How to travel from Belfast to Edinburgh

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from Belfast to Edinburgh

You can get from Belfast to Edinburgh by train, bus or flight.

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To get from Belfast to Edinburgh on Aug 09 we recommend taking a flight because it’s the best combination of price and speed.

07:40PMBelfast International Airport0h50 08:30PMEdinburgh Airport
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10:30AMGeorge Best Belfast City Airport0h55 11:25AMEdinburgh Airport
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08:25AMBelfast International Airport0h55 09:20AMEdinburgh Airport
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07:00AMGeorge Best Belfast City Airport0h55 07:55AMEdinburgh Airport
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Travel Information between Belfast and Edinburgh

distanceDistance143 miles (230 km)
modeAvailable travel modesBus, flight, ferry or train
priceTicket price range$4 - $103
fastestFastest modeFlight • $103 (€96) • 50 min
carriersPopular travel companieseasyJet

Take a bus, flight, ferry or train to travel 143 miles (230 km) from Belfast to Edinburgh. The most popular travel companies which serve this trip are easyJet among others. Travelers can even take a direct flight from Belfast to Edinburgh.

General Information about the journey from Belfast to Edinburgh

Travelers wishing to reach Edinburgh from Belfast have many transport options to choose from for their journey. The fastest and simplest option is to take a flight from Belfast International Airport, as the flight takes less than an hour. However, travelers preferring to make the journey over land can choose from bus and train services which can take anything from 7 to 20 hours to complete.

Return journeys from Edinburgh to Belfast are also available.

Buses from Belfast to Edinburgh

There are regular bus services to Edinburgh, which involve transferring to a Stena Line ferry to cross the Irish Sea. Citylink buses regularly depart from Belfast Europabus Center at several points during the day. The entire journey takes up to 7 hours 35 minutes to complete. Alternatively, National Express runs buses three times per day from Belfast Europabus Center, using the same ferry crossing, which reaches Edinburgh within 7 hours 30 minutes.

Trains from Belfast to Edinburgh

Travelers preferring to travel to Edinburgh by train can reach the Scottish capital within 9 hours, but this option involves multiple transfers between a variety of transport services. Travelers must first travel from Belfast Central Station to Belfast Port by train before taking a ferry crossing from Belfast Port to Cairnryan Port to cross the Irish Sea. To complete the journey, travelers must take a bus from Cairnryan Port to Ayr and then transfer to a train service to make the last leg of the journey from Ayr to Edinburgh. Depending upon the departure time chosen, the entire journey can take up to 20 hours 30 minutes.

Flights from Belfast to Edinburgh

The fastest and most economical option to reach Edinburgh is to take a short flight from Belfast International Airport to Edinburgh Airport. The flight only takes 50 minutes with direct airlines such as Easyjet and Flybe, which also offer low-cost tickets.

How to get from Belfast to Edinburgh

The Best Way According to our Users

If you want to travel from Belfast to Edinburgh there are several options available to you. For this route, however, 53,33% of our customers choose the bus as their preferred method of transportation. Nowadays, traveling by bus is a relaxing and entertaining experience. Most bus companies offer different on-board services; ranging from "welcome drinks" to free wi-fi or personal entertainment. For this reason, the bus is often chosen as the best way to get from Belfast to Edinburgh. Bus companies normally offer comfortable journeys for reasonable prices, and if you choose to travel on a night bus you can even save the money of one night in a hotel. For that reason, the bus is most likely the cheapest way to get to your destination.

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Travel Tips: Travel from Belfast to Edinburgh

Travel 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 Belfast to Edinburgh.

You can travel between Belfast and Edinburgh 4 different ways: bus, flight, ferry or train.

The cheapest way to get from Belfast to Edinburgh is by taking a bus. You can find average ticket prices around $4 (€4) compared to other travel options to Edinburgh:

A bus is generally $99 (€92) less than a flight for the same route. Taking a flight costs on average $103 (€96) from Belfast to Edinburgh.

Taking a bus is usually $86 (€80) less than taking a train to Edinburgh, which costs on average $90 (€84) for the same trip.

The quickest way to travel from Belfast to Edinburgh is by flight, which takes on average 50 min   compared to other travel options that may take you longer to get to your destination:

In comparison, taking a bus requires on average 0 h 0 min   of travel time.

In comparison, taking a train requires on average 0 h 0 min   of travel time.

The Belfast to Edinburgh distance is around 143 miles (230 km).

These are the most popular departure and arrival points when traveling from Belfast to Edinburgh:

  • Most travelers take a bus from Belfast, Stena Line terminus to Edinburgh, Elder Street.
  • Most travelers board their plane from Belfast International Airport and arrive in Edinburgh Airport.
  • Most travelers who book a train ticket from Belfast to Edinburgh depart from Belfast Lanyon Place to Edinburgh Waverley.

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  • You can go to Edinburgh from Belfast by plane with easyJet. You'll see cheap plane tickets for $103 (€96) with easyJet from Belfast to Edinburgh on Omio.

Yes, there are direct services available from Belfast to Edinburgh with the following travel companies:

  • You can take a direct flight with easyJet or European Air Express.

Direct services tend to save you time and add more convenience in getting you to Edinburgh as you won't need to transfer at another stop in between, so it's worth paying attention to before booking your tickets to Edinburgh from Belfast.

Your trip from Belfast to Edinburgh doesn't have to end in Edinburgh. Many of our customers like to extend their vacation to explore other popular destinations like London, Glasgow or Manchester. If you’d like to add London, Glasgow or Manchester to your Belfast to Edinburgh tour, check Omio for the best and cheapest ways to travel to any of these top destinations from Edinburgh today!

Before traveling from Belfast to Edinburgh, it’s good to know what ticket you can book and how much it will cost in the next 7 days:

  • A bus ticket for this route is costing $4 (€4) one way on average.
  • A plane ticket for this trip is costing $103 (€96) one way on average.
  • A train ticket costs $90 (€84) one way on average for this route.

But we recommend booking Belfast to Edinburgh tickets online a few months before your planned travel date to score the best deals and save money on your trip.

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