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Find cheap train tickets from Edinburgh to Leicester

Thanks to Gopili, compare train ticket prices and find the best price to travel from Edinburgh to Leicester by train. Our service is dedicated to helping you find the cheapest Edinburgh to Leicester train ticket and gives you practical information: booking, next departures, timetables, fares, and good deals.

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Find the best prices for train tickets Edinburgh to Leicester

from £59.10 MORE 5h13m
Other modes of transport available to travel from Edinburgh to Leicester
from £53.20 MORE 10h27m
from £21.99 MORE 14h20m

How to find cheap train tickets Edinburgh to Leicester ?

Finding cheap train tickets can be difficult because train travel can be costly. So we would like to highlight our recommendations in order to get cheap train tickets Edinburgh to Leicester.

How long in advance should I book my ticket?

Getting your ticket in advance rather than leaving it until the day before will help you to get a lower fare. Advance tickets typically go on sale 3 months in advance. On many routes you can save as much as 80% by purchasing your ticket 90 days in advance. We recommend you to book your ticket as soon as it is available.

When is the cheapest time of the day to travel?

You will often see that, the most affordable time to travel is outside the peak travel times, which are between 06:30 to 9:30 and 15:30 to 18:30. Therefore, try to avoid travelling during rush hours and you should spend less on your train ticket Edinburgh to Leicester.

Are two singles cheaper than a return?

It's quite often that two singles cost less than a return ticket, we suggest you should always check both prices when travelling to save money.

What is split ticketing?

Another trick to save money is to split up your journey to Leicester. Instead of buying only one ticket for your trip you can split the journey into different sections, and buy a ticket for each section.

Edinburgh - Leicester: the best time to book cheap trains

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Buying your ticket beforehand is almost always cheaper than leaving it to the day you intend to travel. Yet, as you may see in the table above, the price of train tickets Edinburgh to Leicester tend to be stable and cost £60.

Best price found for train ticket from Edinburgh to Leicester

We compare train ticket prices for all major companies to travel from Edinburgh to Leicester by train and find the best price for you. Here are the best prices selected for the coming days to go to Leicester. Your Edinburgh to Leicester train ticket is just few clicks away!

From To Price Departure on At Company Searched
(Waverley, city centre)
£59.10 29/12/2017 12:00 1 month ago
(Waverley, city centre)
£79.00 29/12/2017 08:00 1 month ago
(Waverley, city centre)
£119.50 29/12/2017 07:30 1 month ago
(Waverley, city centre)
£119.50 29/12/2017 12:00 1 month ago
(Waverley, city centre)
£139.10 29/12/2017 07:07 Cross Country 1 month ago
(Waverley, city centre)
£139.10 29/12/2017 07:07 Cross Country 1 month ago
(Waverley, city centre)
£139.10 29/12/2017 07:00 Cross Country 1 month ago
(Waverley, city centre)
£139.10 29/12/2017 12:08 Cross Country 1 month ago

Best price found for Edinburgh to Leicester train ticket for the next 30 days.

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Discount Edinburgh to Leicester train tickets

Looking to travel at the lowest fares? Many railcards and discounts exist to pay less for your Edinburgh Leicester train ticket and save even more money on your tickets: special train fares for children, railcards for all ages, group travel, or charity discount. There are many types of railcards available: 16-25 railcard, Two together railcard, Family and Friends Railcard, Senior railcard, Disabled persons railcard.

  • The main benefit of using a railcard is that it only takes a couple of trips to be profitable.

    You will need to purchase at least £88 of train tickets across the whole year for the railcard to pay for itsfel. It corresponds to the price of the card, £30, divided by the saving, thirty four percent. On every ticket that you purchase after that, you will make savings.

    For instance, train tickets from Edinburgh to Leicester cost on average £116.69 (1). By dividing £88 by £116.69 (£88/£116.69 = 0.75), you can see that after only 1 one way journeys from Leicester to Edinburgh, the railcard will have paid for itself.

  • All railcards cost £30 except the Disabled persons railcard for which you will pay £20. Railcards give you 34% off most train fares, hence you will save 1/3 on most rail fares.

(1)Average prices observed over the last 3 months for one way journey

Train Journey Average price without railcard(1) With a railcard 34% off(2) Saving based on a one-way trip Number of return trips to pay off the cost
Edinburgh to Leicester train £116.69 £77.79 £38.90 0.76

(1)Average price observed over the last 3 months for one way

(2)Price calculated with an average reduction of 34% on train tickets fare

Train ticket types for your travel

Rail tickets may look a bit difficult at first sight but it's easy to appreciate how it is working. To begin, there are three principal rail tickets types accessible in the UK for your train Edinburgh to Leicester: Advance, Off-Peak and Anytime tickets.

  • Advance Ticket : Advance train tickets are a great way to get very cheap train tickets. These tickets are available up to 12 weeks before travel and offer the biggest discounts. To take benefit of these tickets you must book ahead: the earlier you book, the cheaper the train fares are! Advance tickets Edinburgh to Leicester are every time sold as singles, but if you prefer to book tickets for a return journey, just buy two Advance tickets. These tickets are only used for the date and train they are booked for. Also, these tickets cannot be refunded but can be amended before departure.
  • Off-Peak Ticket : If you prefer more flexibility than an Advance train ticket, the Off-Peak rail tickets could be for you. They are flexible and valid at “off peak” hours of the day. These tickets are cheaper than the Anytime ticket and still provide the flexibility of travelling on any Off-peak trains. They can be bought any time before travelling, even at the last minute. They are efficient at any time of the day on Weekend, and Public Holidays and after around 09:30 on Mondays to Fridays.
  • Anytime ticket : Anytime train tickets are entirely flexible and they are valid on any train, at any time, on any day. They give entire security when you can't be sure of your travel times, or if you need to change the day you make your journey. These tickets are more costly than advance or Off-Peak but they are eligible for refunds.
  • For your information more ticket types exist in the United Kingdom to travel to Leicester, like Super-Off-Peak tickets, Season tickets, Rover and Rangers tickets…

Departure and arrival for your train travel

A lot of trains travel day to day between Edinburgh to Leicester. They serve the following train stations: Edinburgh Waverley train station, Leicester train station

Proximity journey

Many trains run from Edinburgh to Leicester, but there are also near stations served like for instance:

Travel information for your train journey

Edinburgh Leicester train

Route Edinburgh to Leicester

Edinburgh Leicester train map

Train duration 6h03m
Arrival city Leicester, England
Departure city Edinburgh, Scotland
Distance 244 Miles
Lowest train ticket price from £59.10
Train operators for Edinburgh to Leicester Cross Country
  • There are many train providers across the United Kingdom & Europe but the journey from Edinburgh in Scotland to Leicester in England are provided by Cross Country.
  • Using the train is a fast and simple option to travel to Leicester from Edinburgh. The average travel time between Edinburgh to Leicester is 6h03m to travel the 244 miles.
  • The cheapest ticket price we've found to travel in the next 30 days is £59.10 one way.

Things to do in Leicester

We have created for you a list of 6 things that you can visit in Leicester.

  • Newarke Houses Museum
  • National Space Centre
  • Jewry Wall Museum
  • Leicester Abbey
  • King Richard III Visitor Centre
  • Abbey Pumping Station

If you're travelling to Leicester for the first time and you do not really know the places that you can do during your stay, don't worry. The different options you have will obviously depend on how much time you got as well as your areas of interest but the team at Gopili shares with you the well-known points of interests in Leicester.

Newarke Houses Museum is probably among the most important things to do for visitors. You can also plan to discover Leicester Abbey and National Space Centre which are most of the time recommended by the people who have already explored the city.

Another interesting site that you can visit is King Richard III Visitor Centre if you want to know more about the city.

Jewry Wall Museum is also a place that we will suggest you to see if you got spare time during your stay.

Lastly, if you're still curious in discovering more about Leicester, Abbey Pumping Station can be the last step of your trip. Even though people might not consider it as the most interesting thing to do, it will help you get a full picture of the city and its history.

Book cheap train from Edinburgh to Leicester

You are able to purchase your Edinburgh to Leicester train ticket in 3 different ways:

How can I book a train ticket online?

Booking your train tickets online is simple and can be done quickly. Most train companies give the ability to do it via their website.Tickets will be ready to collect at the station within two hours after you purchased them with the self-service ticket machine. Please note you will need the card used for the booking as well as your reference number.

Can I buy tickets over the phone?

If you prefer a chat with an advisor that will help you buy your ticket, you are able to do so with most rail operators.

Is it possible to book a train ticket directly at the station?

Depending on the station, you can either get your train ticket at the travel centre or via a ticket vending machine available at many stations. We suggest you to check beforehand if the station provides these services and the opening hours.

The easiest way to get cheap train tickets from Edinburgh to Leicester is to check online the fares from all train companies. Gopili enables you to do it by comparing in one search journey times and prices across all existing offers. In case you need to make a journey back to Edinburgh later on, train tickets Leicester to Edinburgh are also available on gopili.

Price barometer for train tickets covering this trip

The gopili price barometer gives the prices for a Edinburgh to Leicester train and helps you to know whether you are getting a good deal:


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And if you change?

Other alternatives of transport exist to travel from Edinburgh to Leicester:

Bus from Edinburgh to Leicester

Flights from Edinburgh to Leicester

Transport operators from Edinburgh to Leicester

The following table lists the various transport operators serving the route Edinburgh to Leicester.

Transport operators Departure Arrival
Cross Country Edinburgh Leicester

Where to find cheap train tickets

Cross Country

Cross Country, the rail travel company, runs between Edinburgh and Leicester from £140, allowing you to travel without breaking the bank.