Travel from York to Edinburgh with CrossCountry and take advantage of Advance tickets even on the day of travel, up to 15 minutes before departure.
Train journeys from York to Edinburgh take approximately 2.5 hours. This popular route is well-serviced, with many trains operating throughout the week and over the weekend. The journey will take you along the coastline, offering glimpses of quaint towns such as Seahouses from your window.
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Travelling to Edinburgh
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Last CrossCountry train - 20:32
Travelling from York to Edinburgh
The cultural capital of Scotland, Edinburgh is home to endless things to see and do. Dine out in Michelin-starred restaurants, wander round the old streets and enjoy the nonstop nightlife. From museums and shops to galleries and landmarks, Edinburgh is a city filled with amazing architecture and cultural activity, making it a truly fascinating destination to explore.
Are there direct trains from York to Edinburgh?
Yes, there are direct services running from York to Edinburgh.
What amenities are available onboard trains from York to Edinburgh?
While travelling from York to Edinburgh, you can enjoy the full range of amenities on offer on all CrossCountry trains. We provide table seats, electricity points and areas for luggage storage. There is also an at-seat service providing drinks and refreshments. For the next level of comfort on our trains, we recommend booking a First Class ticket.
Does Edinburgh Station have step-free access?
Edinburgh Waverly Station is accessible to people 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 Edinburgh on foot.
Does the station have family areas?
Edinburgh Station has baby changing facilities and waiting rooms that are accessible to families using the station. Families might also want to spend time in the many cafés and restaurants found throughout the station.
For further information about Edinburgh Waverly Station, check out our station guide.
Once you have arrived in Edinburgh
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For those with an onward journey to make when they get to Edinburgh Waverley, there are plenty of options to choose from. The Edinburgh tramline connects to the city centre and can be picked up from Princes Street. There are also many buses available directly outside the station. Inter-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 outside the station.
Shopping in Edinburgh
Edinburgh offers visitors a wide range of unique shopping experiences. There are many independent shops and boutique stores, selling everything from vintage clothing to bespoke homeware. Plush retail outlets, including Harvey Nichols and Louis Vuitton, can be found on George Street, while high street favourites are dotted all over the city.
Culture in Edinburgh
Edinburgh is synonymous with culture and one of the biggest tourist draws is the annual Fringe Festival. People from all over the world come to enjoy the incredible range of shows that take place in August, showcasing the best in new theatre, comedy, dance and more. However, there are plenty of other wonderful experiences to be had in the city outside of the peak summertime. Music lovers can enjoy a visit to Usher Hall, home of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra. The Royal Lyceum is perfect for history buffs, while the modern Leith Theatre may appeal to a younger crowd.
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Whether you’re looking to have a fun day out or you want to stay for a weekend or even a week, our Edinburgh Guide can help you plan the perfect day out!
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