How to travel from Carlisle to Edinburgh

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Travel Information to Edinburgh from Carlisle

distanceDistance73 miles (118 km)
modeAvailable travel modesTrain or bus
priceTicket price range$2 - $7
cheapestCheapest modeBus • $2 (€2) • 2 h 30 min
fastestFastest modeTrain • $7 (€6) • 1 h 15 min
carriersPopular travel companiesNational Express or Virgin Trains

Take a train or bus to travel 73 miles (118 km) from Carlisle to Edinburgh. The most popular travel companies which serve this trip are National Express or Virgin Trains among others. Travelers can even take a direct bus or train from Carlisle to Edinburgh.

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from Carlisle to Edinburgh

How to get from Carlisle to Edinburgh by train, bus or flight.

Our recommendation

The best way to travel from Carlisle to Edinburgh is by taking a train because it’s the best combination of price and speed.

Avanti West Coast
Carlisle station (CAR)
10:18AMEdinburgh Waverley (EDB)
0 transfers
0 transfers
Avanti West Coast
Carlisle station (CAR)
10:18AMEdinburgh Waverley (EDB)
0 transfers
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Avanti West Coast
Carlisle station (CAR)
12:20PMEdinburgh Waverley (EDB)
0 transfers
Transpennine Express
Carlisle station (CAR)
09:40AMEdinburgh Waverley (EDB)
0 transfers
Avanti West Coast
Carlisle station (CAR)
02:22PMEdinburgh Waverley (EDB)
0 transfers
National Express
Carlisle, Lonsdale Street
0 transfers

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You can travel by travel between Carlisle and Edinburgh with National Express and FlixBus. When you search Omio for times and tickets, we’ll show you the best deals available.

National Express is the leading travel company for routes throughout the United Kingdom, operating over 550 travel a day and serving over 900 destinations across the country. National Express even offers routes to and from major UK airports like Heathrow, Gatwick, Stansted, Luton and Bristol 24 hours a day at affordable prices for the budget traveler in mind. All National Express travel are air-conditioned and provide free WiFi and onboard entertainment. Most travel are equipped with seat belts and power outlets in each seat, so you can charge your phone or laptop during a long journey. You can select between three ticket types for the Carlisle - Edinburgh travel: Restricted Fare, Standard Fare, and Fully Flexible Fare. Refundable tickets provide more flexibility than other ticket options, meaning you can cancel or change your ticket easily, should you need to.

    FAQs: Travel from Carlisle to Edinburgh

    FAQs: 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 Carlisle to Edinburgh.

    There are 2 travel options from Carlisle to Edinburgh. You can take a train or bus.

    The cheapest way to get from Carlisle to Edinburgh is by taking a bus with average ticket prices of $2 (€2) compared to other travel options to Edinburgh:

    Taking a bus costs $4 (€4) less than taking a train, which costs on average $7 (€6) for the same trip.

    The fastest way to get to Edinburgh from Carlisle is by train with an average travel time of 1 h 15 min.

    Other travel options to Edinburgh take longer:

    Getting to Edinburgh by bus takes 2 h 30 min on average.

    You should expect to travel around 73 miles (118 km) between Carlisle and Edinburgh.

    The average frequency per day from Carlisle to Edinburgh is:

    • 2 buses per day.
    • 10 trains per day.

    However, we recommend checking specific travel dates for your trip to Edinburgh from Carlisle as scheduled services by train or bus can vary by season or day of the week.

    These are the most popular departure and arrival points from Carlisle to Edinburgh:

    • Buses mostly leave from Carlisle, Bus Station (Lonsdale Street) and tend to arrive in Edinburgh, Bus Station.
    • Trains mostly leave from Carlisle and tend to arrive in Edinburgh Waverley.

    Omio works with many trusted partners that can help you travel the best way from Carlisle to Edinburgh:

    • You can travel by bus to Edinburgh from Carlisle with National Express, FlixBus or Bus, and you can find FlixBus Carlisle to Edinburgh tickets for $2 (€2) on Omio.
    • You can travel by train from Carlisle to Edinburgh with Virgin Trains, TransPennine Express or Caledonian Sleeper, and you can find TransPennine Express Carlisle to Edinburgh tickets for $7 (€6) on Omio.

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

    • You can find 2 direct buses per day to take to Edinburgh with National Express or FlixBus.
    • You can find 10 direct trains per day to Edinburgh with Virgin Trains or Caledonian Sleeper.

    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 journey.

    Many of our customers traveling from Carlisle to Edinburgh don't make Edinburgh their final stop. Some of the destinations worth visiting after Edinburgh are London, Glasgow, Inverness, Manchester or Aberdeen, 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!
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