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Day tour to Edinburgh from London by train

Day tour by train including visit to Edinburgh Castle and open top bus tour


Edinburgh Castle from London day tour

Edinburgh: in just one day from London!

Day trip to Edinburgh highlights

  • Return train tickets to Edinburgh with reserved seats

  • Entry to Edinburgh Castle

  • Open top bus tour

  • Free Edinburgh city map

  • First class (optional extra) includes refreshments served at your seat

Day tour to Edinburgh from London

Edinburgh in a day from London

Edinburgh is around 4 hours and 20 minutes by fast train from London. With a very early start and a late return you'll have 6 hours in Edinburgh to enjoy a trip to Edinburgh Castle and a ride on the popular Edinburgh hop-on bus to appreciate the wonderful capital from a fantastic perspective!


Waverley Station where you get off the train is at the very heart of the city of Edinburgh, so you lose no precious sightseeing and shopping time. All the main sights are within easy walking off the train station.

 

This tour is independent; not a guided tour. On purchasing you simply print off your reserved train tickets at home and take them with you to King's Cross Station at the required time. You will also receive an entrance ticket to Edinburgh Castle and a 1 day hop-on, hop off Edinburgh sightseeing pass as well as a city map enabling you to plan your day ahead on the train.


Tour days, times, pick up/drop off points

Tour runs every day Monday to Saturday.

6.30am - check in at Kings Cross Railway Station

7am - departure

10.09pm - arrival back at London Kings Cross Railway Station

 


Day tour to Edinburgh from London

One day trip to Edinburgh with bus tour & Edinburgh Castle - what to expect

Departure from King’s Cross Station

You will need to be at King’s Cross Station at 6.30am with your printed train tickets for your outbound and inbound rail journeys. Your train will depart at 7am and arrive in to Edinburgh at 11.22am. Please print all tickets for both your return rail journey and attraction tickets.

 

The journey will swoop along Britain’s scenic east coast, before arriving in Edinburgh at 11.22am. You’ll also get a handy Edinburgh map to make navigating the city a little easier.

Edinburgh, Scotland hop-on, hop off bus

Edinburgh hop-on, hop off bus


Open top bus tour in Edinburgh

A hop on hop off open top bus tour will take you round all the main sights in Scotland's capital. From your vantage point you will see the Palace of Holyroodhouse, (the Queen’s official residence when she visits Scotland), and Edinburgh Castle, where you will be visiting later in your day.

 

You’ll cruise down Royal Mile, one of the busiest streets in Edinburgh’s historic old town, and past the famed Greyfriars Bobby monument.

 

Edinburgh Castle

Edinburgh Castle Golden Tours day trip

Edinburgh Castle: tickets included

Following your open top bus tour you head to Edinburgh Castle, where your ticket has already been paid. A thousand years of history await you.

 

From its Portcullis Gate through to the Argyle Battery, with six guns

and spectacular views over the Fife, and the Great Hall where prisoners in the 18th and 19th century were held, Edinburgh Castle is a fascinating glimpse into the past.

 

From its commanding position on top of Castle Rock, there is much to see at Edinburgh Castle including the Crown Jewels of Scotland, the Stone of Destiny, the Royal Palace and Great Hall.

 

The views from the Western Battlements are spectacular, where on a clear day you can even view distant Highland peaks, which look particularly captivating when capped with snow.

 

Return journey

Bid goodbye to Scotland! Check in time from Edinburgh Waverley Station is 5pm, your train departs at 5.30pm, arriving back in London at 10.09pm.


Edinburgh Heart of Midlothian

Heart of Midlothian

Prices & tour reservations

Prices displayed on the banner link are the current prices for this tour.

 

Sometimes on special occasions there may be slight changes to the tour, dates or price so do check on the booking page linked below. Extra dates are often put on around long holiday weekends, notably Easter and New Year.


Major credit and debit cards are accepted. You will be emailed a confirmation with a booking reference after reservation.

 

To book you will need your booking reference and in addition the first and last names of all passengers when ordering. There are no paper tickets.


On the tour detail page from the link below, there is a date drop-down at the top right of the page, which depicts which dates still have availability. By selecting your required date you start the reservation process. Once we list a date for operation it is guaranteed to run, there are no minimum numbers.


Day tour to Edinburgh from London
One Day Tour London to Edinburgh - £184

Tour 1:
One Day Tour London to Edinburgh - £199

Train departs London Kings Cross early morning, arriving in Edinburgh late morning for a full day's sightseeing.

Including Hop-on-Hop-off sightseeing Tour Bus and entrance into Edinburgh Castle.

Leave Edinburgh late afternoon / early evening returning to London around 10.30pm.

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Two Day Tour London to Edinburgh - £275

Tour 2:
Two Day Tour London to Edinburgh - £312

Train departs London Kings Cross early morning, arriving in Edinburgh late morning for a full day's sightseeing.

Including Hop-on-Hop-off sightseeing Tour Bus and entrance into Edinburgh Castle.

Overnight stay in 3* hotel. Free day to explore Edinburgh at your leisure before returning to London 10.30pm

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Three Day Weekday Tour  London to Edinburgh with Trip to Scottish Highlands - £479

Tour 3:
Three Day Weekday Tour London to Edinburgh with Trip to Scottish Highlands - £499

Every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday with 2 nights' accommodation in a Guest House or 3* hotel.

Edinburgh sightseeing including Hop-on-Hop-off sightseeing Tour Bus and entry into Edinburgh Castle.

Full day in Scottish Highlands including Loch Ness at Fort Augustus, Rannoch Moor and Glencoe.

Free day to explore Edinburgh at your leisure before returning to London late evening.

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Three Day Weekend Tour  London to Edinburgh with Trip to Scottish Highlands - £289

Tour 4:
Three Day Weekend Tour London to Edinburgh with Trip to Scottish Highlands - £339

Departs on Fridays returning Sundays. Fully guided coach tour on arrival .

Additional paid options to visit the Highlands including Loch Ness and Whisky Tasting and Ghost Tours.

Two nights' accommodation in a Guest House or 3* hotel.

Last day at your leisure or optional trips before returning to London around 8.30pm.

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