Aberdeen to Edinburgh Train Tickets



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Visit one of the UK’s top tourist destinations by booking a trip from Aberdeen to Edinburgh by train during your next vacation getaway in Scotland! Whether you board with ScotRail, Virgin Trains East Coast or CrossCountry high-speed trains, you’ll benefit from ticket flexibility as well as a relaxing, comfortable ride. From your First or Second Class seat, sit back and enjoy the rolling Scottish countryside passing by your window as you’re treated to an array of convenient onboard services and amenities.

From Aberdeen, you’ll travel southwest by train to Edinburgh, Scotland’s historic capital. Discover the city’s timeless Old Town, with its cobblestone streets and carefully-preserved gothic buildings, as well as New Town, with its unique Georgian architecture and vast public gardens. Be sure to visit the iconic Edinburgh Castle, Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, Holyrood Palace, Scottish National Gallery and Our Dynamic Earth science center during your stay.

Purchase your Aberdeen to Edinburgh ‘Ticket on Departure & Reservation’ e-ticket here and you’ll receive your order confirmation along with a ticket collection reference number by email afterwards. Use this number to retrieve your physical ticket from a local ticket collection machine and you’ll be set to travel from Aberdeen to Edinburgh by train!

Journey Details


Trains depart approximately every 30 minutes during peak times and every hour otherwise, with 18 direct-route departures daily

Travel time

2 hours and 22 minutes (fastest time)

Train stations

Aberdeen and Edinburgh Waverley

Train features

ScotRail, London North Eastern Railway and CrossCountry high-speed trains, reaching a maximum speed of 201km/h
Ticket Fares

When booking your ‘Ticket on Departure & Reservation’, the following fare options may be available:


Anytime tickets offer full flexibility. With no time restrictions, you are free to travel aboard any train, even during peak hours.


Advance tickets are less expensive, but have a limited availability. The sooner you book, the less you pay. Ideal for those committed to traveling on a particular date, time and train.


Off-peak tickets offer some flexibility, allowing you to travel aboard any train operating during off-peak hours on your ticket date. Though peak times may vary, they are typically before 9:30am and between 4:00pm and 7:00pm.
Ticket Classes

Standard Class

Standard class coaches provide comfortable, quality seating.

First Class

First class coaches are equipped with larger, reclining seats that offer superior comfort as well as plenty of leg and elbow room. Passengers can enjoy complimentary services such as at-seat food and drink catering, WiFi connectivity and a morning newspaper.
Ticket Discounts

Child discount

Children under 5 years of age travel for free. Children between the ages of 5 and 15 can save up to 50% off the adult ticket price.
Train Services and Amenities
  • Onboard food and drink catering (subject to availability)
  • WiFi internet access
  • Power outlets for charging laptops or other mobile devices
  • Televised trip information, news and movies
  • Automated announcements
  • Restroom facilities
  • Large storage areas for baggage
  • Priority seating for passengers with special needs
  • Non-smoking coaches
Additional Details

Seat reservations

In most cases, your ‘Ticket on Departure & Reservation’ e-ticket will include a seat reservation. Exceptions where the seat may not be reserved at the time of booking include shorter journeys that don’t offer seat reservations or when the allocation of reservable seats is fully booked. In either case, your ticket is still valid and you can sit in any vacant seat.

Ticket Purchase Conditions and Delivery

Tickets for travel from Aberdeen to Edinburgh by train may be booked up to 3 months in advance. Refunds and exchanges are not allowed.
Once your e-ticket order has been processed, you will receive an email confirmation with a ticket collection #. Collect your physical ticket simply by using this number at a self-service ticket dispensing machine at the station before boarding.

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