It takes an average of 3h 7m to travel from Leeds to Edinburgh (Waverley) by train, over a distance of around 163 miles (262 km). There are normally 21 trains per day travelling from Leeds to Edinburgh (Waverley) and tickets for this journey start from £21.20 when you book in advance.
From 2h 51m
163 miles (262 km)
21 trains per day
Direct trains available
The train from Leeds to Edinburgh usually takes around 3h 5m but can take just 2h 50m on the fastest services, with around 40 trains running on this popular route every day. You won’t need to worry about making any changes along the way either as direct trains are available, so you can just make yourself comfortable as soon as you board the train.
You can either travel with CrossCountry, TransPennine Express or London North Eastern Railway (LNER) on this route. CrossCountry offer direct services to Edinburgh, whereas you'll need to change at Newcastle or York if you're travelling with TransPennine Express or LNER.
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The average journey time by train between Leeds and Edinburgh (Waverley) is 3 hours and 7 minutes, with around 21 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 Leeds to Edinburgh (Waverley) is 2 hours and 51 minutes.
Train ticket prices from Leeds to Edinburgh (Waverley) can start from as little as £21.20 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 Leeds to Edinburgh (Waverley) without having to change trains. There are 21 direct trains from Leeds to Edinburgh (Waverley) each day. Though there may be fewer direct services available depending on your exact departure date.
The first train from Leeds to Edinburgh (Waverley) leaves at 04:43. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.
The last train from Leeds to Edinburgh (Waverley) leaves at 20:08. 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 Leeds to Edinburgh (Waverley) cover a distance of around 163 miles (262 km) during the journey.
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