It takes an average of 3h 17m to travel from Manchester to Edinburgh (Waverley) by train, over a distance of around 175 miles (281 km). There are normally 30 trains per day traveling from Manchester to Edinburgh (Waverley) and tickets for this journey start from $26.77 when you book in advance.
From 3h 8m
175 miles (281 km)
30 trains per day
Direct trains available
Considering a trip to the Scottish capital and need more information about the journey by train from Manchester to Edinburgh? Look no further!
Generally, the journey from Manchester to Edinburgh takes around 3 hours and 9 minutes but can take just 2 hours and 56 minutes on the quickest services. As there are around 29 direct trains running on this route each day, you don’t need to worry about making any changes along the way.
On this route, you’ll board a TransPennine Express train at Manchester Piccadilly station. Once you’ve found your seat, you can start to take advantage of the onboard amenities, including comfortable seating, generous luggage allowance and free WiFi on most services. If you prefer to travel in style, upgrade to TransPennine Express First Class and enjoy reclining seats, more legroom, power sockets and complimentary food and drink. In less than 3 hours, you’ll hop over the border and arrive at Edinburgh Waverley station.
Once you’ve exited the station, you’ll find yourself in the heart of the Scottish capital. From here, you’re within walking distance of the city’s most famous landmarks, such as Edinburgh Castle and the National Museum of Scotland. If you want to explore more of Edinburgh, check out our guide to the best day trips from Edinburgh, as well as how to take the train from Edinburgh to the Highlands.
Looking to book cheap train tickets? Try traveling during Off-Peak times, because tickets are usually cheaper outside of morning/evening rush hours between Monday and Friday. To save even more, keep your eyes peeled for Advance tickets – they are normally released 12 weeks prior to the day of travel and tend to be cheaper than purchasing tickets on the departure date.
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The average journey time by train between Manchester and Edinburgh (Waverley) is 3 hours and 17 minutes, with around 30 trains per day. The journey time may be longer on weekends and holidays, so use our Journey Planner on this page to search for a specific travel date.
The fastest journey time by train from Manchester to Edinburgh (Waverley) is 3 hours and 8 minutes.
Train tickets from Manchester to Edinburgh (Waverley) can start from as little as $26.77 when you book in advance and are usually more expensive when purchased on the day. Prices can also vary depending the time of day, route and class you book.
Yes, it is possible to travel from Manchester to Edinburgh (Waverley) without having to change trains. There are 30 direct trains from Manchester to Edinburgh (Waverley) each day. Though there may be fewer direct services available depending on your exact departure date.
The first train from Manchester to Edinburgh (Waverley) leaves at 05:22. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.
The last train from Manchester to Edinburgh (Waverley) leaves at 20:25. Trains that depart in the early morning hours or very late evening may be sleeper services, time and services may also vary during weekends and holidays.
Trains travelling from Manchester to Edinburgh (Waverley) cover a distance of around 175 miles (281 km) during the journey.
If you’re looking for the return train journey, check out trains from Edinburgh (Waverley) to Manchester.
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 Manchester to Edinburgh (Waverley) is right for you.
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