How to travel from Preston to Edinburgh

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from Preston to Edinburgh

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

Our recommendation

To get from Preston to Edinburgh on Jul 08 we recommend taking a train because it’s the best combination of price and speed.

09:52AMPreston2h29 12:21PMEdinburgh Waverley
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02:25AMPreston, Carlisle Street6h15 08:40AMEdinburgh
1 transfer
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09:03AMPreston2h33 11:36AMEdinburgh Waverley
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08:25AMManchester Airport2h45 11:10AMEdinburgh Airport
1 transfer
10:50AMManchester Airport4h55 03:45PMEdinburgh Airport
1 transfer

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Travel Information to Edinburgh from Preston

distanceDistance151 miles (244 km)
modeAvailable travel modesBus, flight, ferry or train
fastestFastest modeTrain • $32 (€29) • 2 h 22 min
carriersPopular travel companiesTranspennine Express or Northern Rail

Travel 151 miles (244 km) by bus, flight, ferry or train between Preston and Edinburgh. The most popular travel companies which serve this trip are Transpennine Express or Northern Rail among others. Travelers can even take a direct bus, flight or train from Preston to Edinburgh.

Travel Tips: Travel from Preston 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 Preston to Edinburgh.

There are 4 ways that you can travel between Preston and Edinburgh. You can take a bus, flight, ferry or train.

The cheapest way to go to Edinburgh from Preston is by taking a ferry, which costs on average $1 (€1).

This is compared to other ways of getting to Edinburgh:

Taking a ferry is about $56 (€50) less than taking a bus, which costs on average $56 (€50) for this route.

A ferry is $2 (€2) less than a flight for this route with tickets for a flight from Preston to Edinburgh costing on average $2 (€2).

Taking a ferry is usually $32 (€29) less than taking a train to Edinburgh, which costs on average $32 (€29) for the same trip.

The quickest way to travel between Preston and Edinburgh is by train, which takes on average 2 h 22 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 9 min.

In comparison, going by flight can take 3 h 35 min   on average.

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

The distance from Preston to Edinburgh is approximately 151 miles (244 km).

The average frequency per day from Preston to Edinburgh is:

  • 12 trains a day.

However, we recommend checking specific travel dates for your route between Preston 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 from Preston to Edinburgh:

  • Buses from Preston to Edinburgh most often leave from Preston and arrive in Edinburgh, Elder Street.
  • Trains mostly depart from Preston and arrive in Edinburgh Waverley.

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

  • You can travel by bus to Edinburgh from Preston with Transpennine Express, and you can find Transpennine Express Preston to Edinburgh tickets for $56 (€50) on Omio.
  • You can go to Edinburgh from Preston by train with Northern Rail. You'll see cheap train tickets for $32 (€29) with Northern Rail from Preston to Edinburgh on Omio.

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

  • You can travel directly by train with Avanti West Coast with 12 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 Preston and Edinburgh.

Your trip from Preston to Edinburgh doesn't have to end in Edinburgh. Many of our customers like to extend their vacation to explore other popular destinations like London, Glasgow or Manchester. If you’d like to add London, Glasgow or Manchester to your Preston to Edinburgh tour, check Omio for the best and cheapest ways to travel to any of these top destinations from Edinburgh today!

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

  • Bus tickets cost $56 (€50) one way on average.
  • Plane tickets are costing $2 (€2) one way on average.
  • Ferry tickets are costing on average $1 (€1) one way.
  • Train tickets are costing $32 (€29) one way on average.

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

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