Edinburgh to London Train Tickets



One Way
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Travel by high-speed train between the land of single malts and the land of moptops with Virgin Trains! With numerous daily departures from Waverley station, your commute from Edinburgh to London by train will get you from one city center to the other in just over 4 hours. Along the way, you’ll have many windows of opportunity to do some sightseeing without ever having to leave the comfort of your seat!

From Scotland’s capital city, you’ll travel southeast to London, capital of not only England but all of the United Kingdom. Be sure to plan your visit well, as there is much to see and do in a city bursting with history, culture and royalty. London’s top tourist attractions include the iconic Buckingham Palace, Big Ben clock tower, Westminster Abbey church and London Eye observation wheel.

Buy your convenient Virgin Trains e-ticket here and it will be emailed directly to you in just a short time. When booking, you will notice that this ticket is called a ‘Ticket on Departure & Reservation’. Simply use the ticket collection reference # provided in the email we send you, to collect your actual train ticket from a self-service ticket machine in Britain. Then get ready to experience Edinburgh to London by train like never before!

Journey Details


Train departures are every 30 minutes on average, with approximately 32 non-stop departures daily

Travel time

4 hours direct (fastest time)

Train stations

Edinburgh Waverley to London King’s Cross or Euston

Train features

Virgin InterCity, Pendolino and Super Voyager high-speed trains, reaching a maximum speed of 200km/h
Ticket Fares

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


The most expensive fare option, allows you to purchase on the travel day itself or book up to 12 weeks in advance. There are no time or route restrictions - you have the total freedom to board any train you want whenever you want. Available for single trip tickets (valid for 2 days) and return-trip tickets (valid for up to 30 days).


The least expensive fare option, allows you to book up to 12 weeks in advance for travel on a specific date, time and train. Valid in First or Second Class, your seat reservation is guaranteed. No ticket exchanges or refunds allowed. These tickets are available in limited numbers.


A value-priced fare option, allows you to travel for less during off-peak times. Peak hours vary for each train operator but are usually before 9:30 and between 16:00 and 19:00. Purchase on the day of travel itself or book up to 12 weeks in advance. Available for single and return-trip tickets in First Class only. Valid for 30 days.
Ticket Classes

Standard Class

Standard class railcars provide comfortable, quality seating; particularly beneficial for long trips. Passengers have the option of reserving a specific seat on the train when booking their ticket. Also, priority seating is readily accessible for the elderly and disabled travelers in all railcars.

First Class

First class railcars are equipped with roomier, reclining seats that offer more leg and elbow room. Passengers can enjoy the complimentary at-seat food and drink service and a free 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
  • Large fold-out tables
  • Power outlets for charging laptops or other mobile devices
  • “Quiet Coach” seating
Additional Details

Seat reservations

When booking your Virgin Trains e-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

E-tickets may be booked up to 3 months in advance. Refunds and exchanges are not allowed.
Receive your ticket collection reference number by email, which can be used to collect your train ticket from a self-service ticket machine in Britain, good for travel from Edinburgh to London by train.

Read more about British rail tickets

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