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Edinburgh (Waverley) to Leeds by train

It takes an average of 3h 13m to travel from Edinburgh (Waverley) to Leeds by train, over a distance of around 163 miles (262 km). There are normally 63 trains per day travelling from Edinburgh (Waverley) to Leeds and tickets for this journey start from £17.80 when you book in advance.
Journey timeFrom 2h 53m
PriceFrom £17.80
Distance163 miles (262 km)
Frequency63 trains per day
First train04:14
Last train21:00
Departure stationEdinburgh (Waverley)
Arrival stationLeeds
ChangesDirect trains available
Train operatorsCrossCountry, TransPennine Express, London North Eastern Railway

Edinburgh (Waverley) to Leeds train times

Check out the next trains departing from Edinburgh (Waverley) to Leeds for Tuesday 26th October 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.
12:30 15:40 3h 10m, 1 change
13:00 16:07 3h 7m, 1 change
13:30 16:40 3h 10m, 1 change
14:05 17:07 3h 2m, direct
14:30 17:39 3h 9m, 1 change
15:00 18:07 3h 7m, 1 change
15:30 18:40 3h 10m, 1 change
16:08 19:07 2h 59m, direct
16:30 19:40 3h 10m, 1 change
17:07 20:07 3h 0m, direct

Taking the train from Edinburgh to Leeds

Thinking about taking the train from Edinburgh to Leeds? You've come to the right place.

The train from Edinburgh to Leeds usually takes around 3h 13m but can take just 2h 53m on the fastest services, with around 63 trains running on this popular route every day. As soon as you board the train, you'll be able to make yourself comfortable and enjoy the journey as there are direct services available.

You can either travel with CrossCountry, TransPennine Express, or London North Eastern Railway (LNER) on this route. CrossCountry offer direct services to Leeds, whereas you'll need to change at Newcastle or York if you're traveling with TransPennine Express or LNER.

If you want to snap up the cheapest fares, take the train during Off-Peak times. You can also get a Railcard if you’re travelling by train more than a few times a year – you'll save up to 1/3 on eligible journeys.

Ready to book? Start your search for train tickets from Edinburgh to Leeds with us today. Keep reading for more information, including our timetable where you can view first and last train times, as well as tips on how to find cheap train tickets.

Journey details

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

The average journey time by train between Edinburgh (Waverley) and Leeds is 3 hours and 13 minutes, with around 63 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 Leeds by train?

The fastest journey time by train from Edinburgh (Waverley) to Leeds is 2 hours and 53 minutes.

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

Train ticket prices from Edinburgh (Waverley) to Leeds can start from as little as £17.80 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 Leeds?

Yes, it is possible to travel from Edinburgh (Waverley) to Leeds without having to change trains. There are 63 direct trains from Edinburgh (Waverley) to Leeds 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 Leeds leave?

The first train from Edinburgh (Waverley) to Leeds leaves at 04:14. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.

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

The last train from Edinburgh (Waverley) to Leeds leaves at 21:00. 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 Leeds by train?

Trains travelling from Edinburgh (Waverley) to Leeds cover a distance of around 163 miles (262 km) during the journey.

Looking for more information?

If you’re looking for the return train journey, check out trains from Leeds to Edinburgh (Waverley). If you’re looking for other options, you can also catch the bus from Edinburgh (Waverley) to Leeds.

Cheap train tickets from Edinburgh (Waverley) to Leeds

Train tickets from Edinburgh (Waverley) to Leeds start at £17.80 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.

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 Leeds 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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