Trains to Edinburgh Find train times and tickets

Scotland’s remarkable capital city is the perfect choice for a weekend break or longer stay. Set back from the Firth of Forth, and with the Pentland Hills just to the south, Edinburgh boasts a fine mix of neighbourhoods. The castle perches on a rocky crag, with the Royal Mile running down through the Old Town to Holyrood Palace. Explore the little alleys (called wynds or closes) which lead off the Royal Mile. Make time too for gracious Princes Street and the elegant New Town. After a few hours tramping the streets of Edinburgh, head for one of the city’s cosy pubs or bars for a wee dram of Scotland’s national drink.

A new tram system makes it easy to get around Edinburgh and recent traffic management projects have done much to make the city a far nicer place for pedestrians. The main rail hub is Edinburgh Waverley (for bookings here on Loco2 we refer to it simply as Edinburgh). It is at the eastern end of Princes Street Gardens in the very heart of the Scottish capital.

Edinburgh Waverley is a major hub for rail services across Scotland and cross-border links to England. Trains to London leave at least hourly, taking four to five hours to reach their destination. There are several trains an hour to Glasgow, the fastest taking less than an hour for the journey. Fast trains leave Edinburgh for all main Scottish cities including Stirling (less than an hour), Aberdeen (about 2 hrs 30 mins) and Inverness (3 hrs 30 mins). If you are tempted to head to remoter areas of the Highlands, bear in mind that longer journeys take time. The train journey from Edinburgh to the west coast port of Mallaig takes over six hours; Edinburgh to Thurso takes eight hours.

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London to Edinburgh by train

from £25.00

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York to Edinburgh by train

from £17.10

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Glasgow to Edinburgh by train

from £9.20

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Aberdeen to Edinburgh by train

from £5.00

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Leeds to Edinburgh by train

from £17.30

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Newcastle upon Tyne to Edinburgh by train

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Birmingham to Edinburgh by train

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Dundee to Edinburgh by train

from £5.00

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Peterborough to Edinburgh by train

from £25.40

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Doncaster to Edinburgh by train

from £17.70

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Lancaster to Edinburgh by train

from £11.00

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Sheffield to Edinburgh by train

from £31.50

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Crewe to Edinburgh by train

from £14.00

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Nottingham to Edinburgh by train

from £20.50

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Cambridge to Edinburgh by train

from £46.30

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Darlington to Edinburgh by train

from £11.90

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Kirkcaldy to Edinburgh by train

from £8.30

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Carlisle to Edinburgh by train

from £8.00

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Coventry to Edinburgh by train

from £38.00

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Leicester to Edinburgh by train

from £53.60

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Grantham to Edinburgh by train

from £42.00

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Chester to Edinburgh by train

from £29.50

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Sunderland to Edinburgh by train

from £13.00

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Ayr to Edinburgh by train

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Durham to Edinburgh by train

from £10.10

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Reading to Edinburgh by train

from £47.50

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Norwich to Edinburgh by train

from £57.00

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Wolverhampton to Edinburgh by train

from £74.00

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Middlesbrough to Edinburgh by train

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Lincoln to Edinburgh by train

from £32.00

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Stevenage to Edinburgh by train

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Gloucester to Edinburgh by train

from £51.60

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Inverness to Edinburgh by train

from £5.00

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Perth to Edinburgh by train

from £8.70

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Stirling to Edinburgh by train

from £8.50

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Oxford to Edinburgh by train

from £49.00

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Warrington to Edinburgh by train

from £31.00

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Plymouth to Edinburgh by train

from £218.00

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Brussels to Edinburgh by train

from £85.00

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Cheltenham to Edinburgh by train

from £130.40

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Manchester to Edinburgh by train

from £17.50

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Wigan to Edinburgh by train

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Eastbourne to Edinburgh by train

from £92.50

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Brighton to Edinburgh by train

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Bristol to Edinburgh by train

from £33.60

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Cardiff to Edinburgh by train

from £41.00

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Basingstoke to Edinburgh by train

from £48.50

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Birmingham Airport to Edinburgh by train

from £51.00

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Stafford to Edinburgh by train

from £41.00

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Fort William to Edinburgh by train

from £18.50

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Banbury to Edinburgh by train

from £128.40

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Rugby to Edinburgh by train

from £254.20

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Newark to Edinburgh by train

from £18.30

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Paris to Edinburgh by train

from £74.00

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Lille to Edinburgh by train

from £92.50

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Ipswich to Edinburgh by train

from £138.00

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Retford to Edinburgh by train

from £38.50

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Southampton to Edinburgh by train

from £84.00

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Derby to Edinburgh by train

from £54.00

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Wakefield to Edinburgh by train

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Stoke-on-Trent to Edinburgh by train

from £26.50

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Grimsby to Edinburgh by train

from £33.00

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Swansea to Edinburgh by train

from £67.00

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Corby to Edinburgh by train

from £99.50

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Liverpool to Edinburgh by train

from £16.00

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Preston to Edinburgh by train

from £15.50

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Blackburn to Edinburgh by train

from £23.50

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Hull to Edinburgh by train

from £31.50

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Swindon to Edinburgh by train

from £85.00

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Lowestoft to Edinburgh by train

from £62.00

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Ely to Edinburgh by train

from £52.50

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Scarborough to Edinburgh by train

from £31.50

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Newport to Edinburgh by train

from £181.60

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Salisbury to Edinburgh by train

from £75.50

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Taunton to Edinburgh by train

from £89.50

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