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Trains to Edinburgh

As the capital of Scotland, Edinburgh is a fascinating and beautiful city and a major tourist destination. Famous for its Festival and Fringe Festival it is also home to the iconic medieval Edinburgh Castle as its centrepiece. The Royal Mile, which leads from the castle to Holyrood house Palace, the Queen's official residence when visiting Scotland, teems with shops, restaurants and pubs. The city's theatre and music scenes are vibrant and it's also the home of several art galleries.

London North East Railway hopes to replace the current fleet of trains serving the London to Edinburgh route with high-speed Azuma trains by December 2021. These will whisk passengers from London King's Cross to Edinburgh Waverley in just four hours. Learn more about Azuma at our dedicated information page.

Traveller's top tip

When booking your train ticket reserve a seat on the right-hand side of the train on the way to Edinburgh. Between Newcastle through to Berwick-upon-Tweed you'll enjoy fantastic views of the coastline. 

Popular train routes to Edinburgh

London to Edinburgh
Glasgow to Edinburgh
Newcastle to Edinburgh
York to Edinburgh
Manchester to Edinburgh

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Visiting Edinburgh

Trains to Edinburgh from England come up the East Coast mainline. Other services come from Glasgow, or from Inverness and Aberdeen in the north of Scotland. 

Edinburgh Castle is a magnificent monument to the past, dominating the city from its volcanic crag and offering stunning views of the metropolis, the surrounding countryside and out over the Firth of Forth. Attracting over one million visitors a year to explore its fascinating history, it's a good starting point for exploring Edinburgh.

A very popular visitor attraction is Edinburgh Zoo, situated to the west of the city not far from Edinburgh Airport. With around 80 acres of parkland to explore, visitors can see about 127 different species of animal and over 1,000 animals in total. The most popular attractions are Giant Pandas Tian Tian and Yang Guang, otherwise known as Sunshine and Sweetie.

The Royal Botanic Garden has an extensive collection of plants from all over the world set in beautiful gardens and is ideal for a peaceful stroll and a picnic while enjoying the riot of colours during the season.

Taking a stroll along the Royal Mile reveals a world of quaint shops, atmospheric pubs and restaurants in which to take a well-earned rest.

If it's your first time in Edinburgh or even Scotland and you're looking to taste some of the worlds most renowned scotch whiskies, along the Royal Mile you'll find The Scotch Whisky Experience, one of the many 5-star attractions here.

Why not try First Class?

Did you know can travel in First Class without breaking the bank? That’s right! You can knock the pounds off even the most expensive of train tickets when you book through us and make use of our top tips for saving money on your rail fares. From booking well in advance to using a Railcard, there are so many ways you can save on UK train tickets. Try searching for First Class tickets during Off-Peak hours in our Journey Planner right now! And don’t forget, if you don’t already have our app make sure to download it. You’ll be able to buy mobile tickets while on the go and take a big deal of the stress out of travelling. Whether you want to travel like a rock star or treat that special someone to a First Class experience, we’ve got you covered.

To book First Class, simply search for your route as usual in our Journey Planner and look out for the First Class tickets (they'll appear to the right-hand side of the 'Standard' tickets).

Learn more about First Class train tickets, including what awaits you onboard.

How to find the cheapest train tickets to Edinburgh

If you want to bag yourself some cheap train tickets to Edinburgh, there are several convenient methods you can make use of. Whether you’re travelling to the Scottish capital on business or to explore and take in the sights, we’ll share our top tips for knocking the pounds off your rail fares.

One of the best ways to save money on your train journeys is to equip yourself with a Railcard. If you travel to Edinburgh or other locations by train more than a couple of times a year, it’s well worth shelling out for one, since you’ll be looking at saving up to 1/3 off the price of your train tickets*. There are some eligibility requirements though, so head on over to our Railcards page for a quick guide. Railcards cater to different age ranges and circumstances so, from the Senior Railcard, to the Disabled Persons Railcard and the newly-introduced 26-30 Railcard (Millennial Railcard), you'll be sure to find your match.

Another tactic that can help you secure cheap train tickets to Edinburgh is to purchase your tickets as far ahead as possible. In many cases, the earlier you buy an Advance ticket, the cheaper it’ll be. Most train companies release their tickets 12 weeks before the departure date, but we have a handy tool known as Ticket Alerts that can email you as soon as they become available for your preferred route. Sign up, and we’ll do the work for you, just in case you forget to check!

Want to learn more? Head over to our Advance train tickets page for additional info.

To stand a good chance at saving even more money, make sure to book your Advance ticket for an Off-Peak time. Off-Peak trains require you to travel at certain times of the day, certain days in the week or via a particular route, offering good value for money. If you then add your Railcard discount to your Off-Peak train ticket, you’ll be well on your way towards cheap rail travel.

For more details, check out our Off-Peak train tickets page.

Before you book your tickets, have a quick check that your Return tickets are cheaper than two Singles. At times, it’s possible that one way can be cheaper than the other.

Last, but not least, there are discounts available for those travelling in groups of three to nine. Perfect if you’re going on a family trip or heading to Edinburgh with friends, you could save up to 34% thanks to GroupSave, a type of free discount that can be applied to your Off-Peak tickets if you book for the correct amount of people. Please bear in mind that GroupSave is not applicable for all journeys by the different train companies and will be applied if valid for your journey and selected in the Railcard drop down. All tickets must be purchased in a single booking, and all passengers must travel together on the day of departure.

For even more hints on how to save money on your rail fares, check out our cheap train tickets page.

*Conditions and peak travel time exclusions may apply on some Railcard types.

Useful links when visiting Edinburgh