Travelling to Edinburgh
First CrossCountry train - 08:20
Last CrossCountry train - 21:35
Travelling from Aberdeen to Edinburgh
Edinburgh is the cultural and political capital of Scotland, and visitors will enjoy all the benefits of visiting a metropolitan capital city. Enjoy some of the best restaurants in Scotland, ranging from the city’s four Michelin-starred restaurants to more reasonably priced eateries. Enjoy nonstop nightlife, amazing architecture, world-class galleries and historic landmarks – all sure to delight and enthral.
Are there direct trains from Aberdeen to Edinburgh?
Yes, you can join our Aberdeen to Penzance service at Aberdeen Station and travel all the way to Edinburgh Station without changing.
What amenities are available onboard trains from Aberdeen to Edinburgh?
An at-seat service providing light refreshments is available on all trains from Aberdeen to Edinburgh. As you would expect from a CrossCountry train, you’ll find a superlative level of comfort, including a choice of seating options, charge points and luggage storage. If you’re looking for an even more comfortable journey, why not upgrade to all the added extras of a First Class ticket?
Does Edinburgh Waverly Station have step-free access?
Edinburgh Waverly Station is accessible to those with a range of mobility needs. There is step-free access to the whole station and assistance to and from platforms when required. Ramps for train access help make the station fully accessible.
How far is the city centre?
Edinburgh Waverly Station is situated right in the heart of the city, making it the perfect choice for those wishing to explore.
Does the station have family areas?
Edinburgh station has baby changing facilities as well as waiting rooms that are accessible to all families using the station. Families might also choose to spend time in the many cafés and restaurants in the station.
For further information about Edinburgh Waverly Station, check out our station guide.
Once you have arrived in Edinburgh
Onward travel: Trams, Taxis and Buses in Edinburgh
For those with an onward journey ahead of them when they reach Edinburgh, there is no better place to arrive than Edinburgh Waverly Station. The Edinburgh tramline connects to the city centre and leaves from Princes Street. There are also many buses available from outside the station. City buses are run by Lothian Buses, which run regular services connecting the city centre with the surrounding areas. For those who prefer to travel directly to their destination, a taxi rank is available at the station.
Shopping in Edinburgh
People travel from all over for the unique shopping experiences available in Edinburgh. The city has an unrivalled independent shopping scene, with one-off shops tucked around every corner. You can pick up some really special pieces, whether you’re looking at vintage clothing, bespoke homeware, or handmade treats. For those with an eye for top designers, George Street is a treat, with some of the plushest retail outlets available. You’ll find Harvey Nichols and Louis Vuitton, as well as the flagship John Lewis store.
Culture in Edinburgh
Culturally, Edinburgh is perhaps best known for its Fringe Festival, which sees people flock to the city for the largest arts festival in the world. However, if you’re visiting outside the peak time in August, you won’t be disappointed by the range of cultural experiences available. Choose from the many theatres in the city’s rich drama scene, from the historic Royal Lyceum to the more modern Leith Theatre. For music lovers, try Usher Hall, home to the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, for classical music, or the Edinburgh Corn Exchange where artists like Blur, Oasis and Grace Jones have played.
Spending time in Edinburgh?
Whether you’re looking to have a fun day out or simply want to grab a bite to eat, our Edinburgh Guide can help you plan the perfect day out!