Edinburgh Waverley

Edinburgh, (United Kingdom)

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About the station

This guide to taking trains from and to Edinburgh Waverley station focuses on the less obvious aspects of arriving and departing from this station by train.

For a city centre station Edinburgh Waverley  has a beautiful location and it’s also spectacularly convenient for the city centre that it serves.

Central Edinburgh is in effect of city of two halves, its south side is dominated by the rock on which its old town and castle are located, while the Georgian splendour of its new town, on the other side of Princess Street, sits on a plateau to the north.
Edinburgh’s main station is in the valley between these old and new towns -  meaning that the majority of the city’s most popular attractions, its castle, the Scottish National Gallery, the Royal Mile, the National Museum of Scotland and Calton Hill are within a 10-15 minute walk from the station.


An introduction to navigating Edinburgh station:

Because Waverley station sits in a valley and is therefore below the level of the surrounding streets, after entering the station you'll need to descend when making your way to the trains.

So conversely when arriving at Edinburgh by train, you need to ascend up to the station exits, by using either stairs, escalators, or elevators, or the sloping walkways - or a combination of these.
Though the re-developments at the station have made this much easier in recent years - there are always alternatives to having to use the stairs, no matter which route you will following in, out, or within the station.

However, the valley location and the history of its construction means that the station has an unusual layout.
The core of the station isn’t at either end of the station, or above the railway lines – instead Edinburgh Waverley’s main concourse is in the centre of the station, with platforms (tracks) on all four sides of it.

So the route you will take through the station, very much depends on which platform (track) your train arrives at, or will be departing from – but the signposting at the station does a good job of making sense of a sprawling space.

What’s also unusual for a station of its size is that Edinburgh Waverely doesn’t have a main entrance or a station forecourt.
Instead its two most popular access points are two comparatively anonymous entrances on the streets on either side of the station, on Princess Street – which is Edinburgh’s main street, and Market Street, which is over by the old town.


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(1) Aberdeen via Leuchars for St Andrews, Dundee, Arbroath and Stonehaven
(2) Inverness via Perth, Pitlochry and Aviemore
(3) Glasgow Queen Street (4 x fast trains per hour)
(4) Dunblane via Stirling
(5) Ayr via Glasgow Central, Paisley, Troon and Prestwick Airport


(1) London King’s Cross via Newcastle, York and Peterborough
(2) Aberdeen via Leuchars for St Andrews, Dundee, Arbroath and Stonehaven
(3) Inverness via Stirling, Perth, Pitlochry and Aviemore (1 x train per day)
(4) Leeds via Newcastle and York  (1x train per day)

Avanti West Coast

London Euston via Carlisle, Oxenholme Lake District, Lancaster, Preston, Birmingham and Coventry

Trans Pennine Express

(1) Manchester via Carlisle, Penrith North Lakes, Lancaster and Preston
(2) Liverpool via Newcastle, Durham, York, Leeds and Manchester


Plymouth via Newcastle, Durham, York, Leeds, Sheffield, Derby, Birmingham, Cheltenham, Bristol, Taunton and Exeter

Caledonian Sleeper

Overnight to London Euston

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Departing by train from Edinburgh Waverley station

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Arriving at Edinburgh Waverley station by train

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The other stations in Edinburgh

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