London to Edinburgh

There are several ways of getting from London to Edinburgh - flying, by train, overnight sleeper train, driving, or by coach. The best option to choose depends on your budget, the time at your disposal, and whether you have other travel plans in Scotland or England. 

Edinburgh Old Town from Princes Street Gardens
Photo (c) Donna Dailey

There’s lots to do and see in Edinburgh, and you could easily spend a week or more there, but if you only have one or two days, the city is still well worth visiting. It’s one of the highlights of any visit to the UK, and should be high on the list of priorities for anyone wanting to travel beyond London.

A Day Trip from London to Edinburgh

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 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.

Taking a flight from London to Edinburgh also makes a day trip easy. 

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