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Edinburgh Waverley Station is located on Princes Street in central Edinburgh. Waverley Station sits in the bed of a former loch which once separated Edinburgh’s Old and New Towns and was drained as part of the city’s redevelopment. In its place, three train stations were built. The site was named ‘Waverley’ after Scottish writer, Sir Walter Scott’s first novel. In 1868, the existing buildings were demolished and construction began on today’s Victorian structure. The current station covers 25 acres and is the second-largest station in the UK.

Edinburgh Waverley station is the main terminus for LNER in the north, although there are a select few that continue on into other parts of Scotland. Other train companies that operate out of Edinburgh Waverley are ScotRail, including trains to Glasgow Queen Street, Caledonian Sleeper trains from London Euston, Avanti West Coast on their west coast line, one CrossCountry train service, as well as a Transpennine Express route too. The amount of services and trains that run through Edinburgh on a daily basis means passengers can reach as far south as Exeter St David's in a day, or London, Inverness or Manchester

Station details & facilities

Ticket Office opening hours: Advanced Tickets can only be purchased between 09:30 and 18:30 Monday-Sunday.
DayOpening Hours
Weekdays05:00 - 23:59
Saturday 05:00 - 23:59
Sunday 07:00 - 23:59
Ticket MachineAvailable
Staff helpUnavailable
Staffing levelFull time
Oyster PrepayUnavailable
Oyster topupUnavailable
Oyster validatorUnavailable
Pre-purchase collectionAvailable
Left LuggageAvailable
Left Luggage phone number0131 558 3829
Left Luggage Websitehttp://www.left-baggage.co.uk/locations.php
ShopsAvailable
Shops noteWide range of shops Passport Photo Booth
PostboxAvailable
TelephonesAvailable
Telephone typesCoins and cards
Station BuffetAvailable
Station Buffet notes
Coffee shop Public House/Bar Food outlet (Seating available)
ATMAvailable
ATM notes
Located on concourse Located by the ticket office
Bureau de ChangeAvailable
Tourist Information OfficeUnavailable
Information Systems
  • Announcements
  • Arrival screens
  • Departure screens
ToiletsAvailable
ShowersAvailable
Baby changeAvailable
WiFiAvailable
Web kioskUnavailable
Staff Help notes

Assistance is available from welcome hosts, the travel centre, and the mobility assistance office as well as the customer information point in the main concourse

 

The Mobility Assistance Room is currently under renovation and is temporarily located upstairs in the Virgin Trains East Coast passenger lounge next to platform 11

Customer Service notes
Please ask a welcome host or at the travel centre / mobility assistance room or at the customer information point in the centre of the main concourse
Customer help pointsAvailable
CCTVAvailable
Carpark opening hours:
DayOpening Hours
Weekdays04:00 - 00:45
06:00 - 00:45
Carpark nameNew Street: Long Stay
Carpark operatorAPCOA
Car parking spaces617
Cycle storageAvailable
Cycle storage spaces223
Sheltered cycle storageUnavailable
Cycle storage CCTVAvailable
Cycle storage notes

Cycle storage can be found in the station: by the lift at Platform 2 (37 spaces) Platform 3 (68 Spaces) and adjacent to Platform 19 (86 Spaces). Additional cycle spaces are available in New Street car park (32 spaces).

Cycle storage notesPlease do not leave panniers, bags or trailers attached to bicycles or racks. Panniers, bags or trailers attached to bicycles will be removed and deposited in lost property, a fee may be charged for their return.
Step-free accessWhole station
Step-free access notes

There is step free access to all parts of the station with lifts and escalators giving access to the platforms

Ramps for train accessAvailable
WheelchairsUnavailable
Induction LoopAvailable
Accessible ticket machinesAvailable
Accessible Booking Office counterAvailable
Accessible taxisunknown
Accessible taxis notes

Accessible taxis can be located on Waverley Bridge (exit 2) please note this includes a steep incline. There is also a temporary taxi rank on Market Street exit 3 which can be accessed by lifts

Opening Hours

Virgin Trains East Coast:

  • Mon-Fri 06:30-21:00
  • Sat 09:00-17:30
  • Sun 09:45-19:00

ScotRail: Lounge facilities on request between the following times

  • Mon-Fri 06:30-21:00
  • Sat 09:00-17:30
  • Sun 09:45-19:00

Located

Virgin Trains East Coast lounge is opposite platform 11, ScotRail lounge is on Platform 14

Tickets Accepted in ScotRail First Class Lounge

All First Class.

Tickets Accepted in Virgin Trains East Coast First Class Lounge

  • Fully inter-available First Class Season Ticket (i.e. tickets not specific to one train company)
  • Any First Class Anytime ticket valid for travel on the Virgin Trains East Coast route
  • Virgin Trains First Class tickets for travel on the West Coast route
  • Any Virgin Trains East Coast First Class packages
  • First Advance (routed VTEC & connections)
  • VTEC First Class Reader Offer (routed VTEC & connections)
  • VTEC First Class Flat Fare (routed VTEC & connections)
  • VTEC Rewards First Class Leisure Single (routed VTEC & connections)
  • VTEC Self-Print First Class Upgrade voucher (routed VTEC& connections)
  • Inclusive Tour Tickets (eg. Superbreak)
  • Weekend First

Restricted tickets
All First Class tickets valid only on other train operators, including Sleepers

Assistance dogs and other well behaved dogs on leads will be permitted in all Virgin Trains East Coast First Class Lounges.

Facilities

Toilets/Fax/Printer/Meeting rooms, TV, newspapers, screens with updated train information, fax, telephone

Refreshments

Complimentary: tea/coffee/hot chocolate/orange juice/water/ biscuits

Wi-Fi

Yes

Showers

No

Trains to Waverley Station will arrive on one of 20 platforms. There are four ways to exit the station. If heading for New Town, take the Prince’s Street exit, if going to the Old Town, take the Market Street exit. Waverley Bridge exits allow access to both sides of the city. The main concourse is in the centre of the station; here you will find the main ticket office and timetables for trains to and from Edinburgh.

 

Frequently asked questions

Is Edinburgh Waverley station open?

Edinburgh Waverley station is open every day that services are running to and from the station. The station usually opens just before the first train of the day leaves and then closes after the last train departs. Ticket office opening hours may vary.

Are trains running today from Edinburgh Waverley station?

Trains arrive into and depart from Edinburgh Waverley station almost every day, although there may be less services during the weekends and bank holidays. Check our live train times for up-to-date information on trains running to and from Edinburgh Waverley station.

Are there toilets in Edinburgh Waverley station?

Yes, there are toilets available to use at Edinburgh Waverley station.

Are dogs allowed in Edinburgh Waverley station?

Yes, dogs are allowed at Edinburgh Waverley station but should be kept on a lead or comfortable in a pet carrier at all times.

Departures and arrivals from Edinburgh Waverley

Want to check the latest departures and arrivals into Edinburgh Waverley station? Find live information for the next trains departing and arriving at the station below.
Departing toTrainTimePlatformStatus
to Glasgow Queen StreetScotRail16:1510On time
to TweedbankScotRail16:2019On time
to DunblaneScotRail16:2014On time
to Helensburgh CentralScotRail16:2117On time
to Glasgow CentralScotRail16:2513On time
Arriving fromTrainTimePlatformStatus
from London Kings CrossLondon North Eastern Railway16:156On time
from Glasgow Queen StreetScotRail16:1512On time
from CowdenbeathScotRail16:1618Late
from London EustonAvanti West Coast16:189On time
from Glenrothes With ThorntonScotRail16:1919Late
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