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There are 11 ways to get from Rotterdam to Edinburgh by train, plane, car ferry, bus, car, 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, fly to Edinburgh  •  4 h 25 min

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

$60 - $206

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Bus  •  19 h

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

$55 - $155

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Fly Rotterdam to Edinburgh  •  6 h 5 min

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

$96 - $319

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

  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, fly to Glasgow, train  •  5 h 54 min

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

$85 - $257

Train to Amsterdam, fly to Newcastle, train  •  5 h 56 min

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

$89 - $349

Train  •  10 h 38 min

  1. Take the train from Rotterdam Centraal to Paris-Nord
  2. Take the train from Paris Nord Eurostar to London St. Pancras International Est
  3. Take the train from London Kings Cross to Edinburgh

$258 - $485

Car ferry, train  •  18 h 16 min

  1. Take the car ferry from Rotterdam to Hull
  2. Take the train from Hull to York
  3. Take the train from York to Edinburgh

$199 - $457

Drive, car ferry  •  19 h 41 min

  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

$64 - $248

Night bus, bus  •  20 h 22 min

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

$87 - $158

Drive, Eurotunnel  •  11 h 14 min

  1. Drive from Rotterdam to Calais
  2. Take the Eurotunnel from Calais 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 bus which costs 45€ - 140€ and takes 19 h.

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

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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 19 h.

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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 Paris Nord Eurostar and London Kings Cross. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 10 h 38 min.

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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 10 h 38 min and costs 220€ - 430€.

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It takes approximately 4 h 25 min 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 6 h 5 min and costs 80€ - 280€. Alternatively, you can train, which costs 220€ - 430€ and takes 10 h 38 min, you could also bus, which costs 45€ - 140€ and takes 19 h.

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

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

British Airways, Aer Lingus and three other airlines fly from Rotterdam to Edinburgh every 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train from Rotterdam to Edinburgh via Paris-Nord, Paris Nord Eurostar, London St. Pancras International, and London Kings Cross in around 10 h 38 min.

Airlines
British Airways
Website
britishairways.com
Flights from Amsterdam to Edinburgh via London City
Ave. Duration
3 h 22 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$90 - $370
Flights from Rotterdam to Edinburgh via London City
Ave. Duration
3 h 52 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$180 - $340
Flights from Rotterdam to Edinburgh via London City, Dublin
Ave. Duration
6 h 20 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$180 - $340
Flights from Brussels to Edinburgh via London Heathrow
Ave. Duration
3 h 51 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $440
Flights from Brussels to Edinburgh via Dublin
Ave. Duration
3 h 50 min
When
Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$170 - $800
Flights from Amsterdam to Glasgow via London City
Ave. Duration
3 h 35 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$85 - $380
Flights from Amsterdam to Glasgow via Dublin
Ave. Duration
3 h 45 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $750
KLM
Website
klm.com
Flights from Amsterdam to Edinburgh
Ave. Duration
1 h 28 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $400
Flights from Brussels to Edinburgh via Amsterdam
Ave. Duration
3 h 20 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $550
Flights from Amsterdam to Glasgow
Ave. Duration
1 h 32 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $480
Flights from Amsterdam to Newcastle
Ave. Duration
1 h 16 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $490
easyJet
Website
easyjet.com
Flights from Amsterdam to Edinburgh
Ave. Duration
1 h 33 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$60 - $270
Flights from Amsterdam to Edinburgh via London Luton
Ave. Duration
3 h 15 min
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$60 - $270
Flights from Amsterdam to Edinburgh via London Stansted
Ave. Duration
3 h 17 min
When
Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$60 - $270
Flights from Amsterdam to Glasgow
Ave. Duration
1 h 35 min
When
Monday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$70 - $340
Flights from Amsterdam to Glasgow via Belfast (Aldergrove)
Ave. Duration
3 h 20 min
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$70 - $340
Flights from Amsterdam to Glasgow via London Luton
Ave. Duration
3 h 36 min
When
Monday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$70 - $340
Flights from Amsterdam to Glasgow via Bristol
Ave. Duration
3 h 40 min
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$70 - $340
Flybe
Website
flybe.com
Flights from Amsterdam to Edinburgh via Birmingham
Ave. Duration
3 h 30 min
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$80 - $340
Flights from Amsterdam to Glasgow via Birmingham
Ave. Duration
3 h 30 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$85 - $400
Flights from Amsterdam to Glasgow via Southampton
Ave. Duration
3 h 40 min
When
Monday and Tuesday
Estimated price
$85 - $400
Brussels Airlines
Website
brusselsairlines.com
Flights from Brussels to Edinburgh
Ave. Duration
1 h 40 min
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
3 h 50 min
When
Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$170 - $800
Flights from Amsterdam to Glasgow via Dublin
Ave. Duration
3 h 45 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $750
Ryanair
Website
ryanair.com
Flights from Brussels to Edinburgh via Dublin
Ave. Duration
4 h 20 min
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
24 min
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
$11 - $20
Website
ns.nl
Book at
eurail.com
Train from Rotterdam Centraal to Brussels Airport - Zaventem
Ave. Duration
1 h 39 min
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
1 h 12 min
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
1 h 25 min
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
4 h 14 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$60 - $90
Website
lner.co.uk
2nd Class
$60 - $90
1st Class
$110 - $170
Train from York to Edinburgh
Ave. Duration
2 h 23 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$35 - $55
Website
lner.co.uk
2nd Class
$35 - $55
1st Class
$65 - $100
CrossCountry
Phone
0344 736 9123
Email
customer.relations@crosscountrytrains.co.uk
Website
crosscountrytrains.co.uk
Train from Newcastle to Edinburgh
Ave. Duration
1 h 28 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$60 - $95
Website
crosscountrytrains.co.uk
Advanced Single
$40 - $60
Anytime Single
$60 - $95
Off-Peak Single
$55 - $85
Train from York to Edinburgh
Ave. Duration
2 h 34 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$85 - $130
Website
crosscountrytrains.co.uk
Advanced Single
$50 - $80
Anytime Single
$85 - $130
Off-Peak Single
$85 - $130
Thalys
Website
thalys.com
Train from Rotterdam Centraal to Paris-Nord
Ave. Duration
2 h 37 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$120 - $160
Website
thalys.com
2nd Class
$120 - $160
1st Class
$160 - $230
Eurostar
Eurotunnel
Phone
+44 (0) 8443 35 35 35
Website
eurotunnel.com
Car train from Calais to Folkestone
Ave. Duration
25 min
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
8 h 30 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$24 - $35
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
10 h
Frequency
6 times a week
Estimated price
$35 - $65
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Night bus from Rotterdam, Rotterdam CS to London
Ave. Duration
9 h 55 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$45 - $80
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
9 h 30 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$30 - $45
Website
nationalexpress.com
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
9 h 20 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$40 - $90
Book at
uk.megabus.com
Bus from London Victoria Station to Edinburgh
Ave. Duration
9 h 20 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$40 - $80
Book at
uk.megabus.com
Ferry operators
P&O Ferries
Phone
01304 448866.
Website
poferries.com
Car ferry from Rotterdam to Hull
Ave. Duration
11 h 45 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$120 - $270
Schedules at
poferries.com
Book at
directferries.co.uk
Passenger & Bed Saver
$196
Passenger & Bed Flexi
$261
Standard Car
$131
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
16 h 30 min
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 Airport to Edinburgh Airport is the direct flight which takes 1 h 25 min.

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

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Edinburgh is 1 h behind Rotterdam. It is currently 5:48 AM in Rotterdam and 4:48 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 Airport to Edinburgh Airport.

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There are 2233+ hotels available in Edinburgh. Prices start at $84 USD per night.

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

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