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Train Travel in Edinburgh

Although only a small city Edinburgh has two main stations Haymarket and Waverley [map].

Waverly is the main station and is conveniently positioned between Old Town and New Town. The station is well served by the bus network and is easy to get to on foot however drivers may have problems trying to stay at the station for any length of time.

The Haymarket station is the secondary station located about two miles from Waverley train station. Trains to Glasgow, the north and the west coast can also be taken from here. And taking a trip north to Fife, Perth or beyond will be rewarded with a journey across the Forth Bridge, one of the greatest achievements of Victorian engineering.

Taking the train to go cross-country can sometimes prove a little frustrating with the UK rail system becoming increasingly known for its delays and last minute train cancellations however services on the major routes are less prone to this disruption.

Most travel within Scotland is run by Scotrail, they run the majority of rural services and those to major Scottish cities including Glasgow, Dundee, Aberdeen and Inverness. The journey to Glasgow takes less than an hour and services run approximately every 15 minutes.

There are also regular services between Edinburgh and London run by GNER. The Flying Scotsman – named after the famous steam locomotive - takes around four hours and goes via York and Newcastle. Rail based day trips from London to Edinburgh leave from Kings Cross at around 6.30am.

Virgin Trains also operate a number of services to Edinburgh including those to and from Penzance and Brighton.

Tickets for train journeys can be purchased over the phone from the rail operator or at the station, and fares vary according to the journey and class of travel you choose. Savers and super saver tickets are available for journeys between Saturday and Thursday as these are considered to be the off peak times. Further savings can be made on certain journeys by purchasing an Apex ticket 48 hours before you travel, but for the best deals book two weeks in advance.

Train Company Telephone Website
National Rail Enquiries 08457 48 49 50 www.nationalrail.co.uk
Scotrail 08457 55 00 33 www.scotrail.co.uk
GNER 08457 225 225 www.gner.co.uk
Virgin trains 0870 789 1234 www.virgintrains.co.uk

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