You can reach Edinburgh by train from all over Scotland and the rest of the UK.
Edinburgh has two main train stations:
- Edinburgh Waverley is in the city centre, and is a 10-15 minute walk from the University's Central Area
- Haymarket is located to the west of the city centre. It is 15 minutes' walk from the Edinburgh College of Art.
There is also a minor suburban rail network serving some neighbourhoods in the west and east of the city.
Planning your journey & ticketing information
National Rail Enquiries
National Rail Enquiries is the definitive source of information for all passenger rail services on the National Rail network in England, Wales and Scotland. You can use their website to look up train times and ticket prices. (Note that National Rail Enquiries do not directly sell tickets, but they will direct you to the appropriate train operating company once you have found your fare).
You can plan your journey by train, find out your train times, the train fare, availability of services and much more information from Traveline Scotland.
To plan your journey by train, all you need to do is enter your origin and destination into the Traveline Scotland Journey Planner.
Discounts on tickets
Depending on how often you commute by train, it may be best value for you to buy a season ticket. Season tickets are available for travel to Edinburgh from the following train operating companies:
- ScotRail season ticket information
- LNER season ticket information
- Cross Country season ticket information
- Transpennine Express season ticket information
We have a separate web page with information on public transport discounts, including Railcards.
The UK has a complicated rail network, with services being provided by multiples operators. ScotRail is the main rail transport provider in Scotland, being directly owned and managed by the Scottish Government.
Other operators serving Edinburgh include:
- LNER – LNER runs services on the East Coast Main Line between London King’s Cross Train Station, the East Midlands, Yorkshire, the North East of England and Scotland.
- Lumo – runs express services to London via the East Coast Main Line.
- Avanti West Coast – Cross-border service serving the UK between Scotland and London Euston, via the West Coast Main Line
- Cross Country – Cross-border service stretching from Aberdeen to Penzance
- TransPennine Express – Cross-border service from Edinburgh to Manchester
If you are travelling to London, then LNER or Lumo will provide the fastest service.