waverley
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08:51AMManchester Oxford Road3h27 12:18PMEdinburgh Waverley
1 transfer
09:15AMManchester Victoria4h05 01:20PMEdinburgh Waverley
1 transfer
10:30AMManchester Oxford Road2h56 01:26PMEdinburgh Waverley
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10:50AMManchester Oxford Road3h28 02:18PMEdinburgh Waverley
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10:55AMManchester Victoria4h42 03:37PMEdinburgh Waverley
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Fastest train times from Manchester to Edinburgh

Showing times and prices for Sep 27

Fastest Journey

2 h 56 m

Average

3 h 37 m

Trains per day

6

Distance

282 km

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.

Fastest
10:30AMManchester Oxford Road2h56 01:26PMEdinburgh Waverley
0 transfers
611One-way
08:30AMManchester Oxford Road3h06 11:36AMEdinburgh Waverley
0 transfers
681One-way
08:51AMManchester Oxford Road3h27 12:18PMEdinburgh Waverley
1 transfer
611One-way
10:50AMManchester Oxford Road3h28 02:18PMEdinburgh Waverley
1 transfer
551One-way
09:15AMManchester Victoria4h05 01:20PMEdinburgh Waverley
1 transfer
1481One-way

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Overview: Train from Manchester to Edinburgh

distanceDistance174 miles (281 km)
durationAverage train duration3 h 2 min
priceAverage train ticket price$54 (€53)
frequencyTrain frequency6 a day
changesDirect trainYes, there are 5 direct trains a day
carriersTrain providersCross 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.

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

Buy your official First TransPennine Express 3 and CrossCountry train tickets from Manchester to Edinburgh from $26 (€26) with Omio. Find train times and tickets for over 1000 travel companies to compare and book the most affordable journey.

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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 Manchester to Edinburgh you can choose between Standard Class and First Class tickets on Omio.

One of the best ways to travel between Manchester and Edinburgh is by taking a train with CrossCountry. Omio helps you find the ideal CrossCountry train to Edinburgh from Manchester by showing you CrossCountry current train schedules and timetables, the train tickets on offer (including amenities offered onboard and travel information like baggage allowance) and the best prices for this Manchester to Edinburgh route. You can expect to travel 174 miles (281 km) to Edinburgh from Manchester on a train with CrossCountry. If you are using the Omio app to search for trains to Edinburgh from Manchester, 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. Once you’ve found that perfect train, book your CrossCountry train ticket on Omio quickly and easily, then enjoy your upcoming trip between Manchester and Edinburgh!

    Are you making plans to travel to Edinburgh from Manchester? Why not take a train with First TransPennine Express 3? Omio can show you current First TransPennine Express 3 train times, tickets, travel information (such as baggage allowance and amenities offered onboard) and prices so you can find the best deals on Manchester to Edinburgh trains all in one place. On the First TransPennine Express 3 train, you can expect to travel 174 miles (281 km) between Manchester and Edinburgh. If you use the Omio app to search for trains to Edinburgh from Manchester, you can quickly see if the First TransPennine Express 3 ticket is a mobile ticket, making it easy for you to go paperless when taking a train. Once you have found your perfect one-way First TransPennine Express 3 train from Manchester to Edinburgh, book your cheap train tickets online on Omio or in the Omio app quickly and easily so you can spend the rest of your time enjoying your upcoming trip!

    Train information from Manchester to Edinburgh with First TransPennine Express 3:

    • Average Duration: 3 h 7 min
    • First TransPennine Express 3 frequency: 5 a day

    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
    If you’re looking to save money on tickets, you can find cheap Manchester to Edinburgh trains for as little as $26 (€26)  in the next 7 days.
    In the next 7 days you can expect to pay on average $54 (€53)  for a train ticket between Manchester and Edinburgh.
    The train distance from Manchester to Edinburgh is around 174 miles (281 km).
    The Manchester to Edinburgh train duration is on average 3 h 2 min, which is to be expected when traveling 174 miles (281 km) to Edinburgh from Manchester. However, the time it takes can vary based on specific dates, weekends, and holidays.

    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.

    When taking a train from Manchester to Edinburgh, you can count on Cross Country, Avanti West Coast, London North Eastern Railway, Transpennine Express or TransPennine Express Service for the best way to get you to Edinburgh. You can also check all possible train companies who offer a service to Edinburgh from Manchester and compare the amenities they offer before buying a train ticket.
    Yes, there are 5 direct trains from Manchester to Edinburgh per day with Transpennine Express  on Omio. This is worth paying attention to when you purchase your train ticket as direct services tend to offer more convenience and help save you time traveling to your destination.
    On average, there are 6 trains a day from Manchester to Edinburgh. The train times and services may be different on weekends and holidays compared to weekdays.
    You can take the earliest train from Manchester to Edinburgh at 5: 29 AM   or take the last train from Manchester to Edinburgh leaving at 7: 30 PM. Look for the latest Manchester to Edinburgh train schedules on Omio and book the best time to take the train for this journey.
    If you buy the Manchester to Edinburgh train within the next 7 days, you can find one way tickets to cost on average $54 (€53). 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 journey 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.
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    LockersLockers
    ParkingParking
    ATMATM
    TaxisTaxis
    AccessibilityAccessibility
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    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
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    WifiWifi
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    ParkingParking
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    Public transit options for Manchester Airport
    Location for Rail Replacement Services: Rail Replacement bus services depart from stands L & M of the adjacent Bus Station which is situated close to the ticket office.
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    WifiWifi
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    Public transit options for Manchester Victoria
    Location for Rail Replacement Services: Pick up point is on Station Approach (M3 1WY) directly outside the station main entrance, outside the M & S shop.
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    ATMATM
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    Public transit options for Manchester Oxford Road
    Location for Rail Replacement Services: Pick Up / Drop Off at the bus stops on Whitworth St West (200 yards from station) (station side for Liverpool, opposite side for Piccadilly)

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