London Train Break to Edinburgh

A two day, one night city break in Edinburgh

Updated September 2011

Edinburgh has enough attractions to keep you busy for at least a few days but this type of rail break is ideal for those looking to cover many UK cities in a very short time, specifically in 2 days. This type of short break is best suited for those who have never been to Edinburgh before. Being a very compact city, it allows you to experience many of the city's attractions and its incredible views.

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In terms of comfort and convenience you cannot beat the ready-packaged 2-Day Rail Trip from London to Edinburgh (available to visitors of all nationalities; prices in US dollars) which includes return train ticket to London, one night bed and breakfast accommodation in Edinburgh, admission to Edinburgh Castle and an open top bus tour.

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Edinburgh 2-Day Break from London for UK and European visitors

First, book your train and hotel deal in Edinburgh. Try to get the first morning train to Edinburgh which departs from London King's Cross at 6:15am. The last train back to London departs Edinburgh Waverley every day at 7:00pm. With a night's accommodation this gives you roughly a day and a half in Edinburgh. To make the most of your 2-day break in Edinburgh, choose the overnight sleeper train which gets you into Edinburgh at 7:00am approx. This gives you almost 2 full days to experience Scotland's Capital.

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Edinburgh 2-Day Rail Trip from London for US and Canada visitors

This 2-day city break in Edinburgh is arranged by Rail Europe, the specialized website on train travel in Europe. It includes a return train ticket on the National Express East Coast high speed train (which replaced GNER), overnight stay at a central 3 star hotel, entrance to Edinburgh Castle and a pass for the open top bus tour of the City Centre.

The break to Edinburgh starts with the train journey from London Kings Cross at 6:30am -- 8:30 am on Sundays. The high speed train covers more than 390 miles in just under 4 and a half hours arriving in Edinburgh at 11:26am -- 1:26pm on Sundays.

You can spend the first day of your short break having lunch at one of the great pubs and restaurants in the Old Town.

  • Use your bus pass for the open top bus tour around Edinburgh's City Centre. The tour covers most attractions including Holyrood Palace and Greyfriars Bobby. This tour is included in the trip price and the pass is valid for 24 hours. It's also a good way to figure out what to explore in detail on the second day of your short break.
  • Take a tour of Edinburgh Castle, the most popular attraction in Edinburgh thanks to its history, the One o'Clock Gun and, most of all, the views of the city. The entrance to the castle is also included in the break price.

In the afternoon and on the second day of your short break go to Calton Hill for amazing views of Edinburgh's City Centre and explore the Georgian New Town.

The train back to London departs from Waverley train station at 5:30pm arriving in London at 10:17pm.

You can choose between a first class and second class train ticket for this trip. You can also choose to extend your short break by an extra night at the same hotel.

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