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Manchester to Edinburgh (Waverley) by train

It takes an average of 3h 39m to travel from Manchester to Edinburgh (Waverley) by train, over a distance of around 175 miles (281 km). There are normally 54 trains per day travelling from Manchester to Edinburgh (Waverley) and tickets for this journey start from £11.50 when you book in advance.
Journey timeFrom 2h 59m
PriceFrom £11.50
Distance175 miles (281 km)
Frequency54 trains per day
First train03:36
Last train21:01
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 Sunday 13th June 2021 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
10:26 On timemanchester piccadilly13:43 On timeedinburgh (waverley)Plat. 14 transpennine express PeakGet tickets3h 17m, direct
10:54 On timemanchester piccadilly14:21 On timeedinburgh (waverley)Plat. 14 northern Off PeakGet tickets3h 27m, 1 change
11:15 On timemanchester victoria15:16 On timeedinburgh (waverley)Plat. 4 transpennine express Off PeakGet tickets4h 1m, 1 change
12:31 On timemanchester victoria15:41 On timeedinburgh (waverley)Plat. 5 estimatedtranspennine express PeakGet tickets3h 10m, direct
13:01 On timemanchester piccadilly16:20 On timeedinburgh (waverley)Plat. 14 estimatednorthern Off PeakGet tickets3h 19m, 1 change
13:15 On timemanchester victoria17:20 On timeedinburgh (waverley)Plat. 4 estimatedtranspennine express Off PeakGet tickets4h 5m, 1 change
14:26 On timemanchester piccadilly17:37 On timeedinburgh (waverley)Plat. 14 estimatedtranspennine express PeakGet tickets3h 11m, direct
14:48 On timemanchester piccadilly18:20 On timeedinburgh (waverley)Plat. 14 estimatednorthern Off PeakGet tickets3h 32m, 1 change
15:15 On timemanchester victoria19:18 On timeedinburgh (waverley)Plat. 4 estimatedtranspennine express Off PeakGet tickets4h 3m, 1 change
16:26 On timemanchester piccadilly19:40 On timeedinburgh (waverley)Plat. 14 estimatedtranspennine express PeakGet tickets3h 14m, direct

Taking the train from Manchester to Edinburgh

Take the train from Manchester to Edinburgh and be in the beautiful capital city of Scotland in a little over three hours. That’s just enough time to catch up on some well-earned rest, finish off a book, or enjoy your favourite film on your phone or laptop. Trains depart Manchester from both Victoria and Piccadilly stations. Our advice would be to travel from Piccadilly – not only do most of the direct trains depart from this station, journeys with one change along the way are also generally quicker from here too.

Direct trains from Manchester to Edinburgh are TransPennine Express services, on which you’ll find comfortable seating and free WiFi in Standard Class. If you fancy treating yourself to First Class, you’ll also enjoy reclining seats and complimentary drinks and snacks on some services. If your journey requires a change along the way – usually in York or Preston – you’ll also be travelling on either a Northern or CrossCountry service.

Once you arrive into Edinburgh, why not take in some of the historical destinations such as Edinburgh Castle, the Palace of Holyroodhouse, or Arthur's seat which is a great location for sight-seeing. Looking for cheap tickets? Travelling Off-Peak and booking in advance are some of our top tips for saving money. Start your search for train tickets from Manchester to Edinburgh in our Journey Planner at the top of the page.

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 39 minutes, with around 54 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 59 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 £11.50 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 54 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 03:36. 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 21:01. 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 £11.50 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, and even tell you when the prices are likely to increase with Price Prediction.

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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