Trains from Manchester to Edinburgh

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The cheapest trains

from Manchester
to Edinburgh

Showing times and prices for Jul 22

Cheapest

$61

Average

$134

The best way to find a cheap fare is to book your ticket as far in advance as you can and to avoid travelling at rush hour.

The average ticket from Manchester to Edinburgh will cost around $ 134 if you buy it on the day, but the cheapest tickets can be found for only $ 61.

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08:47Manchester Piccadilly3h3512:22Edinburgh Waverley
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$611One-way
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08:26Manchester Piccadilly3h1011:36Edinburgh Waverley
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$1051One-way
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09:32Manchester Victoria3h4813:20Edinburgh Waverley
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$1511One-way
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08:32Manchester Victoria3h4812:20Edinburgh Waverley
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$1761One-way
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09:02Manchester Victoria4h0413:06Edinburgh Waverley
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$1761One-way

Train Times

Manchester to Edinburgh

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08:26Manchester Piccadilly3h1011:36Edinburgh Waverley
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08:32Manchester Victoria3h4812:20Edinburgh Waverley
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08:47Manchester Piccadilly3h3512:22Edinburgh Waverley
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09:02Manchester Victoria4h0413:06Edinburgh Waverley
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09:32Manchester Victoria3h4813:20Edinburgh Waverley
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Prices across different modes

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Bus
Flight
Sun
Jul 21
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$136Flybe
Mon
Jul 22
$61Virgin Trains
$28National Express
$136Flybe
Tue
Jul 23
$34First Transpennine Express
$33National Express
$103Flybe
Wed
Jul 24
$57First Transpennine Express
$28National Express
$103Flybe
Thu
Jul 25
$28First Transpennine Express
$30National Express
$78Flybe
Fri
Jul 26
$57First Transpennine Express
$33National Express
$103Flybe
Sat
Jul 27
$66Virgin Trains
$28National Express
$180Flybe
Sun
Jul 28
$105First Transpennine Express
$24National Express
$78Flybe
Mon
Jul 29
$61Virgin Trains
$27National Express
$60Flybe
Tue
Jul 30
$31Virgin Trains
$22National Express
$78Flybe
Wed
Jul 31
$57First Transpennine Express
$25National Express
$60Flybe
Thu
Aug 1
$61Virgin Trains
$19National Express
$78Flybe
Fri
Aug 2
$71First Transpennine Express
$28National Express
$61Flybe
Sat
Aug 3
$71First Transpennine Express
$19National Express
$78Flybe
Sun
Aug 4
$71First Transpennine Express
$24National Express
$52Flybe
Mon
Aug 5
$71First Transpennine Express
$29National Express
$60Flybe
Tue
Aug 6
$56Virgin Trains
$22National Express
$52Flybe
Wed
Aug 7
$43Virgin Trains
$19National Express
$52Flybe
Thu
Aug 8
$48Virgin Trains
$24National Express
$52Flybe
Fri
Aug 9
$71First Transpennine Express
$22National Express
$60Flybe
Sat
Aug 10
$66Virgin Trains
$22National Express
$273KLM

The fastest trains

from Manchester
to Edinburgh

Showing times and prices for Jul 22

Fastest Journey

3h 10m

Average

3h 41m

Trains per day

5

Distance

282 km

Of the 5 train that leave Manchester for Edinburgh every day 1 travel direct so it’s quite easy to avoid journeys where you’ll have to change along the way.

These direct train cover the 282 km distance in an average of 3h 41m but if you time it right, some train will get you there in just 3h 10m .

The slowest train will take 4h 4m 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
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08:26Manchester Piccadilly3h1011:36Edinburgh Waverley
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$1051One-way
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08:47Manchester Piccadilly3h3512:22Edinburgh Waverley
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$611One-way
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09:32Manchester Victoria3h4813:20Edinburgh Waverley
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$1511One-way
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08:32Manchester Victoria3h4812:20Edinburgh Waverley
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$1761One-way
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09:02Manchester Victoria4h0413:06Edinburgh Waverley
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$1761One-way

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Journey Summary

Manchester to Edinburgh Train Information

Avg. Train Duration:
3 hours 19 minutes
Train Ticket Price: $46
Trains depart from:Manchester
Trains arrive in:Edinburgh
Distance:282 km
TrainTrain Companies:Virgin Trains, First Transpennine Express

Trains from Manchester to Edinburgh

Several trains service the Manchester to Edinburgh route seven days a week. The first train from Manchester Piccadilly for Edinburgh departs at around 4:30 a.m. and the last train of the day leaves shortly before 10:00 p.m. Trains depart frequently, with up to 3 available each hour, and the typical journey takes about 1.5 hours. Later trains after 7:00 p.m. take about 5.5 hours and passengers on the sleeper trains can expect a journey of 10 to 12 hours. Peak fares apply only to the first morning train. A number of journeys are direct, though some passengers may need to change on the way. The weekend timetable differs slightly, with the Saturday service running until slightly earlier in the evening and Sunday trains departing from between 6:30 a.m. and 9:00 p.m. (passengers should note that evening trains may only arrive in Edinburgh the following morning).

Which train companies go from Manchester to Edinburgh?

This line is operated by Transpennine Express, Northern Trail, Virgin Trains, CrossCountry, and East Coast.

How long are the trains from Manchester to Edinburgh?

The average journey time is 3 hours and 7 minutes to arrive in Edinburgh. Longer routes that require a switch can take up to 4 hours and 10 minutes.

Are trains from Manchester to Edinburgh direct?

Direct train routes are available for Manchester to Edinburgh, while some routes require a quick change in Preston or York.

How can I save money on train tickets from Manchester to Edinburgh?

Fares stay fairly similar, however, it is worth booking in advance, as prices fluctuate the closer it gets to the date of departure.

When are the first and last trains of the day from Manchester to Edinburgh?

Trains from Manchester to Edinburgh run throughout the day, from 4:30 a.m. and the last train of the day leaves shortly before 10:00 p.m. Trains depart frequently, with up to 3 available each hour.

Where do trains from Manchester to Edinburgh depart from and arrive to?

Trains from Manchester to Edinburgh begin their journey in Manchester at one of three stations: Deansgate, Oxford Road, or Piccadilly. All stations have a taxi ranks, bike lock-ups and bus stops.

Trains from Manchester to Edinburgh service Edinburgh's Wavery Station. From Wavery Station, travelers can get a taxi from the rank outside, or continue their journey using regional trains from the same station. Buses also depart from the station regularly throughout the day and go into the city center, or further afield.

Taking the Train from Manchester

If you are taking the train from Manchester you could board at several rail stations including Deansgate, Oxford Road, and Piccadilly. All stations are easy to get to with public transport. Additionally, Manchester is the third most visited city in the United Kingdom and has an international airport within the city limits.

Getting into Edinburgh by Train

Waverley Station is the main railway station in Edinburgh, and is the second largest train station by size behind London Waterloo in the UK. It is also the second busiest railway station in Scotland after Glasgow, with around 20 million passengers passing through annually. Local transport includes buses, national rail train services, and the Edinburgh Tram.Edinburgh Tram tickets can be purchased in advance or from vending machines at the tram stops. Local bus tickets can be purchased in advance, through their app, or from the bus driver on the bus when paying with exact change.

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Best fares for trains from Manchester to Edinburgh

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Fri, Jul 26
Train
First Transpennine Express
07:263h 10m10:36
ManchesterEdinburgh
Sat, Jul 27
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Virgin Trains
09:473h 29m13:16
ManchesterEdinburgh
Fastest Trains from Manchester to Edinburgh
Sat, Aug 3
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First Transpennine Express
09:263h12:26
ManchesterEdinburgh
Tue, Jul 23
Train
First Transpennine Express
07:263h 10m10:36
ManchesterEdinburgh
Thu, Jul 25
Train
First Transpennine Express
07:263h 10m10:36
ManchesterEdinburgh
Return Train Tickets for Edinburgh to Manchester
Tue, Jul 23
Train
First Transpennine Express
07:113h 13m10:24
EdinburghManchester
Wed, Jul 24
Train
First Transpennine Express
07:113h 13m10:24
EdinburghManchester
Thu, Jul 25
Train
First Transpennine Express
09:123h 12m12:24
EdinburghManchester

Stations

Important Stations and Airports for this Journey
Manchester
Edinburgh
TrainManchester Oxford Road

Amenities

TrainManchester Piccadilly

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Refreshments
WC

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.
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.
TrainManchester Victoria

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