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from London to Edinburgh

You can get from London to Edinburgh by train, bus or flight.

Our recommendation

To get from London to Edinburgh on 23 Sep we recommend taking a flight because it’s the best combination of price and speed.

08:25London Luton Airport1h20 09:45Edinburgh Airport
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£811One-way
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23:00London9h15 08:15Edinburgh, Elder Street
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£141One-way
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21:00London Stansted Airport1h15 22:15Edinburgh Airport
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£881One-way
19:30London Luton Airport1h15 20:45Edinburgh Airport
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£991One-way
22:25London8h55 07:20Edinburgh, Elder Street
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£151One-way

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Wed
22 Sep
£84London North Eastern Railway
£17Megabus
£120easyJet
Thu
23 Sep
£88London North Eastern Railway
£13Megabus
£72easyJet
Fri
24 Sep
£84London North Eastern Railway
£12Megabus
£80easyJet
Sat
25 Sep
£84London North Eastern Railway
£12Megabus
£75easyJet
Sun
26 Sep
£88Avanti West Coast
£12Megabus
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Mon
27 Sep
£103London North Eastern Railway
£12Megabus
£50easyJet
Tue
28 Sep
£84London North Eastern Railway
£13Megabus
£42easyJet
Wed
29 Sep
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£13Megabus
£42easyJet
Thu
30 Sep
£84London North Eastern Railway
£12Megabus
£50easyJet
Fri
1 Oct
£84London North Eastern Railway
£12Megabus
£56easyJet
Sat
2 Oct
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£12Megabus
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Sun
3 Oct
£88Avanti West Coast
£12Megabus
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Mon
4 Oct
£84London North Eastern Railway
£12Megabus
£36easyJet
Tue
5 Oct
£84London North Eastern Railway
£13Megabus
£36easyJet
Wed
6 Oct
£84London North Eastern Railway
£13Megabus
£34easyJet
Thu
7 Oct
£69London North Eastern Railway
£12Megabus
£34easyJet
Fri
8 Oct
£69London North Eastern Railway
£12Megabus
£47easyJet
Sat
9 Oct
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£12Megabus
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Sun
10 Oct
£69London North Eastern Railway
£12Megabus
£34easyJet
Mon
11 Oct
£69London North Eastern Railway
£12Megabus
£34easyJet
Tue
12 Oct
£59London North Eastern Railway
£13Megabus
£34easyJet

Travel Information from London to Edinburgh

distanceDistance330 miles (533 km)
modeAvailable travel modesFlight, coach or train
priceTicket price range£12 - £85
cheapestCheapest modeCoach • £12 • 8 h 55 min
fastestFastest modeFlight • £65 • 1 h 15 min
carriersPopular travel companieseasyJet, Megabus or London North Eastern Railway

Travel 330 miles (533 km) by flight, coach or train between London and Edinburgh. If speed is a priority, then a flight is the best option with an average duration of 1 h 15 min; whereas, if saving money is more important, then a coach is the best option with prices starting as low as £12. The most popular travel providers which serve this trip are easyJet, Megabus or London North Eastern Railway among others. Travellers can even take a direct flight, coach or train from London to Edinburgh.

Travelling from London to Edinburgh

There are a number of options when travelling between London and Edinburgh. The distance between the two major cities is 650 kilometers, and so flying is often the quickest option, taking an average of 1.5 hours. The train usually takes around 5 hours, while the bus can take between 8 and 11 hours. Some overnight bus and train sleeper services are also available.

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Quick Guide to Edinburgh


Must Know: The best way to see the city is by foot - explore the difference between Edinburgh's enchanting Medieval Old Town and the elegant Georgian New Town.
Must See: Check out Edinburgh Castle and the Botanical Gardens.
Must Do: Be sure to head up towards Arthur's Seat, the main peak of a group of mountains with beautiful views over the whole city - definitely worth the hike.
Did you know? Edinburgh has more trees per head than any other city in the UK and is home to 112 parks.

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Travelling to Edinburgh

Flights

A number of airlines offer flights from London to Edinburgh Airport, including Ryanair, easyJet, and British Airways. There are roughly 50 daily direct flights which take around 2 hours. Flights depart from all London airports including Heathrow, Gatwick and Stanstead and arrive at Edinburgh airport. Make sure to book in advance to get the best deals, otherwise flying can become expensive.

Trains

Virgin Trains East Coast operate between 2-3 services per hour from London Euston and London Kings Cross stations. The journey takes between 4-5 hours and can be either direct or with one change. The Caledonian Sleeper train leaves Euston every day in the late evening, excluding Saturdays, and takes approximately seven and a half hours to reach Edinburgh, travelling overnight.

Buses

Megabus and National Express are the main bus providers of this route. Megabus offer a low-cost service from Victoria Coach Station to Edinburgh Bus Station. Daily services leave in the morning, afternoon and evening. Afternoon services arrive in the early hours of the following morning at North St. David Street, due to Edinburgh Bus Station being closed during the overnight hours. Services that depart from London in the evening will arrive the following morning in Edinburgh. National Express also offers services from Victoria Coach Station as well as the option of overnight travel, leaving Victoria late at night and arriving in Edinburgh the following morning. Both companies offer between two and six services per day, with journeys taking between 8 and 11 hours.

Travel Tips

Travel from London to Edinburgh
Travel 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 London to Edinburgh.
FAQs
How do I travel between London and Edinburgh?

There are 3 travel options from London to Edinburgh: flight, coach or train.

What is the cheapest way to go to Edinburgh from London?

A coach service offers the cheapest way to travel from London to Edinburgh, which costs on average £12.

This is compared to other ways of getting to Edinburgh:

A coach journey is usually £53 less than a journey to Edinburgh by plane, which costs on average £65 for the same trip.

A coach journey is usually £73 less than a journey to Edinburgh by train, which costs on average £85 for the same trip.

What is the quickest way from London to Edinburgh?

The fastest way to get to Edinburgh from London is by flight with an average travel time of 1 h 15 min.

There are alternative travel options to Edinburgh that can usually take longer:

In comparison, getting to Edinburgh by coach can take on average 8 h 55 min.

In comparison, taking a train requires on average 4 h 20 min   of travel time.

How many miles from London to Edinburgh would I travel?

You should expect to travel around 330 miles (533 km) from London to Edinburgh.

How many scheduled departures are there a day from London to Edinburgh?

The average frequency per day from London to Edinburgh is:

  • 16 trains a day.

However, we recommend checking specific travel dates for your trip between London and Edinburgh as scheduled services by flight, coach or train can vary by season or day of the week.

What are the departure and arrival points when travelling from London to Edinburgh?

These are the most popular departure and arrival points when travelling from London to Edinburgh:

  • Most travellers catch their flight from London Heathrow Airport and arrive in Edinburgh Airport.
  • Most travellers board their coach from London, Victoria Coach Station and arrive in Edinburgh, Elder Street.
  • Most travellers board their train from London Victoria and arrive in Edinburgh Waverley.
Who can get me from London to Edinburgh?

If finding a good deal is your main consideration for your trip from London to Edinburgh, then we'll help you find the best value travel companies for you:

  • Travel with easyJet for flights to Edinburgh. If you’re looking for a good deal on tickets, check for easyJet London to Edinburgh tickets on Omio for £65.
  • Megabus can take you to Edinburgh by coach. If searching for a good deal on coaches, you can find tickets for Megabus from London to Edinburgh for £12.
  • London North Eastern Railway can take you to Edinburgh by train. If searching for a good deal on trains, you can find tickets for London North Eastern Railway from London to Edinburgh for £85.
Is there a way to travel directly from London to Edinburgh?

Yes, there are direct routes from London to Edinburgh with the following travel companies:

  • You can find direct flights per day to Edinburgh with easyJet, British Airways or BA Cityflyer.
  • You can find direct coaches per day to take to Edinburgh with National Express or Megabus.
  • You can check for a direct train to Edinburgh with Avanti West Coast or London North Eastern Railway with 16 direct trains per day.

As you won't need to change at another stop in between, direct services to Edinburgh tend to save you time and add more convenience, so it's worth paying attention to before you book tickets for this journey.

What other popular destinations should I add to my itinerary for my trip to Edinburgh from London?
Omio customers who travel from London to Edinburgh often also extend their holiday to go to Glasgow, Manchester or Newcastle upon Tyne. Omio can help you plan your trip by finding the best connections between Edinburgh and these popular destinations at a great price.
How early should I buy tickets from London to Edinburgh online for the best deals?

Before travelling from London to Edinburgh, it’s good to know what ticket you can book and how much it will cost in the next 7 days:

  • The price of a plane ticket is £65 one way on average for this journey.
  • The price of a coach ticket is on average £12 one way for this trip.
  • The price of a train ticket is £85 one way on average for this trip.

But we recommend booking London to Edinburgh tickets online a few months before your planned travel date to score the best deals and save money on your trip.

Stations

Important Stations and Airports for this Journey

London
Edinburgh
London
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Frequently Asked Questions

Where is the bus station and what is the best way to get there?
This station is not located in the city centre but it can be reached by public transport.<br>Metro lines Central, Circle, Hammersmith, City
London Bridge
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