It takes an average of 1h 38m to travel from Newcastle to Edinburgh (Waverley) by train, over a distance of around 92 miles (148 km). There are normally 105 trains per day travelling from Newcastle to Edinburgh (Waverley) and tickets for this journey start from £7.80 when you book in advance.
From 1h 23m
92 miles (148 km)
105 trains per day
Direct trains available
Thinking of hopping the border and spending some time in the Scottish capital and need more information on how to travel from Newcastle to Edinburgh by train? Start your journey with us!
Usually, the train from Newcastle to Edinburgh takes around 1h 38m, but can be as quick as 1h 23m on the fastest services. With around 101 direct trains running on this popular route every day, you don’t need to worry about changing along the way. So, once you’ve boarded the train, you can sit back, relax and look forward to the journey.
Train travel is significantly better for the environment than other modes of transport, such as car and plane. In fact, you save 67% on CO2 emissions when you choose train over car*.
When travelling on this route, you’ll hop on a train departing Newcastle station, operated by either LNER, Lumo, CrossCountry or Transpennine Express. Whichever service you find yourself on, you’ll enjoy comfortable seating and free WiFi during your journey. If you prefer to travel in style, check out our guide to First Class train travel from Newcastle to Edinburgh.
Backdropped by dramatic hills, Edinburgh is the capital of Scotland and a fantastic place for a short break or even a daytrip. With so much fascinating history and beautiful scenery, there’s a lot of places to visit in Edinburgh, including Edinburgh Castle, Calton Hill and the National Museum of Scotland. Want to see more of Scotland? Check out our list of the best day trips from Edinburgh, as well as a guide to how to get from Edinburgh to the Highlands.
Want to snap up the cheapest train deals? Try travelling Off-Peak – we’ll point out the cheapest Off-Peak train tickets in our Journey Planner. If you travel by train quite frequently, why not get a Railcard? You’ll save up to 1/3 on eligible train journeys for a whole year.
Eager to book? Start your search for cheap train tickets from Newcastle to Edinburgh today. For more information, keep reading for timetables, tips on finding cheap tickets and FAQs, including first and last train times.
If you catch this train more than 3 times per week, you could save money with a Season Ticket. With annual, monthly and weekly options available, find out if a season ticket for Newcastle to Edinburgh (Waverley) is right for you.
National Railcards offer a 1/3 off eligible train tickets in the UK and can be a great investment if you travel a few times or more in a year. Find out how you can save with a National Railcard here.
Download our app to find split tickets — courtesy of SplitSave, our handy feature which 'splits' your train tickets where possible to find you a better deal. Learn more about the clever tech behind split tickets, and how to spot SplitSave discounts in our app.
For more money-saving tips on UK and European train travel, read our cheap train tickets guide.
If you want to travel from Newcastle to Edinburgh, choose the more sustainable option - choose train!
Taking the train instead of driving lowers your CO2 impact by a whopping 67%.* Keep it simple, keep it low-carbon.
What's faster or cheaper than driving from Newcastle to Edinburgh? Ah yes, that'd be the train. Cheaper even without a Railcard, too. Win for you. Win for the planet.
In the UK, you can take your bike on the train, for free! Cool, huh? And, thanks to our bike reservation feature, travelling with your bike has never been easier.
Unlike flying or driving, going by train means no extra luggage charges or parking costs. Plus, you step off the train, right into the city-centre. Aaaand relax.
* Calculations are based on CO2 / passenger km, comparing an average petrol car, using statistics and conversion factors published in the government’s greenhouse gas reporting conversion factors published 7 June 2023 and revised 28 June 2023. See here for more.
Between Newcastle and Edinburgh, 92% of journeys sold on Trainline from May 2022 to May 2023 were cheaper and faster by rail vs car.