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There are 13 ways to get from London to Edinburgh by train, bus, night train, rideshare, car or plane

Select an option below to see step-by-step directions and to compare ticket prices and travel times in Rome2rio's travel planner.

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Train LNER  •  4h 14m

  1. Take the train from London Kings Cross to Edinburgh

$60 - $350

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Rideshare  •  7h 45m

  1. Take the rideshare from London to Edinburgh 400.9 miles

$30 - $60

11 alternative options

Train CrossCountry  •  6h 29m

  1. Take the train from London St Pancras International to Sheffield
  2. Take the train from Sheffield to Edinburgh

$174 - $263

Bus  •  9h 20m

  1. Take the bus from London Victoria Station to Edinburgh S9 / ...

$30 - $80

Night train  •  6h 38m

  1. Take the night train from London Euston to Edinburgh

$50 - $75

Drive  •  6h 54m

  1. Drive from London to Edinburgh 401.4 miles

$85 - $130

Fly London City to Edinburgh  •  3h 12m

  1. Fly from London City (LCY) to Edinburgh (EDI) LCY - EDI

$68 - $222

Fly London Heathrow to Edinburgh  •  3h 10m

  1. Fly from London Heathrow (LHR) to Edinburgh (EDI) LHR - EDI

$76 - $244

Fly London Stansted to Edinburgh  •  3h 36m

  1. Fly from London Stansted (STN) to Edinburgh (EDI) STN - EDI

$48 - $142

Fly London Gatwick to Edinburgh  •  3h 29m

  1. Fly from London Gatwick (LGW) to Edinburgh (EDI) LGW - EDI

$60 - $172

Train to London Luton, fly to Edinburgh  •  3h 32m

  1. Take the train from London St Pancras International LL to Luton Airport Parkway
  2. Fly from London Luton (LTN) to Edinburgh (EDI) LTN - EDI

$53 - $157

Fly London City to Glasgow, train  •  4h 38m

  1. Fly from London City (LCY) to Glasgow (GLA) LCY - GLA
  2. Take the train from Glasgow Queen Street to Edinburgh

$98 - $323

Train to Birmingham, fly to Edinburgh  •  4h 8m

  1. Take the train from London Euston to Birmingham International
  2. Fly from Birmingham (BHX) to Edinburgh (EDI) BHX - EDI

$91 - $284

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from London to Edinburgh is to bus which costs £23 - £60 and takes 9h 20m.

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The quickest way to get from London to Edinburgh is to fly which costs £55 - £190 and takes 3h 10m.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from London Victoria Station station and arriving at Edinburgh. Services depart five times a day, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 9h 20m.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from London Kings Cross and arriving at Edinburgh. Services depart hourly, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 4h 14m.

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The distance between London and Edinburgh is 334 miles. The road distance is 401.4 miles.

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The best way to get from London to Edinburgh without a car is to train which takes 4h 14m and costs £45 - £270.

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The train from London Kings Cross to Edinburgh takes 4h 14m including transfers and departs hourly.

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London to Edinburgh bus services, operated by Megabus UK, arrive at London Victoria Station.

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London to Edinburgh train services, operated by LNER, depart from London Kings Cross station.

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The best way to get from London to Edinburgh is to train which takes 4h 14m and costs £45 - £270. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs £23 - £60 and takes 9h 20m, you could also fly, which costs £50 - £170 and takes 3h 12m.

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Map of how to get from London to Edinburgh.
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  • Distance: 333.6 miles
  • Duration: 4h 14m

What companies run services between London, England and Edinburgh, Scotland?

LNER operates a train from London to Edinburgh hourly. Tickets cost $60 - $90 and the journey takes 4h 14m. Virgin West Coast Trains also services this route 5 times a day. Alternatively, Megabus UK operates a bus from London to Edinburgh 3 times a day. Tickets cost $40 - $80 and the journey takes 9h 20m. National Express also services this route twice daily.

Airlines
British Airways
Website
britishairways.com
Flights from London City to Edinburgh
Ave. Duration
1h 18m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$85 - $390
Flights from London Heathrow to Edinburgh
Ave. Duration
1h 26m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$85 - $340
Flights from London Heathrow to Edinburgh via Dublin
Ave. Duration
3h 30m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $900
Flights from London Gatwick to Edinburgh
Ave. Duration
1h 27m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$50 - $250
Flights from London City to Glasgow
Ave. Duration
1h 20m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$75 - $550
Flights from London City to Glasgow via Dublin
Ave. Duration
3h 35m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday
Estimated price
$75 - $550
easyJet
Website
easyjet.com
Flights from London Stansted to Edinburgh
Ave. Duration
1h 15m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$40 - $180
Flights from London Stansted to Edinburgh via Belfast (Aldergrove)
Ave. Duration
3h 5m
When
Friday
Estimated price
$40 - $180
Flights from London Gatwick to Edinburgh
Ave. Duration
1h 27m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$50 - $210
Flights from London Gatwick to Edinburgh via Amsterdam Schiphol
Ave. Duration
3h 40m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$50 - $210
Flights from London Luton to Edinburgh
Ave. Duration
1h 15m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$45 - $180
Flights from London Luton to Edinburgh via Belfast (Aldergrove)
Ave. Duration
3h 5m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$45 - $180
Flights from Birmingham to Edinburgh via Belfast (Aldergrove)
Ave. Duration
3h 7m
When
Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$80 - $240
Flybe
Website
flybe.com
Flights from London City to Edinburgh
Ave. Duration
1h 35m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$65 - $330
Flights from London City to Edinburgh via Belfast City
Ave. Duration
3h 25m
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$65 - $330
Flights from London Heathrow to Edinburgh
Ave. Duration
1h 40m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$50 - $310
Flights from London City to Glasgow via Belfast City
Ave. Duration
3h 15m
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$110 - $600
Flights from Birmingham to Edinburgh
Ave. Duration
1h 15m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$55 - $300
Flights from Birmingham to Edinburgh via Belfast City
Ave. Duration
3h 5m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$55 - $300
Ryanair
Website
ryanair.com
Flights from London Stansted to Edinburgh
Ave. Duration
1h 20m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$28 - $180
Flights from London Gatwick to Edinburgh via Dublin
Ave. Duration
3h 30m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$40 - $180
Aer Lingus
Website
aerlingus.com
Flights from London Heathrow to Edinburgh via Dublin
Ave. Duration
3h 30m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $900
Flights from London City to Glasgow via Dublin
Ave. Duration
3h 35m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday
Estimated price
$75 - $550
Train operators
Virgin West Coast Trains
Phone
0344 556 5650
Website
virgintrains.co.uk
Train from London Euston to Edinburgh
Ave. Duration
5h 34m
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$220 - $350
Website
virgintrains.co.uk
Advanced Single
$140 - $210
Anytime Day Single
$220 - $350
Train from London Euston to Birmingham International
Ave. Duration
1h 8m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$60 - $100
Website
virgintrains.co.uk
Advanced Single
$40 - $60
Anytime Day Single
$60 - $100
East Midlands Trains
Phone
03457 125 678
Email
getintouch@eastmidlandstrains.co.uk
Website
eastmidlandstrains.co.uk
Train from London St Pancras International to Sheffield
Ave. Duration
1h 56m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$70 - $110
Website
eastmidlandstrains.co.uk
Advance Single
$35 - $55
Off-Peak Single
$70 - $120
Anytime Day Single
$70 - $110
Anytime Single
$100 - $150
Train from London St Pancras International to Luton Airport Parkway
Ave. Duration
20m
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$14 - $20
Website
eastmidlandstrains.co.uk
Advance Single
$6 - $10
Off-Peak Single
$13 - $21
Anytime Day Single
$14 - $20
Anytime Single
$19 - $28
Caledonian Sleeper
Website
sleeper.scot
Night train from London Euston to Edinburgh
Ave. Duration
6h 38m
Frequency
6 times a week
Estimated price
$50 - $75
Website
sleeper.scot
Sleeper Berth Twin
$110 - $160
Sleeper Berth Solo
$198
Sleeper Seat
$50 - $75
Thameslink
Website
thameslinkrailway.com
Train from London St Pancras International LL to Luton Airport Parkway
Ave. Duration
29m
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
Estimated price
$14 - $20
Schedules at
thameslinkrailway.com
ScotRail
Phone
+44 344 811 0141
Email
customer.relations@scotrail.co.uk
Website
scotrail.co.uk
Train from Glasgow Queen Street to Edinburgh
Ave. Duration
1h 11m
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
Estimated price
$15 - $19
Website
scotrail.co.uk
Advanced Single
$10 - $14
Anytime Day Single
$15 - $19
Bus operators
National Express

National Express Coaches are a quick and convenient way of travelling around the UK. Over 550 National Express coaches run on Britain's roads every day, serving over 900 destinations across the UK. National Express Coaches carry around 19 million passenger journeys every year. For added convenience, National Express operate coach services to all major UK airports 24 hours per day, and is on its way to being 100% wheelchair accessible. The company also has a 24-hour control centre that receives a GPS signal to update on location, speed and the temperature inside coaches, ensuring the smoothest journey possible.

Contact Details
Phone
+44 08717 818178
Website
nationalexpress.com
Bus from London Victoria Coach Station to Edinburgh
Ave. Duration
9h 30m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$30 - $40
Website
National Express
Other operators
BlaBlaCar

A ridesharing platform with 40 million users, Blablacar gives you access to destinations without worrying about on-the-road chaos. The basic idea is that you carpool with locals who are already planning to drive your route and have space in their car. With some flexibility you’ll get to your destination – often faster and cheaper than other means. On the website or app, enter your departure and arrival points and your date of travel, sift through the profiles of drivers who’ve posted pre-planned drives and find one whose timing and preferences match yours. Request to join the ride, wait be accepted, and pay your share of the set price.

Rome2rio's guide to BlaBlaCar
Contact Details
Website
blablacar.com
Rideshare from London to Edinburgh
Ave. Duration
7h 45m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$30 - $60
Book at
blablacar.co.uk

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The quickest flight from London City Airport to Edinburgh Airport is the direct flight which takes 1h 15m.

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London to Edinburgh bus services, operated by Megabus UK, arrive at Edinburgh station.

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London to Edinburgh train services, operated by LNER, arrive at Edinburgh station.

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Yes, the driving distance between London to Edinburgh is 401 miles. It takes approximately 6h 54m to drive from London to Edinburgh.

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Flybe and British Airways offer flights from London City Airport to Edinburgh Airport.

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There are 2409+ hotels available in Edinburgh. Prices start at $69 USD per night.

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Check out Blablacar's carpooling service for rideshare options between London and Edinburgh. A great option if you don't have a driver's licence or want to avoid public transport.

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The best way to get from London to London City Airport is to train which takes 21m and costs £3 - £4.

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