It takes an average of 2h 29m to travel from Aberdeen to Edinburgh (Waverley) by train, over a distance of around 92 miles (148 km). There are normally 35 trains per day travelling from Aberdeen to Edinburgh (Waverley) and tickets for this journey start from £12.50 when you book in advance.
From 2h 17m
92 miles (148 km)
35 trains per day
Direct trains available
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On average, the journey from Aberdeen to Edinburgh by train takes around 2 hours and 30 minutes, but can take just 2 hours and 13 minutes on the fastest services. As there are around 38 direct trains travelling the 92 miles from Aberdeen to Edinburgh, you don’t need to worry about making any changes along the journey.
When travelling on this route, you’ll board a train at Aberdeen station operated by either London North Eastern Railway (LNER), ScotRail or CrossCountry. Also, if you want to maximise your time, you could take the Caledonian Sleeper night train from Aberdeen to Edinburgh. No matter who you end up travelling with, you’ll enjoy onboard amenities including comfortable seating and free WiFi. In just 4 hours, you will travel through the heart of Scotland and arrive at Edinburgh Waverley station.
Once you’ve arrived in the heart of Edinburgh, you can head up to Edinburgh Castle – a magnificent fortress that offers panoramic views of the city. Alternatively, make your way to the National Museum of Scotland to uncover thousands of years of Scottish history. If you’d like to see more of Scotland, check out our guide to the best day trips from Edinburgh.
Looking to take advantage of the cheapest train fares? Try taking the train during Off-Peak times, as tickets are usually cheaper during quieter times on weekdays and weekends. Also, if you travel by train frequently, why not get yourself a Railcard? You’ll save up to 1/3 on eligible journeys for a whole year.
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If you catch this train more than 3 times per week, you could save money with a Season Ticket. With annual, monthly and weekly options available, find out if a season ticket for Aberdeen to Edinburgh (Waverley) is right for you.
National Railcards offer a 1/3 off eligible train tickets in the UK and can be a great investment if you travel a few times or more in a year. Find out how you can save with a National Railcard here.
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