How to take a rail journey from Edinburgh to London

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Edinburgh to London by train

There are two options available for taking the train from Edinburgh to London

  1. A train operated by LNER...
  2. ...A more basic, and much less frequent service operated by Lumo
  3. OR travelling overnight on one of Europe's smartest night trains.

Routes you can take to go from Edinburgh to London

When travelling between most cities by train there is only one logical option, though on other journeys there is a choice between different trains or alternative routes. If different options are available you can use the info to decide which is best for you.

Choose one of the following options:

Route Information

Option 1: travel during the day with LNER
Travel Time (approx)

4hr 20 min - 4hr 45min (approx)



Travel Info

Monday to Saturday = 2 x trains per hour
Sunday = 25 x trains (1 - 3 x trains per hour from 09:00)

The timetable is typically arranged so that the fastest trains depart at 30 mins passed each hour (these trains are typically non-stop from York to London); with the slower services departing at 00 passed each hour

Though at weekends maintenance work on the railway line can also cause trains to be diverted on to longer routes.

Route Information

Option 2: travelling overnight
Travel Time (approx)

7hr 27min (Mon to Fri); 7hr 52min (Sunday)


Not Every Night

Travel Info

There is no departure on Saturday evenings.

Route Information

Option 3: travelling during the day with Lumo
Travel Time (approx)

4hr 30min - 4hr 40min (approx)


Monday to Friday

Travel Info

Monday to Friday = 4 x trains per day
Sat/Sun = no service (for the moment)

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