Buy from www.ticketclever.com & collect tickets at any main station with no booking fee, just the official ticket prices. 

Their frugal option also checks to see if split tickets would be cheaper.

UK cards only - overseas visitors or anyone can buy from any train operator website such as Virgin Trains, also with no booking fee although without the split ticket check.

Understand the difference between Advance, Off-Peak, & Anytime fares with this 60-second guide.

Ticket machines

You collect your tickets from the self-service ticket machines.  Touch collect tickets on the screen, insert credit card, enter the reference & your tickets will print.

The route of the Flying Scotsman...

An inter-city train links London & Edinburgh at up to 125mph almost every 30 minutes through the day, 393 miles in 4 hours 20 minutes, city centre to city centre with zero check-in.  Flying means 4 hours of local train to the airport, security searches, flight & then a bus - the train is less hassle, cuts your CO2 emissions by 84%, and is a real travel experience.  This page will help you buy the cheapest tickets and get the most from the trip.

  Train times

  How much does it cost?

  How to buy tickets

  London Kings Cross station

  What's the train like?

  What to see on the journey

  Edinburgh Waverley station

 

  Travel tips

  A bit of history

  A tale of two Edinburgh hotels...

  Watch the video...

Train times...

How much does it cost?

How to buy tickets Buy tickets from www.ticketclever.com...

London Kings Cross station...

Kings Cross station, London   Platform 9 3/4 - the Harry Potter exhibit at Kings Cross

Kings Cross station.  The ugly 1970s concourse has been removed, revealing Lewis Cubitt's elegant station facade of 1852.  More information on the station's history

 

Harry Potter fans can get their photo taken on the new concourse. Though JK Rowling was thinking of Euston when she came up with platform 9 3/4, as explained here...

The new station concourse at Kings Cross

A spacious new concourse has been built alongside the original station, on the left hand side as you look at Cubitt's original facade.  This photo was taken from the balcony where you'll find various food outlets.  The ticket office is on the right of the photo.  The Harry Potter trolley is almost dead centre in the photo, and the Parcel Yard pub is at the back. 

Access to or from the trains at Kings Cross is though automatic ticket gates, so have your ticket handy.

Virgin Trains first class lounge at Kings Cross   Kings Cross first class lounge

Virgin Trains 1st class lounge...  Anyone with a 1st class ticket over 10 for travel via the East Coast route can use the Virgin Trains first class lounge with complimentary tea, coffee, snacks & soft drinks.  The door to the lounge is to the left of the blue neon glow (actually a row of ATMs) in the centre of the concourse photo above.  The lounge is upstairs, accessed via a lift.

Parcel Yard oub at Kings Cross   The Parcel Yard bar, Kings Cross

The Parcel Yard...  If you can't get into the first class lounge, look no further than the Parcel Yard pub at the back of the new concourse, it's a great place to have a meal or beer while waiting for your train. 

Or for a really special meal, try the Plum & Spilt Milk restaurant on the ground floor of the Great Northern Hotel, with an entrance directly off the new Kings Cross station concourse.

What's the train like?

Virgin Train at London Kings Cross

An express at London Kings Cross.  You'll usually find power sockets near all seats & free WiFi in both classes...

Standard class seats on a London to Edinburgh train   First class seats on a London to Edinburgh train

Standard class seats, being refurbished in Virgin Trains red in 2016...

 

1st class seats, being refurbished with Virgin black leather in 2016...

Buffet counter   Complimentary food & wine in 1st class   Luggage racks on the train to Edinburgh

The buffet counter serving tea, coffee, beer, wine, spirits, sandwiches & snacks...

 

Complimentary food & wine is served at your seat in 1st class on Mondays-Fridays...

 

You simply put your luggage on the racks...

What to see on the journey...

The train leaves Kings Cross

1.  The train leaves Kings Cross and immediately plunges into the short Gasworks & Copenhagen tunnels.  It then it accelerates through the London suburbs. 

Arsenal Football Stadium   Alexandra Palace, seen from the train

2.  A few minutes after leaving Kings Cross, look out for Emirates Stadium on the right, the home of Arsenal Football Club and the third largest football stadium in the UK after Wembley & Old Trafford.

 

3.  Alexandra Palace with its large radio & TV mast is on the left 10 minutes or so after leaving Kings Cross - it was from 'Ally Pally' that the BBC broadcast the world's first regular public television service in 1936.

Countryside   And more countryside

4.  Suburbia soon gives way to open country, woods & fields as the train powers on at 125 mph.  It's a 4-track main line, but all trains have to squeeze onto just two tracks to cross the Welwyn Viaduct, which is something of a bottleneck!  The woods and fields eventually give way to the flat Cambridgeshire fenlands...

Peterborough cathedral from the train   Sign marking where Mallard set the world speed record for steam trains

5.  As you approach Peterborough & cross the River Nene 76 miles from Kings Cross, look out for the squat towers of Peterborough cathedral which are just visible over the city roofs on the right hand side of the train.

 

6.  On 3 July 1938 on a stretch of the London-bound track, LNER A4 locomotive Mallard set the world speed record for steam trains, 125.88 mph, a record which still stands today.  Look out for this sign on the right hand side a few miles south of Grantham, marking where history was made.

Approaching York station

7.  York station, 188.5 miles from London - if you want to break up the journey, this is the place for a stopover - see travel tips.  The two towers of York Minster are just visible over the top of the station's beautiful 19th century roof.  York is also home to the National Railway Museum, www.nrm.org.uk.

The Half Way from London to Edinburgh sign

8.  A blur at 125mph...  The famous London to Edinburgh Half Way sign, on the right about 7 miles north of York.

Durham cathedral & castle

9.  At Durham the train crosses a viaduct giving superb views of Durham city, castle & cathedral on the right hand side...

Angel of the North

10.  As the train approaches Newcastle, the Angel of the North is just visible high up on a hill on the right hand side  It's a 66 feet high contemporary steel sculpture by Sir Antony Gormley. erected in 1998...

Crossing the Tyne   Newcastle station

11.  Newcastle... The train slows & rumbles across the River Tyne into Newcastle Central, 268 miles from London.

Alnmouth, seen from the train   Lindisfarne castle, seen from the train

12.  Alnmouth, on the Northumberland coast...

 

13.  Lindisfarne castle just visible through the haze.

The train crosses the Royal Border Bridge at Berwick

14.  The train races across the Royal Border Bridge over the River Tweed approaching Berwick.  Designed by Robert Stephenson, this impressive 659m-long viaduct was opened by Queen Victoria in 1850.  As you can see above the best views as you curve onto the bridge are from the right hand side of the train when going north.

The train crosses the River Tweed   Berwick-upon-Tweed

15.  The River Tweed & city of Berwick.  Just beyond these bridges, the Tweed flows into the North Sea.

 

16.  Berwick, where part of the castle was demolished to make way for the station.

The train runs along the coast

17.  Hello Scotland!  2 miles north of Berwick the train crosses the England-Scotland border, marked by a colourful wooden board with English & Scottish flags next to the track on the right hand side.  But blink and you miss it!  The train is now rolling along the lovely Northumberland coast right by the cliffs with the sea breaking on the rocks below...

Coastline   Scottish stately home

18.  More great British coastline...

 

19.  Ayton Castle in the Scottish borders...

The train arrives at Edinburgh Waverley   Edinburgh station sign

20.  The train rolls in to Edinburgh Waverley, 393 miles from London...

 

21.  Welcome to Edinburgh!

Edinburgh Castle seen from Princes Street

22.  When you walk up the steps from Edinburgh Waverley station onto Princes Street, you're greeted by this view...  Edinburgh Castle seen from Princes Street on a late October afternoon.  And you got here on the route of the Flying Scotsman...

Edinburgh Waverley station...

View of Edinburgh Waverley station   Edinburgh Waverley concourse

Edinburgh Waverley station sits below Princes Street in the narrow valley between Edinburgh's old and new towns...

The station ticket hall   The steps from Waverley station to Princes Street

Ticket hall.  The ticket office and travel centre open off this magnificent hall...

 

Steps & escalators link Waverley with Princes Street above the station...

Virgin Trains first class lounge at Edinburgh   Train at Edinburgh

Virgin Trains 1st class lounge, freshly refurbished in 2016.  1st class passengers can use the lounge at Edinburgh with any kind of first class ticket valid on Virgin Trains East Coast, including Advance tickets.  Lounge photo courtesy of Virgin Trains.

Travel tips...

A bit of history...

A tale of two hotelsEdinburgh's two great railway hotels...

Edinburgh's Caledonian Hotel   Atrium at the Caldonian Hotel

Caledonian Hotel, at the opposite end of Princes Street from Waverley station...

 

The Peacock Alley lounge at the Caledonian Hotel was once part of Edinburgh Princes Street station concourse.

A room at the Caledonian Hotel   Balmoral Hotel, Edinburgh

A double room at the Caley...

 

The rival Balmoral Hotel adjacent to Waverley station, originally the North British Hotel.

The Great Northern Hotel at Kings Cross...

Watch the videoLondon to Edinburgh by train...



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