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Trains from Exeter to Edinburgh

Running 10 times a day with CrossCountry*

*Based on scheduled timetable

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

The journey from Exeter to Edinburgh takes approximately 8 hours and is an absolute pleasure to travel by train. The first part of your journey from England to Scotland takes you through the English countryside with views of the Cotswolds. On the latter part of your journey, you can enjoy picturesque coastal views, giving you even more to look at out of your window.

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CrossCountry Trains from Exeter to Edinburgh (Waverley)

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Travelling to Edinburgh

  • First CrossCountry train - 06:25
  • Last CrossCountry train - 15:27

Travelling from Exeter To Edinburgh

Explore Edinburgh with CrossCountry Trains. As the capital of Scotland, Edinburgh attracts over one million visitors each year making it the UK’s second most popular tourist destination. Our trains take you right into the heart of the city, so you can dive in immediately. Whether you prefer visiting museums, attending festivals or exploring the World Heritage Sites of the Old and New Town, this city has something for everyone.

Are there direct trains from Exeter To Edinburgh?

Yes, direct trains are available on the CrossCountry Network from Exeter to Edinburgh.

What amenities are available onboard trains from Exeter To Edinburgh?

You’ll travel between Exeter and Edinburgh in comfort with CrossCountry. All our trains come with a variety of seating options (including tables), electric points and luggage storage. A trolley service serving an assortment of drinks and light refreshments is also available onboard. Looking for even more comfort? Book a ticket in our First Class carriage.

Does Edinburgh Waverly Station have step-free access?

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

How far is the city centre?

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

Does the station have family areas?

Edinburgh Waverly Station has baby changing facilities and waiting rooms that are available to families.

More questions?

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

Once you have arrived in Edinburgh

Onward travel: Taxis and Buses in Edinburgh

Edinburgh has trams and buses that run regular services around the city, connecting the station with the surrounding areas. There are also taxi ranks nearby the station for those wishing to travel more directly.

Shopping in Edinburgh

Shopping in Edinburgh caters to all styles, tastes and budgets. Choose between high street stores, luxury brands and beautiful boutiques. Explore Princes Street, which boasts uninterrupted views of an ancient castle and is home to destination and flagship stores such as Zara, Primark and Debenhams. Around the corner is George Street, home to many more upmarket retailers and some stunning Georgian architecture.

Those on the hunt for a bargain should visit Stockbridge, where there is a great selection of charity shops. If you prefer your vintage clothes, then it’s time to hit up Grassmarket, which is home to some of the best commercial vintage shops in town. All of Edinburgh’s shopping areas have plenty of spots to rest and grab a bit to eat after a long day of retail therapy.

Culture in Edinburgh

Edinburgh has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and boasts a dynamic cultural scene with so much for you and your family to do throughout the year. Explore museums, art galleries, theatres and historic buildings or attend the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, one of the world’s largest arts festivals. Outdoor enthusiasts can climb the extinct volcano on Arthur’s Seat. For those with more magical tastes, the city is also the birthplace of Harry Potter, so there are lots of Harry-Potter-themed shops, tours and bars popping up

Whether you choose to shop, take a night-time tour, see a musical performance or grab a drink in a charming whiskey pub, you will not be disappointed by Edinburgh.

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!


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