Travel from Newcastle to Edinburgh by Coach

How to get to Edinburgh from Newcastle with National Express buses

Updated September 2011

You can get from Newcastle to Edinburgh (or Edinburgh to Newcastle) by taking the National Express coaches. The journey is 2 hours and 40 minutes for the quickest direct buses. Travelling by National Express is the cheapest way to get from Newcastle to Edinburgh with NX funfare tickets (very cheap tickets) starting at £5 one-way.

Tickets and timetables for Newcastle - Edinburgh coaches.

There are up to 3 coaches a day between Newcastle Coach Station (St James Boulevard) and Edinburgh Bus Station (St. Andrew's Square). All of these are direct bus services between Edinburgh and Newcastle upon Tyne. National Express and Megabus are the only coach companies operating services between Newcastle and Edinburgh. However, the cheapest Megabus tickets for this route are more expensive than the cheapest (funfare) bus tickets offered by National Express.

Direct buses from Newcastle to Edinburgh (journey time between 2-3 hours)

Weekdays Weekend
Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Newcastle to Edinburgh (NX534)
(departs at 13:55, arrives at 16:35)
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Newcastle to Edinburgh (NX591)
(departs at 16:20, arrives at 19:15)
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Newcastle to Edinburgh (NX383)
(departs at 16:20, arrives at 19:30)
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Direct buses from Edinburgh to Newcastle (journey time between 2-3 hours)

Weekdays Weekend
Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Edinburgh to Newcastle (NX383)
(departs at 09:30, arrives at 12:45)
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Edinburgh to Newcastle (NX591)
(departs at 09:45, arrives at 12:45)
1 1 1 1 1 1 1 Book bus ticket
Edinburgh to Newcastle (NX534)
(departs at 12:30, arrives at 15:10)
1 1 1 1 1 1 1 Book bus ticket

NOTE: the schedule of buses may change without notice. Please double check with the National Express for the latest travel times for getting to Newcastle or Edinburgh.

There are no early morning, late evening or overnight direct coaches between Newcastle upon Tyne and Edinburgh other than the National Express services listed above. See below the section on non-direct buses.

All Edinburgh - Newcastle buses (National Express) with service times

Direct buses

Daytime coaches

  • There are 3 direct daytime buses from Edinburgh to Newcastle (bus services NX383, NX591 and NX534) which depart St Andrews Bus Station at 09:30, 09:45 and 12:30 respectively; they arrive at Newcastle Coach Station at approx 12:45, 12:45 and 15:10 respectively.
  • There are 3 direct daytime buses from Newcastle to Edinburgh (bus services NX383, NX591 and NX534) which depart Newcastle Coach Station at 13:55, 16:20 and 16:20 respectively; they arrive at St Andrews Bus Station at approx 16:35, 19:15 and 19:30 respectively.

Overnight coaches

There are no direct night buses between Edinburgh and Newcastle.

Indirect buses

There are no indirect daytime or overnight night buses between Edinburgh and Newcastle.

How long does it take to get from Newcastle to Edinburgh by bus

The direct buses take between 2 hours and 40 minutes and 3 hours and 15 minutes, depending on the route.

How much does the bus ticket from Newcastle to Edinburgh cost

The Newcastle - Edinburgh route is a National Express funfare route with bus fares for one-way journeys starting at £5-£7 (check availability now). These cheap bus tickets (non-refundable) are available only online when you book in advance. Funfare prices are only available on direct bus journeys.

Make sure to book in advance for travel on busy periods like Bank Holidays, Half-Term, Christmas Holidays and New Year's.

National Express bus fares between Newcastle and Edinburgh

The cheapest National Express tickets for the Newcastle coach are NX funfare tickets but you need to book these in advance.

Single fares

  • Standard single ticket: £17.50
  • Best Deal, ideal for budget travellers - funfare ticket: from £5

Return fares

  • Standard return ticket: £28
  • Best Deal, ideal for budget travellers - combined single NX funfare tickets (£10 cheapest)

Book Newcastle - Edinburgh direct coach tickets

NOTE: Ticket prices may change without notice. Please double check with the National Express for up to date coach fares.

Where does the bus between Newcastle and Edinburgh stop

Stops for direct buses

The direct National Express NX534 is a non-stop service between Newcastle and Edinburgh.

The direct National Express NX383 bus goes via Jedburgh and Dalkeith. You can buy tickets for travel from any of these stops in Scotland or England to Newcastle or Edinburgh. Full NX383 itinerary: Newcastle Upon Tyne, Ponteland, Belsay, Capheaton, Kirkwhelpington, Knowesgate Hotel, Elsdon, Otterburn, Rochester, Rochester, Cottonshopeburn, Byrness, Catcleugh, Whiteleas, Carter Bar, Letham, Edgertson, Camptown, Jedforest, Ferniehurst, Ferniehirst Castle, Jedburgh, Melrose, Galashiels, Stow, Fountainhall, Heriot, Dalkeith, Edinburgh.

The direct National Express NX591 bus goes via Alnwick and Berwick-upon-Tweed. Full NX591 itinerary: Newcastle Upon Tyne, Morpeth, Alnwick, Berwick-upon-Tweed, Edinburgh.

National Express coach services - Web links

Bus Tickets, Timetables and Journey Planner
Use the form to get timetables and tickets for coach trips from Newcastle to Edinburgh or Edinburgh to Newcastle and anywhere else in the UK. Alternatively, you can buy your ticket from St Andrews bus station or Newcastle coach station. Remember that the cheapest Edinburgh - Newcastle bus tickets (funfare offers) are available ONLY online.

Address of Newcastle Coach Station

National Express Coach Station in Newcastle
St James Boulevard
Newcastle
No exact postcode has been found for the Coach Station in Newcastle

Address of Edinburgh Bus Station

National Express Coach Station in Edinburgh
St Andrew's Square
Edinburgh
Scotland
Tel: +44 (131) 5556363
Tel: +44 (131) 2253858

No exact postcode has been found for St Andrew's Bus Station in Edinburgh

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