Edinburgh, Scotland
York, England

Train ticket from Edinburgh to York

Transpennine Express
2h 51mfrom£49.00
London North Eastern Railway (LNER)
2h 31mfrom£62.52
2h 31mfrom£75.19

Save £26.19 if you travel with Transpennine Express!

Choose Transpennine Express trains with fares starting from £49. Travel time approximately 2h 51m. More than 32 schedules for your trip.

We have selected the cheapest, fastest and earliest schedules for your trip to York.

  • Transpennine Express


    2h 51m
  • London North Eastern Railway (LNER)


    2h 23m
  • London North Eastern Railway (LNER)


    2h 41m

Train Edinburgh to York

It takes an average of 2h 32m to travel from Edinburgh to York by train, covering a distance of about 260 km. There are usually 32 trains traveling daily from Edinburgh to York and tickets for this journey start from £49 when you book in advance.

Distance260 km
Fastest2h 23m

Saving Money

Cheapest Bus

The cheapest bus ticket from Edinburgh to York is a regular seat, one-way trip, when booked in advance. Buying on the day of travel is usually more expensive and may include additional costs that can vary depending on the time of day and bus class.

Cheapest Bus
Book in advance.
Most companies sell bus tickets about three to six months in advance. If you already have your travel date set, search as early as possible to save money.
Be flexible with your travel times.
Many companies increase ticket prices during "peak hours" (usually between 06:00 - 10:00 and 15:00 - 19:00 on weekdays). If possible, choose to travel outside of these hours to find cheaper tickets and save money.
Check connections.
On some of the busiest routes, you may also have the option of taking a slower or connecting transportation. It may take a little longer, but if you have a bit more time available, you may find a cheaper ticket.

Travel Tips

The best tips from our team for your next trip

Consider choosing eco-friendly transport options like buses or trains instead of driving alone in a car, which can help reduce your carbon footprint.

Arrive on time for your bus or train, and be respectful of other passengers' schedules.

Traveling during off-peak hours can save moneyon bus and train fares, as prices tend to be lower during non-peak times.

Bring a refillable water bottle and stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water throughout your journey.

Research the local culture and customs of the places you will be traveling through, and learn about the history, traditions, and values of the people.

Choose a mode of transportation that allows you to work comfortably, such as a train with spacious seating or a bus with Wi-Fi.

Keep your valuables like cash, passport, andimportant documents in a secure place, like a neck wallet or a money belt.Avoid carrying large sums of money or expensive jewelry.

Learn basic phrases in the local language, such as greetings or common phrases, to show respect and build connections with locals.

Check the pet policies of the bus or train company you are traveling with, and make sure your pet is allowed on board.

Choosing the right seat, such as one with extralegroom or a window seat, can help maximize comfort during your journey.

Research sightseeing opportunities along your route, such as landmarks, tourist attractions, or scenic routes, and plan your itinerary accordingly.

What companies travel from Edinburgh to York?

Whether you're seeking speed, comfort, affordability, or a blend of all, our detailed overview covers the key players in the industry. Get insights into schedules, booking tips, and amenities offered by each company, ensuring your journey between these iconic cities is as smooth and enjoyable as possible.

Frequently asked questions

Discover the historic route from Edinburgh to York, steeped in scenic landscapes and rich culture. Opt for a tranquil train journey or a scenic bus ride, witnessing picturesque views and quaint towns between these iconic cities. Ideal for history buffs and explorers alike.

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Best Travel Options

Tackling the journey from Edinburgh to York? Here’s what you need to know about the differing travel times, costs, and experiences of train and car travel:

Travel Time: Zipping through by train only takes around 2 to 2.5 hours, making it a swift option. In contrast, driving spans about 4 hours, traffic depending.

Cost: Advance train fares offer value, while driving can be cost-effective for groups, even when considering petrol and parking.

Experience: Train rides provide comfort and speed, ideal for business travelers or quick trips. Cars offer flexibility and adventure for leisure trippers and explorers.

🧳 A short trip of approximately 325 km (202 miles) lies ahead. Keep reading to discover more about your best travel options and how to optimize your journey from Edinburgh to York.

Best Travel Options

Bus vs Train

Exploring the contrasts between bus and train travel from Edinburgh to York illuminates three main points for passengers:

Cost Considerations: Bus travel is more pocket-friendly and suits those keen on savings, whereas train fares offer value with early or off-peak bookings.

Scenic Route: The bus provides leisurely glimpses of rural beauty, while train rides couple quick transit with panoramic vistas of the landscape.

Travel Duration: Trains whisk you to York in a swift 2.5 hours, appealing for tighter schedules, while bus rides grant time to enjoy the journey.

Bus vs Train

Cheapest Travel Options

Explore Edinburgh to York affordably with National Express and Megabus, offering journeys from £10 to £30. Enjoy onboard comforts with National Express or pocket-friendly travel with Megabus.

Whether you’re a family looking for budget-friendly fares, a business traveller needing cost efficiency, or a solo adventurer on a shoestring, we’ve got options that cater to all. Save big and travel smart with choices that balance your needs and your wallet.

Cheapest Travel Options

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