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There are 10 ways to get from London to Edinburgh by train, bus, rideshare, car or plane

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Train  •  4h 20m

  1. Take the train from London Kings Cross to Edinburgh

£50 - £500

Cheapest option

Bus  •  10h 45m

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

£15 - £20

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Rideshare  •  7h 45m

  1. Take the rideshare from London to Edinburgh 380 miles

£23 - £50

Drive  •  6h 50m

  1. Drive from London King's Cross to Edinburgh 380.2 miles

£65 - £100

Fly London City to Edinburgh  •  3h 14m

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

£62 - £221

Fly London Heathrow to Edinburgh  •  3h 12m

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

£40 - £218

Train to London Gatwick, fly to Edinburgh  •  3h 38m

  1. Take the train from London Victoria to Gatwick Airport
  2. Fly from London Gatwick (LGW) to Edinburgh (EDI) LGW - EDI

£40 - £118

Fly London Stansted to Edinburgh  •  3h 40m

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

£41 - £133

Train to London Luton, fly to Edinburgh  •  3h 49m

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

£45 - £126

Fly London City to Glasgow, train  •  4h 17m

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

£80 - £298

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The cheapest way to get from London to Edinburgh is to bus which costs £15 - £20 and takes 10h 45m.

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The quickest way to get from London to Edinburgh is to fly which costs £40 - £220 and takes 3h 12m.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from London Victoria Coach Station station and arriving at Edinburgh. Services depart twice daily, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 10h 45m.

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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 20m.

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The distance between London and Edinburgh is 334 miles. The road distance is 380.2 miles.

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The best way to get from London to Edinburgh without a car is to train which takes 4h 20m and costs £50 - £500.

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The train from London Kings Cross to Edinburgh takes 4h 20m including transfers and departs hourly.

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London to Edinburgh bus services, operated by National Express, depart from London Victoria Coach 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 20m and costs £50 - £500. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs £15 - £20 and takes 10h 45m, you could also fly, which costs £60 - £230 and takes 3h 14m.

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Map of how to get from London to Edinburgh.
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  • Distance: 333.6 miles
  • Duration: 4h 20m

What companies run services between 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. Avanti West Coast also services this route 5 times a day. Alternatively, National Express operates a bus from London Victoria Coach Station to Edinburgh twice daily. Tickets cost £15 - £20 and the journey takes 10h 45m.

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
£65 - £340
Flights from London Heathrow to Edinburgh
Ave. Duration
1h 25m
When
Every day
Estimated price
£35 - £300
Flights from London Heathrow to Edinburgh via Dublin
Ave. Duration
3h 30m
When
Every day
Estimated price
£140 - £460
Flights from London Gatwick to Edinburgh
Ave. Duration
1h 35m
When
Sunday
Estimated price
£55 - £950
Flights from London City to Glasgow
Ave. Duration
1h 17m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
£65 - £360
easyJet
Website
easyjet.com
Flights from London Gatwick to Edinburgh
Ave. Duration
1h 30m
When
Every day
Estimated price
£45 - £180
Flights from London Gatwick to Edinburgh via Belfast (Aldergrove)
Ave. Duration
3h 10m
When
Sunday
Estimated price
£45 - £180
Flights from London Stansted to Edinburgh
Ave. Duration
1h 15m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
£35 - £160
Flights from London Stansted to Edinburgh via Belfast (Aldergrove)
Ave. Duration
3h 10m
When
Tuesday
Estimated price
£35 - £160
Flights from London Luton to Edinburgh
Ave. Duration
1h 15m
When
Every day
Estimated price
£35 - £170
Flights from London Luton to Edinburgh via Belfast (Aldergrove)
Ave. Duration
3h 12m
When
Monday and Friday
Estimated price
£35 - £170
Ryanair
Website
ryanair.com
Flights from London Gatwick to Edinburgh via Dublin
Ave. Duration
3h 36m
When
Monday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
£30 - £130
Aer Lingus
Website
aerlingus.com
Flights from London Heathrow to Edinburgh via Dublin
Ave. Duration
3h 30m
When
Every day
Estimated price
£140 - £460
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
Thameslink
Phone
0345 026 4700
Website
thameslinkrailway.com
Train from London St Pancras International LL to Luton
Ave. Duration
35 min
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
£14 - £17
Website
Thameslink
Anytime
£14 - £17
East Midlands Railways
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
49 min
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
Estimated price
£10 - £30
Website
scotrail.co.uk
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
10h 45m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
£15 - £20
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.

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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 National Express, 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 380 miles. It takes approximately 6h 50m to drive from London to Edinburgh.

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

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There are 3900+ hotels available in Edinburgh. Prices start at £75 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 21 min and costs £1 - £5.

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