How to travel from London to Edinburgh

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from London to Edinburgh

You can get from London to Edinburgh by train, bus or flight.

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To get from London to Edinburgh on Dec 06 we recommend taking a bus because it’s the best combination of price and speed.

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Travel Information from London to Edinburgh

distanceDistance330 miles (533 km)
modeAvailable travel modesBus, ferry, flight or train
priceTicket price range$21 - $115
cheapestCheapest modeBus • $21 (€18) • 8 h
fastestFastest modeFlight • $94 (€85) • 1 h 15 min
carriersPopular travel companiesMegabus, easyJet or London North Eastern Railway

Travel 330 miles (533 km) by bus, ferry, flight or train to Edinburgh from London. If speed is a priority, then a flight is the best option with an average duration of 1 h 15 min; whereas, if saving money is more important, then a bus is the best option with prices starting as low as $21 (€18). The most popular travel companies which serve this route are Megabus, easyJet or London North Eastern Railway among others. Travelers can even take a direct bus, flight or train from London to Edinburgh.

How to Travel from London to Edinburgh

There are a number of options for those traveling from London to Edinburgh in the United Kingdom. Edinburgh and London are 534 km apart. Edinburgh also uses the Pound Sterling (£) as its currency. Travelers from London to Edinburgh stay in the same time zone (UTC±00:00). As this trip from London to Edinburgh stays in the United Kingdom, no additional visa is required.

Trains from London to Edinburgh | Buses from London to Edinburgh | Flights from London to Edinburgh

London to Edinburgh Travel Comparison

Average Price

Travel Time

Cheapest Time to Book

Bus

$28

9:30 h

1 Week Before

Train

$75

4:17 h

1 Week Before

Flight

$54

1:10 h

1 Month Before



What is the best way to travel from London to Edinburgh?

Cheapest way to travel from London to Edinburgh

Taking the bus is the cheapest way to travel from London to Edinburgh with next-day bus tickets starting from $31. National Express buses that travel from London to Edinburgh depart from Victoria station in central London. There are 4 direct buses per day from Monday to Friday and 3 on weekends. Buses depart in the morning and late at night with an additional evening bus departing during the week. Buses arrive at Edinburgh Bus Station in the city center and a typical journey takes between 9.5-10 hours. A Megabus service is also available with changes en route.


Fastest way to travel from London to Edinburgh


The fastest way to travel from London to Edinburgh is by taking a flight. A London to Edinburgh flight usually requires only 1:15 of flight time; however, when transport to and from the London and Edinburgh airports are taken into consideration, the journey will take approximately 3:30 hours. Flights traveling from London to Edinburgh depart from Heathrow, Gatwick, Stansted, London City and Luton Airports. Airlines traveling from London to Edinburgh include EasyJet, Ryanair, British Airways and Flybe with flights departing throughout the day. All flights land at Edinburgh Airport. Regular shuttle buses and trams traveling to the city center are available at Edinburgh airport.


Most popular way to travel from London to Edinburgh

Most travelers from London to Edinburgh who book with Omio choose to travel by train. Trains traveling from London to Edinburgh depart every day. During the week, Virgin East Coast trains depart approximately every 30 minutes from early morning until evening. All trains leave from Kings Cross Station and take between 4 to 5 hours to reach Edinburgh. There is an overnight sleeper train every night of the week except Saturday. ScotRail's Caledonian Sleeper takes about 7 hours to reach Edinburgh and departs from London's Euston station.


How to get from London to Edinburgh

The Best Way According to our Users

Whether it is for business or leisure, in order to travel from London to Edinburgh, 71,64% of our customers choose the train as their preferred mode of transportation. By traveling by train on this route, you can enjoy the comfort of spacious seats, spectacular views—and in some cases free Wi-Fi—in both second and first class. Our customers have decided that the train is the best way to get from London to Edinburgh and have chosen to enjoy this fast, safe and efficient way to arrive at their destination. Taking the train also avoids long lines or potential expenses for transfers to/from the station—especially since most main railway stations are located in the city center. Train companies in Europe vary from country to country, but most of them offer high-speed train routes, therefore when you add up at the end-to-end journey time, the train is often also the fastest way to get to your destination.

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Travel Tips: Travel from London to Edinburgh

Travel Tips: Travel to Edinburgh easily. Whether you want fast, cheap or something entirely different, our travel experts have collected everything you need to know so you can find the best option from London to Edinburgh.
FAQs

You can travel between London and Edinburgh 4 different ways: bus, ferry, flight or train.

The cheapest way to go to Edinburgh from London is by taking a bus, which costs on average $21 (€18).

This is compared to other ways of getting to Edinburgh:

Taking a bus is usually $74 (€66) less than taking a flight to Edinburgh, which costs on average $94 (€85) for the same trip.

A bus is $95 (€85) less than a train for this journey with tickets for a train from London to Edinburgh costing on average $115 (€103).

The fastest way to get to Edinburgh from London is by flight with an average travel time of 1 h 15 min.

Other travel options to Edinburgh can usually take longer:

In comparison, getting to Edinburgh by bus can take on average 8 h.

In comparison, going by train can take 4 h 10 min   on average.

You should expect to travel around 330 miles (533 km) between London and Edinburgh.

The average frequency per day from London to Edinburgh is:

  • Around 1 bus per day.
  • 24 trains per day.

However, we recommend checking specific travel dates for your route to Edinburgh from London as scheduled services by bus, ferry, flight or train can vary by season or day of the week.

These are the most popular departure and arrival points when traveling from London to Edinburgh:

  • Most travelers board their plane from London Heathrow Airport and arrive in Edinburgh Airport.
  • Most travelers take a train from London Victoria to Edinburgh Waverley.

If finding a good deal is your main consideration for your trip from London to Edinburgh, then we'll help you find the best value travel companies for you:

  • Megabus can get you to Edinburgh by bus. You can find a good deal for bus tickets with Megabus from London to Edinburgh for $21 (€18) on Omio.
  • EasyJet can take you to Edinburgh by plane. If searching for a good deal on flights, you can find tickets for easyJet from London to Edinburgh for $94 (€85).
  • Travel with London North Eastern Railway for trains to Edinburgh. If you’re looking for a good deal on tickets, check for London North Eastern Railway London to Edinburgh tickets on Omio for $115 (€103).

Yes, there are direct routes from London to Edinburgh with the following travel companies:

  • You'll find 1 direct bus a day to Edinburgh with Flixbus, National Express or Megabus.
  • You can find 22 direct trains per day to take to Edinburgh with Avanti West Coast or London North Eastern Railway.

Direct services to Edinburgh tend to save you time and add more convenience as you won't need to transfer at another stop in between, so it's worth paying attention to before booking tickets for your route.

Omio customers who travel from London to Edinburgh often also extend their vacation to go to Glasgow, Manchester or Newcastle upon Tyne. Omio can help you plan your trip by finding the best connections between Edinburgh and these popular destinations at a great price.

Before traveling from London to Edinburgh, it’s good to know what ticket you can book and how much it will cost in the next 7 days:

  • A bus ticket is costing on average $21 (€18) one way for this trip.
  • A plane ticket for this trip is costing $94 (€85) one way on average.
  • A train ticket for this journey costs on average $115 (€103) one way.

But we recommend booking London to Edinburgh tickets online a few months before your planned travel date to score the best deals and save money on your trip.

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