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London - Edinburgh: the best time to book cheap trains

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The cost for train tickets London to Edinburgh are increasing if you don't book early. According to our data, if you book your seat 2 months in advance, the price of the ticket starts at £29 whereas if purchasing your seat on the day you're travelling, you will have to pay a minimum of £82 for your train. Thus, you may save 65% on the price of your train by booking 2 months in advance rather than on the day you're travelling.

The figures are based on the best fares found over the past 6 months when booking in advance versus at the last minute.

How to find cheap train tickets London to Edinburgh ?

Finding cheap train tickets is not easy because train travel can be expensive. So we wanted to share our tips in order to get cheap train tickets London to Edinburgh.

  • Getting your ticket in advance rather than leaving it until the last minute will enable you to get a lower fare. Advance tickets tend to go on sale 12 weeks prior the date of departure. On many routes you can save as much as 80% by buying your ticket 3 months in advance. We recommend you to get your ticket as soon as you can.
  • The peak times to travel are during the morning commute time and in the late afternoon for your train ticket London to Edinburgh. Train ticket prices are more expensive during this period so you will save money by travelling very early, mid day or late in the evening.
  • If you already know at what time you want to take the return journey, you need to check the price of 2 singles as they are sometimes cheaper than a return. You need to use the exact train you purchased.
  • Frequently, buying a ticket from London to an intermediary city and then an additional ticket from this city to Edinburgh costs less than booking only one ticket for your entire journey. Split-ticketing can help you pay less.

And if you change?

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

Bus from London to Edinburgh

Flights from London to Edinburgh

Book cheap train from London to Edinburgh

You have different options to get your London to Edinburgh train ticket:

  • By purchasing your train tickets online, you can quickly compare journey schedules and fares to get the best deal. Almost all train operators as well as online ticket retailers give the ability to book on their website. Once your ticket is bought, you will get a confirmation email including your reference number that you will need with your card to have your ticket at the station before you travel.
  • If you don't want to buy your ticket at the station or online, you are able to contact the rail operators by telephone. Most of them have a call centre.
  • While the mainline stations in the country have a ticket vending machine and a travel centre to buy your train ticket, smaller stations might not. Check the office hours and the available services before you travel.

The easiest way to find cheap train tickets from London to Edinburgh is to compare online the prices from all rail companies. Gopili enables you to do so by comparing in one search the times and prices across all existing offers. If you need to take the train back to London later on, train tickets Edinburgh to London are also available on gopili.

Where to find cheap train tickets

Virgin Trains

The 534 kilometers to link the city of London with Edinburgh are operated by Virgin Trains! You will need to plan to spend a minimum of £30 for a Virgin Trains train.

Things to do in Edinburgh

We have selected for you a list of 6 points of interests that you can visit in Edinburgh.

  • Royal Yacht Britannia
  • Holyrood Palace
  • National Museum of Scotland
  • Edinburgh Old Town
  • The Scotch Whisky Experience
  • Camera Obscura & World of Illusions

As travel specialists, we are aware that planning a trip and collecting all the information regarding a specific destination can last for hours. We aim to help you by recommending some points of interests, whether you are visiting for a day or for longer.

Every year, many travellers are visiting Edinburgh. If you are looking to visit one of the most famous attraction of the city, you should go to Royal Yacht Britannia. If you have some time, we will also suggest you to visit Edinburgh Old Town and Holyrood Palace to complete your trip.

Another interesting place that you can see is The Scotch Whisky Experience if you wish to know more about this destination.

National Museum of Scotland is also a point of interest that we will advise you to visit if you got spare time during your trip.

Finally, if you're still looking to discover more about Edinburgh, Camera Obscura & World of Illusions can be the last step of your visit. While travellers might not consider it as the most important thing to do, it will help you get a complete picture of the city and its character.

Travel information for your train journey

London Edinburgh train

Route London to Edinburgh

London Edinburgh train map

Train duration 4h36m
Arrival city Edinburgh, Scotland
Departure city London, England
Distance 332 Miles
Lowest train ticket price from £25.00
Train operators for London to Edinburgh Virgin Trains
  • The trains from London (London England) to Edinburgh (Eastern Scotland) are operated by Virgin Trains. The services on board will vary depending on the rail operator.
  • On average, it takes approximately 4h36m by train covering a distance of 332 miles to go to Edinburgh from London. The train duration may vary depending if your train is direct or with changes.
  • Looking at our data, the starting price to take the train in the next 30 days is £25.00. This fare is based on an adult fare and is not including the money you can save with a railcard.

Price barometer for train tickets covering this trip

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Train ticket types for your travel

Rail tickets may look a bit elaborate at first sight but it's simple to appreciate their functioning. To start, there are three principal rail tickets types applicable in the United Kingdom for your train London to Edinburgh: Advance, Off-Peak and Anytime tickets.

  • Advance Ticket : They are a great way to obtain very cheap train tickets. Advance train tickets are accessible up to 12 weeks before travel and offer the biggest reductions. To take benefit of these tickets you must book earlier: the earlier you purchase, the cheaper the train costs are! Advance tickets London to Edinburgh are always sold as singles, but if you want to book tickets for a return trip, just buy two Advance tickets. These tickets are only valid 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 want more flexibility than an Advance train ticket, the Off-Peak train tickets could be for you. These tickets are flexible and valid at “off peak” hours of the day. They are less expensive than the Anytime ticket and still offer the flexibility of going on any Off-peak trains. They can be purchased any time before travelling, even at the last minute. Off-Peak train tickets are used at any time of the day on Weekend, and Public Holidays and after around 09:30 on days of the week.
  • Anytime ticket : They are entirely flexible and they are valid on any train, at any time, on any day. They offer complete security when you can't be sure of your travel times, or if you need to change the day you make your journey. Anytime train tickets are more expensive than advance or Off-Peak but they can be refunded.
  • For your information more ticket types exist in the UK to travel to Edinburgh, like Super-Off-Peak tickets, Season tickets, Rover and Rangers tickets…

Discount London to Edinburgh train tickets

Looking to travel at the lowest fares? Many railcards and tricks can be obtained to pay less for your London Edinburgh 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 different types of railcards available: 16-25 railcard, Two together railcard, Family and Friends Railcard, Senior railcard, Disabled persons railcard.

When getting a railcard, you want to save money after several journeys. But is it really worth it when taking the train from London to Edinburgh? Use your calculator, considering:

A = the railcard cost (i.e.: £30)

B = average price cut with the railcard (i.e.: 34%)

C = average cost for a London Edinburgh ticket (i.e.: £50.22)(1)

The first step is to divide A by B: this will give you the budget from which the card will be worthwile. You can now divide that number by C. It will give you the minimum number of journeys needed across the year to be profitable.

In our example, A/B = £30/34% = £88.00. Then, 88/£50.22 = 1.75. Your railcard will be worthwile once you will have done around 2 trips from London to Edinburgh (one way trip).

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

(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
London to Edinburgh train £50.22 £33.48 £16.74 1.76

(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

Best price found for train ticket from London to Edinburgh

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

Journey Price Departure on At Company Searched
£30.00 13/05/2017 12:43 Virgin Trains 20 hours ago
£30.00 21/05/2017 12:40 Virgin Trains 7 days ago
£30.00 13/05/2017 12:43 Virgin Trains 20 hours ago
£30.00 21/05/2017 12:40 Virgin Trains 7 days ago
£65.00 05/05/2017 12:43 Virgin Trains 5 hours ago
£65.00 19/05/2017 12:43 Virgin Trains 20 hours ago
£65.00 28/04/2017 12:43 Virgin Trains 18 days ago
£65.00 05/05/2017 12:43 Virgin Trains 5 hours ago
£65.00 19/05/2017 12:43 Virgin Trains 20 hours ago
£65.00 12/05/2017 12:43 Virgin Trains 20 days ago

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

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Transport operators from London to Edinburgh

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

Transport operators Departure Arrival
Virgin Trains London Edinburgh