Edinburgh skyline from Calton Hill

Trains to Edinburgh

Scotland’s capital, Edinburgh is full of history, culture and knows all the right ways to throw a party. You’ll be spellbound by its stunning views, old buildings and stories of the city. 


It also has the strongest economy in the UK after London with 43% of the population holding a degree-level or professional qualification and possessing the highest gross value added per employee in the UK outside of London. 


Popular Routes to Edinburgh 

Edinburgh Waverley station takes you right to the heart of the town and has plenty of amenities to make sure your journey in and out is comfortable. There is step-free access available, toilets with baby changing facilities and a wide range of shops and places to eat while on your way in or out.


The most popular routes to and from Edinburgh operate from the following stations: 



Average Travel Time*



5 h 20 min



3 h 39 min



1 h 35 min



4 h 42 min



2 h 37 min

* Please note journey times are based on average and may vary depending on the rail provider and time of travel.


Cheap Tickets to Edinburgh

Railcards offer value for money if you travel by train, saving you at least 1/3 on most rail fares. With a bit of planning, buying tickets in advance can save you a pretty pound, and if the travel bug has you travelling a lot then a Railcard might be worth your while!


The Railcards available include:



  • 16-25 Railcard
  • Two Together Railcard
  • Family & Friends Railcard
  • Senior Railcard
  • Disabled Persons Railcard
  • 26-30 Railcard


Visit the Railcard Website and buy a Railcard Now!


You may also want to check out our Regional Railcards to see if there are discounts for travelling to and from where you are. 


Under 5 Travel free, accompanied by a fare-paying passenger.
5-15 Are eligible for a 50% discount on most tickets, though proof of age will need to be carried where appropriate.
16-17 Saver Like a Railcard but with bigger discounts for anyone aged 16 or 17.


When in Edinburgh

One of the best times to visit is during Winter, where you can experience a truly magical Christmas and the only way to bring in the new year. The views of the Christmas Markets in the evenings feel like you’re in a fairy-tale, full of twinkling lights, carnival rides and stalls full of delicious and warming Scottish fare. 


Hogmanay is one massive street festival involving fire (yes, fire), walking and partying alongside dancers, giant puppets, stilt walkers with performances from some of Britain’s big names.


Immerse yourself in the city’s stunning architecture perched atop hills with little nooks and crannies to explore. Venture into the Old Town, a neighbourhood dating back to Medieval times, and the start of the Royal Mile where you will find charming old pubs, restaurants and shops selling various goods from whisky to cashmere.


At the top of the Royal Mile stands Edinburgh Castle, one of Scotland’s world-famous icons. With St Margaret's Chapel being the oldest part of the castle dating back to the 12th Century, the castle is rich with history and comes with an incredible view of Edinburgh.


Explore and save 

Interested in exploring more of what Edinburgh and Scotland have to offer? Check out our Days Out Guide for great deals on attractions and activities.


Ready to go? 

Use our Journey Planner and book your tickets now!

Last updated:   11 October 2021