Travelling to Edinburgh
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Travelling from Leeds to Edinburgh
Although well known as the business and financial hub of Scotland, Edinburgh’s breath-taking countryside and rich Scottish culture mean there’s something for everyone in this diverse city. Whatever your reason for visiting, CrossCountry will ensure your journey to Edinburgh is an excellent one. Our trains take you right into the heart of the city, between the medieval Old Town and the 18th century New Town, adjacent to Princes Street, Edinburgh Castle and the Princes Street Gardens.
Are there direct trains from Leeds to Edinburgh?
Direct trains are available on the CrossCountry Network from Leeds to Edinburgh.
What amenities are available onboard trains from Leeds to Edinburgh?
Travel in comfort between Leeds and Edinburgh with CrossCountry and its impeccable service. From hot food to a variety of drinks and light refreshments, the at-seat service will keep you and your family happy and well fed. Our CrossCountry trains provide a great selection of table seats and charge points, as well as plenty of luggage storage space. If you fancy even more comfort, why not book a ticket in our First Class coach?
Does Edinburgh Waverly Station have step-free access?
Edinburgh Waverly is fully accessible to those with a range of mobility needs. Plus, assistance is available to help passengers get to and from the platforms if required.
How far is the city centre?
Edinburgh’s Waverley Station is in the heart of the city, so it couldn’t be easier to embark on your onwards journey.
Does the station have family areas?
Travelling with children? Visitors will find dedicated baby changing areas, waiting rooms and refreshment facilities, making your journey with youngsters an easy one.
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 offers visitors easy transport links into and across the city. Getting away from the station and into the action couldn’t be simpler as bus services operate from right outside. Buses also run from Princes Street, which is just a short walk from the station. Day tickets and single fares are available for most buses. For taxis, leave the station by the ramp leading to nearby Waverly Bridge and find a taxi rank with black Hackney cabs.
Shopping in Edinburgh
Whether you’re looking for a luxury handbag, a boutique dress, or a new pair of jeans, Edinburgh’s shopping caters to all tastes, styles and budgets. From Edinburgh Waverly, nearby Princes Street is Edinburgh’s famous retail street, offering a wide choice of shops with a breath-taking backdrop of Edinburgh Castle. A minute’s walk from Princes Street, is Edinburgh’s West End ‘village’, where you can wander down quaint cobbled streets, experiencing the charming mixture of designer fashion boutiques, organic food retailers, gift and flower shops. Visit Ocean Terminal or The Gyle for a Scottish shopping centre experience.
Culture in Edinburgh
A city bursting with energy, blossoming architecture and mesmerising landscape, Edinburgh draws its visitors in and makes it hard to leave. As well as plenty of museums and art galleries to explore, Edinburgh’s outdoor cultural sites offer hours of amusement and picture-perfect scenes. Arthur’s Seat, Scott Monument, St Gile’s Cathedral and the cities Botanic Gardens are all well worth a visit.
A journey to this captivating city wouldn’t be complete without a visit to The Royal Mile or Edinburgh Castle. If you visit in August, make sure you get down to the legendary Edinburgh Festival Fringe; the world’s largest arts festival featuring over 3,000 shows, from plays to circus to comedy.
Spending time in Edinburgh
If you want to spend a day, a long weekend or a whole week in Edinburgh, check out our Guide to Edinburgh to help you plan the perfect journey.