Skip to service updates Skip to content Skip to footer

Trains from Southampton to Edinburgh

Travel from Southampton to Edinburgh with CrossCountry and take advantage of Advance tickets even on the day of travel, up until 15 minutes before departure.

The journey from Southampton to Edinburgh takes you through England to Scotland and is an absolute pleasure to travel by train. On average the journey takes approximately 7 hours but when you travel with CrossCountry it will seem much shorter. So, sit back, relax and enjoy our exceptional hospitality. We will whisk you up the centre of England, passing through major cities like Oxford, Birmingham, York and Newcastle before travelling up the East coast of England and into Scotland. You will arrive at Edinburgh Waverly Station where adventure eagerly awaits.

Buy tickets from Southampton to Edinburgh today

Why CrossCountry?

Buy tickets for any train journey in Britain. We cross more of the country than any other train company.

  • Free Wi-Fi onboard
  • 10% TOTUM discount

CrossCountry Trains from Southampton Central to Edinburgh (Waverley)

Today from 12:30

Travelling to Edinburgh

  • First CrossCountry train - 00:00
  • Last CrossCountry train - 00:00

Travelling from Southampton to Edinburgh

Sprawled across a run of rocky hills overlooking the sea, Edinburgh is one of the most beautiful cities in Europe and begs to be discovered. Filled with famous landmarks, quirky hidden gems and breath-taking landscape, you’re sure to fall in love with this gorgeous city. Our trains take you right into the heart of the city, perfect for you to begin experiencing the sights, sounds and tastes of this diverse and vibrant place.

Are there direct trains from Southampton to Edinburgh?

There are no direct trains from Southampton to Edinburgh but it’s possible to do the journey with just one change.

What amenities are available onboard trains from Southampton to Edinburgh?

Your journey from Southampton to Edinburgh will be as comfortable as can be when you travel with CrossCountry. We offer a full range of amenities including a range of seating options, with many including tables, charge points for your electricals and plenty of luggage storage. An at-seat service providing a variety of drinks and hot food is available onboard to keep you refreshed for the entire journey. If you would like even more comfort, we recommend booking a ticket in our First Class coach.

Does Edinburgh Waverly Station have step-free access?

Yes, Edinburgh Waverly Station has step-free access throughout the station. There are also accessible ticket machines, toilets and disabled parking spaces available for those who require them.  

How far is the city centre?

Edinburgh Waverly Station is conveniently located right in the city centre and is just a short walk from Edinburgh Old Town.

Does the station have family areas?

Families visiting Edinburgh Waverly Station will find baby changing facilities and waiting rooms where you can spend time before your train. If you’d prefer there are a handful of cafés where you can sit whilst enjoying a hot drink.

More questions?

For further information about Edinburgh Waverly Station, check out our station guide.

Once you have arrived in Edinburgh

Onward travel: Taxis, Trams and Buses in Edinburgh

Edinburgh has trams and buses that run regular services around the city, connecting the station with surrounding areas. For those who prefer to travel directly to their destination, there are also taxi ranks near the station.

Shopping in Edinburgh

When it comes to shopping, Edinburgh caters to all styles, tastes and budgets. From big department stores, to high street stores, luxury brands and little boutiques, you’ll find what you’re looking for. Princes Street boasts spectacular views of the ancient castle and is home to well-known high street brands, interspersed with Scottish souvenir shops, so you can easily pick up a tartan kilt. Multrees Walk off St Andrew Square has several designer shops including Armani, Louis Vuitton and Calvin Klein. For independent retailers offering funky home-ware and unique items, visit Stafford Street and William Street in the West End. Grassmarket has been a trading place since 1477 and is packed with some of the best vintage shops in town.

Culture in Edinburgh

Most famous for its annual Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Edinburgh offers much more than just a stage for artists, dancers, actors and comedians to showcase their talents. The city has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and you can explore a multitude of museums, art galleries, theatres and historic buildings. Outdoor enthusiasts won’t have to go far from the city to escape to the stunning scenery of the Lothians. Climb the extinct volcano called Arthur’s Seat, head to Pentland Hills Regional Park or stroll along Portobello’s pretty beach which is only a stone throw away from the city centre. Edinburgh has more restaurants per head than any UK city outside London and a wide range of trendy clubs and sophisticated bars in which you can enjoy a Scottish whiskey or freshly mixed cocktail. However you choose to spend your time in Edinburgh, you’re sure to be impressed.

Spending time in Edinburgh?

Whether you’re looking to have a fun day out or are planning a longer stay, our Edinburgh Guide can help you plan the perfect trip.

Walk Edinburgh’s 7 Hills this Winter

Walk Edinburgh’s 7 Hills this Winter

Find Out More

Visit the Secret Bars of Edinburgh

Visit the Secret Bars of Edinburgh

Find Out More

Live Music in Edinburgh

Live Music in Edinburgh

Find Out More

Did you find this page useful?

Your feedback will help us to improve this page.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.