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There are a number of options when travelling between London and Edinburgh. The distance between the two major cities is 650 kilometers, and so flying is often the quickest option, taking an average of 1.5 hours. The train usually takes around 5 hours, while the bus can take between 8 and 11 hours. Some overnight bus and train sleeper services are also available.
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|Must Know:||The best way to see the city is by foot - explore the difference between Edinburgh's enchanting Medieval Old Town and the elegant Georgian New Town.|
|Must See:||Check out Edinburgh Castle and the Botanical Gardens.|
|Must Do:||Be sure to head up towards Arthur's Seat, the main peak of a group of mountains with beautiful views over the whole city - definitely worth the hike.|
|Did you know?||Edinburgh has more trees per head than any other city in the UK and is home to 112 parks.|
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A number of airlines offer flights from London to Edinburgh Airport, including Ryanair, easyJet, and British Airways. There are roughly 50 daily direct flights which take around 2 hours. Flights depart from all London airports including Heathrow, Gatwick and Stanstead and arrive at Edinburgh airport. Make sure to book in advance to get the best deals, otherwise flying can become expensive.
Virgin Trains East Coast operate between 2-3 services per hour from London Euston and London Kings Cross stations. The journey takes between 4-5 hours and can be either direct or with one change. The Caledonian Sleeper train leaves Euston every day in the late evening, excluding Saturdays, and takes approximately seven and a half hours to reach Edinburgh, travelling overnight.
Megabus and National Express are the main bus providers of this route. Megabus offer a low-cost service from Victoria Coach Station to Edinburgh Bus Station. Daily services leave in the morning, afternoon and evening. Afternoon services arrive in the early hours of the following morning at North St. David Street, due to Edinburgh Bus Station being closed during the overnight hours. Services that depart from London in the evening will arrive the following morning in Edinburgh. National Express also offers services from Victoria Coach Station as well as the option of overnight travel, leaving Victoria late at night and arriving in Edinburgh the following morning. Both companies offer between two and six services per day, with journeys taking between 8 and 11 hours.