Edinburgh skyline from Calton Hill

Trains to Edinburgh

Edinburgh - the capital of Scotland, is a fascinating and beautiful city. Built on hilly grounds and extinct volcanoes, Edinburgh is not only the capital of Scotland but also the festival capital of the world, making it a place to be seen.

Edinburgh is the second largest financial centre in the United Kingdom and also the second most popular tourist destination in the United Kingdom after London. Travelling by train is a popular method of getting to the beautiful city with Waverley and Haymarket being its two main stations.

Below is a list of the most popular trains to Edinburgh:


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Use our journey planner to search for the routes, times and prices that match your requirements best.

Cheap Tickets to Edinburgh

There are multiple ways of saving money on train tickets to Edinburgh such as booking directly through National Rail to avoid booking fees. One of the best ways to save a few pounds is to buy a Railcard. There are currently eight available cards, each caters for different groups e.g. 16-25-year olds, Family and Friends or Senior Citizens. The Railcard usually offers up to 1/3 off the ticket price depending on your time of travel.

Whilst you’re in Edinburgh…

Edinburgh is jammed packed with things to see and do; it really is a tourist paradise. We’ve listed our top picks to help you decide how to best spend your precious time in the wonderful city.

Guided Tour

Edinburgh city centre is 2.5 miles from the shore of Leith. It has a medieval Old Town and a Georgian New Town. The old town is built on the Castle Rock whilst the new modern town is said to be built on seven hills. A great way to experience the old town is to take a guided tour where you will walk around some of Edinburgh’s fascinating Old Town Closes with a guide in period costume who will give plenty of facts about some of the dark sides of the historical city. The tour also involves viewing Edinburgh’s underground vaults located underneath the historic South Bridge. If you need further convincing, the Old and New Towns have been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site.




Often overlooked for the more cultured sites but The Edinburgh Dungeon offers a fun and murky side-track to the many visual wonders the city has to offer. The experience that is on offer at the Edinburgh Dungeon is a 70-minute walk-through using live actors and special effects to retell a thousand years of Edinburgh and Scottish history.

Standing Heritage

At the heart of a tour around Edinburgh is heritage. Arguably the best location to soak up the cultural history is the Royal Mile which is at the heart of the Old Town. The Royal Mile is a succession of streets that runs down-hill. At the top end of the hill - often described as ‘at its head’ is Edinburgh Castle. The castle contains a royal palace where Mary Queen of Scots gave birth to James VI, the oldest crown jewels in Britain are also housed here and The Great Hall which was completed during the reign of James IV.

At the foot of the hill is the Palace of Holyroodhouse, the Queen’s official residence in Scotland. Built in the 16th century for the Kings and Queens of the Scot, visitors can now view fourteen state apartments and the remarkable royal gardens, all accompanied with a multimedia tour.

The list of things to do and see in Edinburgh could really go on and on, even long enough to pass time on the train to Edinburgh. Whatever you decide to do whilst you’re in Scotland’s capital city, your trip starts by finding the most suitable journey and you can do this right now by searching on the National Rail journey planner.

Last updated:   16 May 2020