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Chris Gebben

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What are the most affordable trains to ride from London to Edinburgh?

Hi Everyone!  I am planning a trip to Scotland and I think I will be flying into London for a day or two and then heading up to Edinburgh. Does anyone have any suggestions for what the cheapest train lines are to get up there? Thanks!!

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  • Sarah Harrison

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    Flights are cheaper then the train, but http://www.redspottedhanky.com/ is another site you can use for rail. Book as far in advance as you can, for the cheapest tickets and to be able to reserve a seat. Otherwise 4/5 hours of standing with luggage!

    There is also an overnight sleeper bus? https://uk.megabus.com/ for the cheapest rail and bus tickets but they only have limited number of tickets available for certain routes and times.


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    • Chris G.

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      Thanks a lot for the info! I will look into those. · (0 likelikes)

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  • Shrirang Joshi

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    I have seen that sometimes air travel is cheaper or equal to train travel. You might want to consider air as well.

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      Thanks! Will do. · (1 likelikes)

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  • Thomas Durrant

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    Have a look on thetrainline.com that's normally your best bet; if you really want to go cheap check out megabus, not a train but cheap; good luck

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      Awesome. Thanks for the bus info too. I hadn't thought of that. · (0 likelikes)

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  • Eleanor Doherty

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    Have a look at the trainline.com but you need to book about 12 weeks in advance to get real savings

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  • Sarah Ellacott

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    I booked my trains directly with East Coast Trains, the moment tickets were available for the dates I am travelling. While I also did use a railcard for reduced prices, on selected trains, fares were as low as £15, however those prices tend to go up during August.

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  • Rob Burns

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    Trainline has an app and is a very useful resource. The further ahead you book, generally the cheaper the price. Look into tourist passes like Railcards. Also, travelling outside of peak brings the price down dramatically. I never used http://uk.megabus.com/ - it seems super cheap but the experience could be as cheap as the ticket. Anywhere between $30 and $100 seems to be the quoted price for London - Edinburgh right now.


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