Travelling to Edinburgh
First CrossCountry train - 10:28
Last CrossCountry train - 21:19
Travelling from Durham to Edinburgh
Robert Louis Stevenson once described Edinburgh as being what Paris ought to be like. A century later, and the similarities with the French capital can still be seen; you can find an eclectic mix of fashion boutiques, world-class restaurants, and an unrivalled culture. Edinburgh is certainly a city with something to offer everyone who comes to visit.
Are there direct trains from Durham to Edinburgh?
Yes, with CrossCountry you can travel directly from Durham to Edinburgh without needing to change.
What amenities are available onboard trains from Durham to Edinburgh?
As you make your way from Durham to Edinburgh, make the most of the comforts CrossCountry trains offers. You will find a range of seating options including tables, plugs for charging devices as standard, and designated luggage storage space. A trolley service of light refreshments is available, and on some of our Durham to Edinburgh services, hot food is also available from the catering carriage. For the next level of comfort, why not consider upgrading to First Class?
Does Edinburgh Waverly Station have step-free access?
Edinburgh Waverly station has step-free access throughout the station. Ramps for train access are also available.
How far is the city centre?
Edinburgh Waverly is the most central of the stations in Edinburgh, making it the perfect place from which to start exploring the city.
Does the station have family areas?
The station has baby changing facilities and waiting rooms where families can spend time before their train departs. There are also cafés where families can wait for their train.
For further information about Edinburgh Waverly Station, check out our station guide.
Once you have arrived in Edinburgh
Onward travel: Taxis, Trams & Buses in Edinburgh
From the train station, it’s easy to catch the regular tram service that connects the city to Edinburgh Airport. Regular buses also run throughout the city and the surrounding areas, many of which connect near the station. Should you choose to travel directly to your destination, a taxi rank is available at the station.
Shopping in Edinburgh
When it comes to shopping, Edinburgh has something to offer everyone. If you’re looking for high-end fashion, head to George Street, which is lined with famous luxury names, or to Jenners, Edinburgh’s most famous department store for its unrivalled choice of designer labels. Those on the hunt for a bargain should visit Stockbridge, where there is a great selection of charity shops. If you prefer your clothes vintage, then it’s time to hit up Grassmarket, which is home to some of the best commercial vintage shops in town. Alternatively, find all your high street favourites in one convenient location at Waverly Mall.
Culture in Edinburgh
As befits the capital of Scotland, Edinburgh has the very best to offer the discerning culture vulture. As well as the expected heady mix of museums, galleries and beautiful architecture, the city has even more to offer visitors. There is an extensive range of music venues in the city, known for being home to bands as varied as The Proclaimers and the Bay City Rollers.
One of Edinburgh’s biggest tourist draws is the annual Fringe Festival in August, where artists from all over the world showcase the best in new theatre, comedy, dance and more. For those with more magical tastes, the city is also the birthplace of Harry Potter, and in recent years has embraced the connection to the franchise, with Harry-Potter-themed shops, tours and even bars popping up.
Spending time in Edinburgh?
Whether you’re looking to have a fun day out or to spend a long weekend, our Edinburgh Guide can help you plan the perfect trip.