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Help with rail travel - Edinburgh to London

I need some help with making reservations from Edinburgh Waverly to London ( St Pancras or Euston). When I look up fares, I see: Rail Europe, loco2 and LNER. Prices show up for Rail Europe and loco2, but are not available for LNER. My travel dates are One-way on September 28 for the time period of 8:30 to 10:00. I'm flexible on the time. I'm just a little nervous about the best place to book my train travel. Thanks to all who post. You guys are great!

Posted by
4429 posts

Yes, book with the operator LNER. It seems odd that they have prices available through to the end of September, but not the last 2 weekends. You could set up an alert to be notified when tickets are released.

I have just checked since I typed the above and it seems like there is planned engineering works at Morpeth. LNER trains will run hourly and via Carlisle, which will add 90 minutes to the journey, plus trains will be very busy. Alternatively, there will be a bus service between Edinburgh and Newcastle and the train will run south of there.

Can you travel on the Friday or Monday? Flying at the weekend maybe less hassle.

Posted by
1786 posts

As there are engineering works on the east coast line you could take one of the infrequent Virgin trains from Edinburgh to Euston. Some are direct others require one change. Advance tickets are now on sale for these services.

https://www.virgintrains.co.uk/

Posted by
57 posts

Others here gave the best advice, book directly with the company, certainly NOT Rail Europe.

Posted by
277 posts

Thanks for your help. After doing more research, I realized that Raileurope is just a company that sells tickets. They aren't a railroad. Since I usually book hotels directly with the hotel, not through Hotels.com. I will book with the railroad itself. LNER still hasn't opened up on the dates that I need. I'll wait a little longer or I'll go ahead and book with Virgin.