Trains from

Manchester Piccadilly to Edinburgh

  1. on time
    Manchester Piccadilly
    Platform 14
    05:00
    Manchester Piccadilly
    Platform 14
    07:44
    Carstairs
    Platform 1
    07:50
    Carstairs
    Platform 2
    08:34
    Edinburgh (Waverley)
    Platform 7 estimated
    on time
    Edinburgh (Waverley)
    Platform 7 estimated
    1 change
    Peak
  2. on time
    Manchester Piccadilly
    Platform 14 estimated
    on time
    Edinburgh (Waverley)
    Platform 10 estimated
    0 changes
    Peak
  3. on time
    Manchester Piccadilly
    Platform 14 estimated
    06:56
    Manchester Piccadilly
    Platform 14 estimated
    07:28
    Wigan North Western
    Platform 5 estimated
    07:38
    Wigan North Western
    Platform 5 estimated
    10:18
    Edinburgh (Waverley)
    Platform 8 estimated
    on time
    Edinburgh (Waverley)
    Platform 8 estimated
    1 change
    Peak
  4. on time
    Manchester Piccadilly
    Platform 14 estimated
    07:05
    Manchester Piccadilly
    Platform 14 estimated
    08:35
    York
    Platform 11 estimated
    08:55
    York
    Platform 9 estimated
    11:22
    Edinburgh (Waverley)
    Platform 2 estimated
    on time
    Edinburgh (Waverley)
    Platform 2 estimated
    1 change
    Peak
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    Manchester Piccadilly
    Platform 3 estimated
    07:17
    Manchester Piccadilly
    Platform 3 estimated
    07:55
    Huddersfield
    Platform 4B estimated
    08:00
    Huddersfield
    Platform 8 estimated
    08:43
    York
    Platform 5 estimated
    08:55
    York
    Platform 9 estimated
    11:22
    Edinburgh (Waverley)
    Platform 2 estimated
    on time
    Edinburgh (Waverley)
    Platform 2 estimated
    2 changes
    Peak
  6. on time
    Manchester Piccadilly
    Platform 14 estimated
    on time
    Edinburgh (Waverley)
    Platform 14 estimated
    0 changes
    Peak
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    Manchester Piccadilly
    Platform 14 estimated
    08:47
    Manchester Piccadilly
    Platform 14 estimated
    09:40
    Preston (Lancs)
    Platform 1 estimated
    09:54
    Preston (Lancs)
    Platform 3 estimated
    12:22
    Edinburgh (Waverley)
    Platform 9 estimated
    on time
    Edinburgh (Waverley)
    Platform 9 estimated
    1 change
    Peak
  8. on time
    Manchester Piccadilly
    Platform 14 estimated
    09:05
    Manchester Piccadilly
    Platform 14 estimated
    10:35
    York
    Platform 11 estimated
    10:54
    York
    Platform 9 estimated
    13:19
    Edinburgh (Waverley)
    Platform 8 estimated
    on time
    Edinburgh (Waverley)
    Platform 8 estimated
    1 change
    Peak
  9. on time
    Manchester Piccadilly
    Platform 1 estimated
    09:17
    Manchester Piccadilly
    Platform 1 estimated
    09:55
    Huddersfield
    Platform 4B estimated
    10:00
    Huddersfield
    Platform 8 estimated
    10:43
    York
    Platform 5 estimated
    10:54
    York
    Platform 9 estimated
    13:19
    Edinburgh (Waverley)
    Platform 8 estimated
    on time
    Edinburgh (Waverley)
    Platform 8 estimated
    2 changes
    Peak
  10. on time
    Manchester Piccadilly
    Platform 14 estimated
    on time
    Edinburgh (Waverley)
    Platform 14 estimated
    0 changes
    Peak

Journey information from Manchester Piccadilly to Edinburgh

  • Train Fares from: £11.90
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  • Changes: Direct

Travelling from Manchester to Edinburgh Waverly by train

Going from England’s second city to Scotland’s capital is one of the UK’s most scenic routes. From Manchester you’ll hit the gothic city of York, go through the north east including the industrial heartlands of Middleborough and Newcastle. While passing Newcastle, look out for the Angel of the North in Gateshead – reputedly the world’s largest angel sculpture. As you enter Scotland, stay on the right side of your carriage to see the coast line and the vast North Sea in the distance. As you pull into Edinburgh Waverly, the Castle should be in full view and give a hint of the enchanted experience you’re about to have in the city. Manchester to Edinburgh route information.
TransPennine Express operate direct services from Manchester Piccadilly to Edinburgh Waverly. On non-direct trains there will be a short stop in York where you have plenty of time to catch the connecting train for the remainder of the journey. Onboard you can expect free WiFi on all routes, First Class seat options and space for bikes except during the peak hours of 7-9am and 4-9pm. Virgin Trains East Coast also run a number of direct and non-direct trains. WiFi is complimentary with any First Class seating options but will have to be purchased in Standard. All trains have space for up to five bikes but you’ll have to reserve a spot in advance. Peak hours are any trains leaving King’s Cross before 8am and between 4 and 8pm space for bikes except during the peak hours of 7-9am and 4-9pm.

What to do in Edinburgh?

Edinburgh boasts its own attractions and is a welcome break for anyone interested in a city visit. The Edinburgh castle is the obvious and most popular sight to see, home to Scotland's crown jewels and the Stone of Destiny. Thanks to its high up location on a hill call Castle Rock, you'll have a stunning view of the city's skyline.

Not to be missed is a trip down the Royal Mile, a strip connecting the castle with Holyrood palace, the Queen's residence in Scotland. Walking down the royal mile you'll pass stunning buildings, traditional shops, you can watch street performers and enjoy a pint a traditional pub.

In the massive and family-friendly National Museum of Scotland, located in the old town, you can learn more about Scottish history and territory in a fun and engaging way. You can't leave the museum before seeing the Millennium clock tower and listening to its chimes.

During August there is the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, where the country’s top comedians come to perform new material for a wide range of audiences.

  • How long does it take to travel from Manchester Piccadilly to Edinburgh by train?

    The average journey time between Manchester Piccadilly and Edinburgh is . The fastest journey time is . On an average weekday, there are 8 trains per day travelling from Manchester Piccadilly to Edinburgh. The journey time may be longer on weekends and holidays.

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  • Are there direct trains from Manchester Piccadilly to Edinburgh?

    Yes, it is possible to travel from Manchester Piccadilly to Edinburgh without having to change trains. Use our journey planner above to get direct train times from Manchester Piccadilly to Edinburgh.

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  • What is the distance between Manchester Piccadilly and Edinburgh?

    The distance between Manchester Piccadilly and Edinburgh is 175 miles.

    Distance: 175 miles
  • What time is the first train from Manchester Piccadilly to Edinburgh?

    The first train from Manchester Piccadilly to Edinburgh departs at .

    What time is the last train from Manchester Piccadilly to Edinburgh?

    The last train from Manchester Piccadilly to Edinburgh departs at .

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