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DrG Apr 13th, 2017 03:52 AM

Edinburgh to Europe Continent
 
We want to travel by train from Edinburgh to the continent. Where do direct trains travel to? Paris?

bvlenci Apr 13th, 2017 05:30 AM

There are no direct trains between Edinburgh and anywhere on the continent. You'd have to go to London and change to a Eurostar train there. You can see destinations here:

http://www.eurostar.com/uk-en/destinations

Eurostar trains leave from St. Pancras International station, while trains from Edinburgh arrive at King's Cross, so you'd have to change stations. They're near each other.

WoinParis Apr 13th, 2017 07:09 AM

Isn't there a ferry close by ? Hull ? I took it in the past.

janisj Apr 13th, 2017 07:15 AM

1) Hull is not that close to Edinburgh 2) if a ferry to the Netherlands then trains to Paris seems like a reasonable itinerary (it wouldn't be for me) then sure . . . .

Dogeared Apr 13th, 2017 08:56 AM

Where on the continent do you want to go to? It may well be you can spend less time and perhaps even money, flying from Edinburgh.

A question asked in isolation doesn't always get you the most relevant answers. You may THINK what you plan to do makes the most sense but you may be wrong. It's always better to give as much background info as possible to put your question into context.

BigRuss Apr 13th, 2017 10:58 AM

No matter where he wants to go, it's going to be 8+ hours from Edinburgh to "the continent" - about 4.5 to London and another 3+ to Paris or Brussels plus transfer and wait time. It's also likely (if not highly likely) that flights would be less expensive even with high baggage fees from a "low-cost" carrier.

Ferries take 12 (Hull-Rotterdam) or 16+ (Newcastle-Amsterdam) hours and cost more than flights. I dunno what the OP is after, but this would be less convenient travel for most.

janisj Apr 13th, 2017 11:02 AM

>>Where on the continent do you want to go to?<<

The OP says Paris . . .

>>I dunno what the OP is after, but this would be less convenient travel for most.<<

Per the other thread it seems the OP does not want to fly anywhere. Asked how to get from NI to Edinburgh w/o flying.

WoinParis Apr 13th, 2017 11:06 AM

Ferry to Belgium Janis. Belgium. Changes everything.

PalenQ Apr 13th, 2017 04:14 PM

There are ferries from Newcastle (about 2.5 hours from Edinburgh by train) to Ijmuiden in The Netherlands- with train connections to Amsterdam:

https://www.dfdsseaways.co.uk/custom...rdam-timetable

For lots on European trains check www.seat61.com; www.ricksteves.com and www.budgeteuropetravel.com.

Where are you going once you reach the Continent?

PalenQ Apr 13th, 2017 04:16 PM

Oops meant to add- those are overnight boats - save a night in a hotel and have the trappings of a cruise with lots of amenities on board. Fares from 79 pounds p.p. for two people traveling together.

Dogeared Apr 14th, 2017 10:09 AM

No, the OP did not say they want to go to Paris. They asked where do direct trains go to from Edinburgh to the 'continent'.

Bvlenci gave the only actual answer to the question as asked.

So since there are no direct trains at all, that then opens up the question to what are the alternatives. Those are connecting trains, ferry, fly. To provide relevant suggestions on those, where the OP wants to get to becomes relevant.

Big Russ has given a clear comparison of choices and time required by train or ferry.

So unless the OP has a serious fear of flying, chances are flying is the best choice of all.

PalenQ Apr 14th, 2017 01:11 PM

Eurostar trains leave from St. Pancras International station, while trains from Edinburgh arrive at King's Cross, so you'd have to change stations. They're near each other.>

They adjoin each other and are practically the same station. You do have to change trains but that is as close to a direct train to the Continent as you'll get. And the quickest outside of flying which OP says on another thread someone said above they do not want to do.

PalenQ Apr 14th, 2017 02:59 PM

http://www.ferryto.com/routes.html

You go also go from near Edinburgh to several Continental destinations.

Mimar Apr 15th, 2017 09:44 AM

There's a P&O ferry from Rosyth, a port about about 12 miles from Edinburgh, to Zeebrugge, Belgium, near Bruges. So taxi to Rosyth port. From Zeebrugge it depends on what you want to do and where you want to go. In the past P&O has run a bus from arriving ferries to the train station.

Mimar Apr 15th, 2017 09:49 AM

Ooops, take it back. P&O no longer runs that route.

I wish all Internet sites could have dates and maybe automatic deletion if not confirmed periodically.

PalenQ Apr 15th, 2017 03:06 PM

Dr G -where do you want to eventually go on the Continent? Any ole place or something specific?


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