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Edinburgh (Waverley) to Manchester by train

It takes an average of 3h 18m to travel from Edinburgh (Waverley) to Manchester by train, over a distance of around 175 miles (281 km). There are normally 24 trains per day travelling from Edinburgh (Waverley) to Manchester and tickets for this journey start from £12.20 when you book in advance.
Journey timeFrom 3h 3m
PriceFrom £12.20
Distance175 miles (281 km)
Frequency24 trains per day
First train05:12
Last train20:15
Departure stationEdinburgh (Waverley)
Arrival stationManchester
ChangesDirect trains available
Train operatorsTransPennine Express

Edinburgh (Waverley) to Manchester train times

Check out the next trains departing from Edinburgh (Waverley) to Manchester for Sunday 3rd July 2022 using our handy timetable below, including platform and live travel information. You can view the full day timetable or search for a different date here.
DepartsArrivesTrainDuration
09:08 edinburgh (waverley)13:17 manchester piccadillyPlat. 11 estimatedcrosscountry Peak4h 9m, 1 change
09:30 edinburgh (waverley)14:09 manchester piccadillyPlat. 8 estimatedlondon north eastern railway Peak4h 39m, 1 change
10:05 edinburgh (waverley)14:36 manchester victoriaPlat. 7 estimatedcrosscountry Peak4h 31m, 1 change
10:13 edinburgh (waverley)13:54 manchester piccadillyPlat. 14 estimatedtranspennine express Peak3h 41m, 2 changes
10:30 edinburgh (waverley)15:13 manchester piccadillyPlat. 8 estimatedlondon north eastern railway Peak4h 43m, 1 change

Travelling from Edinburgh to Manchester by train in just over 3 hours

Considering a trip over the border and need more information on the journey from Edinburgh to Manchester by train? You’ve come to the right place! 

Generally, the journey from Edinburgh to Manchester by train takes around 3 hours and 17 minutes, but can take just 3 hours and 7 minutes on the fastest services. With around 29 direct trains running on this popular route each day, you can sit back and enjoy the journey, as you don’t need to make any changes along the way.  

When travelling on this route, you’ll board a TransPennine Express train at Edinburgh Waverley station, in the heart of the Scottish capital. Once you’ve settled in your seat, you can begin to enjoy the onboard amenities, such as comfortable seating, plug sockets, free WiFi and access to their onboard entertainment platform. In just over 3 hours, you’ll travel over the border and arrive at Manchester Piccadilly station.  

Once you’ve exited the station, you’re perfectly placed near the centre of the city to start exploring straight away. If you’re unsure where to begin, read our guide to the best things to do in Manchester, including a trip to Manchester Art Gallery, the National Football Museum and Piccadilly Gardens.  

If you want to snap up the cheapest train tickets, try travelling at Off-Peak times, as tickets are generally cheaper compared to travelling at Peak times. If you want to save even more money, why not get yourself a Railcard? You’ll save up to 1/3 on eligible journeys for a whole year.  

Eager to book? Start a search for cheap train tickets from Edinburgh to Manchester in our Journey Planner at the top of the page. For more information, keep reading for FAQs, money-saving tips and train timetables. 

Journey details

Want to know more about your journey from Edinburgh (Waverley) to Manchester? We've compiled some of the most frequently asked questions by our customers to help you plan your journey.

How long does the train from Edinburgh (Waverley) to Manchester take?

The average journey time by train between Edinburgh (Waverley) and Manchester is 3 hours and 18 minutes, with around 24 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.

What's the fastest journey time between Edinburgh (Waverley) and Manchester by train?

The fastest journey time by train from Edinburgh (Waverley) to Manchester is 3 hours and 3 minutes.

How much does the train from Edinburgh (Waverley) to Manchester cost?

Train ticket prices from Edinburgh (Waverley) to Manchester can start from as little as £12.20 when you book in advance. The cost of tickets can vary depending on the time of day, route and class you book and are usually more expensive if you book on the day.

Is there a direct train from Edinburgh (Waverley) to Manchester?

Yes, it is possible to travel from Edinburgh (Waverley) to Manchester without having to change trains. There are 24 direct trains from Edinburgh (Waverley) to Manchester each day. Though there may be fewer direct services available depending on your exact departure date.

What time does the first train from Edinburgh (Waverley) to Manchester leave?

The first train from Edinburgh (Waverley) to Manchester leaves at 05:12. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.

What time does the last train from Edinburgh (Waverley) to Manchester leave?

The last train from Edinburgh (Waverley) to Manchester leaves at 20:15. 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.

What's the distance between Edinburgh (Waverley) and Manchester by train?

Trains travelling from Edinburgh (Waverley) to Manchester cover a distance of around 175 miles (281 km) during the journey.

Looking for more information?

If you’re looking for the return train journey, check out trains from Manchester to Edinburgh (Waverley). If you’re looking for other options, you can also catch the bus from Edinburgh (Waverley) to Manchester.

Cheap train tickets from Edinburgh (Waverley) to Manchester

Train tickets from Edinburgh (Waverley) to Manchester start at £12.20 one way for a Standard Class ticket if you book in advance. As most UK train companies increase their prices as the departure date approaches, we’ll help you find the cheapest tickets.

Book in advance

Look out for Advance tickets – they usually come out up to 12 weeks before the departure date and can be cheaper than buying on the day. If you’re here a tad early, sign up for our Advance ticket alert today to get notified when your tickets are released.

Consider a Season Ticket

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.

Use your Railcard

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.

Split your tickets

Download our app to find split tickets — courtesy of SplitSave, our handy feature which 'splits' your train tickets where possible to find you a better deal. Learn more about the clever tech behind split tickets, and how to spot SplitSave discounts in our app.

For more money-saving tips on UK and European train travel, read our cheap train tickets guide.

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