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Edinburgh (Waverley) to Aberdeen by train

It takes an average of 2h 38m to travel from Edinburgh (Waverley) to Aberdeen by train, over a distance of around 92 miles (148 km). There are normally 36 trains per day travelling from Edinburgh (Waverley) to Aberdeen and tickets for this journey start from £5 when you book in advance.
Journey timeFrom 2h 16m
PriceFrom £5
Distance92 miles (148 km)
Frequency36 trains per day
First train04:30
Last train21:43
Departure stationEdinburgh (Waverley)
Arrival stationAberdeen
ChangesDirect trains available
Train operatorsCrossCountry, ScotRail, London North Eastern Railway

Edinburgh (Waverley) to Aberdeen train times

Check out the next trains departing from Edinburgh (Waverley) to Aberdeen for Thursday 17th June 2021 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
05:30 edinburgh (waverley)08:13 aberdeenPlat. 16 estimatedscotrail PeakGet tickets2h 43m, direct
07:27 edinburgh (waverley)09:56 aberdeenPlat. 15 estimatedscotrail PeakGet tickets2h 29m, direct
07:59 edinburgh (waverley)11:22 aberdeenPlat. 15 estimatedscotrail PeakGet tickets3h 23m, 1 change
09:28 edinburgh (waverley)11:50 aberdeenPlat. 15 estimatedscotrail PeakGet tickets2h 22m, direct
10:28 edinburgh (waverley)13:02 aberdeenPlat. 19 estimatedlondon north eastern railway PeakGet tickets2h 34m, direct
11:32 edinburgh (waverley)13:48 aberdeenPlat. 15 estimatedscotrail PeakGet tickets2h 16m, direct
12:02 edinburgh (waverley)15:15 aberdeenPlat. 1 estimatedscotrail PeakGet tickets3h 13m, 1 change
13:29 edinburgh (waverley)15:52 aberdeenPlat. 18 estimatedscotrail PeakGet tickets2h 23m, direct
14:28 edinburgh (waverley)17:06 aberdeenPlat. 19 estimatedlondon north eastern railway PeakGet tickets2h 38m, direct
15:30 edinburgh (waverley)17:52 aberdeenPlat. 15 estimatedscotrail PeakGet tickets2h 22m, direct

Edinburgh to Aberdeen train times information

Most of the trains on this route travel directly from Edinburgh to Aberdeen and are run by ScotRail Trains. However, CrossCountry and Avanti West Coast (formerly Virgin Trains) also cover some of the trips. Trains leave around once an hour, with a typical travel time of just over three hours.

Travellers with ScotRail can enjoy comfortable air-conditioned sleeper cabins for longer journeys. They can choose seated accommodation or opt for single or twin-berth cabins. Each cabin has a washbasin and shaver point as well as bedside lighting. Room service is also available.

*Information correct at time of writing (September 2020). May be subject to change

Journey details

Want to know more about your journey from Edinburgh (Waverley) to Aberdeen? 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 Edinburgh (Waverley) to Aberdeen take?

The average journey time by train between Edinburgh (Waverley) and Aberdeen is 2 hours and 38 minutes, with around 36 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 Edinburgh (Waverley) and Aberdeen by train?

The fastest journey time by train from Edinburgh (Waverley) to Aberdeen is 2 hours and 16 minutes.

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

Train ticket prices from Edinburgh (Waverley) to Aberdeen can start from as little as £5 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 Edinburgh (Waverley) to Aberdeen?

Yes, it is possible to travel from Edinburgh (Waverley) to Aberdeen without having to change trains. There are 36 direct trains from Edinburgh (Waverley) to Aberdeen each day. Though there may be fewer direct services available depending on your exact departure date.

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

The first train from Edinburgh (Waverley) to Aberdeen leaves at 04:30. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.

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

The last train from Edinburgh (Waverley) to Aberdeen leaves at 21:43. 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 Edinburgh (Waverley) and Aberdeen by train?

Trains travelling from Edinburgh (Waverley) to Aberdeen 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 Aberdeen to Edinburgh (Waverley).

Cheap train tickets from Edinburgh (Waverley) to Aberdeen

Train tickets from Edinburgh (Waverley) to Aberdeen start at £5 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, and even tell you when the prices are likely to increase with Price Prediction.

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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 Edinburgh (Waverley) to Aberdeen is right for you.

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