Fastest journey4hr 16m
It is easy to take the train from London to Edinburgh. This is the classic Flying Scotsman route, with departures at least hourly from London King’s Cross station. The journey to the Scottish capital takes about 4 hrs 30 mins. Since 2015, the train services from London King’s Cross to Edinburgh have been operated by Virgin Trains East Coast. All trains offer a choice of First and Standard-Class seating. There are no spectacular mountain landscapes on the route from London to Edinburgh, but you will catch a glimpse of a trio of English cathedrals (Peterborough, York and Durham) and there is some very fine coastal scenery as the train crosses the Anglo-Scottish border.
An alternative route to Edinburgh leaves from London Euston station. There are both daytime and overnight services on the Euston route, but even the fastest daytime trains take an hour longer than the main East Coast line from King’s Cross.
Bookings for all journeys from London to Edinburgh normally open about three months prior to travel. Book early for the best fares.
London to Edinburgh
Your journey to Edinburgh starts at London King’s Cross station – the station from where Harry Potter departs on the legendary Hogwarts Express. The fastest services to the Scottish capital make just four intermediate stops – normally at York, Darlington, Newcastle-upon-Tyne and Berwick-upon-Tweed. Some slower services may make as many as eleven stops on the 632-km journey to Edinburgh. Sit on the right of the train for fine coastal views on the latter part of the journey. The trains on this route are mainly modern electric InterCity 225 services. A small number of London to Edinburgh services rely on older but extremely comfortable diesel trains (called HSTs).