Manchester to Edinburgh train

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Cheap train tickets and times from Manchester to Edinburgh

Showing times and prices for Apr 17


Fastest Journey

3 h 13 m


3 h 39 m

Trains per day



282 km

Cheap train tickets from Manchester to start from $58 with an average ticket price of $81.

The fastest train from Manchester to takes 3h 13m in comparison to an average duration of 3h 39m and covers a distance of 282 km.

6 trains that leave Manchester for every day with 2 travelling directly.

Avanti West Coast
Deansgate (DGT)
10:18AMEdinburgh Waverley (EDB)
1 transfer
Transpennine Express
Manchester Oxford Road (MCO)
09:38AMEdinburgh Waverley (EDB)
0 transfers
Transpennine Express
Manchester Oxford Road (MCO)
11:37AMEdinburgh Waverley (EDB)
0 transfers
Avanti West Coast
Deansgate (DGT)
12:19PMEdinburgh Waverley (EDB)
1 transfer
London North Eastern Railway
Manchester Victoria (MCV)
11:20AMEdinburgh Waverley (EDB)
1 transfer

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Overview: Train from Manchester to Edinburgh

distanceDistance174 miles (281 km)
durationAverage train duration3 h 13 min
priceAverage train ticket price$77 (€68)
frequencyTrain frequency10 a day
changesDirect trainYes, there are 5 direct trains a day
carriersTrain providersTransPennine Express, Virgin Trains, East Coast, CrossCountry, Bus or Northern Rail (3)

Trains from Manchester to Edinburgh cover the 174 miles (281 km) long route taking on average 3 h 13 min with our travel partners like TransPennine Express, Virgin Trains, East Coast, CrossCountry, Bus or Northern Rail (3). Normally, there are 10 trains operating per day, including direct services available. You can get the cheapest train tickets for this journey for as low as $46 (€41), but the average price of train tickets is $77 (€68). Travelers depart most frequently from Manchester Piccadilly and arrive in Edinburgh Waverley.

Train companies: TransPennine Express, Virgin Trains and East Coast from Manchester to Edinburgh trains

Find the best trains between Manchester and Edinburgh with Omio's travel partners TransPennine Express, Virgin Trains and East Coast from $31 (€27). We can find you the best deals, schedules and tickets when comparing and booking the best trip.

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

Manchester to Edinburgh train information with CrossCountry:

  • Average Duration: 4 h 36 min
  • Cheapest Price: $93

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.

FAQs: Trains from Manchester to Edinburgh

FAQs: Travel by train from Manchester 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.
Cheap train tickets from Manchester to Edinburgh can start from as little as $46 (€41) when you book in advance. The average train ticket price for Manchester to Edinburgh is $77 (€68); however, prices vary depending on the time of day and class and they tend to be more expensive on the day.
The average journey time by train from Manchester to Edinburgh is 3 h 13 min   to travel the 174 mile (281 km) long journey, with around there are 10 trains per day. Journey times can vary on weekends and holidays.
The first train from Manchester to Edinburgh leaves at 4: 55 AM. Plan your trip with the Journey Planner   from Omio.
The last train from Manchester to Edinburgh leaves at 8: 25 PM.
Yes, it is possible to travel from Manchester to Edinburgh without having to change trains with TransPennine Express. There are 5 direct trains from Manchester to Edinburgh each day. There may be fewer direct services available on weekends or holidays.
For the best Manchester to Edinburgh train to buy, you can travel safely and comfortably with TransPennine Express, Virgin Trains, East Coast, CrossCountry, Bus or Northern Rail (3). However, it's always good to check all possible train providers with services between Manchester and Edinburgh to compare what amenities they may offer.
No, there are no night trains, the latest train for this route is 8: 25 PM.

When departing from Manchester, you have various train station options to start your trip from including Manchester Piccadilly, Manchester Airport and Manchester Victoria. When arriving in Edinburgh, you can end your trip in train stations like Edinburgh Waverley, Edinburgh Gateway and Edinburgh Park.

Passengers board the train most frequently from Manchester Piccadilly, which is located around 0.5 miles (766 m) away from the city centre, and they get off the train at Edinburgh Waverley, located 0.4 miles (727 m) away from the city centre.

The cheapest month for a train from Manchester to Edinburgh is December.
You have options as you can travel from Manchester to Edinburgh 3 different ways: bus, train or flight.

Important Stations and Airports in Manchester and 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
Phone Number
+44 3457114141
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
Manchester AirportWifiShoppingParkingATMAccessibility
Amenities at station
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.
Amenities at station
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.
Amenities at station
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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