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There are 11 ways to get from Waterloo Station to Edinburgh by train, bus, rideshare, car, subway or plane

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Train via Pentonville, King's Cross Stn York Way  •  5h 18m

  1. Take the train from London Kings Cross to Edinburgh

£52 - £392

Cheapest option

Bus  •  10h 30m

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

£16 - £42

9 alternative options

Train  •  6h 48m

  1. Take the train from London Euston to Edinburgh

£152 - £552

Rideshare  •  8h

  1. Take the rideshare from London to Edinburgh 380 miles

£23 - £50

Drive  •  6h 55m

  1. Drive from Waterloo Station to Edinburgh 381.8 miles

£55 - £85

Subway to London City, fly to Edinburgh  •  3h 16m

  1. Take the subway from Waterloo station to Canning Town station
  2. Fly from London City (LCY) to Edinburgh (EDI) LCY - EDI

£60 - £274

Subway to London Heathrow, fly to Edinburgh  •  3h 40m

  1. Take the subway from Waterloo station to Paddington station
  2. Fly from London Heathrow (LHR) to Edinburgh (EDI) LHR - EDI

£47 - £224

Train to London Gatwick, fly to Edinburgh  •  3h 45m

  1. Take the train from London Waterloo to Clapham Junction
  2. Fly from London Gatwick (LGW) to Edinburgh (EDI) LGW - EDI

£41 - £161

Train to London Luton, fly to Edinburgh  •  4h

  1. Take the train from West Hampstead Thameslink to Luton
  2. Fly from London Luton (LTN) to Edinburgh (EDI) LTN - EDI

£45 - £211

Subway to London Stansted, fly to Edinburgh  •  4h 12m

  1. Take the subway from Green Park station to Tottenham Hale station
  2. Fly from London Stansted (STN) to Edinburgh (EDI) STN - EDI

£33 - £144

Fly London City to Glasgow, train  •  5h 4m

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

£75 - £344

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The cheapest way to get from Waterloo Station to Edinburgh is to bus which costs £15 - £45 and takes 10h 30m.

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The quickest way to get from Waterloo Station to Edinburgh is to subway and fly which costs £55 - £280 and takes 3h 16m.

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No, there is no direct bus from Waterloo Station station to Edinburgh. However, there are services departing from Waterloo StationUpper Taxi Rd and arriving at Edinburgh via London Victoria Coach Station. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 10h 30m.

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No, there is no direct train from Waterloo Station station to Edinburgh. However, there are services departing from Waterloo station and arriving at Edinburgh via London Euston. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 6h 48m.

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The distance between Waterloo Station and Edinburgh is 334 miles. The road distance is 381.8 miles.

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The best way to get from Waterloo Station to Edinburgh without a car is to train via Pentonville, King's Cross Stn York Way which takes 5h 18m and costs £50 - £400.

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It takes approximately 5h 18m to get from Waterloo Station to Edinburgh, including transfers.

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Waterloo Station to Edinburgh bus services, operated by National Express, depart from London Victoria Coach Station.

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Waterloo Station to Edinburgh train services, operated by Avanti West Coast, depart from London Euston station.

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The best way to get from Waterloo Station to Edinburgh is to train via Pentonville, King's Cross Stn York Way which takes 5h 18m and costs £50 - £400. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs £15 - £45 and takes 10h 30m.

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Map of how to get from Waterloo Station to Edinburgh.
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  • Distance: 334.1 miles
  • Duration: 5h 18m

What companies run services between Waterloo Station, Greater 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. Alternatively, National Express operates a bus from London Victoria Coach Station to Edinburgh twice daily. Tickets cost £14 - £18 and the journey takes 9h 10m. Megabus UK also services this route once daily.

Airlines
British Airways
Website
britishairways.com
Flights from London City to Edinburgh
Ave. Duration
1h 16m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
£60 - £370
Flights from London Heathrow to Edinburgh
Ave. Duration
1h 26m
When
Every day
Estimated price
£45 - £260
Flights from London Heathrow to Edinburgh via Dublin
Ave. Duration
3h 32m
When
Every day
Estimated price
£130 - £550
Flights from London City to Glasgow
Ave. Duration
1h 19m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
£55 - £380
easyJet
Website
easyjet.com
Flights from London Gatwick to Edinburgh
Ave. Duration
1h 29m
When
Every day
Estimated price
£40 - £200
Flights from London Gatwick to Edinburgh via Belfast (Aldergrove)
Ave. Duration
3h 15m
When
Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
£40 - £200
Flights from London Luton to Edinburgh
Ave. Duration
1h 17m
When
Every day
Estimated price
£27 - £160
Flights from London Luton to Edinburgh via Belfast (Aldergrove)
Ave. Duration
3h 12m
When
Wednesday and Sunday
Estimated price
£27 - £160
Flights from London Stansted to Edinburgh
Ave. Duration
1h 17m
When
Every day
Estimated price
£35 - £160
Aer Lingus
Website
aerlingus.com
Flights from London Heathrow to Edinburgh via Dublin
Ave. Duration
3h 32m
When
Every day
Estimated price
£130 - £550
Flights from London Heathrow to Edinburgh via Belfast City
Ave. Duration
3h 25m
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
£45 - £260
Ryanair
Website
ryanair.com
Flights from London Gatwick to Edinburgh via Dublin
Ave. Duration
3h 50m
When
Every day
Estimated price
£30 - £200
Flights from London Stansted to Edinburgh via Dublin
Ave. Duration
3h 20m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
£16 - £150
Loganair
Website
loganair.co.uk
Flights from London Heathrow to Edinburgh via Isle Of Man
Ave. Duration
3h 5m
When
Monday and Wednesday
Estimated price
£130 - £410
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
London Underground (Tube)

Comprised of 11 lines and 270 stations, the London Underground (known to locals as the Tube) is the most popular way to navigate the English capital, including to/from Heathrow Airport via the Piccadilly Line. Purchase an Oyster card (an electronic smartcard that you use to touch on and off at Tube stations) at any station for the cheapest fares. Most stations have WiFi, but not all trains and stations are air-conditioned. On weekends, a 24-hour service runs on selected lines.

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Contact Details
Phone
0343 222 1234
Website
tfl.gov.uk
Subway from Waterloo station to Canning Town station
Ave. Duration
14 min
Frequency
Every 5 minutes
Estimated price
£2 - £3
Website
London Underground (Tube)
Subway from Waterloo station to Paddington station
Ave. Duration
14 min
Frequency
Every 5 minutes
Estimated price
£2 - £3
Website
London Underground (Tube)
Subway from Green Park station to Tottenham Hale station
Ave. Duration
18 min
Frequency
Every 5 minutes
Estimated price
£1
Website
London Underground (Tube)
Thameslink
Phone
0345 026 4700
Website
thameslinkrailway.com
Train from West Hampstead Thameslink to Luton
Ave. Duration
27 min
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
Estimated price
£12 - £16
Website
Thameslink
Anytime
£12 - £16
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 30 minutes
Estimated price
£10 - £30
Website
First ScotRail Service
Anytime Day Single
£10 - £15
Anytime Day Single 1st Class
£23 - £30
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 10m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
£14 - £18
Website
National Express
Other operators
BlaBlaCar

Blablacar is a popular ridesharing platform with 70 million users over 22 (mostly European) countries. 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 to 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
£23 - £50
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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Waterloo Station to Edinburgh bus services, operated by National Express, arrive at Edinburgh station.

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Waterloo Station to Edinburgh train services, operated by Avanti West Coast, arrive at Edinburgh station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Waterloo Station to Edinburgh is 382 miles. It takes approximately 6h 55m to drive from Waterloo Station to Edinburgh.

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

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There are 818+ hotels available in Edinburgh. Prices start at £75 per night.

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

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