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.
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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.
The fastest journey time by train from Manchester to Edinburgh (Waverley) is 2 hours and 59 minutes.
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.
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.
The first train from Manchester to Edinburgh (Waverley) leaves at 03:36. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.
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.
Trains travelling from Manchester to Edinburgh (Waverley) cover a distance of around 175 miles (281 km) during the journey.
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.
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.
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