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Cheap train tickets from Edinburgh to London

Showing times and prices for 24 Jul

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The best way to find a cheap train ticket from Edinburgh to London is to book your journey as far in advance as possible and to avoid travelling at rush hour.

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Lumo
09:244h23
Edinburgh Waverley (EDB)
13:47London Kings Cross (KGX)
£951One-way
0 changes
London North Eastern Railway
09:004h41
Edinburgh Waverley (EDB)
13:41London Kings Cross (KGX)
£1331One-way
0 changes
London North Eastern Railway
09:304h22
Edinburgh Waverley (EDB)
13:52London Kings Cross (KGX)
£1331One-way
0 changes
London North Eastern Railway
08:304h18
Edinburgh Waverley (EDB)
12:48London Kings Cross (KGX)
£1331One-way
0 changes
Avanti West Coast
08:526h02
Edinburgh Waverley (EDB)
14:54London Euston (EUS)
£1401One-way
0 changes

Train timetableEdinburgh to London

Showing trains for tomorrow, Wednesday, 24 July
London North Eastern Railway
08:004h39
Edinburgh Waverley (EDB)
12:39London Kings Cross (KGX)
0 changes
London North Eastern Railway
08:304h18
Edinburgh Waverley (EDB)
12:48London Kings Cross (KGX)
0 changes
Avanti West Coast
08:526h02
Edinburgh Waverley (EDB)
14:54London Euston (EUS)
0 changes
London North Eastern Railway
09:004h41
Edinburgh Waverley (EDB)
13:41London Kings Cross (KGX)
0 changes
Lumo
09:244h23
Edinburgh Waverley (EDB)
13:47London Kings Cross (KGX)
0 changes
London North Eastern Railway
09:304h22
Edinburgh Waverley (EDB)
13:52London Kings Cross (KGX)
0 changes

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Train times from Edinburgh to London

Showing times and prices for 24 Jul

Fastest Journey

4 h 18 m

Average

4 h 44 m

Trains per day

6

Distance

534 km

Of the 6 trains that leave Edinburgh for London every day 6 travel direct so it’s quite easy to avoid journeys where you’ll have to change along the way.

Fastest
London North Eastern Railway
08:304h18
Edinburgh Waverley (EDB)
12:48London Kings Cross (KGX)
£1331One-way
0 changes
London North Eastern Railway
09:304h22
Edinburgh Waverley (EDB)
13:52London Kings Cross (KGX)
£1331One-way
0 changes
Lumo
09:244h23
Edinburgh Waverley (EDB)
13:47London Kings Cross (KGX)
£951One-way
0 changes
London North Eastern Railway
08:004h39
Edinburgh Waverley (EDB)
12:39London Kings Cross (KGX)
£1511One-way
0 changes
London North Eastern Railway
09:004h41
Edinburgh Waverley (EDB)
13:41London Kings Cross (KGX)
£1331One-way
0 changes

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The journey went very well and took 6 hours. The only thing to criticise is that the toilet was very dirty and stank. However, the train itself was very clean. The conductor was very friendly and had a brief chat with me. I didn't change trains and was able to work well during the journey as it was relatively quiet on the train and there were power sockets. The seats were very comfortable and we arrived in London on time.
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I travelled from Edinburgh to London by train some time ago. I was able to book tickets for the journey online very easily and without any problems. The train was very hygienic inside and the toilets were clean. As I travelled directly to London without changing trains, the journey took about five hours. As always, there were a lot of people on the train, but I didn't mind. The staff were very friendly and helpful. The price-performance ratio is very good!
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On 18 November I travelled from Edinburgh to London on the TPE 7322. The journey was without changing trains, which was very pleasant. It is possible to reserve a seat. Service offered on the train: Wifi, which was quite good, as well as food, which you can buy, and power sockets, which can be used to charge devices. The entire train was clean, as was the toilet. The staff are also friendly and helpful.
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The train from Edinburgh to London departed late, the train had the number 2278. The route Edinburgh, London is possible without changing trains. You can also reserve your seat. The journey took around two and a half hours, but this wifi made the journey go by very quickly. The toilets were clean, as was the rest of the train. The staff were polite and helped me board the train.

Overview: Train from Edinburgh to London

distanceDistance330 miles
durationAverage train duration4 h 15 min
priceAverage train ticket price£82 (€93)
frequencyTrain frequency25 a day
changesDirect trainYes, there are 25 direct trains a day
carriersTrain companiesEast Coast, Lumo, Virgin Trains, Caledonian Sleeper, CrossCountry, Arriva Bus, TransPennine Express, Grand Central Trains or East Midlands Trains

Trains from Edinburgh to London cover the 330 miles long route taking on average 4 h 15 min with our travel partners like East Coast, Lumo, Virgin Trains, Caledonian Sleeper, CrossCountry, Arriva Bus, TransPennine Express, Grand Central Trains or East Midlands Trains. Normally, there are 25 trains operating per day, including direct services available. You can get the cheapest train tickets for this journey for as low as £38, but the average price of train tickets is £82. Travellers depart most frequently from Edinburgh Waverley and arrive in London Waterloo.

Train providers: East Coast, Lumo and Virgin Trains trains Edinburgh to London

Travel from Edinburgh to London from £38 with Omio’s train partners East Coast, Lumo and Virgin Trains! You can find the best timetables and tickets when comparing and booking the most popular journey for you.

Avanti West Coast is a train company based in the United Kingdom. It operates high-speed trains between London and major cities in the UK, including Birmingham, Manchester, Liverpool, Glasgow and Edinburgh. The company offers a range of ticket types, including Standard, First Class and Advance tickets. Onboard facilities include free Wi-Fi, power sockets, comfortable seating and a range of food and drinks. The most popular routes for Avanti West Coast are London to Birmingham, London to Manchester and London to Glasgow. The company operates a fleet of Pendolino and Super Voyager trains, which offer a smooth and comfortable journey.

Train information from Edinburgh to London with Virgin Trains:

  • Average Duration: 6 h 2 min
  • Cheapest Price: £131

Trains from Edinburgh to London

There are roughly 40 trains from Edinburgh to London each weekday and an average of about 12 per day on Saturdays and Sundays. The fastest trains take between about 4h and 4h 52 to make the trip, with an average of about 4h 30min. These make up the majority of routes available and are provided by LNER. Avanti West Coast trains generally take between 6h and 6h 40min, with evening trains taking slightly longer, from roughly 5h to about 7h 50min.

Edinburgh to London Train Time: Daily Departures

Edinburgh to London trains run frequently, so you'll seldom have to wait long for your departure. Around 220 trains run between the cities each week, spread out from very early morning until late at night. Trains are most densely concentrated during peak hours, with several leaving within a few minutes of each other. During off-peak hours, you'll typically find a train departing every 30min. The first trip of the day is a direct LNER train that leaves at around dawn. The last train leaves at just before midnight, operated by Caledonian Sleeper.

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

The train to London from Edinburgh usually takes around 4h 30min on average, with some trains taking about 4h and others about 4h 55min. These make up the majority of the train schedule from Edinburgh to London. Others can take an average of around 6h 20min. The journey also takes a bit longer on the evening trains, with some taking around 5h and the late-night train about 7h 50min. All trips are direct, with no stops or connections required.

Trains from Edinburgh to London: woman on a train from Edinburgh. Source: Shutterstock

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

Departure train station: All trains from Edinburgh to London depart from Edinburgh Waverley Station. It will take about 3 min to get there from the city centre on Lothian Buses Line 27. Waverley is a major transit hub with trained staff to assist with limited mobility needs. There are wheelchairs and mobility vehicles for hire and accessible toilets, baby change facilities, and showers. You will also find pubs, coffee shops and eateries, and a few retail outlets like WH Smith.

Arrival train station: Most trains to London from Edinburgh arrive at London Kings Cross Station. The quickest way to get to Central London from here is to catch the tube on the Piccadilly Line, which takes about 13min. Otherwise, London Buses will get you there in about 13min on Lines 91 and 73. Some trains arrive at Euston Station, about 14min from the city centre on the underground's Northern Line, or about 16min on Line 73 or 91 bus. Both stations have Passenger Assist services for travellers with limited mobility and infant changing rooms. There are also a few retail shops and plenty of places to eat and drink.

Which train companies travel from Edinburgh to London?

You'll most often be travelling with LNER on Edinburgh to London trains. They cover the entire day and are all direct trips with no intermediate connections. These trains all travel from Edinburgh Waverley Station to London Kings Cross. They are usually the faster train trips between the two cities. Most of the other trains are courtesy of Avanti West Coast. These are also direct trips and the second-fastest option. Leaving from Waverley Station, they arrive at London Euston. They also run throughout the day, at about two-hourly intervals. You'll also find the odd trip with Lumo, travelling from Waverley Station to Kings Cross.

Night trains London

There are a few night trains from Edinburgh to London every day, although technically, only one of them counts as a true night train. One leaves in the very early evening and arrives an hour or so after midnight, taking around 6h 30min to make the trip. The other only takes about 5h 30min, arriving at the same time, but leaving about an hour later than the first. The night train proper leaves a little before midnight and arrives about 8h later the next morning.

LNER trains from Edinburgh to London

On an LNER Edinburgh to London train, you'll travel directly to the capital without any connections required on the way. These trains leave throughout the day, from around dawn until the early evening. They are the faster trains servicing this route and take from 4-5 h. All leave from Edinburgh Waverley Station and arrive at London Kings Cross. You can catch one every 30min or so, except for the early mornings when departures are more frequent.

Avanti West Coast trains from Edinburgh to London

Avanti West Coast also offers a train to London from Edinburgh every couple of hours throughout the day, beginning in the early morning and ending in the early evening. They take between 6h and 6h 40 min to reach London Euston Station from Edinburgh Waverley. These are also all direct trains; the difference in travel time is due to the trains' speed. The last Avanti train of the day is one of the night trains that will have you in London about an hour after midnight.

Lumo trains from Edinburgh to London

Lumo is a newer cross-country, all-electric budget service that operates a few trains from Edinburgh to London. It only runs about two trips a day, which take about 4h 35min to get to Kings Cross from Edinburgh Waverley. There's a train mid-morning and another mid-afternoon. These, too, are direct trips without any connecting stops on the way. They aren't necessarily the cheapest trips, though, despite this being a budget carrier, so choose your options carefully.

Trains from Edinburgh to London: Sustainability travel

Travelling by train to London from Edinburgh can save a huge amount of carbon emissions through economies of scale; it's not hard to see that a few hundred people travelling together will have a far smaller carbon footprint than each of them travelling separately in a car. UK train companies all have dedicated sustainability programmes in place, including building carriages from recycled materials and using efficient engines to reduce energy consumption.

Train Edinburgh to London: Services on Board

On an LNER train from Edinburgh to London, you can book First- or Second-Class tickets. Both include extra legroom with each seat and a power socket. Wi-Fi is free and unlimited. There is space for under-seat and overhead luggage storage. Each train also has a Quiet Coach where you can have a nap. Those with limited mobility have priority seating, with an Assisted Travel Team to look after arrangements. You can take a bicycle with you by booking in advance, and up to two pets can travel as long as they don't need their own seat. On Avanti West Coast, you can reserve space for your bicycle in a dedicated carriage, and a Passenger Assist service supports passengers with limited mobility. You can also bring up to two small domestic pets on a leash or in a travel container. All luggage travels with you and must be small enough to stow in the overhead compartments. With Lumo, you can bring up to three items: a large suitcase, a carry-bag and a small lap bag. Their "Customer Experience Ambassadors" provide limited mobility assistance. You can only take a foldable bicycle on board with you, and small domestic pets are allowed on leads or in a container. Stool bags and water bowls are provided.

How to find cheap train tickets from Edinburgh to London?

You can employ two opposite strategies to find cheap tickets for trains from Edinburgh to London. The first is to book a long time – up to four months – in advance. This is when trains are still empty, and companies offer early-bird discounts to encourage seat take-up. You can set price alerts for these through Omio. The other option is to be entirely flexible about when you travel, pretty much down to the hour. It will allow you to pick up cheaper tickets that go on sale at the last minute due to passenger cancellations. While it may not be the case on this route, trains that take longer or make more stops in-between are often cheaper, so watch for those too.

Trains from Edinburgh to London: Buckingham Palace in London. Source: Shutterstock

To London by train—travel tips

London is one of the world's most popular tourist cities, overflowing with things to see and do, from the historical to the ultra-modern. There's literally a tourist attraction around each corner after you've arrived on the Edinburgh to London train. The London Eye has become one of the city's biggest drawcards; it will swing you high above the city for an unparalleled view. There's also the chic Canary Wharf area, where you can go to restaurants, coffee shops and some of the trendiest nightspots. The city also has a wonderful selection of museums, some of which are historical landmarks in their own right, like the iconic British Museum. Other world-renowned museums include the Imperial War Museum and the Natural History Museum. Also highly recommended are visits to Buckingham Palace, Piccadilly Square and Trafalgar Square, where you can see the famous Nelson's Column among many other fountains and statues. There's so much more to cover in London, so for more ideas, check out the Omio online travel magazine, The Window Seat.

  • The iconic Big Ben clock tower
  • Churchill’s Underground War Rooms
  • The National Gallery
  • The panoramic city view from The Shard
  • Hyde Park
  • Westminster Abbey

FAQs: Edinburgh to London train

FAQs: Travel by train from Edinburgh to London 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 London.
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Cheap train tickets from Edinburgh to London can start from as little as £38 when you book in advance. The average train ticket price for Edinburgh to London is £82; however, prices vary depending on the time of day and class and they tend to be more expensive on the day.
On average the Edinburgh to London train travel time is 4 h 15 min   for the 330 mile long route, but the duration can vary if you travel on weekends and holidays.
The first train from Edinburgh to London leaves at 07: 00. Plan your trip with the Journey Planner   from Omio.
The last train from Edinburgh to London leaves at 23: 40.
Yes, it is possible to travel from Edinburgh to London without having to change trains with East Coast or Virgin Trains. There are 25 direct trains from Edinburgh to London each day. There may be fewer direct services available on weekends or holidays.
Yes, there's a high-speed train to London. Take the fast train with East Midlands Trains from Edinburgh to London.
For the trip from Edinburgh to London you can take a train with East Coast, Lumo, Virgin Trains, Caledonian Sleeper, CrossCountry, Arriva Bus, TransPennine Express, Grand Central Trains or East Midlands Trains. Be sure to check out all possible train companies that offer services between Edinburgh and London on Omio to compare what amenities they may have.
Yes, you can take a night train from Edinburgh to London with Caledonian Sleeper. Find all the info regarding night trains in Europe.  

When departing from Edinburgh, you have various train station options to start your route from including Edinburgh Waverley, Edinburgh Park and Edinburgh Gateway. When arriving in London, you can end your route in train stations like London Waterloo, London Euston and London Paddington.

Passengers board the train most frequently from Edinburgh Waverley, which is located around 0.4 miles (727 m) away from the city centre, and they get off the train at London Waterloo, located 1.2 miles (2 km) away from the city centre.

A trip to London from Edinburgh is worth doing but not as a day trip with a journey time of 4 h 15 min each way. Check with Omio app   the best way to travel.
The cheapest month to travel from Edinburgh to London by train is February.
It's helpful to compare your options as there are 3 ways to travel between Edinburgh and London including taking a train, coach or flight.

Important Stations and Airports in Edinburgh and London

Edinburgh
London
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 London.
Amenities at station
WifiWifi
LockersLockers
ShoppingShopping
ParkingParking
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TaxisTaxis
AccessibilityAccessibility
ticketOfficeHours
Ticket Office Hours
Mon - Sat: 05: 00 - 23: 59 | Sun: 07: 00 - 23: 59
Public transport options for Edinburgh Waverley
Bus lines: 22, 30, 33, X22, X25, X37
Train lines: Avanti West Coast, Caledonian Sleeper, CrossCountry, LNER, ScotRail, Transpennine Express
Location for Rail Replacement Services: Buses pick up/drop off on Waterloo Place, pick up across from Apex Hotel and drop off outside the Apex Hotel.
Metro: No metro available.
London Euston is the most popular London train station for Omio travellers, but London has quite a few train hubs. Find all the information you need to know about the main railway stations in London for your journey from Edinburgh.
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WifiWifi
LockersLockers
ShoppingShopping
ATMATM
TaxisTaxis
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Phone Number
+44 3457114141
ticketOfficeHours
Ticket Office Hours
Mon - Fri: 06: 00 - 00: 00 | Sat: 06: 00 - 23: 00 | Sun: 07: 00 - 00: 00
Public transport options for London Euston
Tube lines: Circle, Hammersmith & City, Metropolitan, Northern (Bank and Charing Cross branches), Victoria
Overground lines: Watford DC
Bus lines: 18, 30, 59, 68, 73, 91, 168, 205, 253, 390, N5, N20, N73, N91, N205, N253
Rail lines: London North Western Railway, London Overground, Avanti West Coast, Caledonian Sleeper
Location for Rail Replacement Services: Go to Platform 2, there is a gate adjacent to the station from the main road.
Amenities at station
WifiWifi
LockersLockers
ShoppingShopping
ParkingParking
ATMATM
TaxisTaxis
AccessibilityAccessibility
ticketOfficeHours
Ticket Office Hours
Mon - Fri: 05: 00 - 01: 36 | Sat: 05: 00 - 00: 36 | Sun: 05: 30 - 01: 36
Public transport options for London Kings Cross
Underground lines: Circle, Piccadilly, Hammersmith & City, Northern, Metropolitan, Victoria
Bus lines: 10, 17, 30, 45, 46, 59, 63, 73, 91, 205, 214, 259, 390, 476
Train lines: Thameslink, Grand Central, Hull, London North Eastern, Gatwick Express
Metro: N/A
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