Direct trains depart from Edinburgh Waverley Station to London Kings Cross around twice an hour – usually on the hour and at every 30 minutes past – and are operated by London North Eastern Railway (LNER). The journey takes between 4h 30m and 5h, although can take just 4h on the fastest service. In 2019, LNER launched its high-speed Azuma trains service between Edinburgh and London, which uses technology from Japanese bullet trains to make the journey quicker and quieter
LNER trains offer hot and cold drinks and snacks during your journey via a trolley service and an onboard café/bar. You can also enjoy free WiFi on all LNER services and bring a bicycle on board for free, as long as you make a reservation for your bike. If you’re travelling in First Class on an LNER train, at-seat dining is available as well as a complimentary meal or light bite.
At the weekends, certain parts of the journey are provided by Avanti West Coast (formerly Virgin Trains) or Grand Central, both of which offer free WiFi as part of the standard array of services.
*Information correct at time of writing (August 2019). May be subject to change.
The average journey time by train between Edinburgh (Waverley) and London Kings Cross is 5 hours and 2 minutes, with around 34 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 Kings Cross is 4 hours and 0 minutes.
Train ticket prices from Edinburgh (Waverley) to London Kings Cross can start from as little as £27 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 Kings Cross without having to change trains. There are 34 direct trains from Edinburgh (Waverley) to London Kings Cross each day. Though there may be fewer direct services available depending on your exact departure date.
The first train from Edinburgh (Waverley) to London Kings Cross leaves at 04:40. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.
The last train from Edinburgh (Waverley) to London Kings Cross leaves at 19:36. 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 Kings Cross cover a distance of around 330 miles (531 km) during the journey.
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