Travel from Birmingham to Edinburgh in style and comfort, you can purchase Advance tickets even on the day of travel, up until 15 minutes before departure with CrossCountry.
The journey from Birmingham to Edinburgh takes you through the Midlands and past the Peak District National Park, before heading north and along the coastline into Scotland. CrossCountry services leave Birmingham New Street Station and go directly to Edinburgh Waverly Station, taking you right into the heart of the city.
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Travelling to Edinburgh
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Travelling from Birmingham to Edinburgh
As Scotland’s capital, Edinburgh is a cultural hub that attracts thousands of visitors each year. You can enjoy some of the best restaurants, shops and bars that this metropolitan city has to offer. There is also a vibrant nightlight, remarkable architecture, world-class galleries and historic landmarks, and everything is within the hub of the city centre.
Are there direct trains from Birmingham to Edinburgh?
Yes, you can travel directly from Birmingham New Street Station to Edinburgh Waverly Station in just over five hours with CrossCountry.
What amenities are available onboard trains from Birmingham to Edinburgh?
All our trains have an on-board at-seat service that provides drinks and snacks to keep you satisfied for your journey. We offer a variety of seating options, including table seats as well as charging points and luggage storage areas. If you’re looking for an even more comfortable journey, why not upgrade to a First Class ticket?
Does Edinburgh Waverly Station have step-free access?
Yes, 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 ensure the station is fully accessible.
How far is the city centre?
Edinburgh Waverly Station is situated right in the heart of the city centre.
Does the station have family areas?
Yes, Edinburgh Station has baby changing facilities, as well as waiting rooms that are accessible to all families using 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
Edinburgh Waverly Station could not be more convenient, as there is a tramline that connects to the city centre from Princes Street. There are also a few bus services available from outside the station that have regular services running throughout the day. For those who prefer to travel directly to their destination, a taxi rank is available outside the station.
Shopping in Edinburgh
Edinburgh has a wonderfully unique and vibrant shopping scene that makes it a firm favourite for tourists and locals alike. Besides the well-known high street shops and department stores, you will find some unique boutiques, markets and independent retailers. Edinburgh’s Greater Grassmarket is the ideal place to spend your day browsing stores selling everything from designer to vintage fashion. There are also a variety of restaurants to grab a bite to eat in. Other famous shopping spots include George Street, Multrees Walk, Stockbridge and a range of indoor shopping centres.
Culture in Edinburgh
Edinburgh is UNESCO’s first city of literature, as it hosts one of the biggest book festivals in the world. Furthermore, the annual August Fringe Festival attracts some of the most talented performers from around globe. Edinburgh is full of hidden gems that you’re bound to stumble upon, as your make your way through the medieval alleyways of the Old Town. You won’t have a problem finding art galleries and museums, as some of Scotland’s most important national galleries are situated a short walk from the city centre.
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