Liverpool, England
Edinburgh, Scotland

Train ticket from Liverpool to Edinburgh

Choose Northern Railway trains with fares starting from £65.06. Travel time approximately 3h 36m. More than 10 schedules for your trip.

Northern Railway
3h 36mfrom£65.06
Transpennine Express
3h 27mfrom£92.09

Save £27.03 if you travel with Northern Railway!

We have selected the cheapest, fastest and earliest schedules for your trip to Edinburgh.

  • Northern Railway


    3h 36m
  • Transpennine Express


    3h 27m
  • Northern Railway


    3h 33m

Train Liverpool to Edinburgh

It takes an average of 4h 43m to travel from Liverpool to Edinburgh by train, covering a distance of about 283 km. There are usually 10 trains traveling daily from Liverpool to Edinburgh and tickets for this journey start from £65.06 when you book in advance.

Distance283 km
Fastest3h 27m

Saving Money

Cheapest Bus

The cheapest bus ticket from Liverpool to Edinburgh is a regular seat, one-way trip, when booked in advance. Buying on the day of travel is usually more expensive and may include additional costs that can vary depending on the time of day and bus class.

Cheapest Bus
Book in advance.
Most companies sell bus tickets about three to six months in advance. If you already have your travel date set, search as early as possible to save money.
Be flexible with your travel times.
Many companies increase ticket prices during "peak hours" (usually between 06:00 - 10:00 and 15:00 - 19:00 on weekdays). If possible, choose to travel outside of these hours to find cheaper tickets and save money.
Check connections.
On some of the busiest routes, you may also have the option of taking a slower or connecting transportation. It may take a little longer, but if you have a bit more time available, you may find a cheaper ticket.

Travel Tips

The best tips from our team for your next trip

Consider choosing eco-friendly transport options like buses or trains instead of driving alone in a car, which can help reduce your carbon footprint.

Arrive on time for your bus or train, and be respectful of other passengers' schedules.

Traveling during off-peak hours can save moneyon bus and train fares, as prices tend to be lower during non-peak times.

Bring a refillable water bottle and stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water throughout your journey.

Research the local culture and customs of the places you will be traveling through, and learn about the history, traditions, and values of the people.

Choose a mode of transportation that allows you to work comfortably, such as a train with spacious seating or a bus with Wi-Fi.

Keep your valuables like cash, passport, andimportant documents in a secure place, like a neck wallet or a money belt.Avoid carrying large sums of money or expensive jewelry.

Learn basic phrases in the local language, such as greetings or common phrases, to show respect and build connections with locals.

Check the pet policies of the bus or train company you are traveling with, and make sure your pet is allowed on board.

Choosing the right seat, such as one with extralegroom or a window seat, can help maximize comfort during your journey.

Research sightseeing opportunities along your route, such as landmarks, tourist attractions, or scenic routes, and plan your itinerary accordingly.

What companies travel from Liverpool to Edinburgh?

Whether you're seeking speed, comfort, affordability, or a blend of all, our detailed overview covers the key players in the industry. Get insights into schedules, booking tips, and amenities offered by each company, ensuring your journey between these iconic cities is as smooth and enjoyable as possible.

Frequently asked questions

Embark on the scenic Liverpool to Edinburgh journey. Unwind as you traverse lush landscapes, seamless transitions from city vistas to countryside charms, all while enjoying swift connections and comfortable travel options on this popular route.

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Best Travel Options

Exploring the best ways to embark on the Liverpool to Edinburgh journey opens up a mix of options, each with unique perks:

Travel Time: Trains significantly shorten travel time to approximately 3.5 hours, perfect for those on a tight schedule. Cars offer a laid-back pace with a 4-5 hour drive.

Cost: Buses present a wallet-friendly choice, while trains provide a balanced trade-off between cost and convenience. Driving costs vary with shared expenses.

Experience: Scenic train views cater to comfort-seekers; while driving offers autonomy to explore. Both modes present their distinct travel narratives and adventures.

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Best Travel Options

Bus vs Train

When considering your Liverpool to Edinburgh trip, here are three key distinctions between bus and train travel:

Travel Duration: Trains offer a swift journey, reaching Edinburgh in just over 3 hours, whereas bus travel takes approximately 8 hours, suited for those not pressed for time.

Cost: Bus tickets are typically more affordable, aligning with budget-friendly itineraries, while train fares may be higher but can be reduced with early bookings.

Convenience and Comfort: Trains provide a smoother ride with added amenities like power sockets, whereas buses offer a unique chance for scenic exploration and direct city-center access.

Bus vs Train

Cheapest Travel Options

The journey from Liverpool to Edinburgh doesn’t have to break the bank, with budget-friendly options like National Express and Megabus offering rides as low as £10. You can cruise comfortably with National Express’ ample luggage space and stay connected with free Wi-Fi, or score unbeatable deals with Megabus for the most economical travel.

Whether you’re juggling kids and suitcases, in town for a meeting, or traveling solo on a shoestring, these travel solutions are as cost-effective as they come. Families may lean towards the spaciousness of trains, while those on business trips might prioritize the quickness of TransPennine Express. If you’re a solo voyager or moving in a pack, dive into the realms of Megabus or shared rides with BlaBlaCar, each tailored to fit your pocket and preferences perfectly.

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