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Train tickets from London to Scotland

Return trip from London to Edinburg. Just booked accommodations in Edinburg for a week for myself and husband. Now needing to buy train tickets. Plan to use the Liner. Do I buy return tickets or separate one way . We are seniors also. We will be doing other traveling. Any advice on type of tickets and or most efficient way of buying the tickets. We will be there 1st week in May. Buy now?
We are also spending one week in London prior and plan to use the rail traveling.

Posted by
224 posts

Buy as soon as you can: 90 days prior to travel. Check the train company website (not a third party seller, of which there are many) for whether return is cheaper than one way. Might not be. Ditto for split tickets. You might have to look than one up - the UK train system is WEIRD, and there are a lot of pitfalls.

Do go to "Man In Seat 61" website. Full of all the information you can handle, and more.

Posted by
1309 posts

The Two together pass is near certain to save you money
If you go that route you can inducate you already have it when booking tickets online to get the discount
You must physically have the Pass with you on the actual trains and must be travelling together
Its issued at most Staffed stations

Posted by
1309 posts

There are also " area passes" if you have a lok within the National Rail site which may be of use say within a section if Scotland or northern England
Do not use Trainline to buy tickets, stuck with a train company like LNER or Scotrail.

Posted by
15726 posts

There are three train companies that offer tickets from London to Edinburgh. (Trips with no change of train.)

LNER and Lumo depart from Kings Cross and go up the east coast of England.

Avanti West Coast leaves from Euston station and goes up the center and western side of England. It take at least an hour longer than LNER and Lumo.

Use the National Rail website to see the schedule and which train company operates that particular service. Then buy direct from that company. (You can technically buy from any rail company but I buy from the operator to pick my seats.)

It's best to buy in advance as ticket prices don't go down.

I've done this route many times and have always used LNER.

Posted by
46 posts

Thanks all for taking the time to reply and so quickly. Then I will go ahead and buy return and plan to use the Liner as it seems the way to go.

Posted by
6775 posts

Neither LNER or Lumo sell return tickets. All legs are now priced as single fares enabling you to mix and match the best single fare legs for your journey.
Single fares were brought way down in price to facilitate this. Thus if you book a return journey it is really two single journeys.

Posted by
33339 posts

I see you've use "Liner" twice. There is no letter "i". It is LNER, for London North Eastern Railway. Just to save confusion.