Edinburgh Rail Trip from London with Castle entry and Hop-on Hop-off bus

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Duration - 16 hours

INR 15,899 p.p. onwards

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Greater London, United Kingdom

See the best of the Scottish capital on this independent day trip from London to Edinburgh. Travel by train through England’s countryside and jump aboard your hop-on hop-off city tour in Edinburgh. Wander along the Royal Mile — a UNESCO World Heritage site — and marvel at the Scottish Crown Jewels inside Edinburgh Castle. Gaze up at the Scott Monument and visit the Scotch Whisky Heritage Center. With your rail travel, hop-on hop-off bus tour (if option selected) and entry to Edinburgh Castle all included, you’re free to explore Edinburgh at your leisure.

Available options

Standard class 06:30
Standard-class rail trip includes Edinburgh Castle ticket

INR 15,899
p.p. onwards

First class 06:30
First Class: First-class rail trip includes Edinburgh Castle ticket

INR 23,888
p.p. onwards

This is a typical itinerary for this product

Stop At: Edinburgh Castle, Castlehill, Edinburgh EH1 2NG Scotland

Edinburgh Castle is a historic fortress which dominates the skyline of the city of Edinburgh, Scotland, from its position on the Castle Rock. Archaeologists have established human occupation of the rock since at least the Iron Age, although the nature of the early settlement is unclear.

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: St Giles' Cathedral, High Street Historic Royal Mile, Edinburgh EH1 1RE Scotland

St Giles' Cathedral, also known as the High Kirk of Edinburgh, is the principal place of worship of the Church of Scotland in Edinburgh. Its distinctive crown steeple is a prominent feature of the city skyline, at about a third of the way down the Royal Mile which runs from the Castle to Holyrood Palace

Duration: 20 minutes

Stop At: Princes Street Gardens, 54 Princes Street, Edinburgh EH2 4BA Scotland

Princes Street Gardens are two adjacent public parks in the centre of Edinburgh, Scotland, lying in the shadow of Edinburgh Castle. The Gardens were created in two phases in the 1770s and 1820s following the long draining of the Nor Loch and building of the New Town, beginning in the 1760s.

Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: Edinburgh Old Town, Edinburgh EH1 Scotland

Visitors pack the Old Town, a bustling area of centuries-old buildings and narrow alleys. At its heart, perched on an extinct volcano, Edinburgh Castle is home to Scotland’s crown jewels. The Royal Mile, a steep street lined with traditional pubs, casual eateries, souvenir shops and small museums, runs from the castle to the Scottish Parliament and the Palace of Holyroodhouse, the Queen’s Scottish residence.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Royal Mile, Edinburgh EH1 2PB Scotland

The Royal Mile is a succession of streets forming the main thoroughfare of the Old Town of the city of Edinburgh in Scotland. The term was first used descriptively in W M Gilbert's Edinburgh in the Nineteenth Century (1901), "...with its Castle and Palace and the royal mile between", and was further popularised as the title of a guidebook, published in 1920.

Duration: 40 minutes

Stop At: 53 Princes Street, Edinburgh EH2 2DG Scotland

Princes Street is one of the major thoroughfares in central Edinburgh, Scotland, and the main shopping street in the capital. It is the southernmost street of Edinburgh's New Town, stretching around 1 mile (1.6 km) from Lothian Road in the west, to Leith Street in the east. The street has virtually no buildings on the south side, allowing panoramic views of the Old Town, Edinburgh Castle, and the valley between. Most of the street is limited to trams, buses and taxis with only the east end open to all traffic.

Duration: 45 minutes

Pass By: Holyrood Park Education Centre 1 Queen's Drive, Edinburgh EH8 8HG Scotland

The Palace of Holyroodhouse, commonly referred to as Holyrood Palace, is the official residence of the British monarch in Scotland, Queen Elizabeth II.

Pass By: Palace of Holyroodhouse, Canongate, Edinburgh EH8 8DX Scotland

The Palace of Holyroodhouse, commonly referred to as Holyrood Palace, is the official residence of the British monarch in Scotland, Queen Elizabeth II.

Pass By: National Museum of Scotland, Chambers Street, Edinburgh EH1 1JF Scotland

The National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh, Scotland, was formed in 2006 with the merger of the new Museum of Scotland, with collections relating to Scottish antiquities, culture and history, and the adjacent Royal Museum, with collections covering science and technology, natural history, and world cultures.

Terms & conditions

All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.

Additional info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 2 days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability
  • Outbound: Train departs London Kings Cross: 07:02 / train arrives in Edinburgh: 11:02
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Return: Train departs Edinburgh: 17:13 / train arrives at London Kings Cross: 22:10
  • Your electronic tickets and vouchers will be sent to you one week prior to your scheduled departure date via email (or, if booked within one week then within 24 hours of booking). We would recommend arriving at Kings Cross Station 30 minutes before your scheduled train departure time
  • This tour is unescorted
  • Child age: 3-11 yrs
  • We will make every effort to fulfil any train seating requests, however, this cannot be guaranteed
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 9 travelers
  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized


  • Edinburgh city map and guide
  • Hop on Hop off tour of Edinburgh (if option selected)
  • Return train journey with reserved seats
  • Entrance to Edinburgh Castle
  • Information pack with a souvenir map of Edinburgh
  • Entry/Admission - Edinburgh Castle

Departure time

06:30 AM

Departure point

King's Cross, Euston Rd, London N1 9AL, UK

Recent reviews

Donny_G   14th May 2022

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The train being late and the Hop On Hop Off bus not going to the Royal Mile and other stops. Really a lot of money for only getting to go to the castle.

Ann_J   12th July 2022

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Edinburgh and the castle was great, but all trains returning to London were canceled or delayed. We had members of our party who had prescription medicine back in London so it was critical that we return and we had to push our way on to the last train. We never received any messages to let us know what was happening or what we should do. The kindness of a couple station workers is the only reason we made it back to London 5 hours later than scheduled.

Dennis_H   15th September 2022

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The hop on hop off bus company was not operating that day so we had to purchase tickets ourselves with another bus company

Lynn_M   20th July 2022

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This was surprisingly a very pleasant day trip, we highly recommend it, hope the rail is brought up to current technology where it doesnt buckle under extreme heat.

Susan_H   14th March 2022

The booking said that I couldn't pre print my tickets, and that they would be provided by someone at the train station the morning of the trip. I left the US and went to the UK. After I was there, I got a message stating that they decided that someone wouldn't be there and they had sent the tickets. I didn't recieve them. I let the company know that I didn't get the tickets. They said they sent them again, however, I never recieved them. I even went to the train station the morning of the trip just in case someone was there, but there wasn't anyone. I spent a whole lot of money on a trip that I didn't get to take because I never recieved the tickets. There was no refund.

ernien579   13th November 2019

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I have done this trip three times, the train ride is wonderful (there are no trains where I live) I love wandering around Edinburgh

Diana_G   2nd June 2022

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We loved the train ride to Edinburgh seeing all the beautiful countryside. The food was good and the attendants took good care of us.

Tamara_Z   25th May 2021

The guide never showed up. We tried calling and I sent a email. We were waiting for guided since 0600. We called numerous time and works from the train did as well. This was my little sister first time in Europe. Very disappointed she didn't get the proper experience.

Oriana_M   14th March 2022

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The description, the overview and the email confirmation all list as train ride, castle tour and hop on/off bus EXCEPT for this price it actually doesn’t include the bus portion. They tell you later you have to buy that extra. I priced out the train and castle separate and this tour is at a huge profit for them to not include what it shows in three places. I tried to communicate with the tour company and they argue they are right and won’t issue a credit back for the bus. They won’t change the destruction, overview and confirmation email either. Do yourself a favor and take the train without this company and get your castle tickets online. You’ll save money and a huge disappointment.

Adrian_V   2nd October 2022

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For the most part the trip was good value, but the HOHO Bus experience was terrible. The HOHO Bus industry as a whole needs to get back to Pre-COVID standards and remember the Traveler is the only reason they are still in business