There are trains every hour running from London King's Cross to Aberdeen with Virgin Trains East Coast. Some services are direct while others will stop at Edinburgh Waverley, where you'll need to change to a ScotRail train to continue your journey.
All Virgin East Coast trains feature a buffet car called The Foodbar, usually located either in coach J or H. Here, you can purchase hot and cold food and drink throughout the day. On most journeys, you'll also find a full drinks menu and an at-seat trolley service. If you travel in First Class, the food and drink are complimentary but subject to availability. WiFi is free for those travelling in First Class, while those travelling in Standard will need to pay a small fee for the service. To learn more, visit our Virgin Trains East Coast page
ScotRail offers free WiFi on this service, as well as the option to travel First Class. Passengers also have the chance to buy hot and cold drinks as well as light snacks, thanks to an at-seat catering service.
The train from London King's Cross to Aberdeen takes you up the East coast, crossing through Yorkshire, Cumbria, Newcastle and Berwick-upon-Tweed before heading into the Lowlands of Scotland. Make sure to grab a window seat so you don't miss out on the amazing views. Keep your camera ready, as one of the best sights is saved for last. The crossing of the Forth Rail Bridge outside Edinburgh is a spectacular experience for all. You’ll then continue along the East coast of Scotland, before arriving at Aberdeen.
Things to do in Aberdeen
Take a look at Balmoral Castle, one of the official Royal residences for Her Majesty the Queen. A visit to the Tolbooth is highly recommended as it's a historic jail which gives you a mesmerising insight into medieval Scotland. Finally, take a trip to the Aberdeen Maritime Museum, which offers a rich history of Aberdeen’s proud nautical tradition.
How long does it take to travel from London to Aberdeen by train?
The average journey time between London and Aberdeen is 7 hours 10 minutes. The fastest journey time is 7 hours 7 minutes. On an average weekday, there are 36 trains per day travelling from London to Aberdeen. The journey time may be longer on weekends and holidays.
Are there direct trains from London to Aberdeen?
No, it is not possible to travel from London to Aberdeen without having to change trains. Use our journey planner above to get direct train times from London to Aberdeen.
No direct trains possible
What time are the first and last train from London to Aberdeen?
The first train from London to Aberdeen departs at .
The last train from London to Aberdeen departs at .
No sleeper services are available.
There may also be less services on weekends and public holidays; use the Journey Planner above to search for a specific train on your chosen travel date.