How to travel from Edinburgh to Manchester

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from Edinburgh to Manchester

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

Our recommendation

To get from Edinburgh to Manchester on May 29 we recommend taking a bus because it’s the best combination of price and speed.

07:00AMEdinburgh, Elder Street5h50 12:50PMManchester
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07:00AMEdinburgh, Elder Street5h50 12:50PMManchester
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07:00AMEdinburgh, Elder Street6h20 01:20PMManchester, Airport
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08:20AMEdinburgh6h35 02:55PMManchester, Coach Station
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08:45AMEdinburgh7h40 04:25PMManchester, Coach Station
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Travel Information between Edinburgh and Manchester

distanceDistance174 miles (281 km)
modeAvailable travel modesBus, flight or train
priceTicket price range$42 - $262
cheapestCheapest modeBus • $42 (€38) • 6 h 35 min
fastestFastest modeTrain • $63 (€56) • 3 h 3 min
carriersPopular travel companiesNational Express, British Airways or Avanti West Coast

Take a bus, flight or train to travel 174 miles (281 km) from Edinburgh to Manchester. If speed is a priority, then a train is the best option with an average duration of 3 h 3 min; whereas, if saving money is more important, then a bus is the best option with prices starting as low as $42 (€38). The most popular travel companies which serve this journey are National Express, British Airways or Avanti West Coast among others. Travelers can even take a direct bus or train from Edinburgh to Manchester.

How to get from Edinburgh to Manchester

The Best Way According to our Users

Whether it is for business or leisure, in order to travel from Edinburgh to Manchester, 86,81% 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 Edinburgh to Manchester 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 Edinburgh to Manchester

Travel to Manchester 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 Manchester.

There are 3 travel options from Edinburgh to Manchester: bus, flight or train.

The cheapest way to get from Edinburgh to Manchester is by taking a bus. You can find average ticket prices around $42 (€38) compared to other travel options to Manchester:

Taking a bus is about $219 (€197) less than taking a flight, which costs on average $262 (€235) for this route.

A bus is generally $20 (€18) less than a train for the same trip. Taking a train costs on average $63 (€56) from Edinburgh to Manchester.

The fastest way from Edinburgh to Manchester is by train with an average journey time of 3 h 3 min.

There are alternative travel options to Manchester that can usually take longer:

In comparison, traveling by bus can take you on average 6 h 35 min.

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You should expect to travel around 174 miles (281 km) between Edinburgh and Manchester.

The average frequency per day from Edinburgh to Manchester is:

  • Around 5 trains per day.

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

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

  • Buses most often depart from Edinburgh at Edinburgh, Elder Street and arrive in Manchester at Manchester, Coach Station.
  • Flights most often depart from Edinburgh at Edinburgh Airport and arrive in Manchester at Manchester Airport.
  • Trains most often depart from Edinburgh at Edinburgh Waverley and arrive in Manchester at Manchester Piccadilly.

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

  • Travel with National Express for buses to Manchester. If you’re looking for a good deal on tickets, check for National Express Edinburgh to Manchester tickets on Omio for $42 (€38).
  • British Airways can get you to Manchester by plane. You can find a good deal for plane tickets with British Airways from Edinburgh to Manchester for $262 (€235) on Omio.
  • Avanti West Coast can take you to Manchester by train. If searching for a good deal on trains, you can find tickets for Avanti West Coast from Edinburgh to Manchester for $63 (€56).

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

  • You can check for a direct train to Manchester with First Transpennine Express with 5 direct trains per day.

Direct services to Manchester 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 route.

Many of our customers who book a trip from Edinburgh to Manchester often extend their vacation and travel to other popular destinations like London, Liverpool or Glasgow. If you’re thinking of adding another destination to your Edinburgh and Manchester itinerary, let Omio find you the best connections between Manchester and any of these top destinations today!

Before traveling from Edinburgh to Manchester, 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 costs on average $42 (€38) one way.
  • A plane ticket for this route costs on average $262 (€235) one way.
  • A train ticket for this journey is costing $63 (€56) one way on average.

But we recommend booking Edinburgh to Manchester 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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