The cheapest way to get from London to Edinburgh is by coach. The two main companies offering coach trips to Edinburgh from London are National Express and Megabus. To find current timetables and fares visit the National Express website or the Megabus website. Buses leave from London’s Victoria Coach Station, and arrive in the centre of Edinburgh at the St Andrews Square bus station.
Journey time is normally over 9 hours so a day trip is out of the question, but it is by far the cheapest option if you are on a limited budget. You can save more money by travelling overnight and saving on accommodation costs, if you don’t mind that. By going from London to Edinburgh and back overnight in both directions, you could still have one full day in the city without having to pay for a hotel.
National Express run buses daily to Edinburgh from London, though at the time of writing there are only a couple of morning departures, and a couple of evening departures. Two of the services are direct and two require a change of coach. The early morning direct departure (currently 9am) is also the cheapest, though you will spend all day on the coach, arriving in central Edinburgh at 6.35pm. Bookings can be made on the National Express website, which sometimes offers discounts on tickets and cheap bus fares through sales.
The cheapest advance tickets are usually through Megabus, with a single fare at the time of writing being only £17.
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