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There are 12 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  •  4h 14m

  1. Take the train from London Kings Cross to Edinburgh

£45 - £70

Cheapest option

Rideshare  •  7h 45m

  1. Take the rideshare from London to Edinburgh 379.9 miles

£23 - £50

10 alternative options

Train via Carlisle  •  5h 23m

  1. Take the train from London Euston to Carlisle
  2. Take the train from Carlisle to Edinburgh

£162 - £278

Train via Sheffield  •  6h 30m

  1. Take the train from London St Pancras International to Sheffield
  2. Take the train from Sheffield to Edinburgh

£139 - £212

Bus  •  9h 20m

  1. Take the bus from London Victoria Station to Edinburgh S9

£30 - £60

Drive  •  6h 50m

  1. Drive from London King's Cross to Edinburgh 380.8 miles

£60 - £95

Fly London City to Edinburgh  •  3h 12m

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

£51 - £169

Fly London Heathrow to Edinburgh  •  3h 10m

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

£59 - £183

Fly London Stansted to Edinburgh  •  3h 36m

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

£35 - £117

Fly London Gatwick to Edinburgh  •  3h 29m

  1. Fly from London Gatwick (LGW) to Edinburgh (EDI) LGW - EDI

£45 - £132

Train to London Luton, fly to Edinburgh  •  3h 37m

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

£45 - £127

Fly London City to Glasgow, train  •  4h 37m

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

£76 - £246

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The cheapest way to get from London to Edinburgh is to rideshare which costs £23 - £50 and takes 7h 45m.

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The quickest way to get from London to Edinburgh is to fly which costs £55 - £190 and takes 3h 10m.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from London Victoria Station station and arriving at Edinburgh. Services depart three times a day, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 9h 20m.

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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 14m.

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The distance between London and Edinburgh is 334 miles. The road distance is 380.8 miles.

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The best way to get from London to Edinburgh without a car is to train which takes 4h 14m and costs £45 - £70.

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The train from London Kings Cross to Edinburgh takes 4h 14m including transfers and departs hourly.

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London to Edinburgh bus services, operated by Megabus UK, arrive at London Victoria 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 14m and costs £45 - £70. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs £30 - £60 and takes 9h 20m, you could also fly, which costs £50 - £170 and takes 3h 12m.

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Map of how to get from London to Edinburgh.
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  • Distance: 333.6 miles
  • Duration: 4h 14m

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

LNER operates a train from London King's Cross to Edinburgh hourly. Tickets cost £45 - £70 and the journey takes 4h 14m. Alternatively, Megabus UK operates a bus from London Victoria to Edinburgh 3 times a day. Tickets cost £30 - £60 and the journey takes 9h 20m.

Airlines
British Airways
Website
britishairways.com
Flights from London City to Edinburgh
Ave. Duration
1h 18m
When
Every day
Estimated price
£65 - £300
Flights from London Heathrow to Edinburgh
Ave. Duration
1h 25m
When
Every day
Estimated price
£65 - £260
Flights from London Heathrow to Edinburgh via Dublin
Ave. Duration
3h 40m
When
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
£150 - £700
Flights from London Gatwick to Edinburgh
Ave. Duration
1h 27m
When
Every day
Estimated price
£40 - £190
Flights from London City to Glasgow
Ave. Duration
1h 20m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
£55 - £420
Flights from London City to Glasgow via Dublin
Ave. Duration
3h 35m
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
£55 - £420
easyJet
Website
easyjet.com
Flights from London Stansted to Edinburgh
Ave. Duration
1h 15m
When
Every day
Estimated price
£30 - £140
Flights from London Stansted to Edinburgh via Belfast (Aldergrove)
Ave. Duration
3h 8m
When
Monday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
£30 - £140
Flights from London Gatwick to Edinburgh
Ave. Duration
1h 27m
When
Every day
Estimated price
£40 - £160
Flights from London Gatwick to Edinburgh via Belfast (Aldergrove)
Ave. Duration
3h 43m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
£40 - £160
Flights from London Gatwick to Edinburgh via Amsterdam Schiphol
Ave. Duration
3h 40m
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
£40 - £160
Flights from London Luton to Edinburgh
Ave. Duration
1h 15m
When
Every day
Estimated price
£35 - £140
Flights from London Luton to Edinburgh via Belfast (Aldergrove)
Ave. Duration
2h 57m
When
Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
£35 - £140
Flybe
Website
flybe.com
Flights from London City to Edinburgh
Ave. Duration
1h 35m
When
Every day
Estimated price
£50 - £250
Flights from London City to Edinburgh via Belfast City
Ave. Duration
3h 25m
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
£50 - £250
Flights from London Heathrow to Edinburgh
Ave. Duration
1h 39m
When
Every day
Estimated price
£40 - £240
Ryanair
Website
ryanair.com
Flights from London Stansted to Edinburgh
Ave. Duration
1h 20m
When
Every day
Estimated price
£21 - £140
Flights from London Gatwick to Edinburgh via Dublin
Ave. Duration
3h 30m
When
Every day
Estimated price
£30 - £140
Aer Lingus
Website
aerlingus.com
Flights from London Heathrow to Edinburgh via Dublin
Ave. Duration
3h 40m
When
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
£150 - £700
Train operators
Virgin West Coast Trains
Phone
0344 556 5650
Website
virgintrains.co.uk
Train from London Euston to Carlisle
Ave. Duration
3h 16m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
£130 - £210
Website
virgintrains.co.uk
Advanced Single
£80 - £120
Anytime Day Single
£130 - £210
Train from Carlisle to Edinburgh
Ave. Duration
1h 18m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
£45 - £75
Website
virgintrains.co.uk
Advanced Single
£30 - £45
Anytime Day Single
£45 - £75
TransPennine Express
Phone
+44 345 600 1671
Email
[email protected]
Website
tpexpress.co.uk
Train from Carlisle to Edinburgh
Ave. Duration
1h 21m
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
£30 - £45
Website
tpexpress.co.uk
Advance Single
£13 - £20
Off-Peak Day Single
£22 - £35
Anytime Day Single
£30 - £45
East Midlands Trains
Phone
03457 125 678
Email
[email protected]
Website
eastmidlandstrains.co.uk
Train from London St Pancras International to Sheffield
Ave. Duration
1h 56m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
£55 - £85
Website
eastmidlandstrains.co.uk
Advance Single
£29 - £45
Off-Peak Single
£55 - £90
Anytime Day Single
£55 - £85
Anytime Single
£80 - £120
Train from London St Pancras International to Luton
Ave. Duration
21m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
£11 - £16
Website
eastmidlandstrains.co.uk
Advance Single
£5 - £8
Off-Peak Single
£10 - £17
Anytime Day Single
£11 - £16
Anytime Single
£15 - £22
Thameslink
ScotRail
Phone
+44 344 811 0141
Email
[email protected]
Website
scotrail.co.uk
Train from Glasgow Queen Street to Edinburgh
Ave. Duration
1h 10m
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
Estimated price
£11 - £15
Website
scotrail.co.uk
Advanced Single
£7 - £11
Anytime Day Single
£11 - £15
Bus operators
Other operators
BlaBlaCar

A ridesharing platform with 40 million users, Blablacar gives you access to destinations without worrying about on-the-road chaos. 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 be accepted, and pay your share of the set price.

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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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London to Edinburgh bus services, operated by Megabus UK, arrive at Edinburgh 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 381 miles. It takes approximately 6h 50m to drive from London to Edinburgh.

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Flybe and British Airways offer flights from London City Airport to Edinburgh Airport.

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Book your London to Edinburgh train tickets online with Loco2.

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There are 1809+ hotels available in Edinburgh. Prices start at £51 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 21m and costs £3 - £4.

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