How to take the wonderful rail journey from London to beautiful Edinburgh

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London to Edinburgh by train

There are three options available for taking the train from London to Edinburgh:
Taking the scenic journey by day, either on:

  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 London to Edinburgh

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 40min



Travel Info

This is the typical journey time, the departures at 00 minutes past the hour are faster than the trains which leave at 30 minutes past the hour.
At weekends maintenance work on the railway line can cause trains to be diverted on to longer routes.

There are 2 x trains per hour for most of the day, there is always at minimum of 1 x departure per hour

Route Information

Option 2: travelling during the day with Lumo
Travel Time (approx)

4hr 25min - 4hr 37min


Monday to Friday

Travel Info

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

The Lumo timetable, note that the final departure of the day from London is at 14:36.

Route Information

Option 3: travelling through the night
Travel Time (approx)

7hr 33min - 7hr 56min



Travel Info

The shorter journey time applies to Mon-Fri departures

There are no departures on Saturday evenings

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