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clock-o16 hours (Approx.)
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commentOffered in: English

Overview

See the sights you want to see in Edinburgh with this independent day trip from London. Travel to the Scottish capital by train, and then make use of an included Edinburgh hop-on hop-off bus tour to set your own sightseeing schedule. Visit Edinburgh Old Town; wander along the UNESCO World Heritage–listed Royal Mile; and choose to visit the Scotch Whisky Heritage Center, St Giles Cathedral, the National Museum of Scotland and a whole host of other top attractions. An entrance ticket for Edinburgh Castle is also included.
  • 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
Depart from central London in the early morning and travel by train to Edinburgh, roughly 4.5 hours away. Travel through the pretty English countryside, passing the canals and waterways of the Midlands and old mill towns built in the Industrial Revolution. Should you wish, enhance your experience by booking first-class train tickets for wider seats, complimentary Wi-Fi and snacks, and quieter coaches.

Begin your exploration of the Scottish capital with a hop-on hop-off bus tour. With your included ticket, board the double-decker bus at the station and take in the sights from the open-air upper deck, hopping on and off at the sights that interest you the most.

Choose to jump off in Edinburgh Old Town, where you can walk along the UNESCO-listed Royal Mile and visit St Giles’ Cathedral, the National Museum of Scotland and other nearby landmarks and attractions. Perhaps uncover the country’s royal history at Edinburgh Castle (ticket included), or visit the Scotch Whisky Heritage Center to learn about the nation’s favourite tipple. Alternatively, hop back on the bus to Palace of Holyroodhouse, where the Queen holds official state ceremonies when she is in Scotland.

You’ll enjoy complete freedom to explore Edinburgh at your own pace on this unescorted tour. When the time comes, return to London by train.

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D
, Sep 2018

The visit at Edinburgh itself was fantastic, with the visit to Edinburg Castle making the trip worthwhile.Be prepared to walk uphill a very long way! The train ride was the only difficult part of the trip. It was 4 1/2 hours up and 4 1/2 hours back. Bring a book if, like me, you can't sleep sitting up.

M
, Aug 2018

Our visit to Edinburgh was a one-day excursion, since our main focus was London. It was a nice introduction to Edinburgh which made us realize that we needed to return for more than one day to city the town and get a better feel of the culture. We went in August and we later found out that August is a popular month for visitors. This explains the massive crowds in the streets and everywhere. The tour representative was at the specified train station with the necessary documents for us to take this excursion. The train was clean and on time. There was food for purchase if desired. The hop-on-hop off was a great way to see the town and get off when we wanted to. The historical information provided by the hop-on-hop-off (HOHO) guide was interesting and informative. I will be returning to Edinburg for a longer stay and will definitely use the HOHO option again.

L
, Jul 2018

Very helpful guide met us at Kings Cross Station and gave us information for when we arrived in Edinburgh.

j
, Jul 2018

The coordination at the rail station in London was somewhat haphazard, but everyone got on. Edinburgh was fun to explore - everything close in, and with HO/HO, riding and walking was easy. Return train was crowded, many commuters, making for a long, long day.

P
, May 2018

Great experience - Evan Evans rep was at King's Cross as directed, was very clear with our instructions, and had all materials ready. We did first-class, which was fun but probably not necessary for another go-around - standard would have been fine. Once in Edinburgh we went to the castle first. We ate lunch in the castle tea room and then explored that area of town - lots of fun shops. The hop on/hop off bus was reliable and quick, and the audio commentary was very good. We unfortunately didn't have much time to explore much else of the city given how cold it was and my parents are a bit slow-moving, but this trip was enough to give me a taste of Scotland, and I definitely will go back - this time on my own, knowing how easy it is to travel there from London.

g
, Jan 2018

We met the representative at the coach station after given the package and after that in our own, we had a great time and will recommend it ...it was a taste and wanted more! just an amazing place...if you can advise priority seating. Enjoy and have a poncho handy.

P
, Dec 2017

It’s a long train ride, but if you’re short on time and can’t dedicate anything more than a day to Edinburgh, it’s worth it. It’s a beautiful city. This is an independent trip. A guide gets you on the train and then you’re on your own. You will only have about five and a half hours max in Edinburgh.

S
, Oct 2017

This was a great trip - from getting on the train, to arriving in Edinburgh and back again. Train trip was long each time - just over 4 1/2 hours each way, but Edinburgh is beautiful. Castle was fantastic - plenty of time to see and then the Hop on Hop off bus, was really easy to catch and get on and off as well as walking the royal mile. Would recommend to anyone.

E
, Oct 2017

I loved this tour. I had not been to Scotland before so this was a nice introduction. I loved the history this city holds which can be seen in the architecture, the statues, the castle and monuments. My plan is to go back and see more of this beautiful country. My only complaint is that my time there was too short.

A
, Oct 2017

This was a great way to get a taste of Edinburgh


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