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Trip Summary

You can pick from 10 daily train trips between London and Edinburgh. The average train journey from London to Edinburgh takes 4 hours and 48 minutes, but some Lumo train trips are as short as 4 hours and 20 minutes.

Distance332 mi (534 km)
Fastest train4h 20m
Lowest price£47.38
Trains per day8
Most frequent serviceLondon North Eastern Railway
Train lines3

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Overall score for trains from London to Edinburgh

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4.0

What is the price of a train ticket from London to Edinburgh?

In the last 30 days, the average cost of a train ticket from London to Edinburgh was £75.93. You have the best chances of scoring the cheapest ticket to Edinburgh if you book your train tickets at least 28 days in advance. Waiting to purchase until the day of your trip could end up costing you an extra £31.49.

Monthly average prices

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Mark your calendar for November if you want to score the cheapest train tickets from London to Edinburgh. You’ll find the best deals during this time of year, when tickets cost an average of £36. If you're planning a trip from London to Edinburgh during December, bear in mind that ticket prices are usually higher during this month. Expect to pay about £91 for your train ticket, unless you book well in advance and find an even better deal.

Which train should you take from London to Edinburgh?

There are 3 train lines with service from London to Edinburgh. London North Eastern Railway is the most popular choice with travelers, offering scheduled service on 8 trains each day.

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Avanti West Coast55h 30m£131.68
London North Eastern Railway84h 40m£91.25
Lumo24h 23m£59.53
  • 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.

  • London North Eastern Railway (LNER) is a privately-owned train company that operates passenger services on behalf of the UK government. LNER manages the prestigious East Coast mainline route, connecting London King's Cross Station to various cities, including Leeds, Bradford, and Hull. With a comprehensive network of 55 stations and a fleet of approximately 75 trains, LNER facilitates numerous daily journeys, offering standard and first-class ticket options.

  • 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.

Frequently Asked Questions

The distance between London and Edinburgh is approximately 332 miles, or 534 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 4 hours and 48 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 4 hours and 20 minutes.

Looking for ways to pass the time? Most trains are equipped with Wi-Fi, which means you can stream music, browse social media or get some work done during your ride. That said, in case your train has a spotty signal, or is among the few without Wi-Fi, we also recommend downloading TV shows and movies to your mobile device in advance of your trip. That way the ride will fly by whatever the Wi-Fi situation.

Tuesday tends to be the busiest day of the week with travelers taking trains from London to Edinburgh. Ticket price also tend to be more expensive on Tuesday than other days. If you are hoping to have more room on the train and even save some change check out travel options on Thursday instead, as less people travel then and deals are more likely to be found.

The earliest train departs London at 05:00 while the last train of the day leaves at 14:00. To see all scheduled departure times, use the search function on this page to get the full schedule for your specific travel dates.

There are 10 scheduled trains on most days. 8 of these are direct connections to Edinburgh. While direct trains may still make stops along the way, you will not need to switch trains at any point. If you're looking to get to your destination faster, a direct train is the convenient and time-efficient choice.

You can also take a train for your return trip from Edinburgh to London.

City Information

London

One of the most important cities in the world, London is where the traditional blends seamlessly with the modern. As a vibrant modern city, London has something for everyone. For visitors interested in the Royal Family as well as their history, check out Buckingham Palace. The palace is open all days in summer, but only on selected days in winter. The Tower of London, where the crown jewels are put on exhibition, is also a great spot to check out. For fans of history, you might not want to miss out on the famous British Museum, considered by many to be the best museum in all of London. The museum currently carries an impressive collection of 8 million historic objects from all around the world, making it an eye-opening destination for many.

London’s food scene reflects its multiculturalism. Here you can find restaurants serving cuisines from various countries around the world, from India to Malaysia. If you opt for a lavish dining experience, Restaurant Gordon Ramsay, run by the famous chef himself, will be a great choice. Also don’t forget to stop by at a local pub and enjoy the beer like a true Londoner.

The city’s centers of intercity rail services are King’s Cross Station and Euston Station, from which you can take a train to other places in the UK or hop on the Eurostar train to Paris and beyond. The largest coach station in the city is Victoria Coach Station, serving big local carriers like National Express. The city’s air services are fulfilled by eight airports, of which London Heathrow Airport, located west of the city, is the busiest one.

Edinburgh

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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.

Station Information

Where is the train station in London?

Main departure station: Kings Cross Station

There are two stations in London where you can board the train to Edinburgh.

All train stations in London:

  • Kings Cross Station

  • Euston railway station (Stop B)

Where is the train station in Edinburgh?

Main arrival station: Edinburgh Waverley Station

Edinburgh has one train station.

Train stations in Edinburgh:

  • Edinburgh Waverley Station

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