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Newcastle to Edinburgh (Waverley) by train

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.

First train


Last train


Departure station


Arrival station

Edinburgh (Waverley)

Journey time

From 1h 23m


92 miles (148 km)


105 trains per day


Direct trains available


From £7.80

Train operators

CrossCountry, TransPennine Express, London North Eastern Railway, Lumo

Travelling from Newcastle to Edinburgh by train in 1h 23m

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.

Journey details

Want to know more about your journey from Newcastle to Edinburgh (Waverley)? We've compiled some of the most frequently asked questions by our customers to help you plan your journey.

How long does the train from Newcastle to Edinburgh (Waverley) take?

The average journey time by train between Newcastle and Edinburgh (Waverley) is 1 hour and 38 minutes, with around 105 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.

What's the fastest journey time between Newcastle and Edinburgh (Waverley) by train?

The fastest journey time by train from Newcastle to Edinburgh (Waverley) is 1 hour and 23 minutes.

How much does the train from Newcastle to Edinburgh (Waverley) cost?

Train ticket prices from Newcastle to Edinburgh (Waverley) can start from as little as £7.80 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.

Is there a direct train from Newcastle to Edinburgh (Waverley)?

Yes, it is possible to travel from Newcastle to Edinburgh (Waverley) without having to change trains. There are 105 direct trains from Newcastle to Edinburgh (Waverley) each day. Though there may be fewer direct services available depending on your exact departure date.

What time does the first train from Newcastle to Edinburgh (Waverley) leave?

The first train from Newcastle to Edinburgh (Waverley) leaves at 05:24. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.

What time does the last train from Newcastle to Edinburgh (Waverley) leave?

The last train from Newcastle to Edinburgh (Waverley) leaves at 23:08. 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.

What's the distance between Newcastle and Edinburgh (Waverley) by train?

Trains travelling from Newcastle to Edinburgh (Waverley) cover a distance of around 92 miles (148 km) during the journey.

Looking for more information?

If you’re looking for the return train journey, check out trains from Edinburgh (Waverley) to Newcastle.

Cheap train tickets from Newcastle to Edinburgh (Waverley)

Train tickets from Newcastle to Edinburgh (Waverley) start at £7.80 one way for a Standard Class ticket if you book in advance. As most UK train companies increase their prices as the departure date approaches, we’ll help you find the cheapest tickets.

Book in advance

Look out for Advance tickets – they usually come out up to 12 weeks before the departure date and can be cheaper than buying on the day. If you’re here a tad early, sign up for our Advance ticket alert today to get notified when your tickets are released.

Consider a Season Ticket

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.

Use your Railcard

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.

Split your tickets

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.

Advance adult single fare. Excludes booking fee. Prices seen by Trainline customers in the last 30 days. Availability limited.

Why should I travel by train from Newcastle to Edinburgh?

If you want to travel from Newcastle to Edinburgh, choose the more sustainable option - choose train!

Go green

Taking the train instead of driving lowers your CO2 impact by a whopping 67%.* Keep it simple, keep it low-carbon.

Save time & money

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.

Bikes on board

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.

Travel in style

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.

† Average savings on advance fares booked at least one week before day of travel vs Anytime fares purchased on day of travel. Subject to availability. Excludes coach.

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