How to travel from Birmingham to Edinburgh

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from Birmingham to Edinburgh

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

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To get from Birmingham to Edinburgh on Jun 30 we recommend taking a flight because it’s the best combination of price and speed.

08:45AMBirmingham International Airport1h15 10:00AMEdinburgh Airport
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07:30AMBirmingham, Coach Station9h45 05:15PMEdinburgh
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08:15AMBirmingham New Street4h03 12:18PMEdinburgh Waverley
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07:30AMBirmingham, Coach Station9h50 05:20PMEdinburgh
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10:15AMBirmingham New Street4h03 02:18PMEdinburgh Waverley
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Travel Information between Birmingham and Edinburgh

distanceDistance244 miles (394 km)
modeAvailable travel modesBus, flight, ferry or train
fastestFastest modeFlight • $97 (€87) • 1 h 10 min
carriersPopular travel companiesNational Express, easyJet or Transpennine Express

Take a bus, flight, ferry or train to travel 244 miles (394 km) between Birmingham and Edinburgh. The most popular travel companies which serve this journey are National Express, easyJet or Transpennine Express among others. Travelers can even take a direct flight or train from Birmingham to Edinburgh.

How to get from Birmingham to Edinburgh

The Best Way According to our Users

Whether it is for business or leisure, in order to travel from Birmingham to Edinburgh, 51,61% of our customers choose the train as their preferred mode of transportation. By traveling by train on this route, you can enjoy the comfort of spacious seats, spectacular views—and in some cases free Wi-Fi—in both second and first class. Our customers have decided that the train is the best way to get from Birmingham to Edinburgh and have chosen to enjoy this fast, safe and efficient way to arrive at their destination. Taking the train also avoids long lines or potential expenses for transfers to/from the station—especially since most main railway stations are located in the city center. Train companies in Europe vary from country to country, but most of them offer high-speed train routes, therefore when you add up at the end-to-end journey time, the train is often also the fastest way to get to your destination.

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Travel Tips: Travel from Birmingham 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 Birmingham to Edinburgh.

There are 4 ways to travel from Birmingham to Edinburgh including taking a bus, flight, ferry or train.

The cheapest way to travel from Birmingham to Edinburgh is by taking a ferry with an average price of $1 (€1).

This is compared to other travel options to Edinburgh:

A ferry is $42 (€37) less than a bus for this journey with tickets for a bus from Birmingham to Edinburgh costing on average $42 (€37).

A ferry is $97 (€87) less than a flight for this route with tickets for a flight from Birmingham to Edinburgh costing on average $97 (€87).

Taking a ferry is usually $197 (€176) less than taking a train to Edinburgh, which costs on average $197 (€176) for the same trip.

The fastest way to get to Edinburgh from Birmingham is by flight with an average travel time of 1 h 10 min.

Other travel options to Edinburgh can usually take longer:

In comparison, taking a bus requires on average 6 h 5 min   of travel time.

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

In comparison, getting to Edinburgh by train can take on average 4 h.

Edinburgh is approximately 244 miles (394 km) away from Birmingham.

The average frequency per day from Birmingham to Edinburgh is:

  • 2 buses per day.
  • 19 trains a day.

However, we recommend checking specific travel dates for your route between Birmingham and Edinburgh as scheduled services by bus, flight, ferry or train can vary by season or day of the week.

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

  • Most travelers who book a bus ticket from Birmingham to Edinburgh depart from Birmingham, Coach Station to Edinburgh, Elder Street.
  • Most travelers board their plane from Birmingham International Airport and arrive in Edinburgh Airport.
  • Most travelers take a train from Birmingham New Street to Edinburgh Waverley.

If finding a good deal is your main consideration for your trip from Birmingham to Edinburgh, then we'll help you find the best value travel companies for you:

  • National Express can get you to Edinburgh by bus. You can find a good deal for bus tickets with National Express from Birmingham to Edinburgh for $42 (€37) on Omio.
  • Travel with easyJet to go to Edinburgh by plane. For a good deal on tickets, you can find easyJet Birmingham to Edinburgh tickets on Omio for $97 (€87).
  • Transpennine Express can take you to Edinburgh by train. If searching for a good deal on trains, you can find tickets for Transpennine Express from Birmingham to Edinburgh for $197 (€176).

Yes, there are direct routes from Birmingham to Edinburgh with the following travel companies:

  • You'll find 18 direct trains a day to Edinburgh with Avanti West Coast or Cross Country.

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

Many of our customers traveling from Birmingham to Edinburgh don't make Edinburgh their final stop. Some of the destinations worth visiting after Edinburgh are London, Glasgow or Manchester, either of which you could add to your trip itinerary. Check Omio for the best and cheapest ways to travel from Edinburgh to any of these top destinations today!

When planning your trip from Birmingham to Edinburgh, it’s good to keep in mind what tickets to buy and their prices in the next 7 days:

  • Bus tickets are costing $42 (€37) one way on average.
  • Plane tickets are costing on average $97 (€87) one way.
  • Ferry tickets are costing on average $1 (€1) one way.
  • Train tickets are costing on average $197 (€176) one way.

However, we recommend buying tickets from Birmingham to Edinburgh online a few months in advance to get the best deals and save money on your upcoming journey.

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