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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 95 other cities. You can choose from 1482 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
ScotRail661h 1m£13.29
London North Eastern Railway204h 29m£73.80
CrossCountry194h 7m£115.87
TransPennine Express123h 2m£64.30
Great Western Railway88h 50m£219.68
Avanti West Coast73h 45m£63.54
Northern Rail43h 50m£61.54
Lumo34h 23m£44.30
Caledonian Sleeper25h 54m£67.99
Edinburgh Trams20h 46m£5.92

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a good price for a train ticket to Edinburgh?

£1.80 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 Newcraighall to Edinburgh had the lowest average price at £2.68.

Where is the train station in Edinburgh, United Kingdom?

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
  • Bus Station

What is the closest airport to Edinburgh, EDH?

The closest airport to Edinburgh is Edinburgh Airport (EDI), it is located 7.2 miles from the city center of Edinburgh.

Is Edinburgh a popular train travel destination?

Edinburgh ranks number 5 among most popular train destinations in the region. It also ranks number 1260 in United Kingdom. Edinburgh has the most train connections in the region. There are 2011 train schedules arriving in Edinburgh each day.

What is the population of Edinburgh?

The population of Edinburgh is 464990. Edinburgh ranks number 5 in terms of population in Edinburgh, City of and number 437 in all of United Kingdom.

How much do train tickets to Edinburgh cost?

Train tickets to Edinburgh range from £2 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 £2 .

What type of traveler does Edinburgh attract?

People who take the train to Edinburgh are most often visiting their families or loved ones. With frequent schedules, the ability to book and hop on a train last minute make taking a train to Edinburgh easy whether you're planning a trip far in advance or need some quality time with loved ones at the last minute.

What train station is located closest to the city center of Edinburgh?

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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