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There are 10 ways to get from London to Edinburgh by train, bus, 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

  1. Take the train from London Kings Cross to Edinburgh

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Bus

  1. Take the bus from London Victoria Coach Station to Edinburgh Bus Station

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Rideshare

  1. Take the rideshare from London to Edinburgh

Drive

  1. Drive from London King's Cross to Edinburgh

Fly London City to Edinburgh

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

Fly London Heathrow to Edinburgh

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

Fly London Stansted to Edinburgh

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

Train to London Gatwick, fly to Edinburgh

  1. Take the train from London Victoria to Gatwick Airport
  2. Fly from London Gatwick (LGW) to Edinburgh (EDI)

Train to London Luton, fly to Edinburgh

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

Fly London City to Glasgow, train

  1. Fly from London City (LCY) to Glasgow (GLA)
  2. Take the train from Glasgow Queen Street to Edinburgh
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The cheapest way to get from London to Edinburgh is to bus which costs £15 - £40 and takes 9h 15m.

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The quickest way to get from London to Edinburgh is to fly which costs £60 - £280 and takes 3h 11m.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from London Victoria Coach Station station and arriving at Edinburgh Bus Station station. Services depart four times a day, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 9h 15m.

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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 20m.

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The distance between London and Edinburgh is 334 miles. The road distance is 380.2 miles.

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The best way to get from London to Edinburgh without a car is to train which takes 4h 20m and costs £50 - £500.

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The train from London Kings Cross to Edinburgh takes 4h 20m including transfers and departs hourly.

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London to Edinburgh bus services, operated by Megabus UK, depart from London Victoria Coach 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 20m and costs £50 - £500. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs £15 - £40 and takes 9h 15m, you could also fly, which costs £60 - £280 and takes 3h 11m.

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Map of how to get from London to Edinburgh.
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  • Distance: 333.6 miles
  • Duration: 4h 20m

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

LNER operates a train from London Kings Cross to Edinburgh hourly. Tickets cost £50 - £390 and the journey takes 4h 20m. Two other operators also service this route. Alternatively, Megabus UK operates a bus from London Victoria Coach Station to Edinburgh Bus Station once daily. Tickets cost £16 - £40 and the journey takes 9h 15m. Two other operators also service this route.

Airlines
British Airways
Website
britishairways.com
Flights from London City to Edinburgh
Ave. Duration
1h 17m
When
Every day
Estimated price
£65 - £370
Flights from London Heathrow to Edinburgh
Ave. Duration
1h 28m
When
Every day
Estimated price
£45 - £300
Flights from London Heathrow to Edinburgh via Jersey
Ave. Duration
3h 35m
When
Saturday
Estimated price
£45 - £300
Flights from London City to Glasgow
Ave. Duration
1h 18m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
£70 - £380
easyJet
Website
easyjet.com
Flights from London Stansted to Edinburgh
Ave. Duration
1h 15m
When
Every day
Estimated price
£29 - £220
Flights from London Stansted to Edinburgh via Belfast (Aldergrove)
Ave. Duration
3h 10m
When
Sunday
Estimated price
£29 - £220
Flights from London Gatwick to Edinburgh
Ave. Duration
1h 30m
When
Every day
Estimated price
£40 - £300
Flights from London Gatwick to Edinburgh via Belfast (Aldergrove)
Ave. Duration
3h 23m
When
Thursday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
£40 - £300
Flights from London Luton to Edinburgh
Ave. Duration
1h 15m
When
Every day
Estimated price
£29 - £210
Flights from London Luton to Edinburgh via Belfast (Aldergrove)
Ave. Duration
3h 3m
When
Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday
Estimated price
£29 - £210
Ryanair
Website
ryanair.com
Flights from London Stansted to Edinburgh via Dublin
Ave. Duration
3h 18m
When
Tuesday, Wednesday and Sunday
Estimated price
£16 - £150
Flights from London Gatwick to Edinburgh via Dublin
Ave. Duration
3h 31m
When
Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
£28 - £290
Flights from London Gatwick to Edinburgh via Cork
Ave. Duration
3h 45m
When
Wednesday
Estimated price
£28 - £290
Flights from London Luton to Edinburgh via Dublin
Ave. Duration
3h 30m
When
Thursday
Estimated price
£22 - £200
Ryanair UK
Website
ryanair.com
Flights from London Stansted to Edinburgh
Ave. Duration
1h 17m
When
Every day
Estimated price
£19 - £250
Aer Lingus
Website
aerlingus.com
Flights from London Heathrow to Edinburgh via Belfast City
Ave. Duration
3h 15m
When
Thursday and Friday
Estimated price
£45 - £300
Loganair
Website
loganair.co.uk
Flights from London Stansted to Edinburgh via Derry
Ave. Duration
2h 45m
When
Sunday
Estimated price
£130 - £460
Train operators
LNER
Website
lner.co.uk
Train from London Kings Cross to Edinburgh
Ave. Duration
4h 20m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
£50 - £390
Website
lner.co.uk
Advance Single
£50 - £75
Anytime Day Single
£170 - £240
Anytime Day Single 1st Class
£270 - £390
Thameslink
Phone
0345 026 4700
Website
thameslinkrailway.com
Train from London St Pancras International LL to Luton Airport Parkway
Ave. Duration
31 min
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
£13 - £17
Website
Thameslink
Anytime
£13 - £17
East Midlands Railways
Phone
03457 125 678
Email
getintouch@eastmidlandstrains.co.uk
Website
eastmidlandsrailway.co.uk
Train from London St Pancras International to Luton Airport Parkway
Ave. Duration
21 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
£15 - £23
Website
eastmidlandsrailway.co.uk
Advance Single
£7 - £20
Off-Peak Single
£11 - £17
Anytime Day Single/Anytime Single
£15 - £23
First ScotRail Service
Phone
+44 344 811 0141
Email
customer.relations@scotrail.co.uk
Website
scotrail.co.uk
Train from Glasgow Queen Street to Edinburgh
Ave. Duration
49 min
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
Estimated price
£10 - £30
Website
First ScotRail Service
Anytime Day Single
£10 - £15
Anytime Day Single 1st Class
£23 - £30
Bus operators
FlixBus

One of Europe’s leading bus companies, Flixbus serves 2000+ destinations in 29 countries, including Germany, France, Italy, Austria, the Netherlands and Croatia and into Scandinavia and eastern Europe, as well as some US cities. Coaches have toilets, free WiFi and power outlets, plus snacks and drinks for purchase on board. Flixbus is a good choice for the budget-conscious traveller; purchase tickets in advance for the cheapest fares (note: there is no option to reserve a seat in advance).

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Contact Details
Phone
+49 30 300 137 300
Email
service@flixbus.com
Website
flixbus.de
Bus from London Victoria Coach Station to Edinburgh Bus Station
Ave. Duration
9h 15m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
£29 - £35
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Frequently asked questions
Is there Wi-Fi on FlixBus?
Yes - FlixBus offers free Wi-Fi
Are there power outlets on FlixBus?
Yes
Does FlixBus offer meals or snacks?
Yes - snacks and drinks may be purchased from the driver. Please note, this is not available on all services.
For more information, please visit this page
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 10m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
£15 - £19
Website
National Express
Other operators
BlaBlaCar
Phone
+3 318 576 2228
Website
blablacar.com
Rideshare from London to Edinburgh
Ave. Duration
7h 45m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
£23 - £50
Book at
blablacar.co.uk

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More Questions & Answers

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 Bus 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 380 miles. It takes approximately 6h 50m to drive from London to Edinburgh.

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British Airways offers flights from London City Airport to Edinburgh Airport.

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Book your London to Edinburgh train tickets online with Omio.

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Book your London to Edinburgh bus tickets online with Omio, Distribusion and FlixBus.

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There are 521+ hotels available in Edinburgh. Prices start at £75 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 21 min and costs £1 - £5.

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