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Manchester to Edinburgh (Waverley) by train

It takes an average of 3h 9m to travel from Manchester to Edinburgh (Waverley) by train, over a distance of around 175 miles (281 km). There are normally 32 trains per day travelling from Manchester to Edinburgh (Waverley) and tickets for this journey start from £13.30 when you book in advance.
Journey timeFrom 2h 56m
PriceFrom £13.30
Distance175 miles (281 km)
Frequency32 trains per day
First train05:26
Last train20:30
Departure stationManchester
Arrival stationEdinburgh (Waverley)
ChangesDirect trains available
Train operatorsTransPennine Express

Manchester to Edinburgh (Waverley) train times

Check out the next trains departing from Manchester to Edinburgh (Waverley) for Tuesday 23rd August 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.
DepartsArrivesDuration
10:26 13:26 3h 0m, direct
10:47 14:18 3h 31m, 1 change
11:15 15:22 4h 7m, 1 change
12:26 15:37 3h 11m, direct
12:47 16:18 3h 31m, 1 change
13:15 17:23 4h 8m, 1 change
14:26 17:39 3h 13m, direct
14:47 18:21 3h 34m, 1 change
15:15 19:22 4h 7m, 1 change
16:26 19:44 3h 18m, direct

Travelling from Manchester to Edinburgh by train

Planning to take the train from Manchester to Edinburgh? You’ve come to the right place!

The train from Manchester to Edinburgh usually takes around 3h 9m but can take just 2h 56m on the fastest services, with around 24 trains running on this popular route every day. You won’t need to worry about making any changes along the way either as direct trains are available.

TransPennine Express is the main train operator on this route. Just sit back, relax and enjoy the amenities available on board, including comfortable seating and free WiFi in Standard Class. If you want to treat yourself to First Class, you’ll also enjoy reclining seats and complimentary snacks and drinks on certain services. If your journey requires a change along the way, usually in York or Preston, you’re likely to be travelling on either a CrossCountry or Northern service. 

Once your train arrives in Edinburgh, you can take in some of the iconic landmarks, such as Edinburgh Castle, the Palace of Holyroodhouse, or Arthur’s Seat – which is the ideal location for sightseeing.

Hoping to snap up cheap train tickets from Manchester to Edinburgh? Travelling Off-Peak and booking in advance are some of our top tips for saving money. Also, if you have a Railcard, you’ll enjoy up to 1/3 off eligible train fares for a whole year. Ready to book your train journey to Edinburgh from Manchester? Use our Journey Planner at the top of the page to start your journey today. Find out more information about how to buy cheap train tickets to Edinburgh.

Journey details

Want to know more about your journey from Manchester to Edinburgh (Waverley)? 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 Manchester to Edinburgh (Waverley) take?

The average journey time by train between Manchester and Edinburgh (Waverley) is 3 hours and 9 minutes, with around 32 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 Manchester and Edinburgh (Waverley) by train?

The fastest journey time by train from Manchester to Edinburgh (Waverley) is 2 hours and 56 minutes.

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

Train ticket prices from Manchester to Edinburgh (Waverley) can start from as little as £13.30 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 Manchester to Edinburgh (Waverley)?

Yes, it is possible to travel from Manchester to Edinburgh (Waverley) without having to change trains. There are 32 direct trains from Manchester to Edinburgh (Waverley) each day. Though there may be fewer direct services available depending on your exact departure date.

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

The first train from Manchester to Edinburgh (Waverley) leaves at 05:26. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.

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

The last train from Manchester to Edinburgh (Waverley) leaves at 20:30. 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 Manchester and Edinburgh (Waverley) by train?

Trains travelling from Manchester to Edinburgh (Waverley) 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 Edinburgh (Waverley) to Manchester. If you’re looking for other options, you can also catch the bus from Manchester to Edinburgh (Waverley).

Cheap train tickets from Manchester to Edinburgh (Waverley)

Train tickets from Manchester to Edinburgh (Waverley) start at £13.30 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 Manchester to Edinburgh (Waverley) 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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