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Prices explained

Prices explained

At Loco2 we believe in price transparency. We use real data from Loco2 searches to estimate the cheapest fares you should be able to find for your journey.

The cheapest price is the lowest fare we've ever found for this journey. These prices can usually be found by searching when booking opens but they vary due to availability, which depends on factors like the day of the week or time of year.

More popular journeys include 30 day advance and 7 day advance prices. These are updated every two weeks using prices we've found by searching exactly 7 or 30 days from the most recent Thursday (we picked Thursday because this is when average prices are usually found).

30 day and 7 day prices fluctuate based on demand and availability at the time of search. For example, the 7-day price in summer is likely to be more expensive than the same journey in winter.

Prices are sourced in GBP and converted to other currencies using the daily market exchange rate.

We're always seeking to improve how price-checking works, and we welcome feedback on how we can make it better.

More advice about how to find the cheapest tickets can be found in our infographic.

  1. Cheapest price £26.80
  2. 30 day advance £68.00
  • First train
    05:45
  • Last train
    23:22
  • Avg changes
    1
  • Fastest journey
    4hr 56m

Travelling from Cambridge to Edinburgh by train

The fastest trains from Cambridge to Edinburgh take around 4 hours and 56 minutes, covering a distance of approximately 471 kilometres. There are frequent services on the rail route between Cambridge and Edinburgh.

Journeys between Cambridge and Edinburgh usually involve one change of train.

We usually find around 19 departures on the route from Cambridge to Edinburgh every weekday that leave enough time to change trains without waiting around for longer than necessary.

Trains are typically more frequent on weekends, when we found around 38 departures. The duration is normally about 4 hours and 56 minutes, whatever time you make the journey.

On weekdays the earliest train to Edinburgh is usually scheduled to depart Cambridge around 05:55 and the last train is around 23:22. At weekends the first train of the day leaves Cambridge around 05:15, and the last at 23:16.

Route map is indicative only and may differ from the optimal route. Actual routes will be displayed when searching.

When to book Cambridge to Edinburgh train tickets?

The earlier you book the better, and the cheapest tickets we've found for trains from Cambridge to Edinburgh are £26.80.

Trains departing 30 days in advance will cost around £68, and when booking 7 days in advance the price is usually the same. Booking on the day of travel may be more expensive.

Trains for this journey usually open for booking around 3 months in advance. If booking is not yet open for your dates then you can set a booking alert to receive an email on the day that the cheapest tickets are released for your journey from Cambridge to Edinburgh by train.

Which trains operate between Cambridge and Edinburgh?

More than one type of train operates on the route from Cambridge to Edinburgh, so you’ll be travelling with one or more of the following rail operators:

  • Abellio Greater Anglia
  • CrossCountry
  • East Coast
  • Great Northern
  • London Underground
  • Serco Caledonian Sleeper
  • Virgin Trains

You can check which train you’ll be travelling on by looking for the train name in search results.

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Route map is indicative only and may differ from the optimal route. Actual routes will be displayed when searching.

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Child and youth passengers

The definition of "Child" and "Youth" varies by country and rail operator. This is why we ask for the age of young passengers.

Sometimes children below a certain age can travel without a seat for free. If you want to guarantee a seat for child passengers, enter '6' as the age of the child.

Read more about child and youth passenger ages. See also youth discounts and railcards.

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