The best way to find out when trains are cheapest is by looking at their websites (which can be confusing). Each company has its own website, and they all have different fares, prices and different London to Edinburgh train time. But there are some things that are common between them — for example, most offer cheap train tickets on weekends or during holidays (and vice versa), so look for those dates when you’re planning your trip.
If you’re travelling during peak season (the busy part of the year) then it’s likely that there will be more people travelling on both routes, which means that it will be harder to find a cheap deal; however, if you’re travelling outside of peak season then it should be easier to get a good price on train tickets from London to Edinburgh. If you’re planning a trip to Edinburgh, and want to get there on the cheap, here are three tips to help you do so.
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1. Do Your Research
It’s easy for people to get confused about how much it will cost to travel from London to Edinburgh by train, how long it takes and which trains are available. The best way to find out is to check out the National Rail Enquiries website (www.nationalrail.co.uk). You can also pick up a free copy of their magazine ‘The Traveller’ at most stations or book online via their website
2. Book Your Ticket Early
Tickets for trains from London to Edinburgh are often cheaper the earlier you book them. That’s because some companies release their cheap fares at certain times of the year, often releasing them in January or February. If you’re heading from London to Edinburgh by train, the best time to book is during the week. Friday and Saturday evenings tend to be cheaper than other days of the week. You’ll also find that Sunday evening trains are cheaper than any other night of the week.
You can save even more money by booking online in advance and paying with a debit card (only available with some companies).
If you’re planning on taking a long journey like this one, it’s probably worth buying your ticket in advance of leaving home so that you can choose the cheapest time possible for travel – especially if there’s a seat that suits your needs or if there’s only one train leaving at night time when you want to travel overnight or during peak hours when it might make sense not to take the train at all but drive instead.
3. Look For Cheap Train Tickets
To get the cheapest ticket, you need to know where to look. If you’re looking for a bargain, try using a search engine like Google Flights or Kayak to find deals on flights and hotels around Edinburgh, and compare those against train fares. You can also check out our Cheap Flights guide for tips on how to get the best deal when booking flights with airlines other than Ryanair or EasyJet.
4. Use Off Peak Tickets
If you’re planning on taking a train during off-peak hours, there’s no need to pay full price! You can buy off-peak tickets online and print them at home or collect them from us at one of our stations. We have plenty of Off-Peak Tickets available so you can choose the right time for your trip. Make your journey a little more social with friends by travelling together as one group. You’ll enjoy each other’s company while saving money!
5. Use Multiple Operators
Many routes offer discounts for booking several tickets for a single destination in one transaction (known as ‘flexible fares’). This is particularly useful if you’re travelling with children or other passengers who might travel occasionally but are not committed to a specific route. Check with each operator to see if they offer flexible fares for your chosen route.