Want to take train to Edinburgh from London in August. Tips?
Book 12 weeks in advance - as that's when fares are released. If you book in advance you can get very cheap tickets, if you book on the day it's very, very expensive.
for train fares and times.
Book early to save yourself more than 50%, depending on your time of booking. Buying a ticket at the train station upon departure is the most expensive way to purchase a ticket (standard off peak price - £125.70). However, if money is not an issue, buy your ticket at the platform as pre booked tickets are often only valid for the specific train that you booked the ticket for.
You can purchase reduced price tickets in advance from any train site such as:
National Rail www.nationalrail.co.uk/
East Coast Trains www.eastcoast.co.uk/
Try ScotRail http://www.scotrail.co.uk/. My family and I found it comfortable and a good use of vacation time.
I've been looking at fares from London to Edinburgh/Glasgow for August for myself and Virgin East Coast has fares released between Edinburgh and London now since it's a longer route. Glasgow is only 12 weeks in advance except for one train but the availability on the London-Edinburgh route is good and as low as 25£ one way. I've used Virgin twice on different routes and both times the tickets seemed to get more expensive the longer you wait to book. I would not wait until the day of travel especially since August is a very busy month in Edinburgh.
If you don't have your hotel booked, you should get on that. Hotels are at a premium during August. Same with Tattoo tickets, if you are planning on going, you should have already bought them
I have done this trip twice...once each way. It is a great trip watching the country change south to north. You know without asking when you enter Scotland the whole atmosphere changes (in a good way) But as to the actual travel, book first class, book well ahead - use trainline.com and don't take too much luggage as there is not always too much room. Enjoy!
Train between London and Edinburgh is awesome. Very quick and very comfortable. Take some food on board and relax. But book early to get cheaper tickets!
If you have more time and are on a budget, MegaBus and National Express offer an overnight cheap bus, sometimes with a reclining chair.
Things to do in Scotland: http://www.neverendinghoneymoon.net/%EF%BB%BFgreat-scot/