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|Avg. Train Duration:|
5 hours 48 minutes
|Train Ticket Price:||$ 85|
|Trains depart from:||London|
|Trains arrive in:||Edinburgh|
|Train Companies:||London North Eastern Railway, Virgin Trains|
There are regular direct rail services from London to Edinburgh on the East Coast mainline. Departures are roughly every half hour from early morning until early evening, with some indirect connections via York offering additional options. Journey times between the English and Scottish capital cities range from a little over four hours to nearly five hours, depending on the number of stops en route, and connection times on indirect services.
LNER (London North Eastern Railway) - previously known as Virgin Trains East Coast - provides the majority of direct services from London to Edinburgh. In addition, indirect routes requiring one change involve taking Grand Central Railway or LNER services to York, connecting with CrossCountry trains to Edinburgh.
The fastest direct trains from London to Edinburgh take around four hours and 15 minutes to cover the 390-mile route. Most journeys are around four and a half hours. Indirect services from King's Cross take around five hours to reach Edinburgh, allowing for the time spent between connections at York.
The weekday timetable begins just after 6:00 a.m. and there are departures every half hour throughout the day until early evening, with a final train leaving London at 7:00 p.m. There are an additional four or five indirect connections via York. On Sundays, departures begin a little later, with a first train from London at just before 9:00 a.m.
Departure train station: London King's Cross Trains to Edinburgh depart from London King's Cross Station, situated on the north side of central London. The station has its own Underground stop, with connections on six lines, along with local bus stops on Euston Road, taxi stands, shopping, and restaurants.
Arrival train station: Edinburgh Waverley Trains from London arrive at the centrally located Waverley Station, with local train links to Haymarket and Edinburgh Park. There are tram and bus stops serving routes across Edinburgh outside the station on Princes Street and Waverley Bridge, and a taxi stand on the main concourse.