London to Edinburgh

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Fri 23 Feb

18:19 23:02
£147
04:43 hrs

Fri 23 Feb

19:00 07:35
£55
12:35 hrs

Fri 23 Feb

19:35 20:50
£150
01:15 hrs

Sat 24 Feb

09:13 14:11
£73
04:58 hrs

Sat 24 Feb

19:45 21:10
£53
01:25 hrs

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Travelling from London to Edinburgh

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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Quick Guide to Edinburgh


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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What companies travel from London to Edinburgh

Many companies operate modern fleets with comfortable, reclining seats, wifi and air-conditioning. Compare the services available.

What's on board East Coast trains?

  • Power Outlet

  • Wifi

  • Refreshments

  • Mobile Tickets

  • Pets

  • WC

  • Seat Reservation

  • ID Required

  • Allows Bicycles

Further facilities and services may vary according to the transport company and country of operation.

What do I need to know about travelling on East Coast trains?

    No, children under 5 years old do not need a ticket on East Coast trains if the child sits on an adult's lap. A child's ticket should be purchased if a seat is needed.


    No check-in is required for East Coast trains.


    National Rail's 16-25 Railcard, Two Together Railcard, Family & Friends Railcard, Senior Railcard, and Disabled Persons Railcard entitle passengers to discounted tickets on East Coast trains.


    When booking through Raileasy, all passengers must each possess a railcard in order to receive the reduced fare.


    You will need to make a separate booking for any passengers in your group who don't own a railcard. You will be liable to pay a fine if you purchase railcard discount tickets without the sufficient number of railcards to cover all passengers.


    East Coast offers Anytime, Off-Peak, Advance, Plusbus, and Season fares. East Coast also offers First Class and Standard Class tickets.


    Advance


    Valid on the time and date shown on ticket.


    Advance 1st Single


    Seat reservations are required.


    This ticket is valid for the date and time shown on your reservation. Please note that not all trains offer first class facilities and this fare does not guarantee that first class accommodation will be available on all legs of the journey for which it is purchased. Ticket is subject to availability.


    Anytime


    No Seat Reservations


    Off-peak


    Outward or single: Restricted to off peak trains, times and routes on the date shown on ticket. Return: Restricted to off peak trains, times and routes, validity may vary but generally valid for one calendar month of the outward.


    Off-Peak 1st Single


    Valid for off peak trains, times, and routes on the date shown on the ticket. First class facilities cannot be guaranteed without a reservation for all journey legs, please check availability before you book.


    Super Off-peak


    Outward or single: Restricted to super off peak trains, times and routes on the date shown on ticket. Return: Restricted to super off peak trains, times and routes, validity may vary but generally valid for one calendar month of the outward.


    Anytime


    Outward or Single: Valid for travel any time on the date printed on the ticket, or up to one month after, depending on the provider's policy. Return: Valid for travel any time shown on the date printed on the ticket, or up to one month after, depending on the provider's policy.


    1st Class


    Can be used on any train at any time on the date and route shown on the ticket. Please note, not all trains offer first class facilities and this ticket does not guarantee their availability on the service you travel on.


    Advance


    Ticket non-refundable, but amendable for £10 fee within 28 days of departure via our cancellation page.


    Off-peak


    Restricted to off peak trains. Refundable (£10 fee) if unused within 28 days of travel date. Amendable (£10 fee).


    Off-Peak 1st Single


    Refund available for a £10 fee on unused tickets within 28 days of travel date.


    Super Off-peak


    Restricted to super off peak trains. Refundable (£10 fee) if unused within 28 days of travel date. Amendable (£10 fee).


    Anytime


    Valid at any time on the date printed on the ticket, or up to one month after, depending on the provider's policy. Refundable (£10 fee) if unused within 28 days of travel date. Amendable (£10 fee).


    1st Class


    Refund available for a £10 fee on unused tickets within 28 days of travel date.


What's on board National Express buses?

  • Power Outlet

  • Wifi

  • Refreshments

  • Mobile Tickets

  • Pets

  • WC

  • Seat Reservation

  • ID Required

  • Allows Bicycles

Further facilities and services may vary according to the transport company and country of operation.

What do I need to know about travelling on National Express buses?

    No, one child under 3 years old may travel for free when accompanied by a paying passenger 16+ years old. Any additional children under the age of 16 must purchase a child's ticket. Passengers under the age of 16 travelling on a child's ticket must be able to produce an official piece of identification bearing their photograph and date of birth.


    Check-in is required for international Eurolines buses travelling from London's Victoria Coach Station or Dover's Eurolines Travel Centre 1 hour before departure. No check-in is required for any other National Express bus routes; however, arriving at least 10 minutes before departure is strongly recommended.


    National Express offers Peak, Off-Peak, Child, and Restricted fares. National Express also offers special rates for groups (4-9 people) and passengers travelling to the airport.


    Economy single


    Ticket is valid for a single journey on any weekdays except Fridays and Sundays throughout the year or other standard fare days. Ticket must be booked at least one day in advance of travel. Prices may include partner's fee.


    On The Day Single


    Valid where ticket is purchased on the day of travel. Prices may include partner's fee.


    Standard single


    Travel is available on any day throughout the year. Tickets must be booked at least one day in advance of travel. Prices may include partner's fee.


What's on board Virgin Trains trains?

  • Power Outlet

  • Wifi

  • Refreshments

  • Mobile Tickets

  • Pets

  • WC

  • Seat Reservation

  • ID Required

  • Allows Bicycles

Further facilities and services may vary according to the transport company and country of operation.

What do I need to know about travelling on Virgin Trains trains?

    Virgin Trains offers Anytime, Off-Peak, Advance, Plusbus, and Season fares. Virgin Trains also offers First Class and Standard Class tickets.


    Advance


    Valid on the time and date shown on ticket.


    Advance 1st Single


    Seat reservations are required.


    This ticket is valid for the date and time shown on your reservation. Please note that not all trains offer first class facilities and this fare does not guarantee that first class accommodation will be available on all legs of the journey for which it is purchased. Ticket is subject to availability.


    Anytime


    No Seat Reservations


    Off-peak


    Outward or single: Restricted to off peak trains, times and routes on the date shown on ticket. Return: Restricted to off peak trains, times and routes, validity may vary but generally valid for one calendar month of the outward.


    Off-Peak 1st Single


    Valid for off peak trains, times, and routes on the date shown on the ticket. First class facilities cannot be guaranteed without a reservation for all journey legs, please check availability before you book.


    Super Off-peak


    Outward or single: Restricted to super off peak trains, times and routes on the date shown on ticket. Return: Restricted to super off peak trains, times and routes, validity may vary but generally valid for one calendar month of the outward.


    Anytime


    Outward or Single: Valid for travel any time on the date printed on the ticket, or up to one month after, depending on the provider's policy. Return: Valid for travel any time shown on the date printed on the ticket, or up to one month after, depending on the provider's policy.


    1st Class


    Can be used on any train at any time on the date and route shown on the ticket. Please note, not all trains offer first class facilities and this ticket does not guarantee their availability on the service you travel on.


    No, children under 5 years old do not need a ticket on Virgin trains if the child sits on an adult's lap. A child's ticket should be purchased if a seat is needed.


    No check-in is required for Virgin trains.


    National Rail's 16-25 Railcard, Two Together Railcard, Family & Friends Railcard, Senior Railcard, and Disabled Persons Railcard entitle passengers to discounted tickets on Virgin Trains trains.


    When booking through Raileasy, all passengers must each possess a railcard in order to receive the reduced fare.


    You will need to make a separate booking for any passengers in your group who don't own a railcard. You will be liable to pay a fine if you purchase railcard discount tickets without the sufficient number of railcards to cover all passengers.


    Advance


    Ticket non-refundable, but amendable for £10 fee within 28 days of departure via our cancellation page.


    Off-peak


    Restricted to off peak trains. Refundable (£10 fee) if unused within 28 days of travel date. Amendable (£10 fee).


    Off-Peak 1st Single


    Refund available for a £10 fee on unused tickets within 28 days of travel date.


    Super Off-peak


    Restricted to super off peak trains. Refundable (£10 fee) if unused within 28 days of travel date. Amendable (£10 fee).


    Anytime


    Valid at any time on the date printed on the ticket, or up to one month after, depending on the provider's policy. Refundable (£10 fee) if unused within 28 days of travel date. Amendable (£10 fee).


    1st Class


    Refund available for a £10 fee on unused tickets within 28 days of travel date.


What's on board Cross Country trains?

  • Power Outlet

  • Wifi

  • Refreshments

  • Mobile Tickets

  • Pets

  • WC

  • Seat Reservation

  • ID Required

  • Allows Bicycles

Further facilities and services may vary according to the transport company and country of operation.

What do I need to know about travelling on Cross Country trains?

    CrossCountry offers Anytime, Off-Peak, Advance, Plusbus, and Season fares. CrossCountry also offers First Class and Standard Class tickets.


    Advance


    Valid on the time and date shown on ticket.


    Advance 1st Single


    Seat reservations are required.


    This ticket is valid for the date and time shown on your reservation. Please note that not all trains offer first class facilities and this fare does not guarantee that first class accommodation will be available on all legs of the journey for which it is purchased. Ticket is subject to availability.


    Anytime


    No Seat Reservations


    Off-peak


    Outward or single: Restricted to off peak trains, times and routes on the date shown on ticket. Return: Restricted to off peak trains, times and routes, validity may vary but generally valid for one calendar month of the outward.


    Off-Peak 1st Single


    Valid for off peak trains, times, and routes on the date shown on the ticket. First class facilities cannot be guaranteed without a reservation for all journey legs, please check availability before you book.


    Super Off-peak


    Outward or single: Restricted to super off peak trains, times and routes on the date shown on ticket. Return: Restricted to super off peak trains, times and routes, validity may vary but generally valid for one calendar month of the outward.


    Anytime


    Outward or Single: Valid for travel any time on the date printed on the ticket, or up to one month after, depending on the provider's policy. Return: Valid for travel any time shown on the date printed on the ticket, or up to one month after, depending on the provider's policy.


    1st Class


    Can be used on any train at any time on the date and route shown on the ticket. Please note, not all trains offer first class facilities and this ticket does not guarantee their availability on the service you travel on.


    No, children under 5 years old do not need a ticket on CrossCountry trains if the child sits on an adult's lap. A child's ticket should be purchased if a seat is needed.


    No check-in is required for CrossCountry trains.


    National Rail's 16-25 Railcard, Two Together Railcard, Family & Friends Railcard, Senior Railcard, and Disabled Persons Railcard entitle passengers to discounted tickets on CrossCountry trains.


    When booking through Raileasy, all passengers must each possess a railcard in order to receive the reduced fare.


    You will need to make a separate booking for any passengers in your group who don't own a railcard. You will be liable to pay a fine if you purchase railcard discount tickets without the sufficient number of railcards to cover all passengers.


    Advance


    Ticket non-refundable, but amendable for £10 fee within 28 days of departure via our cancellation page.


    Off-peak


    Restricted to off peak trains. Refundable (£10 fee) if unused within 28 days of travel date. Amendable (£10 fee).


    Off-Peak 1st Single


    Refund available for a £10 fee on unused tickets within 28 days of travel date.


    Super Off-peak


    Restricted to super off peak trains. Refundable (£10 fee) if unused within 28 days of travel date. Amendable (£10 fee).


    Anytime


    Valid at any time on the date printed on the ticket, or up to one month after, depending on the provider's policy. Refundable (£10 fee) if unused within 28 days of travel date. Amendable (£10 fee).


    1st Class


    Refund available for a £10 fee on unused tickets within 28 days of travel date.


  • Power Outlet

  • Wifi

  • Refreshments

  • Mobile Tickets

  • Pets

  • WC

  • Seat Reservation

  • ID Required

  • Allows Bicycles

Further facilities and services may vary according to the transport company and country of operation.

  • Power Outlet

  • Wifi

  • Refreshments

  • Mobile Tickets

  • Pets

  • WC

  • Seat Reservation

  • ID Required

  • Allows Bicycles

Further facilities and services may vary according to the transport company and country of operation.

  • Power Outlet

  • Wifi

  • Refreshments

  • Mobile Tickets

  • Pets

  • WC

  • Seat Reservation

  • ID Required

  • Allows Bicycles

Further facilities and services may vary according to the transport company and country of operation.

What's on board First Transpennine Express trains?

  • Power Outlet

  • Wifi

  • Refreshments

  • Mobile Tickets

  • Pets

  • WC

  • Seat Reservation

  • ID Required

  • Allows Bicycles

Further facilities and services may vary according to the transport company and country of operation.

What do I need to know about travelling on First Transpennine Express trains?

    No, children under 5 years old do not need a ticket on First Transpennine Express trains if the child sits on an adult's lap. A child's ticket should be purchased if a seat is needed.


    No check-in is required for First Transpennine Express trains.


    National Rail's 16-25 Railcard, Two Together Railcard, Family & Friends Railcard, Senior Railcard, and Disabled Persons Railcard entitle passengers to discounted tickets on First Transpennine Express trains.


    When booking through Raileasy, all passengers must each possess a railcard in order to receive the reduced fare.


    You will need to make a separate booking for any passengers in your group who don't own a railcard. You will be liable to pay a fine if you purchase railcard discount tickets without the sufficient number of railcards to cover all passengers.


    First Transpennine Express offers Anytime, Off-Peak, Advance, Plusbus, and Season fares. First Transpennine Express also offers First Class and Standard Class tickets.


    Advance


    Valid on the time and date shown on ticket.


    Advance 1st Single


    Seat reservations are required.


    This ticket is valid for the date and time shown on your reservation. Please note that not all trains offer first class facilities and this fare does not guarantee that first class accommodation will be available on all legs of the journey for which it is purchased. Ticket is subject to availability.


    Anytime


    No Seat Reservations


    Off-peak


    Outward or single: Restricted to off peak trains, times and routes on the date shown on ticket. Return: Restricted to off peak trains, times and routes, validity may vary but generally valid for one calendar month of the outward.


    Off-Peak 1st Single


    Valid for off peak trains, times, and routes on the date shown on the ticket. First class facilities cannot be guaranteed without a reservation for all journey legs, please check availability before you book.


    Super Off-peak


    Outward or single: Restricted to super off peak trains, times and routes on the date shown on ticket. Return: Restricted to super off peak trains, times and routes, validity may vary but generally valid for one calendar month of the outward.


    Anytime


    Outward or Single: Valid for travel any time on the date printed on the ticket, or up to one month after, depending on the provider's policy. Return: Valid for travel any time shown on the date printed on the ticket, or up to one month after, depending on the provider's policy.


    1st Class


    Can be used on any train at any time on the date and route shown on the ticket. Please note, not all trains offer first class facilities and this ticket does not guarantee their availability on the service you travel on.


    Advance


    Ticket non-refundable, but amendable for £10 fee within 28 days of departure via our cancellation page.


    Off-peak


    Restricted to off peak trains. Refundable (£10 fee) if unused within 28 days of travel date. Amendable (£10 fee).


    Off-Peak 1st Single


    Refund available for a £10 fee on unused tickets within 28 days of travel date.


    Super Off-peak


    Restricted to super off peak trains. Refundable (£10 fee) if unused within 28 days of travel date. Amendable (£10 fee).


    Anytime


    Valid at any time on the date printed on the ticket, or up to one month after, depending on the provider's policy. Refundable (£10 fee) if unused within 28 days of travel date. Amendable (£10 fee).


    1st Class


    Refund available for a £10 fee on unused tickets within 28 days of travel date.


  • Power Outlet

  • Wifi

  • Refreshments

  • Mobile Tickets

  • Pets

  • WC

  • Seat Reservation

  • ID Required

  • Allows Bicycles

Further facilities and services may vary according to the transport company and country of operation.

  • Power Outlet

  • Wifi

  • Refreshments

  • Mobile Tickets

  • Pets

  • WC

  • Seat Reservation

  • ID Required

  • Allows Bicycles

Further facilities and services may vary according to the transport company and country of operation.

Travelling to Edinburgh

Flights

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.

Trains

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.

Buses

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.

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Important Stations and Airports for this Journey

Everything you need to know about London-Gatwick Airport

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Circle line (Underground) connects Tower Hill Station, which is 5 minutes from Fenchurch Street Station walking, and Victoria Station, where Gatwick Express departs and arrives.

Everything you need to know about London-City Airport

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Public transportation is available through the Docklands Light Railway (DLR) which connects the airport to the London Underground.

Everything you need to know about London-Heathrow Airport

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The city of London and Heathrow airport are connected by the National Express bus company. Buses depart every hour from London Victoria Coach Station. Alternatively, Transport for London connects many London stations with Heathrow airport.

Everything you need to know about London Bridge train station

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Everything you need to know about London Charing Cross train station

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Everything you need to know about London Euston train station

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Everything you need to know about Edinburgh bus station

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