London to Edinburg - by train or by air.

May 21st, 2014, 06:01 PM
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London to Edinburg - by train or by air.

Need suggestion for this route. Can you provide any link to the sites , please.
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May 21st, 2014, 11:13 PM
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No trains as you have to cross the Atlantic.

If you want to go to Edinburgh however
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May 22nd, 2014, 12:03 AM
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If you are already at Heathrow then flying on makes most sense. If you are in central London then the train makes more sense. Generally.

Don't get fooled into confusing London's 5 airports, there is little benefit trying to say get from Heathrow to Gatwick enroute.
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May 22nd, 2014, 02:57 AM
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Starting in central London, the 'one hour flight' will take 3 to 4 disjointed hours of train, airport, flight, airport, bus. Great for business travellers keen to save every minute, or those already at the airport, but not good for those on holiday - I mean vacation!

The 125mph train takes 4h20 city centre to city centre while you relax with a glass of wine through great scenery all along the Northumberland coast past Alnmouth castle and over the Royal Border Bridge at Berwick, make sure you sit on the right-hand side of the train going north for the best views.

Trains leave every hour or better, the cheapest way to book is at as they give an extra 10% off their own advance fares (from around £21) if you book direct with them, and they charge no fee, and issue print-at-home tickets.

If you see a good first class fare, from just £49 if you book well in advance, go for it, on weekdays that includes food and wine served at your seat.

Booking usually opens 9-12 weeks before departure - if you see no advance fares from £20, only £117+ fares, reservations aren't open yet, so wait a bit.
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May 22nd, 2014, 07:10 AM
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If you see a good first class fare, from just £49 if you book well in advance, go for it, on weekdays that includes food and wine served at your seat.>

Yup hop on it - first class on British long-distance trains is way WAY much more comfy than Standard Class, often crammed full with much tinier seats and like Man says in first class you get complimentary food and drinks - including beer or wine - served at your seat.

Many folks like to stop off at York, about half way to Scotland for a few hours or a day or two - York being one of the nicest cities in Britain IMO. Put bags in a station locker - everything is within walking distance from the York train station.

For lots of great info on British trains check out these fine sites - - Man in Seat 61 who posts above his commercial site; and

There is also an overnight train - the Caledonian Sleeper that rolls nightly except Saturdays I think between London and Edinburgh - save on the cost of a hotel and travel time.
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May 22nd, 2014, 11:46 AM
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Get a private room and have brekfast served by a nicely dressed waiter in bed! You can go not only to Edinburgh but Glasgow, Inverness, Perth and lots of places in upper Scotland.
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May 22nd, 2014, 07:02 PM
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>>London to Edinburgh - by train or by air.<<

You haven't given us enough info. But the above have provided most of what you need to know. If you want to do this on arrival at say LHR . . . Then flying is a no brainer. If you will be staying IN London first . . . Then the train is a no brainer.

Whether the fast train or the overnight sleeper is best mostly depends on the rest of your itinerary and how long you have in each city. . . . and whether you can sleep on a night train (not everyone can)
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May 23rd, 2014, 04:51 AM
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The day train may be good if you've never been to Britain before as the line above Newcastle has been called by some publication the most scenic mainline in Britain - it hugs a scenic coast much of the way during the last third or so - even the part from London to the person who has never seen Britain could be nice and rather bucolic - you never dreamt Britain had so so many sheep!

Yes if landing at Heathrow and you can right away fly cheaply like janis says do it - but if you want to see more than airports and tarmacs in between take the day train.
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