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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Leicester to Edinburgh by train

from £59.60

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Bradford to Edinburgh by train

from £45.80

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Croydon to Edinburgh by train

from £105.00

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Newark on Trent to Edinburgh by train

from £18.30

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Paisley to Edinburgh by train

from £33.60

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Cleethorpes to Edinburgh by train

from £117.10

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Bournemouth to Edinburgh by train

from £54.50

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Clayton-le-Woods to Edinburgh by train

from £12.70

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Eastbourne to Edinburgh by train

from £92.50

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Chesterfield to Edinburgh by train

from £53.20

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Worcester to Edinburgh by train

from £75.60

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Menai Bridge to Edinburgh by train

from £119.00

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Aviemore to Edinburgh by train

from £16.80

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Windermere to Edinburgh by train

from £10.00

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Birmingham International Airport to Edinburgh by train

from £38.00

Avg 0 changes 4hr 23m

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Coventry to Edinburgh by train

from £16.50

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Grantham to Edinburgh by train

from £18.30

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Nottingham to Edinburgh by train

from £20.50

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Dover to Edinburgh by train

from £61.50

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Scarborough to Edinburgh by train

from £31.50

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Weston-super-Mare to Edinburgh by train

from £80.10

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York to Edinburgh by train

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Cheltenham to Edinburgh by train

from £86.50

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Dunbar to Edinburgh by train

from £8.70

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Slough to Edinburgh by train

from £54.50

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Milton Keynes to Edinburgh by train

from £29.00

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Gravesend to Edinburgh by train

from £55.50

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Stonehaven to Edinburgh by train

from £13.00

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Leighton Buzzard to Edinburgh by train

from £22.00

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Paris to Edinburgh by train

from £74.00

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Corby to Edinburgh by train

from £47.50

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Hamilton to Edinburgh by train

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Middlesbrough to Edinburgh by train

from £12.00

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Darlington to Edinburgh by train

from £11.90

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Mansfield to Edinburgh by train

from £35.00

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Derby to Edinburgh by train

from £44.20

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Portsmouth to Edinburgh by train

from £50.50

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Lincoln to Edinburgh by train

from £18.30

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Retford to Edinburgh by train

from £30.50

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Wakefield to Edinburgh by train

from £45.30

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Stevenage to Edinburgh by train

from £36.00

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Doncaster to Edinburgh by train

from £17.70

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Chelmsford to Edinburgh by train

from £50.50

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Reading to Edinburgh by train

from £67.50

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Weymouth to Edinburgh by train

from £56.00

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Inverness to Edinburgh by train

from £5.00

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Preston to Edinburgh by train

from £15.50

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Manchester to Edinburgh by train

from £13.50

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Basingstoke to Edinburgh by train

from £68.50

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Cologne to Edinburgh by train

from £103.00

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Wellingborough to Edinburgh by train

from £72.00

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Swindon to Edinburgh by train

from £57.50

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Bassetlaw to Edinburgh by train

from £30.50

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Langwathby to Edinburgh by train

from £9.00

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Bolton to Edinburgh by train

from £19.00

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Wolverhampton to Edinburgh by train

from £17.50

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Northampton to Edinburgh by train

from £59.00

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Ashford to Edinburgh by train

from £78.00

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Oban to Edinburgh by train

from £15.20

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Lowestoft to Edinburgh by train

from £74.00

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Crawley to Edinburgh by train

from £46.50

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Halifax to Edinburgh by train

from £22.80

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Southport to Edinburgh by train

from £26.90

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Poole to Edinburgh by train

from £54.50

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Birmingham International Airport to Edinburgh by train

from £38.00

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