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York to Edinburgh (Waverley) by train

It takes an average of 3h 22m to travel from York to Edinburgh (Waverley) by train, over a distance of around 161 miles (259 km). There are normally 60 trains per day travelling from York to Edinburgh (Waverley) and tickets for this journey start from £19.10 when you book in advance.
Journey timeFrom 2h 24m
PriceFrom £19.10
Distance161 miles (259 km)
Frequency60 trains per day
First train05:27
Last train21:34
Departure stationYork
Arrival stationEdinburgh (Waverley)
ChangesDirect trains available
Train operatorsCrossCountry, London North Eastern Railway, Lumo

York to Edinburgh (Waverley) train times

Check out the next trains departing from York to Edinburgh (Waverley) for Tuesday 16th August 2022 using our handy timetable below, including platform and live travel information. You can view the full day timetable or search for a different date here.
DepartsArrivesDuration
11:56 14:22 2h 26m, direct
12:32 15:01 2h 29m, direct
12:35 15:09 2h 34m, direct
12:55 15:22 2h 27m, direct
13:35 16:15 2h 40m, direct
13:55 16:22 2h 27m, direct
14:32 17:05 2h 33m, direct
14:35 17:14 2h 39m, direct
14:55 17:23 2h 28m, direct
15:32 18:07 2h 35m, direct

Travelling from York to Edinburgh by train

Looking to travel from York to Edinburgh by train? You've come to the right place!

It usually takes around 3 hours and 3 minutes to travel from York to Edinburgh by train, but it can take just 2 hours and 24 minutes on the fastest direct London North Eastern Railway (LNER) services. With around 58 trains running on this route per day, you can also travel direct with CrossCountry, or TransPennine Express and then Lumo with a change along the way.  

On most trains, you'll find comfortable seating, free WiFi, and power sockets at standard. If you fancy travelling in style, LNER First Class and CrossCountry First Class offer complimentary food and drinks and wider seats with more legroom.

Want to snap up the cheapest fares? Book an Off-Peak time and get a Railcard. You can check ticket prices in our Journey Planner at the top of the page.

If you're ready to book your train tickets from York to Edinburgh start a search with us today! If you want to learn a bit more about the journey first, you can find our train timetable above, and tips on booking cheap tickets and FAQs including first and last train times below.

Journey details

Want to know more about your journey from York 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 York to Edinburgh (Waverley) take?

The average journey time by train between York and Edinburgh (Waverley) is 3 hours and 22 minutes, with around 60 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 York and Edinburgh (Waverley) by train?

The fastest journey time by train from York to Edinburgh (Waverley) is 2 hours and 24 minutes.

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

Train ticket prices from York to Edinburgh (Waverley) can start from as little as £19.10 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 York to Edinburgh (Waverley)?

Yes, it is possible to travel from York to Edinburgh (Waverley) without having to change trains. There are 60 direct trains from York 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 York to Edinburgh (Waverley) leave?

The first train from York to Edinburgh (Waverley) leaves at 05:27. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.

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

The last train from York to Edinburgh (Waverley) leaves at 21:34. 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 York and Edinburgh (Waverley) by train?

Trains travelling from York to Edinburgh (Waverley) cover a distance of around 161 miles (259 km) during the journey.

Looking for more information?

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

Cheap train tickets from York to Edinburgh (Waverley)

Train tickets from York to Edinburgh (Waverley) start at £19.10 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 York 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.

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For more money-saving tips on UK and European train travel, read our cheap train tickets guide.

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