How to travel from Manchester to Edinburgh

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from Manchester to Edinburgh

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

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To get from Manchester to Edinburgh on Jun 27 we recommend taking a bus because it’s the best combination of price and speed.

03:10PMManchester5h35 08:45PMEdinburgh, Elder Street
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03:10PMManchester5h35 08:45PMEdinburgh, Elder Street
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02:30PMManchester, Airport6h15 08:45PMEdinburgh, Elder Street
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08:51AMManchester Oxford Road3h27 12:18PMEdinburgh Waverley
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08:30AMManchester Oxford Road3h06 11:36AMEdinburgh Waverley
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Travel Information from Manchester to Edinburgh

distanceDistance174 miles (281 km)
modeAvailable travel modesBus, flight, ferry or train
fastestFastest modeTrain • $146 (€130) • 3 h 6 min
carriersPopular travel companiesFlixbus or Transpennine Express

Take a bus, flight, ferry or train to travel 174 miles (281 km) to Edinburgh from Manchester. The most popular travel companies which serve this route are Flixbus or Transpennine Express among others. Travelers can even take a direct bus, flight or train from Manchester to Edinburgh.

General Information about the journey from Manchester to Edinburgh

Flying is the fastest method of travel between the two cities at just over an hour. Traveling by bus takes the longest amount of time at upwards of 5.5 hours. There are usually between one and three departure and arrival points.

Buses from Manchester to Edinburgh

National Express operate services between the cities, departing from Manchester Coach Station and arriving at Edinburgh Bus Station on Elder Street. There are usually five departures per day, one at around1:00 a.m., three between 8:00 a.m and 10:30 a.m. and one in the early afternoon. The journey takes between 5.5 hours and 8.5 hours, there are direct buses and those requiring one change available.

Trains from Manchester to Edinburgh

Trains leave from three stations in Manchester, Oxford Road, Deansgate and Piccadilly and all arrive at Waverley Station in Edinburgh. All trains are either direct routes or have a change at one station. Trains are run by Transpennine Express, Virgin Trains and Cross Country Trains. There are around 10 trains per day, they depart at least once every hour from approximately 9:00 a.m. until early afternoon. The journey takes between three and four hours.

Flights from Manchester to Edinburgh

How to Travel from Manchester to Edinburgh

Flying is the fastest method of travel between the two cities at just over an hour. Traveling by bus takes the longest amount of time at upwards of 5.5 hours. There are usually between one and three departure and arrival points.

What is the best way to travel from Manchester to Edinburgh?

Cheapest way to travel from Manchester to Edinburgh

The cheapest way from Manchester to Edinburgh is by bus. National Express operate services between the cities, departing from Manchester Coach Station and arriving at Edinburgh Bus Station on Elder Street. There are usually five departures per day, one at around 1:00 a.m., three between 8:00 a.m and 10:30 a.m. and one in the early afternoon. The journey takes between 5.5 hours and 8.5 hours, there are direct buses and those requiring one change available.

Fastest way to travel from Manchester to Edinburgh


Flights are the quickest way from Manchester to Edinburgh. Direct flights between the main airports in each city are available from Flybe. The flight takes just over an hour. During the week there are three flights, one each in the morning, afternoon and evening. At the weekend there are one or two flights in operation.

Trains are the most popular way to get from Manchester to Edinburgh. Services leave from three stations in Manchester, Oxford Road, Deansgate and Piccadilly and all arrive at Waverley Station in Edinburgh. All trains are either direct routes or have a change at one station. Trains are run by Transpennine Express, Virgin Trains and Cross Country Trains. There are around 10 trains per day, they depart at least once every hour from approximately 9:00 a.m. until early afternoon. The journey takes between three and four hours.

Direct flight between the main airports in each city are available from Flybe. The flight takes just over an hour. During the week there are three flights, one each in the morning, afternoon and evening. At the weekend there are one or two flights in operation.

How to get from Manchester to Edinburgh

The Best Way According to our Users

Whether it is for business or leisure, in order to travel from Manchester to Edinburgh, 84,46% 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 Manchester 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 Manchester to Edinburgh

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FAQs

There are 4 travel options from Manchester to Edinburgh: bus, flight, ferry or train.

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

This is compared to other travel options to Edinburgh:

Taking a ferry is usually $44 (€39) less than taking a bus to Edinburgh, which costs on average $44 (€39) for the same trip.

A ferry is generally $2 (€2) less than a flight for the same trip. Taking a flight costs on average $2 (€2) from Manchester to Edinburgh.

Taking a ferry is usually $146 (€130) less than taking a train to Edinburgh, which costs on average $146 (€130) for the same trip.

The quickest way to travel from Manchester to Edinburgh is by train, which takes on average 3 h 6 min   compared to other travel options that may take you longer to get to your destination:

In comparison, getting to Edinburgh by bus can take on average 4 h 50 min.

In comparison, getting to Edinburgh by flight can take on average 3 h 25 min.

In comparison, going by ferry can take 0 h 0 min   on average.

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

The average frequency per day from Manchester to Edinburgh is:

  • 2 buses per day.
  • Around 7 trains per day.

However, we recommend checking specific travel dates for your trip between Manchester 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 Manchester to Edinburgh:

  • Most travelers take a bus from Manchester, Coach Station to Edinburgh, Elder Street.
  • Most travelers take a flight from Manchester Airport to Edinburgh Airport.
  • Most travelers catch their train from Manchester Piccadilly and arrive in Edinburgh Waverley.

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

  • Flixbus can take you to Edinburgh by bus. If searching for a good deal on buses, you can find tickets for Flixbus from Manchester to Edinburgh for $44 (€39).
  • Transpennine Express can get you to Edinburgh by train. You can find a good deal for train tickets with Transpennine Express from Manchester to Edinburgh for $146 (€130) on Omio.

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

  • You can take a direct bus with National Express or Megabus with 1 direct bus per day.
  • You can travel directly by train with Transpennine Express with 7 direct trains per day.

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 between Manchester and Edinburgh.

Omio customers who travel from Manchester to Edinburgh often also extend their vacation to go to London, Glasgow or Newcastle upon Tyne. Omio can help you plan your trip by finding the best connections between Edinburgh and these popular destinations at a great price.

Before traveling from Manchester 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 is costing on average $44 (€39) one way for this journey.
  • A plane ticket is costing on average $2 (€2) one way for this journey.
  • A ferry ticket is costing on average $1 (€1) one way for this trip.
  • A train ticket is costing on average $146 (€130) one way for this journey.

But we recommend booking Manchester 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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