Birmingham to Edinburgh Train Tickets



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Treat yourself to a taste of Scottish culture by taking an exciting trip from Birmingham to Edinburgh by train! You’ll travel in style by either Virgin Trains or CrossCountry high-speed commuter, both offering efficient travel times, flexible ticket fares, plus a number of onboard services and comforts to keep the journey running smoothly. Settle into your Standard or First Class seat, then get set for Scotland’s capital city of Edinburgh!

Once nicknamed the “Athens of the North”, Edinburgh is renowned for its jaw-dropping architecture, esteemed art galleries and historic New Town and Old Town districts. It’s a rather small city geographically-speaking, so you’ll have no trouble seeing its most popular sights on foot. These include Edinburgh Castle, Holyrood Palace and the National Museum of Scotland. Looking for some family fun? Check out the 6-storey-high Camera Obscura and World of Illusions science center.

Purchase your Birmingham to Edinburgh ‘Ticket on Departure & Reservation’ right here. Soon after, you’ll receive your order confirmation along with a ticket collection reference number via email. Simply use this number to retrieve your physical ticket from a ticket dispensing machine anywhere in Britain and you’ll be ready for travel!

Journey Details


Trains depart approximately every 15-30 minutes during peak times and every 45-60 minutes otherwise, with an average of 33 total departures daily (21 of them direct routes)

Travel time

4 hours and 2 minutes direct (fastest time)

Train stations

Birmingham New Street and Edinburgh Waverley

Train features

Virgin Trains, London North Eastern Railway and CrossCountry high-speed trains, reaching a maximum speed of 200km/h
Ticket Fares

When booking your Ticket on Departure & Reservation for travel from Birmingham to Edinburgh by train, 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 a number of complimentary services that include at-seat food and drink catering plus WiFi connectivity.
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 and work tables
  • “Quiet Zone” seating (on select trains)
  • Designated storage areas for personal luggage items
  • Priority seating for elderly and disabled passengers
  • Non-smoking coaches
Additional Details

Seat reservations

When booking your Birmingham to Edinburgh train ticket, the seat reservation is included in most cases. 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 may be booked up to 3 months in advance. Refunds and exchanges are not allowed. Receive your ticket collection reference number (PNR) by email and use it to collect your actual train ticket from a self-service ticket machine in Britain, good for travel from Birmingham to Edinburgh by train.

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