4.5 star rating: Recommended 106 Reviews

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  • Location: London, United Kingdom
  • Duration:  16 hours (approx.)
Tour Edinburgh your own way on an independent day trip from London. Everything is arranged for you: return rail tickets, Hop-on Hop-off City Tour, entry to Edinburgh Castle, and an Edinburgh city map and guide. The rest is up to you!


  • Full day trip to Edinburgh from London by rail
  • Independent tour giving you the freedom to plan your own visit
  • Hop-on Hop-off open-top sightseeing tour of Edinburgh
  • Entry to Edinburgh Castle
  • Return standard-class train ticket from London to Edinburgh
  • Edinburgh city map and guide

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What You Can Expect

Edinburgh Rail Day Trip from London

St. Andrews Square

The train from London's King's Cross Station whizzes you due north, passing through the Midlands with its canals and market towns, past old mill towns built during the Industrial Revolution and skirting England's east coast. Upgrade to first class train tickets if you wish, to enjoy wider seats, complimentary snacks, free wifi and quieter coaches.

Waiting for you right by the station when you arrive in Edinburgh is an open-top sightseeing bus, for a bird's-eye view of this majestic Scottish city. The hop-on hop-off ticket gives you the freedom to leave and re-join the bus as often as you like. Frequent departures throughout the day mean you have total flexibility to plan your day the way YOU choose!

You will want to see all the main sights, attractions and landmarks of this lovely city, including:
  • The Old Town quarter
  • Edinburgh Castle, including the dazzling Scottish Crown Jewels and the Royal apartments where Mary, Queen of Scots gave birth to the boy who was to become King of Scotland and England upon the death of Queen Elizabeth in 1603
  • Scotch Whisky Heritage Center
  • Scott Monument, decorated with 64 characters from Walter Scott's novels
  • Palace of Holyroodhouse, where state ceremonies and official entertaining take place when the Queen is in Scotland (though it has its own murderous history!)
  • The Scottish Parliament Building
  • St. Giles's Kirk
  • John Knox's House
  • Stroll along Princes Street checking out the tartan, whiskey and shortbread that have made Scotland famous
Please note this tour is unescorted

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2014

The English breakfast on the train was a lovely treat. Viewing the English and Scottish countrysides from the train was an excellent idea; beautiful views! The only negative about this trip to Edinburgh was we would have loved to have had more time there; very welcoming and intriguing city.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2014

Excellent from start to finish.

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