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  • Location: London, United Kingdom
  • Duration:  16 hours (approx.)
See the best of the Scottish capital on this independent day trip from London to Edinburgh. Travel by train through England’s countryside and jump aboard your hop-on hop-off city tour in Edinburgh. Wander along the Royal Mile — a UNESCO World Heritage site — and marvel at the Scottish Crown Jewels inside Edinburgh Castle. Gaze up at the Scott Monument and visit the Scotch Whisky Heritage Center. With your rail travel, hop-on hop-off bus tour and entry to Edinburgh Castle all included, you’re free to explore Edinburgh at your leisure.

Highlights

  • Full day trip from London to Edinburgh by train
  • Travel by train through England’s green countryside
  • Enjoy a hop-on hop-off open-top sightseeing tour of Edinburgh
  • Explore Edinburgh’s beautiful Old Town and the Royal Mile, a UNESCO World Heritage site
  • See the Scottish Crown Jewels inside Edinburgh Castle
  • Visit the Scotch Whisky Heritage Center and the Scott Monument with the hop-on hop-off bus service
  • Enjoy complete freedom on this independent tour to explore Edinburgh at your own pace

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What You Can Expect

Edinburgh Rail Day Trip from London

Take a walk down the Royal Mile, a UNESCO World Heritage site

Depart central London in the early morning and head north by train on your 4.5-hour journey to Edinburgh. Travel through England’s open countryside, skirt the canals and waterways of the Midlands and pass old mill towns built during the Industrial Revolution. Upgrade to first class train tickets if you wish, for wider seats, complimentary snacks, free Wi-Fi and quieter coaches.

On arrival in Edinburgh, head to the bus stop for the city’s open-top sightseeing service — it’s located right by the station and is easy to spot! Jump aboard for a bird's-eye view of Scotland’s majestic capital and enjoy the freedom to hop on and off as you please. Frequent departures throughout the day mean you have total flexibility to plan your day.

Perhaps alight at Edinburgh’s historic Old Town and stroll along the city’s famous Royal Mile, a UNESCO World Heritage site. The charming Royal Mile runs right through the Old Town, with cobbled alleyways leading down the hillside to the city center. St Giles’ Cathedral and the National Museum of Scotland are close by.

Cross the courtyard at the top of the Royal Mile and head through the grand entrance of Edinburgh Castle. There has been a castle on this site since the 12th century, and over the years it has been used as royal residence, prison and army garrison. Gaze out over the city from your vantage point on the castle ramparts, before heading inside to discover the dazzling Honours of Scotland, the country’s crown jewels. Wander through the Royal apartments where Mary, Queen of Scots gave birth to the boy who was to become King of Scotland.

You might decide to visit the Scotch Whisky Heritage Center to learn about the nation’s favourite tipple, or head down the hill to gaze up at the famous Scott Monument, decorated with 64 characters from Walter Scott's novels.

Jump back aboard the hop-on hop-off bus service to the Palace of Holyroodhouse, where state ceremonies and official entertaining take place when the Queen is in Scotland, or stroll along Princes Street checking out the tartan, whisky and shortbread that have made Scotland famous.

Enjoy complete freedom to explore Edinburgh at your own pace, then travel back to London by train where your tour will come to an end.

Please note: This tour is unescorted.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2015

This tour was amazing. Edimburgh is like a medieval city today.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2015

a day tour in Edinburgh is worth it. The tour representative meet us at the Kings Cross Station before 6:30am and gave us our tickets and instructed us what we need to do on this trip.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

We absolutely loved the trip to Edinburgh. There wasn't much time but loved the time that we spent there.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2014

beautiful and historical buildings - so much to see in one day - enjoyed the train trip up and back - met very nice interesting people in the little group that we had.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2014

Fantastic just love Edinburgh. Train trip was great loved seeing g the country side

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2014

Take the first class tour. It is well worth it. Very relaxing and scenic.

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.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2014

The reviews I read about the long train trip up to Edinburgh from London were right...It didn't seem that long! Outside views from the train are amusing. We had packed a lunch that we picked up right at M and S at train station and enjoyed that en route just before we arrived in Edinburgh. Very easy to go out of station and find across street all the Hop on - Hop off buses waiting. We did what most people do - took bus to Castle stop then toured castle which does take some time. Then relaxed on bus and took in rest of bus tour before heading to train station to catch train back to London. Plenty of time to see Edinborough - a good day trip.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2014

Edinburgh is really a neat place to see. Leaving from London the train trip is 4 hours each way and you get about 4 1/2 hours to spend viewing this lovely old city. The castle is fantastic and the people were all nice that we met on our tour. Evan Evans makes it easy by meeting their representative at the train station, they give you an envelope with all of your tickets and travel needs for the day. A great trip.

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