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from Edinburgh to Carlisle

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

Our recommendation

To get from Edinburgh to Carlisle on Nov 28 we recommend taking a train because it’s the best combination of price and speed.

10:51AMEdinburgh Waverley1h14 12:05PMCarlisle
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09:00AMEdinburgh Waverley2h51 11:51AMCarlisle
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11:00AMEdinburgh Waverley2h47 01:47PMCarlisle
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10:13AMEdinburgh Waverley1h19 11:32AMCarlisle
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12:12PMEdinburgh Waverley1h19 01:31PMCarlisle
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Nov 28
$28Avanti West Coast
$43National Express
Nov 29
$25Avanti West Coast
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Nov 30
$18Avanti West Coast
$30National Express
Dec 2
$15Avanti West Coast
$30National Express

Travel Information to Carlisle from Edinburgh

distanceDistance73 miles (118 km)
modeAvailable travel modesBus or train
priceTicket price range$18 - $30
cheapestCheapest modeTrain • $18 (€15) • 1 h 13 min
fastestFastest modeTrain • $18 (€15) • 1 h 13 min
carriersPopular travel companiesNational Express or Avanti West Coast

Take a bus or train to travel 73 miles (118 km) between Edinburgh and Carlisle. If speed is a priority, then a train is the best option with an average duration of 1 h 13 min; whereas, if saving money is more important, then a train is the best option with prices starting as low as $18 (€15). The most popular travel companies which serve this journey are National Express or Avanti West Coast among others. Travelers can even take a direct bus from Edinburgh to Carlisle.

Travel Tips

Travel from Edinburgh to Carlisle
Travel to Carlisle 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 Edinburgh to Carlisle.
How do I get from Edinburgh to Carlisle?

There are 2 ways to travel to Carlisle from Edinburgh including taking a bus or train.

What is the cheapest way to travel from Edinburgh to Carlisle?

The cheapest way to go to Carlisle from Edinburgh is by taking a train, which costs on average $18 (€15).

This is compared to other ways of getting to Carlisle:

Taking a train is about $13 (€10) less than taking a bus, which costs on average $30 (€25) for this trip.

What is the fastest way from Edinburgh to Carlisle?

The quickest way to travel between Edinburgh and Carlisle is by train, which takes on average 1 h 13 min   compared to other travel options that may take you longer to get to your destination:

In comparison, taking a bus requires on average 3 h 25 min   of travel time.

How far is it from Edinburgh to Carlisle?

The Edinburgh to Carlisle distance is around 73 miles (118 km).

How many services a day are there between Edinburgh and Carlisle?

The average frequency per day from Edinburgh to Carlisle is:

  • 10 trains a day.

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

Where do I depart from Edinburgh? Where do I arrive in Carlisle?

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

  • Most travelers catch their bus from Edinburgh, Elder Street and arrive in Carlisle, Lonsdale Street.
  • Most travelers board their train from Edinburgh Waverley and arrive in Carlisle.
Which travel companies can take me from Edinburgh to Carlisle?

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

  • Travel with National Express to go to Carlisle by bus. For a good deal on tickets, you can find National Express Edinburgh to Carlisle tickets on Omio for $30 (€25).
  • Avanti West Coast can get you to Carlisle by train. You can find a good deal for train tickets with Avanti West Coast from Edinburgh to Carlisle for $18 (€15) on Omio.
Is there a way to travel directly from Edinburgh to Carlisle?

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

  • You can travel directly by bus with National Express.

Direct services to Carlisle 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.

What other destinations are worth visiting after traveling from Edinburgh to Carlisle?
Many of our customers traveling from Edinburgh to Carlisle don't make Carlisle their final stop. Some of the destinations worth visiting after Carlisle are London, Glasgow or Newcastle upon Tyne, either of which you could add to your trip itinerary. Check Omio for the best and cheapest ways to travel from Carlisle to any of these top destinations today!
How far in advance should I book my Edinburgh to Carlisle one way ticket online to get the best deals?

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

  • A bus ticket for this trip is costing $30 (€25) one way on average.
  • A train ticket for this trip is costing $18 (€15) one way on average.

But we recommend booking Edinburgh to Carlisle 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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