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About Edinburgh

As Scotland's capital, Edinburgh and its people are famed throughout history for their contribution to philosophy, literature, science, and industry, among many other areas. This incredibly diverse city promises to provide attractions and entertainment for people of all ages, budgets, and interests. Edinburgh is even ranked as the #6 city with the most historic sites per capita in Europe, and the #1 outside of Italy!

For those looking for outdoor adventure, take a walk up Arthur's Seat, one of four hill forts that date back to over 2,000 years ago. The walk to the top will allow you to embrace some of Scotland's most beautiful landscapes and wildlife, and you'll be rewarded with a dramatic view of Edinburgh at the top.

On rainy days, visit the National Museum of Scotland, where each floor provides information on several fascinating eras of Scotland's history. A trip down the Royal Mile will satisfy all your tartan and souvenir needs, while the world-famous Underground Ghost Tour will give you an entirely different view of this seemingly peaceful, quaint city.

If your trip falls during the holiday season, the Edinburgh Christmas Market is guaranteed to give you the festive feeling, while world-renowned Hogmanay celebrations will ensure that you ring in the New Year with a bang.

Edinburgh is easily accessible via train, plane, and bus. Edinburgh Airport provides global access to the city, while rail services connect the city to many other major towns and cities across the UK. In addition, numerous bus companies travel to and from Edinburgh, meaning that no matter your preferred mode of transport, the city is always within reach.

What train companies travel to Edinburgh, United Kingdom?

Located in United Kingdom, Edinburgh is accessible by train from 66 other cities. You can choose from 914 daily scheduled trips when you search for trains to Edinburgh on Wanderu. Edinburgh Trams usually has the most trains on any given day.

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Train companies serving Edinburgh

TrainRoutesAvg. TimeAvg. Price
ScotRail720h 52m£11.37
London North Eastern Railway194h 11m£88.70
CrossCountry194h 1m£113.69
TransPennine Express103h 43m£79.54
Avanti West Coast94h 18m£76.05
Northern Rail63h 45m£61.58
Great Western Railway46h 59m£196.51
Lumo34h 15m£65.74
Caledonian Sleeper15h 22m£61.63
Edinburgh Trams10h 11m£6.02
  • ScotRail is Scotland's main rail company, with destinations including Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen. ScotRail trains now offer complimentary WiFi, as well as onboard restrooms and catering on both suburban commuter routes and intercity services.

  • CrossCountry operates an extensive rail network in the U.K., centered in Birmingham. In standard class, passengers enjoy complimentary Wi-Fi, power outlets, and onboard restrooms. Trains also contain a small café or a trolley that passes through the carriages. An upgrade to first-class gives passengers more legroom and complimentary food.

  • Avanti West Coast is one of the primary rail links between London and Birmingham, Liverpool, Manchester, Glasgow, and Edinburgh. On any given day, Avanti West Coast operates almost 300 routes and departs hourly from select destinations.

  • Lumo is an affordable train service in the United Kingdom UK that provides low-cost tickets for the popular route between London and Edinburgh. Despite its budget-friendly pricing, Lumo offers passengers complimentary WiFi and access to a selection of movies and TV shows to stream via the Lumo app.

  • The Caledonian Sleeper provides an excellent travel option for those journeying between vibrant cities in Scotland and London via an overnight train. With departures available each evening, except on Saturdays, from Euston station in North London, passengers can enjoy a comfortable and convenient mode of transportation to their desired location.

Which train carrier has the best service to Edinburgh?

Based on customers travel reviews, travelers who booked on Wanderu rave about traveling to Edinburgh by train with London North Eastern Railway giving them a 4 rating out of 5.

Travelers also mentioned that London North Eastern Railway had the most comfortable train service to Edinburgh taking into account the seats and amenities that London North Eastern Railway offers. They rate London North Eastern Railway a 4 out of 5 when it comes to just how relaxing and enjoyable their experience was onboard.

If you are looking to arrive to Edinburgh punctually, travelers suggest that London North Eastern Railway has the best on time performance on their train schedules to Edinburgh, rating them a 5 based on their on time arrivals.

Frequently Asked Questions

£2.87 is the cheapest price for a train ticket to Edinburgh, according to recent searches on Wanderu. You can use our search to check if this price is currently available on buses from your city to Edinburgh. In the last month, trains from Currie to Edinburgh had the lowest average price at £3.15.

The busiest train station in Edinburgh is Jubilee Rd. There are several other active stations in addition to this main station. The most popular train stations in Edinburgh are:

  • Jubilee Rd
  • Edinburgh Waverley Station
  • Cultins Road Tram Stop
The closest airport to Edinburgh is Edinburgh Airport (EDI), it is located 7.2 miles from the city center of Edinburgh.
Edinburgh ranks number 4 among most popular train destinations in the region. It also ranks number 724 in United Kingdom. Edinburgh has the most train connections in the region. There are 1130 train schedules arriving in Edinburgh each day.
The population of Edinburgh is 464990. Edinburgh ranks number 4 in terms of population in Edinburgh, City of and number 176 in all of United Kingdom.
Train tickets to Edinburgh range from £3 for a short trip to Edinburgh, while a 60 to 200 mile train trip to Edinburgh starts at , and a longer trip by train to Edinburgh can be as cheap as . Looking to travel across state or province lines? A trip from out of your region will be as low as £3.
Traveling by train is very popular with those going to visit their friends in Edinburgh. With good deals available and ability to plan last minute, a train ticket to Edinburgh is the best way to get some facetime with your friends and with great train locations in Edinburgh you'll arrive near the action ready to hit the town with your friends.
The closest train station to the city center of Edinburgh is Edinburgh Waverley Station, located just 0.1 miles away. Select Edinburgh Waverley Station as your arrival if your plans call for exploring the downtown area of Edinburgh. Search on Wanderu and in the search results you can filter travel options by arriving or departing station.

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