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Trains to Edinburgh Waverley

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 Virgin East Coast trains 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, Virgin Trains 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

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.

Ticket Office

  • Ticket Machine :
  • Staff help available : False
  • 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
  • Oyster Prepay : False
  • Oyster topup : False
  • Oyster validator : False



  • First Class Lounge description :

    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


    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.


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


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





  • Postbox :
  • Telephones :
  • Telephones type : Coins and cards
  • Station Buffet notes : Coffee shop Public House/Bar Food outlet (Seating available)
  • 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 points :


  • CCTV :


  • Shops available :
  • Shops note : Wide range of shops Passport Photo Booth


  • Toilets available :
  • Showers :
  • Baby change :



  • ATM available :
  • ATM notes : Located on concourse Located by the ticket office

Bureau de Change

  • Bureau de Change :


  • Carpark opening hours :
    DayOpening Hours
    Weekdays04:00 - 00:45
    06:00 - 00:45
  • Carpark name : New Street: Long Stay
  • Carpark operator : APCOA
  • Car parking spaces : 617

Bicycle Facilities

  • Cycle storage available :
  • Cycle storage spaces : 223
  • Sheltered cycle storage : False
  • Cycle storage CCTV :
  • Cycle storage location :

    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 notes : Please 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 access : Whole 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 access :
  • Wheelchairs available : False
  • Induction Loop :
  • Accessible ticket machines :
  • Accessible Booking Office counter :
  • Accessible taxis : unknown
  • 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

Trains to Edinburgh Waverley


Waverley Station, Edinburgh, EH1 1BB
Ticket Office 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

Edinburgh Waverley Live Departures


A safety inspection of the track is taking place between Rugby and Milton Keynes Central. Trains may incur delays of up to 20 minutes as a result.


Edinburgh Waverley


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Station Due 12:49


Edinburgh Waverley


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On time


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Station Due 12:52


Edinburgh Waverley


Plat. 14

On time


Edinburgh Waverley


Plat. 17

Station Due 12:56


Glenrothes with Thornton


Plat. 17

On time


Helensburgh Central


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On time


London Euston

Virgin Trains

Plat. 9

On time




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On time

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