It takes an average of 3h 51m to travel from Edinburgh (Waverley) to Manchester by train, over a distance of around 175 miles (281 km). There are normally 37 trains per day traveling from Edinburgh (Waverley) to Manchester and tickets for this journey start from $22.50 when you book in advance.
From 3h 7m
175 miles (281 km)
37 trains per day
Direct trains available
Planning a trip over the border and need more information on how to get the train from Edinburgh to Manchester? Look no further!
Usually, the journey time from Edinburgh to Manchester by train is 3 hours and 20 minutes. Although, on the fastest services, the journey can take just 3 hours and 3 minutes. As there are around 32 direct trains running on this route every day, you can sit back and relax as you don’t need to make any changes during your journey.
If you’re traveling on this route, you’ll board a TransPennine Express train at Edinburgh Waverley station. Once you’ve found your seat, you can begin to enjoy the onboard amenities including comfortable seating and free WiFi. If you prefer to travel in style, why not upgrade to First Class? You’ll enjoy all the benefits of Standard Class, as well as reclining seats, more legroom and complimentary food and drink. In just over 3 hours, your train will arrive at Manchester Piccadilly station.
As soon as you’ve exited the station, you can begin to explore the city’s most famous sights. Unsure where to visit first? For inspiration, head over to our guide on the best things to do in Manchester, including a trip to Manchester Art Gallery and the National Football Museum.
If you need to travel to Manchester Airport, you can take the train from Manchester Piccadilly station. To learn more, check out our guide on trains to and from Manchester Airport.
If you’d like to book cheaper train tickets, try to travel at Off-Peak times – tickets tend to be cheaper outside of morning/evening rush hours between Monday and Friday. Also, keep your eyes peeled for Advance tickets – they are normally released 12 weeks before the travel date and are usually a lot cheaper.
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If you catch this train more than 3 times per week, you could save money with a Season Ticket. With annual, monthly and weekly options available, find out if a season ticket for Edinburgh (Waverley) to Manchester is right for you.
National Railcards offer a 1/3 off eligible train tickets in the UK and can be a great investment if you travel a few times or more in a year. Find out how you can save with a National Railcard here.
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