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The train from Edinburgh to London usually takes around 5 hours and 43 minutes but can take just 4 hours on the fastest services, with around 46 trains running on this popular route per day. Once you're on board, you can sit back and relax, as you won’t need to make any changes along the way.
You'll be travelling with London North Eastern Railway (LNER), Lumo, or Avanti West Coast on this route. LNER and Lumo trains arrive into London Kings Cross, while Avanti West Coast services arrive into London Euston station. Want to travel in style? Find out more about travelling from Edinburgh to London in First Class.
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The average journey time by train between Edinburgh (Waverley) and London is 5 hours and 32 minutes, with around 60 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.
The fastest journey time by train from Edinburgh (Waverley) to London is 4 hours and 0 minutes.
Train ticket prices from Edinburgh (Waverley) to London can start from as little as £19.90 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.
Yes, it is possible to travel from Edinburgh (Waverley) to London without having to change trains. There are 60 direct trains from Edinburgh (Waverley) to London each day. Though there may be fewer direct services available depending on your exact departure date.
The first train from Edinburgh (Waverley) to London leaves at 04:36. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.
The last train from Edinburgh (Waverley) to London leaves at 23:40. 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.
Trains travelling from Edinburgh (Waverley) to London cover a distance of around 332 miles (534 km) during the journey.
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Getting to Edinburgh Waverley station
After spending a great weekend in Edinburgh, we walked back to Edinburgh Waverley station to go home. The station sits below Princes Street in the narrow valley between Edinburgh’s old and new towns. We arrived 10 minutes in advance, so we grabbed a bite before heading to the platform from which our train was due to depart.
Boarding the train
We boarded a modern LNER train after showing our etickets to a member of staff at the ticket gates and headed to our two forward-facing seats in Standard Class – we had already booked them online with Trainline.
It took us about four and a half hours to get from Edinburgh to London. The train whisked us from the Scottish coast down to England’s farmland and woodland, stopping at Berwick-upon-Tweed, Newcastle, Darlington, and York before reaching London Kings Cross station.
Despite being quite a long journey, we didn’t get bored at all thanks to the amenities available on the train, from the free onboard WiFi to the onboard café, from which we got some soft drinks and snacks. Also, we really enjoyed the views of the Scottish coast after leaving Edinburgh and the Tyne bridges when approaching Newcastle. Make sure you grab a window seat on the left if you don’t want to miss them!
Once we got off at London Kings Cross station, we followed the signs to the underground station entrance and took the Piccadilly line to go home. All in all, taking the LNER train is probably one of the fastest and most direct ways to travel between Edinburgh and London, a journey we wouldn’t mind taking again!
Paola is one of our trusted, hand-picked travel writers. The information for this article was recorded first-hand, based on her own genuine experience of the journey.