Manchester to Edinburgh Train Tickets



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Get a first-hand look at the beauty that is Scotland by taking a trip from Manchester to Edinburgh 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.

Edinburgh is composed of two very different, but equally historic regions: the Victorian-inspired Old Town and sophisticated Georgian New Town. The Scottish capital city boasts several notable museums and art galleries for touring as well as an assortment of retail stores and boutique shops for browsing. Fans of the performing arts will especially love Edinburgh’s thriving music scene, ongoing theatrical events and cultural summer festivals. The Museum of Scotland, City Art Centre, Scotch Whiskey Experience and Princes Street shopping district are but a few samples of Edinburgh’s long list of attractions.

Purchase your Manchester to Edinburgh ‘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 30 minutes during peak times and every 1-2 hours otherwise, with an average of 12 daily departures (8 of them non-stop routes)

Travel time

3 hours and 18 minutes non-stop (fastest time)

Train stations

Manchester Piccadilly or Victoria and Edinburgh Waverley

Train features

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

When booking your Ticket on Departure & Reservation for travel from Manchester to Edinburgh 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.
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.
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 (subject to availability)
  • WiFi internet access
  • Power outlets and work tables
  • “Quiet Zone” seating (on select trains)
  • Designated storage areas for personal luggage items
  • Priority seating for elderly and disabled passengers
  • Non-smoking coaches
Additional Details

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 Manchester to Edinburgh 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 physical ticket simply by using this number at a self-service ticket dispensing machine at the station before boarding.

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