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Overview: Train from Edinburgh to Livingston

distanceDistance13 miles (21 km)
durationAverage train duration18 min
priceAverage train ticket price£6 (€6)
changesDirect trainYes
carriersTrain companiesScotrail

Trains from Edinburgh to Livingston cover the 13 miles (21 km) long route taking on average 18 min with our travel partners like Scotrail. There are direct train services available. While the average ticket price for this route costs around £6, you can find the cheapest train ticket for as low as £6. Travellers depart most frequently from Edinburgh Waverley and arrive in Livingston North.

Trains from Edinburgh to Livingston

There are many direct train journeys from Edinburgh to Livingston throughout the day. Sundays sometimes see a reduced service, but on most days, Monday to Saturday, you've got several trains departing per hour. Train rides can take between 18min and 31min at most and the approximately 17 mile (27 km) journey may have intermediary stations along the way. Most trains to Livingston can be boarded at both Edinburgh Waverley and Edinburgh Haymarket stations. In Livingston, your train can arrive either at Livingston North or Livingston South.

Edinburgh to Livingston Train Time: Daily Departures

On almost any day, you've got between 40 and 50 trains departing from Edinburgh Waverley and arriving at Livingston South or Livingston North. On average, that's a train leaving every 20min or so. The first journey of the day is at or around 05:50 a.m. and the last one is typically scheduled at or around 11:21 p.m. There are exceptions, though. For example, Sunday train service may only have one departure every hour, typically at 40min past, and trains may only run between 08:00 p.m. and 08:00 p.m., departing from Edinburgh Waverley.

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

Journey time between Edinburgh to Livingston varies, but it shouldn't take much longer than 30min. All journeys are direct and most of them are between 21min and 24min. Quicker journeys tend to arrive at Livingston North station and have fewer stops en route. The shortest journey of the day tends to be the service leaving at or around 07:58 a.m. from Edinburgh Waverley, taking just 18min. The longest train rides generally depart from Edinburgh Waverley at 05:50 a.m. (30min) and 10:27 p.m. (31min).

Livingston Countryside . Source: Shutterstock

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

Departure train station: Both Edinburgh Waverley and Edinburgh Haymarket stations have train connections to Livingston. If boarding at Edinburgh Haymarket, your journey is 5min shorter on average than boarding at Edinburgh Waverley. While both stations are quite central, Edinburgh Waverley is closer to Old Town and New Town (about a 5min walk to each). Edinburgh Haymarket, however, is about 18min away from the centre when using a tram and about 30min away by foot. Both stations feature basic amenities including Wi-Fi, ATMs, bathrooms, and food and drink shops, but Edinburgh Waverley is better equipped with facilities such as trolley points, showers, car hire, and passport photo booths.

Arrival train station: Both Livingston North and Livingston South are reachable from Edinburgh's train stations. Their respective distance to the town centre is comparable: Livingston South is about 1.8 miles (3 km) away, which is approximately 35min by foot or 30min by local bus, while Livingston North is about 2 miles (3.2 km) away, or 30min by foot and 22min by local bus. Bear in mind that Livingston South and Livingston North are relatively small train stations and do not have facilities such as bathrooms, ATMs or Wi-Fi.

Which train companies travel from Edinburgh to Livingston?

You can get from Edinburgh to Livingston by using the ScotRail train operator. ScotRail manages this route as part of its cross-Scotland service, with final destinations including Glasgow Central, Helensburgh Central, Bathgate, and Milngavie.

As many of these can be long-distance routes, bear in mind there can be multiple stops along the way and a prolonged arrival time to your destination. If you have specific travel requirements, which may relate to travelling with children, pets, prams, luggage, wheelchairs, mobility scooters, or bicycles, you should always refer to your train provider's guidelines and pre-book additional storage space in advance, particularly on busy or long-distance routes.

ScotRail trains from Edinburgh to Livingston

ScotRail operates frequent train connections from Edinburgh Waverley and Edinburgh Haymarket to Livingston South and Livingston North, up to about 50 journeys a day. Journeys are quick and require no changes, with the fastest being 13min between Edinburgh Haymarket and Livingston North and most journeys taking between 21min and 24min when departing from Edinburgh Waverley.

You cannot purchase a first class ticket for this journey, but, if you book your ticket in advance, you have the freedom to pick your seat and carriage before departing. Anytime day tickets are sold on this route, allowing you to hop on any suitable train throughout the day (however, double-check your ticket, as it may only be available on super-off-peak trains).

Livingston Beach. Source: Shutterstock

Train Edinburgh to Livingston: Services on Board

While there are no first class tickets being sold for the Edinburgh to Livingston route, you may be able to sit in a quiet coach if the service is long-distance and has sufficient carriages. On ScotRail trains, you're allowed two large items of luggage and one piece of hand luggage on board. You can also have a pram with you and, if travelling with pets, you must ensure they are either on a lead or inside a pet carrier.

For wheelchair users, most trains have designated wheelchair spaces, staff trained in providing accessible service, and access ramps to get on and off at stations. Mobility scooters are also accepted on ScotRail trains; they must be stored in the wheelchair area and users should check before booking whether the scooter's dimensions fall within the train provider's sizing guidelines. If travelling with a bike, check in advance whether you're able to bring it on board: some services, particularly the long-distance or peak-time ones, may require booking bike storage in advance.

How to find cheap train tickets from Edinburgh to Livingston

Ticket prices are relatively consistent on Edinburgh to Livingston routes, but there can be variations based on the time of day and the duration of travel. For example, longer journeys starting from Edinburgh Waverley (between 27min and 31min) tend to have more intermediary stops and might be offered at a lower price. These trains usually depart at or around 26min past the hour, arriving at Livingston South exclusively.

Prices aren't substantially different if you leave from Edinburgh Waverley as opposed to from Edinburgh Haymarket, but you're more likely to find a cheaper ticket from Edinburgh Haymarket, which is closer to the destination. We recommend booking your ticket in advance and being flexible with your departure date and time if you want to get the cheapest train tickets to Livingston.

To Livingston by train—travel tips

If you're spending some time in Livingston, you'll have no shortage of things to do. This town in the West Lothian region of Scotland has some breathtaking scenery that you can explore by foot with your family, friends, and pets; some examples include Linhouse Glen, Murieston Trail, Dedridge Ponds, and Breich Water.

If you're on a bike, you can give the 7 Mile (11 km) Cycle Ride a go around Livingston's surrounding natural habitats, which should take you about 30min to 45min to cycle. If you're a retail lover, head over to The Centre - one of Scotland's five largest shopping centres - where you can browse through famous high-street brands, as well as try one of the many food and drink vendors.

Finally, if you're looking for fun activities to do with loved ones, check out the Paradise Island Adventure golf course, the Almond Valley Heritage Centre featuring farmyard animals, and Howden Park Centre for an evening of theatre, music or comedy, all of which are accessible via local bus routes.

Travel Tips: Trains from Edinburgh to Livingston

Travel by train to Livingston 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 Edinburgh to Livingston.

How much do cheap trains to Livingston from Edinburgh cost?

If you’re looking to save money on tickets, you can find a cheap train to Livingston from Edinburgh for as little as £6  in the next 7 days.

What is the cost of a train ticket from Edinburgh to Livingston on average?

If you are looking to buy your train ticket in the next 7 days, you can expect the Edinburgh to Livingston train to cost on average £6  one way.

What is the distance from Edinburgh to Livingston via train?

The Edinburgh to Livingston train distance is approximately 13 miles (21 km).

How long is the train to Livingston from Edinburgh?

The Edinburgh to Livingston train duration is on average 18 min, which is to be expected when travelling 13 miles (21 km) from Edinburgh to Livingston. However, the time it takes can vary based on specific dates, weekends, and bank holidays.

Which train station from Edinburgh to Livingston do I depart from? Which Livingston train station from Edinburgh do I arrive in?

There are a few train stations in Edinburgh to start your route from including Edinburgh Waverley, Edinburgh Haymarket and Edinburgh Gateway. In Livingston you have a few train station options to choose from for your arrival including Livingston North and Livingston South.

Omio customers travelling this route depart most frequently from Edinburgh Waverley   and arrive in Livingston North.

Where is the train station in Edinburgh to go to Livingston? Where is the train station in Livingston located?

Passengers board the train most frequently from Edinburgh Waverley, which is located around 0.2 miles (429 m) away from the city centre, and they get off the train at Livingston North, located 0.8 miles (1.3 km) away from the city centre.

What train companies offer a service to Livingston from Edinburgh?

Take the Edinburgh to Livingston train with Scotrail. However, it's always good to check out all possible train providers for the journey from Edinburgh to Livingston as there might be differences in the amenities they offer.

How early should I buy train tickets from Edinburgh to Livingston to score the best deals?

In general, we recommend booking tickets for trains in advance to score the best deals from all possible train companies offering this route and save money. If you book train tickets from Edinburgh to Livingston within the next 7 days, you can find tickets to cost on average £6 one way. To find the best prices for this route, consider booking your train ticket from Edinburgh to Livingston a few months in advance.

Important Stations and Airports for this Journey

Edinburgh Waverley is the most popular Edinburgh 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 Edinburgh for your journey to Livingston.
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