Bournemouth to Edinburgh train

Cheap train tickets from Bournemouth to Edinburgh

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08:59Bournemouth7h25 16:24Edinburgh Waverley
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09:22Bournemouth8h59 18:21Edinburgh Waverley
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Train schedule Bournemouth to Edinburgh

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Fastest train times from Bournemouth to Edinburgh

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Fastest Journey

7 h 25 m


8 h 12 m

Trains per day



588 km

It's difficult to get from Bournemouth to Edinburgh without changing at least 2 times.

08:59Bournemouth7h25 16:24Edinburgh Waverley
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Overview: Train from Bournemouth to Edinburgh

distanceDistance365 miles
durationAverage train duration7 h 21 min
priceAverage train ticket price£121 (€136)
frequencyTrain frequency5 a day
changesDirect trainNo
carriersTrain providersCaledonian Sleeper, London North Eastern Railway or Cross Country

Trains from Bournemouth to Edinburgh cover the 365 miles long trip taking on average 7 h 21 min with our travel partners like Caledonian Sleeper, London North Eastern Railway or Cross Country. Normally, there are 5 trains operating per day, including direct services available. While the average ticket price for this journey costs around £121, you can find the cheapest train ticket for as low as £79. Travellers depart most frequently from Bournemouth and arrive in Edinburgh Waverley.

Train providers: CrossCountry trains Bournemouth to Edinburgh

Find the best trains from Bournemouth to Edinburgh with Omio's travel partners CrossCountry from £79. We can find you the best deals, timetables and tickets when comparing and booking the best trip.


CrossCountry is a fast speed train company in the United Kingdom and for your next train to Edinburgh from Bournemouth you can choose between Standard Class and First Class tickets on Omio.

If you're looking for cheap CrossCountry tickets from Bournemouth to Edinburgh, check out Omio! With one-way Bournemouth to Edinburgh train ticket prices starting as low as £227 when you book in advance, we'll help you get to Edinburgh from Bournemouth by showing you the latest CrossCountry offers, train timetables and tickets for this 365 miles (588 km) route. You can also review relevant ticket information for each class fare available on this journey, such as luggage policy and amenities offered onboard with CrossCountry. If you search for CrossCountry tickets from Bournemouth to Edinburgh in the Omio app, you can quickly see if they are mobile tickets so that you can go paperless when taking the train. Whether you're looking for the cheapest, fastest or earliest train to Edinburgh from Bournemouth on offer, Omio makes it easier than ever for you to find that perfect train with CrossCountry so you can enjoy a smooth and comfortable journey.

  • Average Price: £227

Trains from Bournemouth to Edinburgh

For travellers taking the train from Bournemouth to Edinburgh, you can catch several trains per day. The journey is around 7-8h depending on the number of connections you need to make on your journey. Most train services offer wifi to their customers; however, some will only provide wifi to first-class passengers. Most train companies offer services to those who have limited mobility; however, you should contact them before your journey.

Bournemouth to Edinburgh Train Time: Daily Departures

Trains from Bournemouth to Edinburgh leave several times a day, with about 20 trains leaving Bournemouth to Edinburgh on a weekday; whereas on the weekend, you can catch about 11 trains. The earliest Bournemouth to Edinburgh trains leave Bournemouth train station during the week around 05:30, while on the weekend, the earliest trains leave Bournemouth station around 07:30. During the week, the latest train departs around 12:20, whereas you can expect departures around 14:30 for the last train to Edinburgh on weekends.

How long is the journey by train from Bournemouth to Edinburgh?

Trains from Bournemouth to Edinburgh generally take around 7-8h. Travel times will generally depend on how many transfers are needed and where those changes take place. At most, you can expect your journey to take you around 8h 30min, if there are no delays. You can expect to have around two to four transfers for a given journey from Bournemouth to Edinburgh.

Hot Air Balloon in Bournemouth. Source: Shutterstock

What are the departure and arrival stations for trains from Bournemouth to Edinburgh?

Departure train station: The departure station for Bournemouth to Edinburgh trains is Bournemouth Station, approximately 1 mile (1.6 km) from the city centre. If you travel to the station from the centre of Bournemouth via bus, it should take you around 7min to get there. You could also get to Bournemouth Station via taxi, which should take around 3min, depending on traffic. At the station, you will have access to Wi-Fi, storage facilities, trolleys and refreshments that are available for purchase.

Arrival train station: The arrival station for train journeys from Bournemouth to Edinburgh is Edinburgh Waverley Station. If you want to travel to the city centre from the station, it will take around 3min via bus. If you would prefer to take a taxi, you can expect the journey to be around 3min as well, depending on traffic. The station is around 0.4 miles (0.6 km) from the centre of Edinburgh. Edinburgh Waverley Station offers passengers public Wi-Fi, places to purchase refreshments, trolleys, as well as places to do your shopping.

Which train companies travel from Bournemouth to Edinburgh?

When it comes to Bournemouth to Edinburgh trains, there are two train companies that regularly travel the journey. CrossCountry offers travellers a variety of options but usually has around three or four changes. London North Eastern Railway (LNER) will generally need two stops for your journey. However, CrossCountry’s off-peak tickets are fully exchangeable and semi-refundable, whereas LNER only offers exchangeable, semi-refundable tickets on its anytime tickets. Avanti West Coast only operates Bournemouth to Edinburgh trains on the weekend, and they offer a first-class and second-class service, along with CrossCountry and LNER.

Night trains Bournemouth

Unfortunately, there are no Bournemouth to Edinburgh night trains; the latest train available usually leaves Bournemouth at around 12:20 on weekdays and around 14:30 during the week. With these journeys, you can expect to arrive in Edinburgh at around 18:20 and 22:30 respectively, barring any unforeseen delays.

CrossCountry trains from Bournemouth to Edinburgh

CrossCountry trains usually operate with two trains leaving every 2h, with around two changes during the journey with trains from Bournemouth to Edinburgh. CrossCountry exclusively uses long-distance trains, and you can expect your journey to take around 8 hours, or a little bit longer if there are delays. You also have the option of choosing first-class or second-class tickets, depending on your budget or preference.

London North Eastern Railway (LNER) trains from Bournemouth to Edinburgh

If you decide to travel on a LNER train from Bournemouth to Edinburgh, you can expect to catch a train several times an hour every hour while the trains are in operation, roughly between 07:20 and 12:20. There are no direct trains from Bournemouth to Edinburgh with LNER, and you will likely have to connect with three or four trains, depending on when you leave. You will also get the option of first-class or second-class carriages, depending on your budget or preference. LNER also operates with a high-speed rail instead of using long distance.

Avanti West Coast trains from Bournemouth to Edinburgh

Avanti West Coast trains only provide a train from Bournemouth to Edinburgh on weekends, operating about three times a day, from around 09:00 to around 10:00. There are no direct trains on offer, and you can expect to have at least three or four connections during your journey. Avanti West Coast also has high-speed rail instead of long distance. The journey will take around 7-8 hours, giving you plenty of time to read our online travel magazine on your journey.

Trains from Bournemouth to Edinburgh: Sustainability travel

Trains are one of the most energy-efficient forms of land transport, using less energy than a car or plane over the same distance, and due to the fact that most trains are electric, they are often incredibly sustainable if they have the right source. Trains also make great use of the passenger economy; being able to travel with a great number of passengers per journey makes trains an incredibly sustainable form of travel.

Train Bournemouth to Edinburgh: Services on Board

If you are travelling on a LNER train from Bournemouth to Edinburgh, you will have the option of first-class or second-class tickets. With both, you get free wifi as well as a power point. You also get the opportunity to buy food. You will be able to take two small dogs or cats with you on your journey, provided they are in a carrier case. If you require a service dog, please let LNER know in advance. If you have limited mobility, LNER will happily assist you; however, please contact them at least 6 hours before your journey starts. They also have wheelchair space of up to 47 x 27 in (120 x 70 cm). If you want to travel with Avanti, you can bring two bags with you plus one pet and will have access to free wifi. If you need to bring more than one pet or two bags, you will have to pay a fee. If you contact Avanti about your service animal, it can ride for free. Avanti also offers first- and second-class carriages, and if you have decreased mobility, you can contact Avanti before your journey to get assistance. CrossCountry offers passengers first- or second-class carriages, and they also provide space for one large bag and one small bag while you travel. You can bring up to two pets, and if you have a service animal, please contact CrossCountry in advance. If you have limited mobility, please be aware that CrossCountry trains are quite narrow and space is limited; however, there are accommodations that can be made if you contact them in advance.

How to find cheap train tickets from Bournemouth to Edinburgh

If you need to save money for your journey from Bournemouth to Edinburgh, you will need to make sure you book your ticket as early as possible, as this will reduce its cost significantly. Beyond that, if you have the ability to be flexible with the day and time you travel, you could find a great money-saver. Also, keep in mind that high-speed rail is often in high demand and is more expensive as a result; long distance rail can often be cheaper because of this. Also look at train journeys that have connections, as they are often quite a bit cheaper than direct routes.

Calton Hill at night in Edinburgh. Source: Shutterstock

To Edinburgh by train—travel tips

If you are travelling to Edinburgh, you have a number of options, depending on your interests and reason for travelling. One thing you should not miss if you can help it is Edinburgh Castle. Built in the 11th century, you can take a tour to this former stronghold and home to royal families. You will need to book in advance and space is limited, so make sure you give yourself enough time to see it. For the foodies, you should definitely visit Michelin-star restaurant The Pompadour, which is run by renowned chef Dean Banks. Patrons will receive a set menu of six to seven courses with tasting wines. Reservations are needed, as seating is limited. Edinburgh travellers interested in the arts should enjoy visiting the Scottish National Gallery. Home to some iconic pieces of art, like Highland Wedding at Blair Atholl by David Allan. The Scottish National Gallery is an amazing place to visit for any art enthusiast in Edinburgh. If you have an interest in literature, you should check out The Writers' Museum. Apart from what’s just been mentioned, why not check a few other fun things to do in Edinburgh?

  • Underground Walking Tour in Edinburgh
  • Visit the Loch Ness
  • The Edinburgh Afternoon Tea Experience
  • Visit the Department of Magic
  • Check out Calton Hill

Travel Tips: Trains from Bournemouth to Edinburgh

Travel by train 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 Bournemouth to Edinburgh.
Omio customers have found cheap train tickets from Bournemouth to Edinburgh for as low as £79  for the next 7 days.
If you are looking to book your train ticket in the next 7 days, you can expect the Bournemouth to Edinburgh train to cost on average £121  one way.
You should expect to travel around 365 miles  from Bournemouth to Edinburgh by train.
While the time it takes to travel 365 miles from Bournemouth to Edinburgh can vary based on specific dates, weekends, and bank holidays, the train duration from Bournemouth to Edinburgh is on average 7 h 21 min.

When taking a train from Bournemouth, you have a couple of train stations you can depart from including Bournemouth and Bournemouth, Airport. When you arrive in Edinburgh, your train can arrive in train stations including Edinburgh Waverley, Edinburgh Gateway and Edinburgh Park.

Omio customers travelling this route book their trains from Bournemouth   to Edinburgh Waverley.

Passengers booking this journey most frequently board their trains from Bournemouth and need to travel around 1.2 miles (2 km) from the city centre to get to this train station.

Passengers arriving in Edinburgh most often arrive at Edinburgh Waverley and need to travel around 0.4 miles (659 m) from this train station to the city centre.

When taking a train from Bournemouth to Edinburgh, you can count on Caledonian Sleeper, London North Eastern Railway or Cross Country for the best way to get you to Edinburgh. You can also check all possible train companies who offer a service from Bournemouth to Edinburgh and compare the amenities they offer before buying a train ticket.
The average number of trains departing Bournemouth for Edinburgh is 5 a day. The train schedules and services may vary between weekdays and weekends.
The first train from Bournemouth to Edinburgh leaves at 04: 40   and the last train for this leaves at 14: 22. Omio shows you the latest train from Bournemouth to Edinburgh schedule to help you book the best departure time for this route.
If you purchase Bournemouth to Edinburgh train tickets within the next 7 days, you can find one way tickets to cost on average £121. However, booking in advance gives you access to the best prices for trains to Edinburgh from Bournemouth. Look out for train tickets for this journey to go on sale a few months before your planned departure date to find the best deals.

Important Stations and Airports for this Journey

Bournemouth is the most popular Bournemouth railway station for Omio travellers, but it's not the only one. Read all the information you need to know about the main train stations in Bournemouth for your journey to Edinburgh.
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Location for Rail Replacement Services: To Southampton / Brockenhurst: Station entrance on Halfords side. To Poole: Station entrance on Asda side.

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