Trains from

London to Edinburgh

  1. on time
    London Euston
    on time
    Edinburgh (Waverley)
    Platform 7 estimated
    0 changes
    Super Off Peak
  2. on time
    London Kings Cross
    Platform 7 estimated
    on time
    Edinburgh (Waverley)
    Platform 9 estimated
    0 changes
    Off Peak
  3. on time
    London Euston
    on time
    Edinburgh (Waverley)
    Platform 9 estimated
    0 changes
    Peak
  4. London Kings Cross
    Platform 4 estimated
    Edinburgh (Waverley)
    Platform 11 estimated
    0 changes
    Peak
  5. London Kings Cross
    Platform 7 estimated
    Edinburgh (Waverley)
    Platform 11 estimated
    0 changes
    Peak
  6. London Kings Cross
    Platform 2 estimated
    Edinburgh (Waverley)
    Platform 19 estimated
    0 changes
    Off Peak
  7. London Kings Cross
    Platform 6 estimated
    08:06
    London Kings Cross
    Platform 6 estimated
    10:05
    York
    Platform 10 estimated
    10:31
    York
    Platform 10 estimated
    13:06
    Edinburgh (Waverley)
    Platform 11 estimated
    on time
    Edinburgh (Waverley)
    Platform 11 estimated
    1 change
    Peak
  8. London Euston
    Edinburgh (Waverley)
    Platform 9 estimated
    0 changes
    Peak
  9. London Kings Cross
    Platform 8 estimated
    Edinburgh (Waverley)
    Platform 8 estimated
    0 changes
    Off Peak
  10. London Kings Cross
    Platform 4 estimated
    Edinburgh (Waverley)
    Platform 11 estimated
    0 changes
    Super Off Peak

Journey information from London to Edinburgh

  • Train Fares from: £25.00
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London to Edinburgh train times information

Direct trains from London Kings Cross to Edinburgh run approximately every half hour and are provided by LNER. The journey lasts approximately four and a half hours. Alternatively, travellers from London Euston may take a LNER service to Edinburgh every two hours at 9:30, 11:30, 13:30, etc. and change at Preston. This trip takes closer to five hours.

Passengers may arrange space in advance for bicycles and pets on LNER trains. Food is available on board at the restaurant or café bar and at-seat dining is reserved for first class travellers. Additionally, free Wi-Fi is provided.

If you are taking a LNER train via Preston, you can take advantage of power outlets, Wi-Fi and a café bar serving sandwiches, snacks and drinks.

*Information correct at time of writing (March 2011). May be subject to change

Reviewing London Kings Cross to Edinburgh by train

5 stars - " Travelling the line made famous by the Flying Scotsman."

Leaving King’s Cross station, the train plunges into the Gas Works and Copenhagen Tunnels (the latter being named from the area above it called Copenhagen Fields, which was the site of the Ambassador of Denmark's residence in the 17th century).

After a few minutes look to the right-hand side for the Emirates Stadium, home of Arsenal Football Club and currently the third largest stadium in the UK.

After speeding through some north London suburbs and countryside, the train passes through the centre of Peterborough. The Peterborough Cathedral can be seen on the right-hand side after crossing the River Nene.

A few miles south of Grantham the train passes the spot where, in 1938 the world speed record for steam trains was set when the London and North Eastern Railway locomotive ‘Mallard’ reached 126 mph on 3rd July, a record which still stands. Watch out for the commemorative sign on the right-hand side of the train.

The first stop on the journey is York, reached 1 hour and 53 minutes after leaving London. York is well worth a visit not least as it’s the home of the famous National Railway Museum, the magnificent cathedral and the well-known ‘Shambles’ an old street dating back to the 14th century.

About 7 miles north of York you can see the famous London to Edinburgh Half Way sign.

At Durham, the train crosses a viaduct giving superb views of Durham city, castle and cathedral on the right-hand side.

3 hours out of Kings Cross the train slows and crosses the River Tyne ready to make its next stop at Newcastle Central Station, giving a good view on the right of the numerous Tyne bridges.

Leaving the imposing Newcastle Central Station, the railway runs high above much of the tightly-packed city centre, giving glimpses of the banks of the Tyne to the south. The surroundings change to rolling farmland and woodland as the train follows the line to Alnmouth, from where coastal views of the North Sea can be seen on the right. In a short while, the distinctive shape of Holy Island and Lindisfarne Castle are visible out to sea on the right-hand side.

The line follows the coastline even more closely on the approach to Berwick upon Tweed, where the train slows for a sweeping curve leading to the Royal Border Bridge, a twenty-eight-arch structure across the Tweed which is 2,160 feet long and 120 feet high. Taking just over 40 minutes from Newcastle the train makes its penultimate stop in Berwick-upon-Tweed, which has changed hands many times in its history between England and Scotland (it's just 2 and a half miles inside the English border).

From Berwick-upon-Tweed, the line heads north along the cliff tops overlooking the North Sea, soon passing the historic lineside indicators marking the English/Scottish boundary, until it veers inland to avoid some difficult terrain, then back to the coast as far as the town of Dunbar. From here it is possible to see Bass Rock, 350 feet high and home to a large colony of gannets.

The line then heads inland, directly towards Edinburgh, soon allowing glorious views across the Forth towards the hills of Fife on its north shore. The suburbs of Edinburgh are soon reached, and the distinctive shape of Arthur’s Seat can be seen to the left. Look out for Meadowbank Stadium on the right just before the train slows for the final approach through the tunnel under Calton Hill before finally coming to a final stop at Edinburgh Waverly station.

You can then say that you have travelled in the tracks of the famous “Flying Scotsman”.

Brian's top tip:

When booking your train ticket, reserve a seat on the right-hand side of the train on the way to Edinburgh so you can enjoy the fantastic views available on this line.

  • How long does it take to travel from London to Edinburgh by train?

    The average journey time between London and Edinburgh is . The fastest journey time is . On an average weekday, there are 31 trains per day travelling from London to Edinburgh. The journey time may be longer on weekends and holidays.

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  • Are there direct trains from London to Edinburgh?

    Yes, it is possible to travel from London to Edinburgh without having to change trains. Use our journey planner above to get direct train times from London to Edinburgh.

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  • What is the distance between London and Edinburgh?

    The distance between London and Edinburgh is 332 miles.

    Distance: 332 miles
  • What time is the first train from London to Edinburgh?

    The first train from London to Edinburgh departs at .

    What time is the last train from London to Edinburgh?

    The last train from London to Edinburgh departs at .

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