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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 £25.00
  2. 30 day advance £49.00
  3. 7 day advance £57.00
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  1. 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 (Waverley, city centre)

    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).

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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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