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There are 5 ways to get from York to Edinburgh by train, bus, night train, car or plane

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Train  •  2h 25m

  1. Take the train from York to Edinburgh

£26 - £250

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Train, bus  •  5h 46m

  1. Take the train from York to Darlington
  2. Take the bus from Darlington to Edinburgh National Express

£13 - £124

3 alternative options

Night train  •  3h 10m

  1. Take the night train from York to Edinburgh

£41 - £45

Drive  •  3h 42m

  1. Drive from York to Edinburgh 186.1 miles

£28 - £45

Fly  •  4h 30m

  1. Fly from Leeds Bradford (LBA) to Edinburgh (EDI) LBA - EDI

£104 - £203

York to Edinburgh by train

The train journey time between York and Edinburgh is around 2h 32m and covers a distance of around 204 miles. The fastest train normally takes 2h 23m. Services are operated by LNER, CrossCountry and TransPennine Express Service. Typically 289 trains run weekly, although weekend and holiday schedules can vary so check in advance.

Train route overview

Average train time:
2h 32m
Fastest train time:
2h 23m
Trains per week:
289
Cheapest price:
£26
Carbon emissions:
17 kg CO2

First and last trains

First train departs at:
06:27
Last train departs at:
21:34

The schedules shown below are for the next available departures.

York to Edinburgh train schedules

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The cheapest way to get from York to Edinburgh is to drive which costs £28 - £45 and takes 3h 42m.

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The quickest way to get from York to Edinburgh is to train which costs £26 - £250 and takes 2h 25m.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from York and arriving at Edinburgh. Services depart hourly, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 2h 25m.

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The distance between York and Edinburgh is 162 miles. The road distance is 186.1 miles.

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The best way to get from York to Edinburgh without a car is to train which takes 2h 25m and costs £26 - £250.

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The train from York to Edinburgh takes 2h 25m including transfers and departs hourly.

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York to Edinburgh train services, operated by LNER, depart from York station.

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The best way to get from York to Edinburgh is to train which takes 2h 25m and costs £26 - £250. Alternatively, you can fly, which costs £100 - £210 and takes 4h 30m.

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There is no direct flight from Leeds Bradford Airport to Edinburgh Airport. The quickest flight takes 3h 10m and has one stopover.

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

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Map of how to get from York to Edinburgh.
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  • Distance: 162.2 miles
  • Duration: 2h 25m

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

LNER operates a train from York to Edinburgh hourly. Tickets cost £26 - £220 and the journey takes 2h 25m. Two other operators also service this route. Alternatively, Ryanair, Aer Lingus and five other airlines fly from York to Edinburgh every 2 hours.

Airlines
Jet2.com
Website
jet2.com
Flights from Leeds Bradford to Edinburgh via Reus
Ave. Duration
6h 15m
When
Monday, Wednesday and Friday
Estimated price
£120 - £550
Flights from Leeds Bradford to Edinburgh via Verona
Ave. Duration
6h 40m
When
Wednesday
Estimated price
£110 - £550
Flights from Leeds Bradford to Edinburgh via Palma Mallorca
Ave. Duration
6h 45m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
£130 - £600
Flights from Leeds Bradford to Edinburgh via Malaga
Ave. Duration
7h 20m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday
Estimated price
£150 - £650
Aer Lingus
Website
aerlingus.com
Flights from Leeds Bradford to Edinburgh via Belfast City
Ave. Duration
3h 15m
When
Monday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
£90 - £400
Flights from Leeds Bradford to Edinburgh via Dublin
Ave. Duration
5h 7m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
£90 - £400
KLM
Website
klm.com
Flights from Leeds Bradford to Edinburgh via Amsterdam Schiphol
Ave. Duration
4h 55m
When
Every day
Estimated price
£120 - £550
Ryanair
Website
ryanair.com
Flights from Leeds Bradford to Edinburgh via Dublin
Ave. Duration
5h 5m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
£29 - £110
Train operators
LNER
Website
lner.co.uk
Train from York to Edinburgh
Ave. Duration
2h 25m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
£26 - £220
Website
lner.co.uk
Advance Single
£26 - £40
Anytime Day Single
£95 - £140
Anytime Day Single 1st Class
£150 - £220
Train from York to Darlington
Ave. Duration
27 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
£5 - £80
Website
lner.co.uk
Advance Single
£5 - £8
Anytime Day Single
£30 - £50
Anytime Day Single 1st Class
£50 - £80
CrossCountry
Phone
0344 736 9123
Email
customer.relations@crosscountrytrains.co.uk
Website
crosscountrytrains.co.uk
Train from York to Edinburgh
Ave. Duration
2h 33m
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
£90 - £250
Website
crosscountrytrains.co.uk
Anytime Day
£90 - £110
Anytime Day 1st Class
£170 - £250
Train from York to Darlington
Ave. Duration
26 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
£30 - £120
Website
crosscountrytrains.co.uk
Anytime Day
£30 - £40
Anytime Day 1st Class
£80 - £120
TransPennine Express Service
Phone
+44 345 600 1671
Email
tpecustomer.relations@firstgroup.com
Website
tpexpress.co.uk
Train from York to Edinburgh
Ave. Duration
2h 27m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
£60 - £95
Website
TransPennine Express Service
Advance Single
£23 - £35
Off-Peak Day Single
£45 - £70
Anytime Day Single
£60 - £95
Train from York to Darlington
Ave. Duration
30 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
£18 - £28
Website
TransPennine Express Service
Advance Single
£9 - £14
Off-Peak Day Single
£13 - £20
Anytime Day Single
£18 - £28
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 Darlington to Edinburgh
Ave. Duration
4h 10m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
£7 - £10
Website
National Express

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Yes, the driving distance between York to Edinburgh is 186 miles. It takes approximately 3h 42m to drive from York to Edinburgh.

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Ryanair, Aer Lingus, KLM and Jet2.com offer flights from Leeds Bradford Airport to Edinburgh Airport.

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The best way to get from York to Leeds Bradford Airport is to taxi which takes 41 min and costs £70 - £90.

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