Edinburgh to Holyhead by train

  • First train
    06:06
  • Last train
    23:40
  • Avg changes
    1
  • Fastest journey
    5hr 5m
  • Distance
    309 kilometres
  • Trains per Day
    11
  • Avg. journey time
    7hr
  • Train Operators

Travelling from Edinburgh to Holyhead by train

Fast trains from Edinburgh to Holyhead take around 5 hours and 5 minutes, covering a distance of approximately 309 kilometres. There are frequent services on the rail route between Edinburgh and Holyhead.

1. Are there direct trains from Edinburgh to Holyhead?

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

We usually find around 16 departures on the route from Edinburgh to Holyhead every weekday that leave enough time to change trains without waiting around for longer than necessary.

There are typically fewer departures at weekends, when we found around 13 departures.

2. How long is the train journey from Edinburgh to Holyhead?

The Edinburgh to Holyhead train travel time is normally about 5 hours and 5 minutes, whatever time you make the journey.

3. What are the Edinburgh to Holyhead train times and schedule?

On weekdays the earliest train to Holyhead is usually scheduled to depart Edinburgh around 06:14 and the last train is around 23:40. At weekends the first train of the day leaves Edinburgh around 05:55, and the last at 00:30.

When to book Edinburgh to Holyhead train tickets?

Trains in the UK 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 Edinburgh to Holyhead by train.

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Which train companies operate between Edinburgh and Holyhead?

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

  • Arriva Trains Wales
  • CrossCountry
  • First TransPennine Express
  • Serco Caledonian Sleeper
  • TransPennine Express
  • Transport For Wales
  • Virgin Trains

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

Holyhead to Edinburgh by train

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Child and youth passengers

The definition of "Child" and "Youth" varies by country and 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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