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There are 10 ways to get from Rotterdam to Edinburgh by train, plane, bus, car, car ferry, night bus or car train

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 to Amsterdam Schiphol, fly to Edinburgh  •  4h 25m

  1. Take the train from Rotterdam Centraal to Schiphol Airport
  2. Fly from Amsterdam Schiphol (AMS) to Edinburgh (EDI) AMS - EDI

$60 - $206

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Bus  •  20h

  1. Take the bus from Rotterdam to London Ouibus / ...
  2. Take the bus from London Victoria Coach Station to Edinburgh National Express / ...

$58 - $132

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Fly Rotterdam to Edinburgh  •  6h 10m

  1. Fly from Rotterdam (RTM) to Edinburgh (EDI) RTM - EDI

$96 - $319

Train to Brussels, fly to Edinburgh  •  5h 55m

  1. Take the train from Rotterdam Centraal to Brussels Airport - Zaventem
  2. Fly from Brussels (BRU) to Edinburgh (EDI) BRU - EDI

$83 - $290

Train to Amsterdam Schiphol, fly to Glasgow, train  •  5h 51m

  1. Take the train from Rotterdam Centraal to Schiphol Airport
  2. Fly from Amsterdam Schiphol (AMS) to Glasgow (GLA) AMS - GLA
  3. Take the train from Glasgow Queen Street to Edinburgh

$85 - $257

Train to Amsterdam Schiphol, fly to Newcastle, train  •  5h 59m

  1. Take the train from Rotterdam Centraal to Schiphol Airport
  2. Fly from Amsterdam Schiphol (AMS) to Newcastle (NCL) AMS - NCL
  3. Take the train from Newcastle to Edinburgh

$89 - $349

Train  •  9h 8m

  1. Take the train from Rotterdam Centraal to Brussel-Zuid/Midi
  2. Take the train from Brussel-Zuid/Midi to London St. Pancras International
  3. Take the train from London Kings Cross to Edinburgh

$168 - $352

Drive, car ferry  •  19h 43m

  1. Drive from Rotterdam to IJmuiden
  2. Take the car ferry from IJmuiden to Newcastle upon Tyne
  3. Drive from Newcastle upon Tyne to Edinburgh

$65 - $248

Night bus, bus  •  20h 22m

  1. Take the night bus from Rotterdam, Rotterdam CS to London N814
  2. Take the bus from London Victoria Station to Edinburgh S9

$72 - $133

Drive, Eurotunnel  •  11h 13m

  1. Drive from Rotterdam to Calais-Fréthun
  2. Take the Eurotunnel from Calais-Fréthun to Folkestone
  3. Drive from Folkestone to Edinburgh

$305 - $375

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The cheapest way to get from Rotterdam to Edinburgh is to train and fly which costs 50€ - 180€ and takes 4h 25m.

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The quickest way to get from Rotterdam to Edinburgh is to train and fly which costs 50€ - 180€ and takes 4h 25m.

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No, there is no direct bus from Rotterdam to Edinburgh. However, there are services departing from Rotterdam and arriving at Edinburgh via London Victoria Coach Station. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 20h.

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No, there is no direct train from Rotterdam to Edinburgh. However, there are services departing from Rotterdam Centraal and arriving at Edinburgh via Brussel-Zuid/Midi and London Kings Cross. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 9h 8m.

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The distance between Rotterdam and Edinburgh is 673 km.

The best way to get from Rotterdam to Edinburgh without a car is to train which takes 9h 8m and costs 140€ - 310€.

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It takes approximately 4h 25m to get from Rotterdam to Edinburgh, including transfers.

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Rotterdam to Edinburgh bus services, operated by Ouibus, depart from Rotterdam station.

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Rotterdam to Edinburgh train services, operated by Thalys, depart from Rotterdam Centraal station.

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The best way to get from Rotterdam to Edinburgh is to fly which takes 6h 10m and costs 80€ - 280€. Alternatively, you can train, which costs 140€ - 310€ and takes 9h 8m, you could also bus, which costs 50€ - 120€ and takes 20h.

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Map of how to get from Rotterdam to Edinburgh.
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  • Distance: 420.3 miles
  • Duration: 4h 25m

What companies run services between Rotterdam, Netherlands and Edinburgh, Scotland?

British Airways, Aer Lingus and two other airlines fly from Rotterdam to Edinburgh every 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train from Rotterdam to Edinburgh via Brussel-Zuid/Midi, London St. Pancras International, and London Kings Cross in around 9h 8m.

Airlines
British Airways
Website
britishairways.com
Flights from Amsterdam Schiphol to Edinburgh via London City
Ave. Duration
3h 20m
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$90 - $370
Flights from Rotterdam to Edinburgh via London City
Ave. Duration
3h 40m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$180 - $340
Flights from Rotterdam to Edinburgh via London City, Dublin
Ave. Duration
6h 35m
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$180 - $340
Flights from Brussels to Edinburgh via London Heathrow
Ave. Duration
3h 51m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $440
Flights from Brussels to Edinburgh via Dublin
Ave. Duration
3h 50m
When
Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$170 - $800
Flights from Amsterdam Schiphol to Glasgow via London City
Ave. Duration
3h 35m
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$85 - $380
Flights from Amsterdam Schiphol to Glasgow via Dublin
Ave. Duration
3h 45m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $750
KLM
Website
klm.com
Flights from Amsterdam Schiphol to Edinburgh
Ave. Duration
1h 28m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $400
Flights from Brussels to Edinburgh via Amsterdam Schiphol
Ave. Duration
3h 20m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $550
Flights from Amsterdam Schiphol to Glasgow
Ave. Duration
1h 32m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $480
Flights from Amsterdam Schiphol to Newcastle
Ave. Duration
1h 16m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $490
easyJet
Website
easyjet.com
Flights from Amsterdam Schiphol to Edinburgh
Ave. Duration
1h 33m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$60 - $270
Flights from Amsterdam Schiphol to Edinburgh via London Stansted
Ave. Duration
3h 17m
When
Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$60 - $270
Flights from Amsterdam Schiphol to Edinburgh via London Luton
Ave. Duration
3h 15m
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$60 - $270
Flights from Amsterdam Schiphol to Edinburgh via London Gatwick
Ave. Duration
3h 30m
When
Monday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$60 - $270
Flights from Amsterdam Schiphol to Glasgow
Ave. Duration
1h 35m
When
Monday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$70 - $340
Flights from Amsterdam Schiphol to Glasgow via Belfast (Aldergrove)
Ave. Duration
3h 20m
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$70 - $340
Flights from Amsterdam Schiphol to Glasgow via London Luton
Ave. Duration
3h 32m
When
Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$70 - $340
Flights from Amsterdam Schiphol to Glasgow via Bristol
Ave. Duration
3h 40m
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$70 - $340
Flights from Amsterdam Schiphol to Glasgow via London Stansted
Ave. Duration
3h 50m
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$70 - $340
Flybe
Website
flybe.com
Flights from Amsterdam Schiphol to Edinburgh via Birmingham
Ave. Duration
3h 30m
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$80 - $340
Flights from Amsterdam Schiphol to Glasgow via Birmingham
Ave. Duration
3h 30m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday
Estimated price
$85 - $400
Flights from Amsterdam Schiphol to Glasgow via Southampton
Ave. Duration
3h 40m
When
Monday and Tuesday
Estimated price
$85 - $400
Brussels Airlines
Website
brusselsairlines.com
Flights from Brussels to Edinburgh
Ave. Duration
1h 40m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$120 - $650
Aer Lingus
Website
aerlingus.com
Flights from Brussels to Edinburgh via Dublin
Ave. Duration
3h 50m
When
Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$170 - $800
Flights from Amsterdam Schiphol to Glasgow via Dublin
Ave. Duration
3h 45m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $750
Ryanair
Website
ryanair.com
Flights from Brussels to Edinburgh via Dublin
Ave. Duration
4h 20m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$40 - $170
Train operators
Dutch Railways (NS)

Dutch Railways (NS) is the main passenger railway operator in the Netherlands. Founded in 1938, NS connects all major cities in the Netherlands, and offers night trains, international trains, Intercity direct, and trains to and from the airport. NS International is the international subsidiary of NS; their services include high-speed trains such as Thalys, ICE International, Eurostar and TGV, to major European hubs including Paris, London, Brussels, Berlin, Cologne, Frankfurt and Lille.

Contact Details
Phone
+31 30 751 5155
Website
ns.nl
Train from Rotterdam Centraal to Schiphol Airport
Ave. Duration
24m
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
$11 - $20
Website
ns.nl
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Train from Rotterdam Centraal to Brussels Airport - Zaventem
Ave. Duration
1h 39m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$19 - $35
Website
ns.nl
Book at
eurail.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
LNER
Website
lner.co.uk
Train from Newcastle to Edinburgh
Ave. Duration
1h 25m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$25 - $40
Website
lner.co.uk
2nd Class
$25 - $40
1st Class
$45 - $70
Train from London Kings Cross to Edinburgh
Ave. Duration
4h 14m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$60 - $90
Website
lner.co.uk
2nd Class
$60 - $90
1st Class
$110 - $170
TransPennine Express
Phone
+44 345 600 1671
Email
tpecustomer.relations@firstgroup.com
Website
tpexpress.co.uk
Train from Newcastle to Edinburgh
Ave. Duration
1h 31m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$50 - $70
Website
tpexpress.co.uk
Advance Single
$21 - $30
Off-Peak Day Single
$30 - $50
Anytime Day Single
$50 - $70
Thalys
Phone
+32 70 66 77 88
Website
thalys.com
Train from Rotterdam Centraal to Brussel-Zuid/Midi
Ave. Duration
1h 10m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$40 - $65
Website
Thalys
2nd Class
$40 - $65
1st Class
$65 - $85
Eurostar
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Contact Details
Phone
+44 343 218 6186
Website
eurostar.com
Train from Brussel-Zuid/Midi to London St. Pancras International
Ave. Duration
2h 1m
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$65 - $200
Website
eurostar.com
Standard
$65 - $200
Premier
$150 - $230
Eurotunnel
Phone
+44 (0) 8443 35 35 35
Website
eurotunnel.com
Car train from Calais-Fréthun to Folkestone
Ave. Duration
25m
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$171
Website
eurotunnel.com
Bus operators
Ouibus

As the bus subsidiary of French railway SNCF, Ouibus offers comfortable, eco-friendly coaches serving 35 French cities and 11 European cities at affordable fares. Ouibus journeys are safe and comfortable, with the four-star coaches offering power outlets, restrooms and WiFi. All Ouibus stations are located close to town centres for easy access to public transport. Getting on one of the 130 daily journeys is easy - electronic travel documents include your ticket and a personalised mini-guide with handy information.

Contact Details
Phone
0890715298
Website
ouibus.com
Bus from Rotterdam to London
Ave. Duration
9h 30m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$18 - $25
Website
Ouibus
FlixBus

One of Europe’s leading bus companies, Flixbus serves over 1400 destinations, in 26 countries including Germany, France, Italy, Austria, the Netherlands, Croatia, Spain, and across Scandinavia and central and eastern Europe. Founded in 2012, Flixbus’ extensive network connects cities with approximately 200,000 trips, with buses often departing every 30 minutes. One of the most affordable ways to get around Europe (and expanding soon into the US), a Flixbus journey is cost-effective, well-connected, comfortable and safe.

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Contact Details
Phone
+49 1807 123 99 123
Email
info@flixbus.de
Website
flixbus.de
Bus from Rotterdam, Rotterdam CS to London
Ave. Duration
10h
Frequency
6 times a week
Estimated price
$28 - $50
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Night bus from Rotterdam, Rotterdam CS to London
Ave. Duration
9h 55m
Frequency
6 times a week
Estimated price
$30 - $55
Website
flixbus.co.uk
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
$60 - $85
Website
National Express
Megabus UK
Phone
0871 266 3333
Email
enquiries@megabus.com
Website
uk.megabus.com
Bus from Belgravia, Victoria Coach Station to Edinburgh, Bus Station
Ave. Duration
9h 20m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$40 - $85
Website
Megabus UK
Bus from London Victoria Station to Edinburgh
Ave. Duration
9h 20m
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$40 - $80
Website
Megabus UK
Ferry operators
DFDS Seaways
Phone
+45 33 42 30 10
Email
incoming@dfdsseaways.dk​​
Website
dfdsseaways.co.uk
Car ferry from IJmuiden to Newcastle upon Tyne
Ave. Duration
16h 30m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$26 - $190
Book at
dfds.co.uk
Reclining seat
$26 - $35
Reclining Seat
$40
Bed in a 4 berth inside shared cabin
$61
2-bed inside cabin
$110 - $160

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The quickest flight from Amsterdam Schiphol Airport to Edinburgh Airport is the direct flight which takes 1h 25m.

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Rotterdam to Edinburgh bus services, operated by National Express, arrive at Edinburgh station.

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Edinburgh is 1h behind Rotterdam. It is currently 10:52 AM in Rotterdam and 9:52 AM in Edinburgh.

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

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Flybe, KLM, British Airways and easyJet offer flights from Amsterdam Schiphol Airport to Edinburgh Airport.

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There are 2507+ hotels available in Edinburgh. Prices start at $65 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Rotterdam to Rotterdam Airport is to line 33 bus which takes 19m and costs 2€.

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