London To Edinburgh Train
Get Train Times And Cheap Tickets

Get London to Edinburgh train times and cheap tickets. You can travel from London King's Cross railway station to Edinburgh Waverley railway station in 4 to 8 hours depending on the train. You would be able to choose from the dozens of trains plying this route daily. 

Get your London to Edinburgh train ticket.

London to Edinburgh train journey is one of the most idyllic or picturesque train journeys you will make in the UK. 

About 31 trains leave London to the Scottish capital daily, covering this 332 miles journey in 4 hours 20 minutes on the fastest train and up to 8 hours on the slowest. That is until Sir Richard Branson's Hyperloop revolutionary train is built, which proposes to whisk commuters from London to Edinburgh in 50 minutes!

The following are the train companies and services that operate this route:

  • The Azuma trains, operated by the London North Eastern Railway, LNER, provides one of the fastest and convenient rail journeys to Edinburgh. 
  • Virgin Trains and 
  • Caledonian Sleeper Trains operated by Serco. Best for overnight travels. 

A typical fare from London King's Cross Railway Station to Edinburgh would cost anywhere from £20 to £350 depending on the service and class of carriage taken as well as how and when you buy your ticket. 

The first train departs from London to Edinburgh at about 6:12 am every day and the last train leaves the station at about 11:50 pm. 

The London To Edinburgh Train Journey

The direct one-stop train to Edinburgh travels through 8 stations between London King's Cross and Edinburgh's Waverley Stations. 

They are: 

  • Peterborough
  • Retford
  • Doncaster
  • York
  • Darlington
  • Durham
  • Newcastle
  • Alnmouth

You will be arriving at the very heart of Edinburgh city where the Waverley Station is located. You can get a taxi or rail services to your final destination. 

Important landmarks you may notice on your journey will include:

  • The Gas Works and Copenhagen Tunnels. This is a 543 meters long tunnel that connects the London's King's Cross terminus and Barnsbury, built in 1850. 
  • Emirates Stadium. This will not pass you especially if you are an Arsenal Football Club fan. 
  • River Tyne. About three or so hours into your journey, you will notice the beautiful River Tyne bridges, the most prominent one connecting the city of Newcastle upon Tyne with the town of Gateshead.
  • North Sea. This is vast body of water continuing from the Atlantic ocean on the North Eastern side of the UK and Western side of Denmark and Norway. This is certainly a sight to behold as it is deeply breathtaking. 
  • Edinburgh City. The rich culture and steep history of this old city brings an unforgettable perspective to your journey. 

How To Get Cheap London To Edinburgh Train Ticket

The best way to get cheap train tickets from London to Edinburgh is to buy online or over the phone well in advance of your travel day. Aim to buy your tickets at least 3 months be your travel date or as soon as you are aware that you will travel. The most expensive time to buy train tickets is the day of your departure.  

If you have railcards or any discount card, do not forget to apply it during your purchase. You may find out that buying a railcard could save you up to a third on your ticket. In addition to this, you could save another 51% or more buying your ticket online.

The following are railcards and discount cards you can use:

  • 16-25 Railcard 
  • Family & Friends Railcard
  • Two Together Railcard 
  • Senior Railcard
  • Disabled Persons Railcard
  • Network Railcard 
  • HM Forces Railcard
  • Freedom Pass For Older People
  • Freedom Pass For the Disabled

Traveling from London to Edinburgh during off peak seasons would also help slash your travel cost. 

Some have found cutting their journey into two to four different stops is helpful. 

You can buy your trains directly from the LNER website or the Caledonian Sleeper Trains site.  The Caledonian Sleeper train is the overnight train that provides sleeping facilities for passengers and suitable for those hoping to sleep while travelling overnight to wake up fresh ready for business in Edinburgh the next morning. 

The fully flexible "buy anytime, travel anytime standard open single" ticket is amongst the most expensive. 

Other ticket types you can use include:

  • Advance train tickets 
  • Anytime train tickets 
  • First Class train tickets 
  • GroupSave train tickets 
  • Off-Peak (and Super Off-Peak) train tickets 
  • Return train tickets

Whatever you do, remember to buy your London to Edinburgh train ticket way in advance to lock in the best saving on your train ticket. We are committed to helping our visitors save on travel cost. 

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