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Find cheap train tickets from Edinburgh to Manchester

Thanks to Gopili, compare train ticket prices and find the best price to travel from Edinburgh to Manchester by train. Our service is dedicated to helping you find the cheapest Edinburgh to Manchester train ticket and gives you practical information: booking, next departures, timetables, fares, and good deals.

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Find the best prices for train tickets Edinburgh to Manchester

from £11.90 MORE 3h44m
Other modes of transport available to travel from Edinburgh to Manchester
Coach
from £9.00 MORE 6h27m
Flight
from £29.99 MORE 7h49m

Proximity journey

Many trains run from Edinburgh to Manchester, but there are also near stations served like for instance:

Different train ticket types for your journey

There are several types of train tickets Edinburgh to Manchester offered by each company, enabling travellers to choose between flexibility and price. Travellers can book tickets on the website of the railway companies or on train ticket sales websites being accredited. Here is a description of each type of rail ticket:

The Advance Tickets are tickets for single journeys, valid in 1st and 2nd class. They can be bought 12 weeks in advance, really they are sold in limited numbers and are subject to availability. Typically, the earlier you purchase them, the cheaper the fare is. You should be aware that the Advance ticket is non-refundable. Nevertheless, you can change the hours and the date of the trip before departure.

The Off-Peak Tickets are the lowest tickets to travel in less busy trains. Offering a good quality-price ratio, these tickets require passengers to travel off-peak. You can book tickets at any time, in advance or just before the travel. The train ticket is refundable but administrative fees may be charged; these fees do not exceed £10.00.

The Anytime Tickets are entirely flexible: you can travel whenever you desire. Tickets can be bought in advance or directly before travel. There are no conditions on when you want to go, however you will need to buy a new ticket if you want to modify the date, destination or class.

You can also buy a Season Ticket for 7 days or a period of either 1 month or 1 year. Normally these tickets are available for short and medium distances in the United Kingdom.

The last Rovers and Rangers ticket type allows you unlimited travel for an area and time period with all train companies.

And if you change?

Other alternatives of transport exist to travel from Edinburgh to Manchester:

Bus from Edinburgh to Manchester

Travel information for your train journey

Edinburgh Manchester train

Route Edinburgh to Manchester

Edinburgh Manchester train map

Train duration 3h27m
Arrival city Manchester, England
Departure city Edinburgh, Scotland
Distance 175 Miles
Lowest train ticket price from £11.90
Train operators for Edinburgh to Manchester Virgin Trains, TransPennine Express, Cross Country

Which train company can I use?

The trip from Edinburgh, which is in Scotland and Manchester, which is in England is well served by trains. The trains are run by the following rail operators: Virgin Trains, TransPennine Express, Cross Country.

How long is the train?

The train is a fast and simple solution to go to Manchester from Edinburgh. The average train duration between Edinburgh to Manchester is 3h27m to cover the 175 miles.

What is the price of a train ticket for this journey?

Based on our data, the lowest fare to travel in the next month is £11.90. This fare is based on an adult fare and is not including the savings you can make with a railcard.

Best price found for train ticket from Edinburgh to Manchester

We compare train ticket prices for all major companies to travel from Edinburgh to Manchester by train and find the best price for you. Here are the best prices selected for the coming days to go to Manchester. Your Edinburgh to Manchester train ticket is just few clicks away!

From To Price Departure on At Company Searched
Edinburgh
(Waverley, city centre)
Manchester
Piccadilly
£11.90 12/12/2017 20:14 TransPennine Express 4 days ago
Edinburgh
(Waverley, city centre)
Manchester
Piccadilly
£16.90 12/12/2017 22:15 TransPennine Express 4 days ago
Edinburgh
(Waverley, city centre)
Manchester
Piccadilly
£16.90 13/12/2017 20:14 TransPennine Express 4 days ago
Edinburgh
(Waverley, city centre)
Manchester
Piccadilly
£19.00 12/12/2017 12:52 Virgin Trains 4 days ago
Edinburgh
(Waverley, city centre)
Manchester
Piccadilly
£19.00 13/12/2017 12:52 Virgin Trains 4 days ago
Edinburgh
(Waverley, city centre)
Manchester
Piccadilly
£22.90 12/12/2017 14:18 TransPennine Express 4 days ago
Edinburgh
(Waverley, city centre)
Manchester
Piccadilly
£22.90 12/12/2017 12:12 TransPennine Express 4 days ago
Edinburgh
(Waverley, city centre)
Manchester
Piccadilly
£22.90 13/12/2017 12:12 TransPennine Express 4 days ago
Edinburgh
(Waverley, city centre)
Manchester
Piccadilly
£22.90 13/12/2017 14:18 TransPennine Express 4 days ago
Edinburgh
(Waverley, city centre)
Manchester
Piccadilly
£24.50 12/12/2017 18:52 Virgin Trains 4 days ago

Best price found for Edinburgh to Manchester train ticket for the next 30 days.

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Departure and arrival for your train travel

To travel from Edinburgh to Manchester, only one train station is available for your departure, this is the Edinburgh Waverley train station. Manchester city has several stations available for your arrival:Manchester Piccadilly train station, Manchester Oxford Road train station, Manchester Airport train station.

Where to find cheap train tickets

Virgin Trains

Virgin Trains, the rail travel company, runs between Edinburgh and Manchester from £19, allowing you to travel without breaking the bank.

TransPennine Express

The rail company TransPennine Express offers year-round connections by train to travel from Edinburgh to Manchester at low cost. The tickets are available from TransPennine Express from £12.

Cross Country

The 282 kilometers to link the city of Edinburgh with Manchester are operated by Cross Country! You will need to plan to spend a minimum of £103 for a Cross Country train.

Book cheap train from Edinburgh to Manchester

There are different ways to get your Edinburgh to Manchester train ticket:

  • Booking your train tickets online is convenient and only takes a few clicks. Almost all rail specialists give the ability to do it via their website.Tickets will be ready to collect at the station in as little as two hours after you purchased them using the fast ticket machine. Please note you will need the card that you've used to pay as well as your collection number.
  • If you don't want to book your ticket at the station or online, you may get in touch with the train companies by phone. Most of them can take your booking by phone.
  • While the biggest stations in the United Kingdom have a self-service ticket machine as well as a staffed ticket office to get your train ticket, smaller stations may not. Check the opening hours and the available services before you travel.

The best way to get cheap train tickets from Edinburgh to Manchester is to have a look online at the fares from all train providers. Gopili enables you to do so by comparing in one search train times and prices across all existing offers. If you need to take the train back to Edinburgh later on, train tickets Manchester to Edinburgh are also available on gopili.

Edinburgh - Manchester: the best time to book cheap trains

Price of the ticket when booking in advance or at the last minute

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£42

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£32

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£34

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£46

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Days before Departure

The graph above illustrates the cheapest prices found over the past 6 months depending on how many time in advance the ticket is bought. Getting your train from Edinburgh to Manchester in advance should enable you to save money for your journey.

We found tickets available from £21 when purchasing your seat 15 days in advance, it is 54% cheaper than the best fare we found when purchasing your seat on the day you're travelling.

Price barometer for train tickets covering this trip

The gopili price barometer gives the prices for a Edinburgh to Manchester train and helps you to know whether you are getting a good deal:

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Discount Edinburgh to Manchester train tickets

Looking to travel for less? Many railcards and discounts are available to pay less for your Edinburgh Manchester train ticket and make even more savings on your tickets: special train fares for children, railcards for all ages, group travel, or charity discount. There are different types of railcards available: 16-25 railcard, Two together railcard, Family and Friends Railcard, Senior railcard, Disabled persons railcard.

How much can I save with a railcard?

The main benefit of getting a railcard is that you only need a few trips to earn as much money as you spent.

You will need to pay at least £88 of train tickets throughout the duration of the railcard's validity for the railcard to be worthwile. It corresponds to the price of the card, thirty pounds, divided by the saving, thirty four percent. On every train that you buy after that, you will save money.

As an example, train tickets from Edinburgh to Manchester cost on average £58.25 (1). When dividing £88 by £58.25 (£88/£58.25 = 1.51), it appears that after only 2 one way trips from Manchester to Edinburgh, the card will have paid for itself.

What is the cost of a railcard?

All railcards cost £30 except the Disabled persons railcard for which you will pay £20. Railcards give you 34% off most train fares, so you will save 1/3 on most train fares.

(1)Average prices observed over the last 3 months for one way journey

Train Journey Average price without railcard(1) With a railcard 34% off(2) Saving based on a one-way trip Number of return trips to pay off the cost
Edinburgh to Manchester train £58.25 £38.83 £19.42 1.51

(1)Average price observed over the last 3 months for one way

(2)Price calculated with an average reduction of 34% on train tickets fare

Transport operators from Edinburgh to Manchester

The following table lists the various transport operators serving the route Edinburgh to Manchester.

Transport operators Departure Arrival
Virgin Trains Edinburgh Manchester
TransPennine Express Edinburgh Manchester
Cross Country Edinburgh Manchester

How to find cheap train tickets Edinburgh to Manchester ?

There are many ways to find cheap train tickets Edinburgh to Manchester. By following these few rules, you should always find cheap train tickets for your trip.

Buying your ticket in advance instead of leaving it until the day before will help you to pay less. Advance tickets tend to go on sale 90 days in advance. On many routes you can save as much as 80% by purchasing your ticket 3 months in advance. We suggest you to book your ticket as soon as you can.

The most expensive times to travel are during the morning commute time and in the late afternoon for your train ticket Edinburgh to Manchester. Train fares are more expensive during these hours that's why you will pay less by travelling very early, mid day or late in the evening.

If you already know at what time you need to come back, we suggest you to have a look at the price of two singles as they are sometimes cheaper than a return. The only rule is to use the exact train you purchased.

Another way to make savings is to split up your journey to Manchester. Rather than buying only one ticket for your route you can divide the journey into different sections, and buy a ticket for each stage.

Things to do in Manchester

We have compiled for you a list of 6 places that you can do in Manchester.

  • John Rylands Library
  • Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester
  • Heaton Park
  • Manchester Art Gallery
  • Manchester Cathedral
  • People's History Museum

If you're visiting Manchester for the first time and you are not sure of the places that you can do during your time over there, we're here to help. Your itinerary will obviously depend on how much time you got as well as your areas of interest but the team at Gopili provides you with the popular points of interests in Manchester.

John Rylands Library is probably one of the most interesting tourist places for visitors. You can also plan to see Manchester Art Gallery and Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester which are usually advised by the travellers who have already visited the city.

Another interesting area that you may want to see is Manchester Cathedral if you wish to know more about the city.

Heaton Park is also a point of interest that we will advise you to see if you have enough time during your trip.

Lastly, if you're still looking to find out more about Manchester, People's History Museum can be the last stage of your stay. While travellers may not consider it as the most interesting place to visit, it will enable you to get a complete picture of the city and its history.