Regular trains from London to Edinburgh by Train leave from London’s Kings Cross Station on the East Coast Line. There are direct trains at least once an hour, sometimes every 30 minutes at busy periods, and the journey time ranges from 4 to almost 5 hours, depending on the train and the number of stops it makes.
Kings Cross Station is easy to get to in London, being central and served by several underground lines. Trains arrive at Edinburgh Waverley Station, which is also central. It’s right on Princes Street, and the main tourist information office for both Edinburgh and Scotland is almost next to the station. It is an easy and pleasant 15-minute walk from Edinburgh Waverley Station to Edinburgh Castle.
Can you make a day trip to Edinburgh from London? Yes, you can. Most English people wouldn’t dream of doing it, as London-Edinburgh is a long way in UK distance terms, but if you’re coming from overseas and have a limited amount of time, you can get to Edinburgh and back in a day. Journey time on the train from London to Edinburgh by Train is between 4 and 5 hours, so an early start gives you several hours in the city, before you have to return to London. Trains are from city centre to city centre.
Check the current times and prices of trains from London to Edinburgh on the National Rail Enquiries website. You can often find the best train ticket prices online at the Raileasy website. It's best to shop around and look for the cheapest train tickets you can find as you can make considerable savings by booking ahead. Booking on the day or the day before can be very expensive for a day trip to Edinburgh from London.
Another train option is to take the overnight Caledonian Sleeper train which leaves each night from London Euston Station and is operated by ScotRail. It leaves late in the evening and takes just under 8 hours, and so you should arrive refreshed in central Edinburgh in time for breakfast. It’s more expensive than the regular train services, but is a bargain if you allow for the fact that you are saving on a hotel room for one night. You miss out on some of the scenery, but save on time by travelling while sleeping.
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