To get from Leeds to Edinburgh catch the National Express coach to Edinburgh from Leed's Dyer Street. There is one direct service per day at 12:30, and two other coaches that change in Newcastle. The journey takes 5 ½ - 7 hours and costs around 48 GBP single or 48-59 GBP return.
After booking online, you will be issued with an e-ticket, which you need to print out and take with you, or an m-ticket, which is sent to your mobile phone. Otherwise you can get a ticket at the bus station.
If you have plenty of time and are looking for the cheapest option you could consider using the Megabus route from Leeds to Newcastle then changing to another MegaBus from Newcastle to Edinburgh. Megabus offer some amazingly cheap fares, starting at as little as 1.50 GBP for a single between cities if you book far enough in advance. To check timetables and prices click the button below:
Taking the train is the best way to travel to Edinburgh from Leeds – it is a faster, operates a more regular service and is usually cheaper than the bus. There is an hourly direct train service to Edinburgh. It takes 3 hours 10 minutes and costs 33.50 GBP single or about 77 GBP for an off peak return.
The UK train ticketing system is notoriously complicated. It is usually cheaper to buy your tickets up to 6pm on the day before you travel than on the day. And fares are more expensive if you travel before 09:30. You get the best fares by booking up to three months in advance. You can buy your tickets online, at the station ticket counter, or from the ticket machines on the main concourse. If you book online you will need to collect your tickets from the ticket machine using the same credit card you used to book your tickets online.