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Edinburgh (Waverley) to Aberdeen by train

It takes an average of 2h 33m to travel from Edinburgh (Waverley) to Aberdeen by train, over a distance of around 92 miles (148 km). There are normally 28 trains per day travelling from Edinburgh (Waverley) to Aberdeen and tickets for this journey start from £11.50 when you book in advance.
Journey timeFrom 2h 20m
PriceFrom £11.50
Distance92 miles (148 km)
Frequency28 trains per day
First train03:39
Last train21:31
Departure stationEdinburgh (Waverley)
Arrival stationAberdeen
ChangesDirect trains available
Train operatorsCrossCountry, ScotRail, Caledonian Sleeper, London North Eastern Railway

Edinburgh (Waverley) to Aberdeen train times

Check out the next trains departing from Edinburgh (Waverley) to Aberdeen for Friday 12th August 2022 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
17:30 On timeedinburgh (waverley)20:05 On timeaberdeenPlat. 19 estimatedscotrail PeakGet tickets2h 35m, direct
18:13 Exp. 18:53edinburgh (waverley)20:46 Exp. 21:15aberdeenPlat. 19 crosscountry PeakGet tickets2h 22m, direct
18:30 On timeedinburgh (waverley)21:13 aberdeenPlat. 14 estimatedscotrail PeakGet tickets2h 43m, 1 change
19:31 On timeedinburgh (waverley)21:53 On timeaberdeenPlat. 16 estimatedscotrail PeakGet tickets2h 22m, direct
20:00 On timeedinburgh (waverley)23:24 On timeaberdeenPlat. 18 estimatedscotrail PeakGet tickets3h 24m, 1 change

Travelling from Edinburgh to Aberdeen by train

Considering a trip to the Granite City and need more information on how to take the train from Edinburgh to Aberdeen? You’ve come to the right place!  

Generally, the train journey from Edinburgh to Aberdeen takes around 2 hours and 32 minutes, however it can take just 2 hours and 20 minutes on the fastest services. As there are around 28 direct services on this popular route each day, you can sit back and relax as you don’t need to make any changes.  

On this route, you’ll hop on a train at Edinburgh Waverley station operated by ScotRail, CrossCountry or London North Eastern Railway (LNER). No matter who you travel with, you’ll enjoy onboard amenities such as free WiFi, comfortable seating and luggage storage. Also, you can take the Caledonian Sleeper night train from Edinburgh. All services will take you to Aberdeen station, in the centre of the city.  

Once you’ve left the station, you can start to explore everything Aberdeen has to offer. From here, you can easily reach some of the city’s most famous landmarks, including Aberdeen Art Gallery, Duthie Park and Aberdeen Maritime Museum.  

If you’d like to snap up the cheapest train fares, try travelling Off-Peak, as tickets tend to be cheaper during quieter times on weekdays and weekends. Also, if you travel by train frequently, why not get a Railcard? You’ll save up to 1/3 on eligible journeys for a whole year.  

Ready to book? Start your search for cheap train tickets from Edinburgh to Aberdeen in our Journey Planner at the top of the page. There’s no need to wait, get started today! If you’d like to read more information about the journey first, keep reading for train timetables, FAQs and tips on how to find cheap train tickets.

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 33 minutes, with around 28 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 20 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 £11.50 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 Edinburgh (Waverley) to Aberdeen?

Yes, it is possible to travel from Edinburgh (Waverley) to Aberdeen without having to change trains. There are 28 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 03:39. 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 21:31. 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 £11.50 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

Look out for Advance tickets – they usually come out up to 12 weeks before the departure date and can be cheaper than buying on the day. If you’re here a tad early, sign up for our Advance ticket alert today to get notified when your tickets are released.

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.

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.

Split your tickets

Download our app to find split tickets — courtesy of SplitSave, our handy feature which 'splits' your train tickets where possible to find you a better deal. Learn more about the clever tech behind split tickets, and how to spot SplitSave discounts in our app.

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

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