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Train from Edinburgh to London

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Train from Edinburgh to London


I checked the website for ticket prices from Edinburgh to London, and the cheapest I could find was about 58 pounds. For a train journey between 4 and 5 hours with lots of trains running all day long, this seems quite expensive. Do you know if its cheaper to just buy a ticket at the station or will it not make a difference?


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1. Re: Train from Edinburgh to London

Train fares bought in advance are almost always cheaper than the walk-up fare, which is the most expensive way to travel.

Check for fares on nationalrail.co.uk - there is a link to find cheapest fares on the day(s) you want to travel.

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2. Re: Train from Edinburgh to London

£58 will be an "Advance" fare valid on booked train only. They are released at various price quotas and the cheapest quotas sell out first (they start at about £15) They are released *approx* 12 weeks before travel.

You can buy them at the station (in advance, of course) but East Coast give a 10% discount.

If you buy on the day of travel you will pay from £120.40 for a Super Off Peak to £152.00 for Anytime Single depending on the time/day you wish to travel.

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3. Re: Train from Edinburgh to London

I fear your perception of prices for UK long distance train journeys is out of tune. £58 isn't a bad fare for that route.

There is a huge variation in prices for London distance trains in the UK.

If you turn up at the station without pre-booking a single on that route will cost you £121 (or £122 return - valid on most trains) or for £152 (early morning trains).

There are different types of tickets available and it is important that you understand what you are buying. The £58 fare you saw is an "advance" ticket which can be great value but has no flexibility.

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4. Re: Train from Edinburgh to London

I guess I am comparing it to trains in mainland europe which seem a lot cheaper. Well I will definitely be pre booking if that is the case.

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5. Re: Train from Edinburgh to London

Just took a look, and you are right, if I book far enough in advance I can get one for 17 pounds.

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