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London to Edinburgh Train Information

Avg. Train Duration4h 29m
Trains arrive inEdinburgh
Trains depart fromLondon
Train Ticket Price 62.30 €
Distance534 km
Train Companies
  • East Coast
  • Virgin Trains

Quick Guide: Trains from London to Edinburgh

Average Price: $116
Trains per day: 9
Transfers: Direct or at York
Average Time: 4:43
Fastest Route: 4:17
Slowest Route: 5:04

Train from London to Edinburgh: Journey Details

Trains in the United Kingdom are an affordable way to travel between cities. A number of companies offer domestic and international train routes in the UK. Virgin East Coast operates direct trains from London to Edinburgh, offering around 7 trains a day, departing at roughly half-hour intervals. London to Edinburgh trains operated by CrossCountry involve changes at stops at York on the East Coast mainline. The earliest direct service to Edinburgh leaves London King's Cross at around 6:00 a.m. in the morning on weekdays with the last direct service departing in the early evening. Weekend timetables provide multiple direct trains including a 6:15 a.m. earliest departure and a 6:00 p.m. last departure. Passengers should be aware that Sunday journeys can require up to 7 hours to complete. Services terminate at Edinburgh Waverley station where​ onward services to Edinburgh Park or Haymarket can be boarded if needed.

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London to Edinburgh Train Cost

Average prices for trains from London to Edinburgh when you book in advance

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London to Edinburgh Trains: General Information

  • autobus All London to Edinburgh trains are run by either East Coast or CrossCountry.

  • autobus All London to Edinburgh trains are direct, depart from London's Kings Cross train station and arrive at Edinburgh's Waverley train station.

  • autobus Journey Time: The London to Edinburgh train journey takes as little as 4 hours and 17 minutes to arrive in Edinburgh.

  • autobus Most travelers book their London to Edinburgh train tickets 1-2 months in advance of the travel date.

Based on GoEuro's travel data, as the table above clearly illustrates, ticket prices for London to Edinburgh trains decrease the further they are booked in advance:

  • It is 25% cheaper to book a London to Edinburgh train a day ahead of time rather than purchasing a ticket at the station.
  • It is 27% cheaper to book a London to Edinburgh train ticket 1 week in advance as opposed to the day you intend to travel.
  • Finally, London to Edinburgh train costs are 32% cheaper when booked 1 month in advance as opposed to purchasing a train ticket the day of.


Local Time 16:33
Pounds Sterling
Population 435,700
Region Scotland
Languages English

How expensive is Edinburgh?

An Average Meal

An average meal in a restaurant in Edinburgh costs 18.5% less than in London.


Prices in Edinburgh are on average 16% lower than in London.

Public Transport

Public transport in Edinburgh costs around 39.9% less than in London.

A Night in a Hotel

A night in a hotel in Edinburgh is about 42.4% less expensive than in London.

Taking the Train from London

The modernized Kings Cross station, just north of central London, is the main departure point for trains from London to Edinburgh. It has its own underground station and is served by numerous bus routes, including night buses. There are also taxi ranks in close proximity to the station.

Getting into Edinburgh by Train

Edinburgh is a capital acclaimed for its elegant Georgian and medieval architecture and its atmospheric streets overlooked by the volcanic crag of Arthur's Seat. Its annual August international arts festival, the Edinburgh Fringe, is famous and attracts performers and artists the world over. Edinburgh Waverley station is located in the centre of the city, close to the main shopping area of Princes Street, and is well-served by city buses, night buses from Waverley Bridge and the modern tram line linking the center with the airport. There are also taxi ranks located within the station.

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