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Trains from Santander to Edinburgh

If you are intending to travel to Edinburgh from Santander then expect not to find a direct route but instead a journey that will require multiple changes. With an approximate duration of 2h 33min, expect the possibility of 5 or more changes onboard your journey. This journey will be completed with a number of Europe’s leading train providers, all of which offer great facilities and offer good service from staff.

Santander to Edinburgh Train Time: Daily Departures

Passengers who have train tickets to Edinburgh from Santander will find multiple departures per day, all from different providers. Depending on when you are due to travel, you might find that your departures may differ. There is no direct train that runs from Santander to Edinburgh but instead trains that require multiple changes. Each train will run at least once daily. There are a few trains that run at a better frequency like the train from Bayonne to Bordeaux St-Jean running every 2h. The train from London Kings Cross to Edinburgh runs hourly.

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

The duration of travel from Santander to Edinburgh can differ as there is no direct route between the two locations. However, an overall duration will take approximately 20h 33min. A passenger will find different providers taking them on different routes throughout the journey to Edinburgh, all differing in their duration. The longest duration is from Bordeaux St-Jean Station to Lille Flandres Station with a duration of 4h 41min and a frequency of one train daily. This is with the provider of TGV inOui. The shortest duration is just 1h 22min and this is from Lille Europe Station to London St Pancras Eurostar Station. This is with the provider, Eurostar. This journey also runs once daily.

Santander Panoramic View. Source: Shutterstock

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

Departure train station:A passenger’s departure station which serves trains to Edinburgh is Santander Train Station. The station has some great facilities like cafés, money withdrawal, toilet facilities, wheelchair access and more. Santander city centre is just 1 mile (1.6 km) from the station. The walking distance is just 8min via Calle Cádiz and Calle Isabel II. Alternatively, a train will take just 5min. Walk 3min to Santander Bus Stop and take the ALSA – Tus L17 towards Corban and disembark at Plaza Ayuntamiento. The walk is then just 1min to central Santander.

Arrival train station:Those who have train tickets to Edinburgh will always find that their train provider will take them to Edinburgh Waverly Train Station. Although the trip to Edinburgh from Santander can be reached by multiple providers, a passenger will find that only the company, LNER, will actually reach the final destination in Edinburgh. The station has great facilities like wheelchair access, eateries, ATM machines, and more. Edinburgh Waverly Train Station is just 0.8 miles (1.3 km) from the city centre and can be reached in as little as 10min if you take public transport. Simply walk 1min to North Bridge (Stop NA) and take the 14 bus towards Muirhouse and disembark at Leopold Place (Stop EG.) The walk is then just 4mins away from central Edinburgh.

Which train companies travel from Santander to Edinburgh?

Passengers looking for train tickets to Edinburgh from Santander will find a variety of train providers that will take you on part of your route. However, none of these providers will offer a direct route but instead routes that require a number of stopovers on the route. Just some of these companies include Eurostar, TV inOui, SNCF, LNER, and more. Each provider will take you on a different section of your trip to Edinburgh and they will all differ in their duration. Your serving provider that will depart directly from Santander will depart from the main train station in Santander, also known as Santander Train Station. This station serves all of Santander and sees the leading providers depart and arrive. Your chosen provider will then take you to the main airport in Edinburgh, also known as Edinburgh Waverly Station. Both of these stations are well located and are within close proximity to their cities.

LNER trains from Santander to Edinburgh

A passenger will not be able to find a direct route from Santander to Edinburgh but instead routes that require multiple stopovers and even different forms of transport like buses and ferries. Providers like LNER trains will take you on the last leg of your trip and takes you to the final destination in Edinburgh, specifically Edinburgh Waverly Station. A passenger will pick up the LNER train from London Kings Cross Station and the duration will take approximately 4h 20min.

TGV inOui trains from Santander to Edinburgh

A passenger can expect to pick up trains with TGV inOui from popular destinations like Bayonne Station. The duration will take 1h 48min as it reaches Bordeaux St-Jean Station. Departing from this station and arriving at Bayonne Station will have to be completed with train travel from different train providers as there is no direct route to Edinburgh from Santander.

Eurostar trains from Santander to Edinburgh

The leading company, Eurostar, will commonly take you from Lille Europe Station to London St Pancras Eurostar Station. This duration takes 1h 22min and the train runs once daily. Getting to Lille Europe Station and getting from London St Pancras Eurostar Station will have to be with different train providers as there is no provider that offers a direct route to Santander.

Santander Beach. Source: Shutterstock

Train Santander to Edinburgh: Services on Board

A passenger who has tickets from Santander to Edinburgh will find a great number of onboard facilities during their trip. In addition, a passenger can benefit from great service from staff on and offboard their coach. Prior to travel, if you are boarding with a passenger with reduced mobility then make sure to pre-book any additional help that you may need. Staff will help a passenger on and off of the coaches and will be there to answer any additional queries that you might have. The serving providers to Edinburgh also have the option of either first-class or standard class travel. Whilst they both offer good amenities, first-class provides that little bit of extra luxury. First-class includes comfortable seating, extra legroom, access to snacks and beverages, as well as much more.

How to find cheap train tickets from Santander to Edinburgh

Finding cheap train tickets to Edinburgh from Santander is extremely easy with just a few money-saving tips. When looking for your trip to Edinburgh then make sure to book with enough time in advance so that you’re not facing last-minute price inflation. Price increase last minute is usually when a passenger is looking for tickets with days or hours in advance before they are due to travel. To make sure that you’re facing the best fares for your trip then book either weeks or months in advance.

If you are already looking for tickets with enough time in advance, then consider altering your dates of travel by just a few days. Travel can usually increase on certain days of the week like Saturdays and Sundays, meaning that weekdays can be your cheapest price of travel. Alternatively, certain times of the year, like children’s holidays and bank holidays could also increase your ticket price so it’s best to check your time of travel before you’re due to depart from Santander.

To Edinburgh by train – travel tips

Edinburgh is gifted with lots of exciting attractions, venues, landmarks, and more, all of which are attractive to every member of the family, as well as every tourist, visitor, and resident. The capital is packed with lots of exciting activities to keep every man, woman, and child entertained. Just enjoy some of the top family-friendly attractions like Edinburgh Zoo, Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, National Museum of Scotland, Scottish National Gallery, The Edinburgh Dungeon, Deep Sea World, and more.

Alternatively, consider visiting some of the top landmarks that contribute to the history of the town. These landmarks include Edinburgh Castle, St Giles’ Cathedral, Lauriston Castle, Craigmillar Castle, Rosslyn Chapel, as well as much more. Or perhaps, you’re visiting Edinburgh for its good nightlife. There are lots of leading bars, clubs, and restaurants that aligns with the city centre.

Just some of the most popular include The Bongo Club, Why Not Nightclub, Club Tropicana, The High Five Nightclub & Venue, Cabaret Voltaire, Lulu Bar and Nightclub, Sneaky Pete’s, and Bourbon. No matter how you choose to spend your time in Edinburgh, you’ll be quickly anticipating your return.

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FAQs
What COVID-19 travel safety information and restrictions should I be aware of for my train between Santander and Edinburgh?

Travel between Santander, Spain and Edinburgh, United Kingdom by train is: Partially open.

What is the status of international entry into United Kingdom from Spain?

International entry status: Entry is partially open for citizens and permanent residents of Spain

Do I need to self-quarantine on arrival in United Kingdom from Santander?

Conditions of entry:

  • Negative COVID-19 test issued at most 3 days before arrival for unvaccinated travellers
  • Prebook and pay for day 2 and day 8 COVID-19 PCR tests for unvaccinated travellers
  • Prebook and pay for a COVID-19 test, to be taken on the end of day 2 for vaccinated travellers
  • 10-day mandatory self-quarantine
  • Travellers vaccinated under the UK vaccine programme are exempt from mandatory quarantine
  • Travellers with a certificate of vaccination are exempt from compulsory quarantine
  • Passenger Locator Form (PLF) required

What are the safety rules to follow in Edinburgh, United Kingdom?

When travelling in United Kingdom, you must follow these COVID-19 safety rules:

  • Physical distance requirement: 1 metre (s) (3 feet)
  • Face mask requirement: Regional advice

The information above was last checked on 29/11/2021. This can change before your date of travel so please review the latest COVID-19 travel safety regulations   for your train from Santander to Edinburgh before travelling.

Are there travel restrictions, such as quarantine measures, in place when returning to Santander, Spain from Edinburgh, United Kingdom?

The restriction level for your return train to Santander, Spain from Edinburgh is: Partially open.

Is my return train into Santander from Edinburgh restricted?

International entry is allowed for: Entry is partially open for citizens and permanent residents of United Kingdom

Do I need to quarantine on arrival in Spain from Edinburgh?

Conditions of reentry:

  • Entry is allowed only for fully vaccinated travellers
  • Negative COVID-19 test issued at most 3 days before arrival
  • Travellers with a certificate of vaccination are exempt from providing a negative COVID-19 test
  • Specific entry restrictions may apply for travel to Spain: Canary Islands
  • Health screen upon arrival
  • Pre-arrival Health Control Form (FCS) required

What are the safety rules to follow in Santander, Spain?

The government of Spain has imposed these measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19:

  • Social distancing required: 1.5 metre (s) (5 feet)
  • Face mask required: Mandatory

Last checked on 30/11/2021. Remember to check the latest COVID-19 travel safety regulations for your train to Santander from Edinburgh closer to your date of departure here.

What is the distance to Edinburgh from Santander by train?
The train distance from Santander to Edinburgh is around 861 miles (1389 km).
Which train station from Santander to Edinburgh do I depart from? Which Edinburgh train station from Santander do I arrive in?

When taking a train from Santander, you have a couple of train stations you can depart from including Santander and Santander Valdecilla. When you arrive in Edinburgh, your train can arrive in train stations including Edinburgh Waverley, Edinburgh Haymarket and Edinburgh Gateway.

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

Where is the train station in Santander? Where is the train station in Edinburgh?

Passengers board their train most frequently from Santander and travel around 0.6 miles (870 m) from the city centre to this train station.

Passengers travelling this route most often arrive at Edinburgh Waverley and need to travel approximately 0.2 miles (429 m) from the train station to the city centre in Edinburgh.

Important Stations and Airports for this Journey

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Edinburgh
Santander is the most popular Santander 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 Santander for your journey to Edinburgh.