The cheapest trains from Edinburgh to Aberdeen

Showing times and prices for 14 Jun

Cheapest

£27

Average

£40

The best way to find a cheap fare is to book your ticket as far in advance as you can and to avoid traveling at rush hour.

The average ticket from Edinburgh to Aberdeen will cost around £ 40 if you buy it on the day, but the cheapest tickets can be found for only £ 27.

Cheapest
10:28Edinburgh Waverley2h34 13:02Aberdeen
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£271One-way
09:28Edinburgh Waverley2h22 11:50Aberdeen
0 changes
£441One-way
07:59Edinburgh Waverley3h23 11:22Aberdeen
1 changes
£441One-way
11:32Edinburgh Waverley2h16 13:48Aberdeen
0 changes
£441One-way

Timetable Edinburgh to Aberdeen

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07:59Edinburgh Waverley3h23 11:22Aberdeen
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09:28Edinburgh Waverley2h22 11:50Aberdeen
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10:28Edinburgh Waverley2h34 13:02Aberdeen
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11:32Edinburgh Waverley2h16 13:48Aberdeen
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COMPARE Prices across different modes

Mon
14 Jun
£27London North Eastern Railway
£15Megabus
Tue
15 Jun
£27London North Eastern Railway
£15Megabus
Wed
16 Jun
£21Scotrail
£15Megabus
Thu
17 Jun
£21Scotrail
£15Megabus
Fri
18 Jun
£18London North Eastern Railway
£15Megabus
Sat
19 Jun
£21Scotrail
£15Megabus
Sun
20 Jun
£15London North Eastern Railway
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Mon
21 Jun
£14Scotrail
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Tue
22 Jun
£18London North Eastern Railway
£15Megabus
Wed
23 Jun
£14Scotrail
£15Megabus
Thu
24 Jun
£14Scotrail
£15Megabus
Fri
25 Jun
£21London North Eastern Railway
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Sat
26 Jun
£18London North Eastern Railway
£14Megabus
Sun
27 Jun
£22London North Eastern Railway
£13Megabus
Mon
28 Jun
£14Scotrail
£14Megabus
Tue
29 Jun
£14Scotrail
£14Megabus
Wed
30 Jun
£21London North Eastern Railway
£14Megabus
Thu
1 Jul
£21Scotrail
£11Megabus
Fri
2 Jul
£18London North Eastern Railway
£14Megabus
Sat
3 Jul
£15London North Eastern Railway
£11Megabus

The fastest trains from Edinburgh to Aberdeen

Showing times and prices for 14 Jun

Fastest Journey

2 h 16 m

Average

2 h 38 m

Trains per day

4

Distance

149 km

Of the 4 trains that leave Edinburgh for Aberdeen every day 3 travel direct so it’s quite easy to avoid journeys where you’ll have to change along the way.

These direct trains cover the 149 km distance in an average of 2 h 38 m but if you time it right, some trains will get you there in just 2 h 16 m .

The slowest trains will take 3 h 23 m and usually involve a change or two along the way, but you might be able to save a few pennies if you’re on a budget.

Fastest
11:32Edinburgh Waverley2h16 13:48Aberdeen
0 changes
£441One-way
09:28Edinburgh Waverley2h22 11:50Aberdeen
0 changes
£441One-way
10:28Edinburgh Waverley2h34 13:02Aberdeen
0 changes
£271One-way
07:59Edinburgh Waverley3h23 11:22Aberdeen
1 changes
£441One-way

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Journey Summary

Edinburgh to Aberdeen Train Information

Avg. Train Duration
3 hours 33 minutes
Train Ticket Price: £21
Trains depart from:Edinburgh
Trains arrive in:Aberdeen
Distance:149 km
Train Companies:London North Eastern Railway, Scotrail
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Edinburgh to Aberdeen with CrossCountry

You can travel by train between Edinburgh and Aberdeen with CrossCountry for as low as £18. When you search for timetables and tickets, Omio will show you the best route.

CrossCountry

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

Find cheap tickets for CrossCountry trains between Edinburgh and Aberdeen on Omio. Omio can help you find the best train deals and prices all in one place by showing you the most up-to-date Edinburgh to Aberdeen train timetable from CrossCountry, the latest train ticket offers available and other travel information for the 92 miles (148 km) trip between Edinburgh and Aberdeen, including information on luggage policy and amenities offered onboard depending on the class fare you pick and choose. If you search for trains between Edinburgh and Aberdeen in the Omio app, you can check to see if the CrossCountry trains available are mobile tickets, which makes it even more convenient for you to go paperless when travelling. Check the CrossCountry train timetable for your ideal departure and arrival times, compare the best route available to get to Aberdeen from Edinburgh and then book a cheap train with ease. Sit back and enjoy your upcoming train from Edinburgh to Aberdeen with CrossCountry!

When you buy your CrossCountry train tickets from Edinburgh to Aberdeen don't forget to keep the following COVID-19 related policies in mind:

  • Refund or voucher policy
  • If you have an Off-Peak or Anytime ticket, you can get a full refund and the £10 admin fee has been waived. Advance tickets are normally non-refundable but you can now also get a full refund if your Advance ticket was booked before 23 March 2020.
  • Cashless payments recommended
  • Online booking and check-in recommended

Trains from Edinburgh to Aberdeen 

There are generally two trains from Edinburgh to Aberdeen every hour throughout the day, from early in the morning until late at night. The average journey time is around two hours 30 minutes. 

Edinburgh to Aberdeen Train Time: Daily departures

On weekdays, the first train of the day leaves Edinburgh at approximately 5:30 a.m. From 7:30 a.m. onwards there are two services per hour, provided by three different companies, until the last train of the day leaves at around 9:30 p.m. On Sundays, there are fewer services, especially early in the morning, and the first train of the day usually leaves around 8:30 a.m. 

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

The fastest train from Edinburgh to Aberdeen has a journey time of around two hours and 20 minutes. Some services may take up to two hours and 40 minutes, and on Sundays this may increase to two hours and 50 minutes as those services are more likely to have one change.

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

Departure train stations: Trains to Aberdeen depart from two stations in Edinburgh: Haymarket and Waverley. Haymarket Station is a large train station in the West End area of the city, approximately 1.2 miles from Edinburgh's Old Town. It is well-connected by bus and tram, and there is a taxi rank outside. Inside, there are shops, cafes, and toilets. Waverley Station is the city's main station, and is located in the centre of Edinburgh, a short walk from the Scottish National Gallery. It has various tram and bus stops, as well as waiting areas, cash machines, and restaurants. 

Arrival train station: Trains from Edinburgh arrive at Aberdeen Station, which is situated in the centre of the city. It is less than 5 minutes' walk from both the bus station and the ferry terminal, as well as most of the city's major museums and attractions. Inside there are several shops, newsagents, food kiosks and lounges. 

Which train companies travel from Edinburgh to Aberdeen?

Trains from Edinburgh to Aberdeen are provided by Scotrail, GNER, and Cross Country. Scotrail generally operates the fastest service, and most trains run directly. 

Scotrail Edinburgh to Aberdeen 

Scotrail offer the most trains from Edinburgh to Aberdeen, and most early morning/late night services. Their direct trains are the fastest at around two hours and 20 minutes. On Sundays, some services may have one change, usually in Dundee, and this can increase the journey time to around two hours and 45 minutes. 

GNER Edinburgh to Aberdeen 

GNER provide a few services a day, usually in the mid-morning and mid-afternoon. All of their trains run directly, and they usually take around two hours and 35 minutes to reach Aberdeen. 

Cross Country Edinburgh to Aberdeen 

Cross Country run a couple of trains from Edinburgh to Aberdeen, usually at weekends. They generally depart at around 8:00 a.m. and take approximately two hours and 25 minutes. 

Edinburgh to Aberdeen trains: services onboard

Scotrail, GNER and Cross Country all have first-class carriages on many of their trains, with added benefits such as extra legroom and free drinks and snacks. When it comes to luggage, GNER and Scotrail allow passengers to bring up to three items, such as two suitcases and a piece of hand luggage. Cross County request that passengers only bring one suitcase and one piece of hand luggage. Bikes are permitted on board, but it's necessary to make a reservation to ensure there is space available.  Folding bikes do not need a reservation, and pushchairs and prams can also be brought on board without a reservation, but they must be folded up and left in the designated luggage area. All of the providers allow pets on board, with a maximum of two animals per person. They must be kept on a lead or in a crate at all times. All of the providers have disability assistance programs, but any help will need to be booked at least 24 hours in advance. Once booked, their staff can meet passengers at the station and help them to book tickets, transport luggage, and board the train. They can also provide wheelchairs. 

How do I find cheap train tickets from Edinburgh to Aberdeen?

To get budget-friendly tickets for trains from Edinburgh to Aberdeen, it can pay to book in advance. Another way to save it to be flexible with travel dates and to choose a train with a longer journey time or multiple changes. 

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FAQs
How much do cheap trains from Edinburgh to Aberdeen cost?
You can find a cheap train from Edinburgh to Aberdeen for some dates and times for as low as £18  one way in the next 7 days.
What is the cost of a train ticket from Edinburgh to Aberdeen on average?
If you’re looking to book tickets for this trip in the next 7 days, you’ll find that Edinburgh to Aberdeen train prices are on average £23  one way.
What is the distance by train from Edinburgh to Aberdeen?
The distance between Edinburgh and Aberdeen by train is approximately 92 miles (148 km).
What is the average Edinburgh to Aberdeen train duration?
While the time it takes to travel 92 miles (148 km) from Edinburgh to Aberdeen can vary based on specific dates, weekends, and bank holidays, the train duration from Edinburgh to Aberdeen is on average 2 h 22 min.
When travelling by train from Edinburgh to Aberdeen, which train station in Edinburgh do I depart from and which train station in Aberdeen do I arrive in?

When travelling this route, Omio customers are departing most frequently from Edinburgh Waverley   and arriving in Aberdeen.

Where is the departure train station in Edinburgh located? Where is the arrival train station in Aberdeen located?

The most popular departure train station with passengers for this trip, called Edinburgh Waverley, is located 0 mile (s) / 0 km from the city centre of Edinburgh.

The most popular arrival train station, Aberdeen, is located 0 mile (s) / 0 km away from the city centre of Aberdeen.

Which train companies can take me from Edinburgh to Aberdeen?
Take the Edinburgh to Aberdeen train with Scotrail, London North Eastern Railway or Cross Country. However, it's always good to check out all possible train companies for the route from Edinburgh to Aberdeen as there might be differences in the amenities they offer.
Can I buy a direct train from Edinburgh to Aberdeen?
Yes, you can search for direct trains from Edinburgh to Aberdeen on Omio with Scotrail or London North Eastern Railway, and you won’t need to change in between. Direct train services tend to offer more convenience and save you time when travelling to your destination, so it's worth paying attention to before you purchase your train ticket.
When does the first train depart from Edinburgh to Aberdeen? When does the last train depart from Edinburgh to Aberdeen?
The first Edinburgh to Aberdeen train departs at 08: 08   and the last train from Edinburgh to Aberdeen leaves at 09: 28. Check out the most up-to-date Edinburgh to Aberdeen train times on Omio and find the best time to travel to your destination.
How far in advance should I buy a train ticket from Edinburgh to Aberdeen to get the best deals?
The price of a one way train ticket from Edinburgh to Aberdeen is on average £23 if you buy within the next 7 days. But we recommend booking tickets before your planned travel date to find the best prices for trains from all possible train companies offering this journey. In general, you can find train tickets between Edinburgh and Aberdeen available a few months in advance.
Stations

Important Stations and Airports for this Journey

Edinburgh
Aberdeen
Edinburgh Waverley
Amenities
Refreshments
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Frequently Asked Questions

Where is the train station and what is the best way to get there?
This station is within walking distance of the city centre and is connected to other parts of the city by public transport.