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Cardiff to Edinburgh

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How to get from Cardiff to Edinburgh?

We are suggesting 22 routes by train, bus, carpooling, plane to plan your trip Cardiff Edinburgh. Routes displayed are sorted depending on a performance indicator (calculated from number of changes, expected duration, distance between an airport and the center of the city it serves...). You'll be able to:
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All modes of transport Cardiff Edinburgh

For your trip from Cardiff (Wales, United Kingdom) to Edinburgh (Scotland, United Kingdom) with a distance of 309 mi you will be able to take 4 modes of transport, eventually by combining plane, carpooling, bus and/or train, and according to which the duration of the journey will be significantly different.
The direct flight Cardiff > Edinburgh will be the fastest way to get to your destination.
Leave Cardiff and arrive early enough (at least 2 hours before the departure time) at Cardiff-Wales CWL airport, 9.3 mi away, to check in your luggage for the flight to Edinburgh (Edinburgh airport, IATA code: EDI) operated by FlyBE.
No coach company allows you to get you directly to Edinburgh from Cardiff without changing buses, you will have to take the coach lines Cardiff-Birmingham and Birmingham-Edinburgh.
You will board a coach of MegaBus or National Express in Cardiff. The bus will drop you off at Birmingham bus station (0.5 mi from Birmingham, United Kingdom). Please make sure to show up on time at Cardiff bus station (0.4 mi from Cardiff) at least 15 minutes before the time of departure for Birmingham. Once arrived in Birmingham, take another coach of National Express or MegaBus that will take you to Edinburgh bus station (Scotland United Kingdom).
It is not possible to travel directly by train from Cardiff to Edinburgh without changing trains but some trains run on lines Cardiff-Manchester and Manchester-Edinburgh allowing you to make the entire trip only by rail.
Trains of Arriva Trains Wales to Manchester leave from Cardiff Central railway station in Cardiff. Arrival in Manchester will take place at Manchester Piccadilly station (0.3 mi from the city centre). Correspondence or change is required in Manchester where the train operated by First TransPennine Express leave for Edinburgh.
Blablacar is the main carpooling platform in Europe where drivers having the route Cardiff-Manchester will be able to share a ride with you that you will combine with a trip by plane in order to cover the entire trip.

Which carriers to travel between Cardiff and Edinburgh?

Airlines
Cityjet carries out a flight from Cardiff-Wales CWL airport situated 9.3 mi away from the city centre of Cardiff to Glasgow (arrival at Glasgow International GLA airport)
FlyBE flies on the route from Cardiff-Wales CWL airport (located 9.3 mi from Cardiff, United Kingdom) to Edinburgh (serving Edinburgh EDI airport)
Eastern Airways schedules the flight from Cardiff-Wales CWL airport situated 9.3 mi away from the city centre of Cardiff to Birmingham (arrival at Birmingham International BHX airport)
Railway companies
CrossCountry provides rail connections Cardiff-Birmingham with the train from Cardiff Central railway station (0.4 mi from city-centre) and serving the rail station of Birmingham New Street at arrival (0.4 mi from centre) and from Birmingham to Edinburgh with the train which leaves Birmingham New Street station to arrive at Edinburgh Waverley railway station (Scotland United Kingdom)
First TransPennine Express transports passengers on a rail line Manchester-Edinburgh with the train from Manchester Piccadilly railway station (0.3 mi from city-centre) and serving the rail station of Edinburgh Waverley at arrival (0.1 mi from centre)
Virgin Trains operates the train journey from Birmingham to Edinburgh with the train which leaves Birmingham New Street station to arrive at Edinburgh Waverley railway station (Scotland United Kingdom)
ScotRail provides a rail connection Glasgow-Edinburgh with the train from Glasgow Central railway station (0.6 mi from city-centre) and serving the rail station of Edinburgh Waverley at arrival (0.1 mi from centre)
East Coast transports passengers on a rail line from Glasgow to Edinburgh with the train which leaves Glasgow Central station to arrive at Edinburgh Waverley railway station (Scotland United Kingdom)
Arriva Trains Wales operates the train journey Cardiff-Manchester with the train from Cardiff Central railway station (0.4 mi from city-centre) and serving the rail station of Manchester Piccadilly at arrival (0.3 mi from centre)
Bus companies
MegaBus operates the intercity bus services from the bus station of Cardiff in Cardiff and to the one of Birmingham (England United Kingdom) and between the city of Birmingham (serving Birmingham bus station at 0.5 mi from centre) and the city of Edinburgh where the coach will drop you off at Edinburgh station situated at about 11.2 mi from Edinburgh city centre.
National Express is the bus operator that allows to travel on the lines from the bus station of Cardiff in Cardiff and to the one of Manchester (England United Kingdom) and between the city of Manchester (serving Manchester bus station at 0.2 mi from centre) and the city of Edinburgh where the coach will drop you off at Edinburgh station situated at about 11.2 mi from Edinburgh city centre.
Carpooling
Depending on the requested date, Blablacar can display an offer to share a ride Cardiff-Manchester (144.2 mi)

Stop cities from Cardiff or cities to visit near Edinburgh

When travelling from Edinburgh to Cardiff by plane, carpooling, bus, train, you might have to change at Glasgow located at 42 mi from Edinburgh, Birmingham 88 mi away from Cardiff, Liverpool situated at 134 mi from Cardiff, Manchester at approximately 144 mi from Cardiff (United Kingdom). If you have some time on your way to Edinburgh or back to Cardiff, this may be a really good opportunity to visit and have a short stay in those cities.
 
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