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Journey information from London to Edinburgh

  • Train Fares from: £27
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  • Changes: Direct

London to Edinburgh by First Class train

Take a First Class train from London to Edinburgh and experience the best in luxury UK train travel. Whether travelling on the West Coast line (Avanti West Coast trains) or East Coast line (LNER), there are some key benefits you can look forward to that are generally similar for each train company.

Amenities include:

  • Bigger, comfier seats with tables allowing you to relax or work on the go
  • Fast, complimentary WiFi connections
  • Access to power sockets and USB sockets at every seat
  • Access to exclusive First Class lounges at London Euston (Avanti), London Kings Cross (LNER) and Edinburgh (LNER)
  • Complimentary food and drink, ranging from snacks to two-course meals depending on the service

So, while the price of the ticket may be higher, you can still get great value given back to you through the complimentary food (no packed lunches!), WiFi and the added degree of comfort. What’s not to like? Don’t forget to book your First Class tickets in advance – you could save money by planning ahead!

London to Edinburgh train times information

Direct trains from London Kings Cross to Edinburgh Waverley are operated by London North Eastern Railway (LNER) and run approximately every half hour, departing on the hour and 30m past. The fastest service takes around 4h 20m to reach Edinburgh. Alternatively, you can take a slower indirect service and change at York, taking around 5h 5m.

In 2019, LNER also launched their new Azuma trains service on the London to Edinburgh line, using technology from the Japanese bullet train to decrease journey times and increase comfort for passengers.

LNER trains offer free WiFi, a trolley service and an onboard café servicing hot drinks and snacks during your journey. If you’re travelling in First Class, you’ll enjoy access to the First Class lounge in Kings Cross before you board as well as at-seat dining.

*Information correct at time of writing (August 2019). 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.

Find out more information about how to buy cheap train tickets to Edinburgh.

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

    The average journey time between London and Edinburgh is . On an average weekday, there are 41 trains travelling from London to Edinburgh. The journey time may be longer on weekends and holidays.

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  • What is the fastest journey from London to Edinburgh by train?

    The fastest journey time by train is .

  • How much does the train from London to Edinburgh cost?

    Train tickets from London to Edinburgh can start from as little as £27 when you book in advance and are usually more expensive when purchased on the day. Prices can also vary depending the time of day, route and class you book.

  • 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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    No sleeper services are available. There may also be fewer services on weekends and public holidays; use the Journey Planner above to search for a specific train on your chosen travel date.
  • If you're like us, you've probably seen the sheer number of ticket types available in the UK and wondered ''Why are there so many?!'' Well, luckily we've put together a handy guide to all the variations of train ticket you may encounter on your travels.

    *Please note that not all types of train tickets are available for every journey. Factors such as the time, date and train company you'll be using can affect the availability of each one.

London to Edinburgh timetable

Check out the next trains departing from London to Edinburgh for Wednesday 27th May 2020. For the full train timetable, or to search for a later time or date, click here.

DepartsArrivesDuration
06:1511:134h 58m, direct
07:3012:114h 41m, direct
07:3313:025h 29m, 1 change
08:3013:124h 42m, direct
09:3014:134h 43m, direct

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