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Aberdeen to Edinburgh (Waverley) by train

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.

First train

04:57

Last train

21:35

Departure station

Aberdeen

Arrival station

Edinburgh (Waverley)

Journey time

From 2h 17m

Distance

92 miles (148 km)

Frequency

35 trains per day

Changes

Direct trains available

Price

From £12.50

Train operators

CrossCountry, ScotRail, London North Eastern Railway

Aberdeen to Edinburgh (Waverley) train times

Check out the next trains departing from Aberdeen to Edinburgh (Waverley) for Sunday 3rd March 2024 using our handy timetable below, including platform and live travel information. You can view the full day timetable or search for a different date here.
DepartsArrivesTrainDuration
09:47 aberdeen12:24 edinburgh (waverley)Plat. 6 estimatedlondon north eastern railway PeakGet tickets2h 37m, direct
10:33 aberdeen13:43 edinburgh (waverley)Plat. 6S estimatedscotrail PeakGet tickets3h 10m, 1 change
11:47 aberdeen14:26 edinburgh (waverley)Plat. 6 estimatedlondon north eastern railway PeakGet tickets2h 39m, direct
12:44 aberdeen15:24 edinburgh (waverley)Plat. 6S estimatedscotrail PeakGet tickets2h 40m, direct
13:47 aberdeen16:24 edinburgh (waverley)Plat. 5 estimatedlondon north eastern railway PeakGet tickets2h 37m, direct

Travelling by train from Aberdeen to Edinburgh

Considering a trip to the Scottish capital and looking for more information about the journey from Aberdeen to Edinburgh by train? Start your journey with us today! 

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.  

Keen to book? There’s no need to wait, start a search for cheap train tickets from Aberdeen to Edinburgh today – just head to the Journey Planner at the top of the page. Want to read more information first? Scroll down for our FAQs, money-saving tips and train timetables including first and last train times.

Journey details

Want to know more about your journey from Aberdeen to Edinburgh (Waverley)? We've compiled some of the most frequently asked questions by our customers to help you plan your journey.

How long does the train from Aberdeen to Edinburgh (Waverley) take?

The average journey time by train between Aberdeen and Edinburgh (Waverley) is 2 hours and 29 minutes, with around 35 trains per day. The journey time may be longer on weekends and holidays, so use our Journey Planner on this page to search for a specific travel date.

What's the fastest journey time between Aberdeen and Edinburgh (Waverley) by train?

The fastest journey time by train from Aberdeen to Edinburgh (Waverley) is 2 hours and 17 minutes.

How much does the train from Aberdeen to Edinburgh (Waverley) cost?

Train ticket prices from Aberdeen to Edinburgh (Waverley) can start from as little as £12.50 when you book in advance. The cost of tickets can vary depending on the time of day, route and class you book and are usually more expensive if you book on the day.

Is there a direct train from Aberdeen to Edinburgh (Waverley)?

Yes, it is possible to travel from Aberdeen to Edinburgh (Waverley) without having to change trains. There are 35 direct trains from Aberdeen to Edinburgh (Waverley) each day. Though there may be fewer direct services available depending on your exact departure date.

What time does the first train from Aberdeen to Edinburgh (Waverley) leave?

The first train from Aberdeen to Edinburgh (Waverley) leaves at 04:57. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.

What time does the last train from Aberdeen to Edinburgh (Waverley) leave?

The last train from Aberdeen to Edinburgh (Waverley) leaves at 21:35. Trains that depart in the early morning hours or very late evening may be sleeper services, time and services may also vary during weekends and holidays.

What's the distance between Aberdeen and Edinburgh (Waverley) by train?

Trains travelling from Aberdeen to Edinburgh (Waverley) cover a distance of around 92 miles (148 km) during the journey.

Looking for more information?

If you’re looking for the return train journey, check out trains from Edinburgh (Waverley) to Aberdeen.

Cheap train tickets from Aberdeen to Edinburgh (Waverley)

Train tickets from Aberdeen to Edinburgh (Waverley) start at £12.50 one way for a Standard Class ticket if you book in advance. As most UK train companies increase their prices as the departure date approaches, we’ll help you find the cheapest tickets.

Book in advance

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Consider a Season Ticket

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.

Use your Railcard

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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For more money-saving tips on UK and European train travel, read our cheap train tickets guide.

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