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17 Oct
£30First Transpennine Express
£52National Express
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18 Oct
£38First Transpennine Express
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19 Oct
£30First Transpennine Express
£32National Express
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20 Oct
£31First Transpennine Express
£32National Express
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21 Oct
£32First Transpennine Express
£34National Express
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22 Oct
£38First Transpennine Express
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23 Oct
£40London North Eastern Railway
£48National Express
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24 Oct
£26First Transpennine Express
£52National Express
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25 Oct
£46London North Eastern Railway
£37National Express
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26 Oct
£40London North Eastern Railway
£37National Express
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27 Oct
£30First Transpennine Express
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28 Oct
£33London North Eastern Railway
£37National Express
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29 Oct
£30First Transpennine Express
£42National Express
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30 Oct
£33London North Eastern Railway
£37National Express
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31 Oct
£33London North Eastern Railway
£39National Express
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1 Nov
£30First Transpennine Express
£32National Express
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2 Nov
£21First Transpennine Express
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4 Nov
£21First Transpennine Express
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£40London North Eastern Railway
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£33London North Eastern Railway
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Train Information between York and Edinburgh

distanceDistance161 miles (259 km)
durationAverage train duration2 h 27 min
priceAverage train ticket price£34 (€39)
frequencyTrain frequency25 a day
changesDirect trainYes, there are 25 direct trains a day
carriersTrain providersCross Country, London North Eastern Railway or First Transpennine Express

Trains from York to Edinburgh cover the 161 miles (259 km) long journey taking on average 2 h 27 min with our travel partners like Cross Country, London North Eastern Railway or First Transpennine Express. 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 £30, but the average price of train tickets is £34. Travellers depart most frequently from York and arrive in Edinburgh Waverley.

Train companies

Train from York to Edinburgh with CrossCountry

You can travel by train from York to Edinburgh with CrossCountry for as low as £30. When you search for timetables and tickets, Omio will show you the best journey.

CrossCountry

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

Looking for trains between York and Edinburgh? CrossCountry is one of the best companies to travel with on the 161 miles (259 km) journey between York and Edinburgh. As an official travel partner of CrossCountry, Omio quickly shows you the latest CrossCountry train timetables, tickets and offers (such as luggage policy and amenities provided onboard), travel information, and prices so that you can check for ideal departure and arrival times, compare the fastest York to Edinburgh routes, find the best amenities to make your trip smooth and easy, and buy the most affordable CrossCountry train tickets that fit your budget. If you use the Omio app to search for trains from York to Edinburgh, you can quickly see if the CrossCountry ticket is a mobile ticket, making it easy for you to go paperless when taking a train. Once you’re ready, book your York - Edinburgh train now on Omio quickly and easily and enjoy your upcoming trip with CrossCountry!

CrossCountry from York to Edinburgh train information:

  • Average Duration: 2 h 30 min
  • CrossCountry frequency: 6 a day

CrossCountry has the following ticket policies due to COVID-19, which you should be aware of when booking and travelling by train from York to Edinburgh:

  • 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 York to Edinburgh

Trains from York to Edinburgh run regularly throughout the day, with more than one per hour from early morning until around 9:00 p.m. A final train travels between the two cities late at night. The journey takes around 2.5 hours and does not usually require any changes.

York to Edinburgh train times: Daily departures

There are multiple trains from York to Edinburgh every day throughout the week, offering plenty of choices. During peak hours from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. on weekdays, there are around four trains per hour. At weekends, there are fewer trains after 8:00 p.m.

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

It takes around 2.5 hours to travel between York and Edinburgh by train, give or take ten minutes. No changes are needed apart from on the last service of the day at weekends, when a connection must be made at Newcastle.

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

Departure train station: York has one main train station, which is a six-minute walk from the city centre. It is also on bus routes 1, 4, and 5. The station has a travel centre, toilets, and public WiFi, as well as refreshment options and shops.

Arrival train station: The train from York arrives at Edinburgh Waverley station. The station is conveniently located at the foot of Princes Street, close to many of the city's attractions. There's a travel centre, toilets, showers, luggage storage, and free public WiFi at Waverley, as well as shops and cafés.

Which train companies travel from York to Edinburgh?

Trains from York to Edinburgh are operated by LNER, CrossCountry, and TransPennine Express. They all take around the same amount of time to complete the journey and generally do not require any changes.

LNER York to Edinburgh

Between York and Edinburgh, LNER operates Azuma trains, which make use of Japanese bullet-train technology. There are around two departures per hour throughout the day and they're all direct trips.

CrossCountry York to Edinburgh

CrossCountry runs around one train per hour between York and Edinburgh. Its high-speed trains travel directly to Edinburgh on this route.

TransPennine Express

TransPennine Express trains from York to Edinburgh run approximately once per hour throughout the day. Nova 1 high-speed trains are used on this route.

York to Edinburgh trains: Services on board

Passengers can opt for first-class tickets with LNER and enjoy spacious seating and complimentary hot and cold food and drinks. They can each bring three items of luggage onto LNER trains, with the largest measuring 90 cm × 70 cm × 30 cm. Spaces for bikes should be reserved prior to travel. Two small pets can be brought on board at no extra charge. LNER has a dedicated assisted travel team to help passengers with disabilities complete their journey. This service should be booked at least 24 hours prior to travel.

Passengers can upgrade to first class on CrossCountry trains for onboard hospitality and bigger seats. The luggage allowance on board CrossCountry trains consists of a suitcase no larger than 90 cm × 70 cm × 30 cm. Handbags and backpacks can be stored under the seats. Up to two dogs on a lead or small pets in a carrier are allowed per person. Bike spaces can be reserved in advance. Passenger assist services can be booked by phone or online up until the day before travel.

First-class tickets are available on TransPennine Express trains from York to Edinburgh and offer each passenger their own power socket, as well as a special menu. Larger bags can be stored in dedicated luggage racks, while smaller items can be kept in overhead storage. Bike space can be booked ahead of time. Up to two pets can be brought onto trains free of charge. Bike space, as well as travel assistance for those with disabilities, should be booked in advance.

How to find cheap train tickets from York to Edinburgh

Travelling by train between York and Edinburgh can be even more cost effective if booked early. Passengers can get a bargain by being flexible with their travel dates and times and comparing operators' ticket prices.

Travel Tips

Trains from York 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 York to Edinburgh.
FAQs
How much do cheap train tickets to Edinburgh from York cost?
You can find a cheap train from York to Edinburgh for some dates and times for as low as £30  one way in the next 7 days.
How much is a train ticket from York to Edinburgh?
If you’re looking to purchase your train tickets in the next week, you can expect the York to Edinburgh train price to come in at an average of £34  one way.
What is the distance to Edinburgh from York via train?
When travelling this route you should expect the distance from York to Edinburgh via train to be approximately 161 miles (259 km).
How long does it take from York to Edinburgh by train?
On average the train from York to Edinburgh duration is 2 h 27 min  for the 161 miles (259 km) long trip, but the travel time can vary if you depart on weekends and holidays.
Which train station in York goes to Edinburgh? Which train station do I come into Edinburgh from York?

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

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

You can find the most popular departure train station for this route, York, located approximately 0 mile (s) / 0 km from the city centre of York. The most popular arrival train station in Edinburgh, called Edinburgh Waverley, is located around 0 mile (s) / 0 km away from its city centre.

What train companies go from York to Edinburgh?
Take the York to Edinburgh train with Cross Country, London North Eastern Railway or First Transpennine Express. However, it's always good to check out all possible train providers for the route from York to Edinburgh as there might be differences in the amenities they offer.
Are there any York to Edinburgh direct train services?
Yes, there are 25 direct trains to Edinburgh from York per day with First Transpennine Express, Cross Country or London North Eastern Railway  on Omio. This is worth paying attention to when you book your train ticket as direct services tend to offer more convenience and help save you time travelling to your destination.
How many trains per day are there to Edinburgh from York?
The average number of trains departing York for Edinburgh is 25 a day. The train schedules and services may vary between weekdays and weekends.
When does the first train depart from York to Edinburgh? When does the last train depart from York to Edinburgh?
The first train from York to Edinburgh leaves at 07: 37   and the last train for this leaves at 10: 00. Omio shows you the latest train from York to Edinburgh times to help you book the best departure time for this trip.
How far in advance should I purchase a train ticket from York to Edinburgh to get the best deals?
If you buy a train ticket from York to Edinburgh within the next 7 days, you can find tickets to cost on average £34 one way. However, we recommend booking your train in advance to get access to the best prices. Train tickets from York to Edinburgh are generally on sale a few months before the planned departure date.

Important Stations and Airports for this Journey

York
Edinburgh
The major railway station for departures from York is York. Read all the information you need to know about services, amenities and connections at York for your trip from York to Edinburgh.