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Edinburgh to Manchester Train Tickets E‑TICKET

Edinburgh to Manchester Train Tickets

Get a first-hand look at the beauty that is England by taking a trip from Edinburgh to Manchester by train during your stay in the UK! You’ll board with either Virgin Trains or TransPennine Express and delight in a comfortable, carefree travel experience by high-speed commuter. Take advantage of value-priced, flexible ticket fares plus the variety of fast and friendly services offered in Standard or First Class.

You can always find good reason to come to Manchester! With its many diverse retail shops, restaurants, pubs, museums and art galleries, the place the English often call the “second city” of the UK is just overflowing with character! Manchester also plays host to a yearly schedule of fun international events and festivals. The Museum of Science and Industry, Whitworth Art Gallery, John Rylands Library and Beetham Tower skyscraper are but a few samples of Manchester’s long list of attractions.

Purchase your Edinburgh to Manchester ‘Ticket on Departure & Reservation’ e-ticket here. Soon after, you’ll receive your order confirmation along with a ticket collection reference number via email. Simply use this number to retrieve your physical ticket from a ticket collection machine anywhere in Britain and you’ll be set to travel!

Journey details

Trains depart approximately every 40 minutes during peak times and every 1-2 hours

Travel time
3 hours and 13 minutes non-stop (fastest time)

Train stations
Edinburgh Waverley and Manchester Piccadilly

Train features
Virgin Trains and TransPennine Express high-speed trains, reaching a maximum speed of 200km/h

Edinburgh to Manchester ticket fares

When booking your Ticket on Departure & Reservation for travel from Edinburgh to Manchester by train, the following fare options may be available:
  • Anytime tickets offer full flexibility. With no time restrictions, you are free to travel aboard any train, even during peak hours.
  • Advance tickets are less expensive, but have a limited availability. The sooner you book, the less you pay. Ideal for those committed to traveling on a particular date, time and train.
  • Off-peak tickets offer some flexibility, allowing you to travel aboard any train operating during off-peak hours on your ticket date. Though peak times may vary, they are typically before 9:30am and between 4:00pm and 7:00pm.

Edinburgh to Manchester ticket classes

  • Standard Class
    Standard class coaches provide comfortable, quality seating.
  • First Class
    First class coaches are equipped with larger, reclining seats that offer superior comfort as well as plenty of leg and elbow room. Passengers can enjoy a number of complimentary services that include at-seat food and drink catering.

Edinburgh to Manchester ticket discounts

  • Child discount
    Children under 5 years of age travel for free. Children between the ages of 5 and 15 can save up to 50% off the adult ticket price.

Train services and amenities

  • Onboard food and drink catering
  • WiFi internet access
  • Power outlets and work tables for laptops
  • Designated storage areas for personal luggage items
  • “Quiet Zone” seating (on select trains)
  • Priority seating and travel assistance for elderly and disabled passengers
  • Non-smoking coaches

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Seat reservations
In most cases, your ‘Ticket on Departure & Reservation’ will include a seat reservation. Exceptions where the seat may not be reserved at the time of booking include shorter journeys that don’t offer seat reservations or when the allocation of reservable seats is fully booked. In either case, your ticket is still valid and you can sit in any vacant seat.

Ticket purchase conditions and delivery
Tickets for travel from Edinburgh to Manchester by train may be booked up to 3 months in advance. Refunds and exchanges are not permitted.

Once your e-ticket order has been processed, you will receive an email confirmation with a ticket collection #. Collect your actual ticket by using this number at a self-service ticket dispensing machine at the train station before boarding.

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