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Fly or train London to Edinburgh?

Researching travel options to Edinburgh from London. Staying in Holburn area.

What time would you recommend heading into the tube for a 10:00 am flight (Sunday) from LHR?

How about a 10:00 am train from Kings Cross?

With the extra time to travel to airport and deal with security, flying may not be much faster door to door than train. It is more expensive to fly, but not very much it seems.

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1. Re: Fly or train London to Edinburgh?

It should be much easier by train. Piccadilly Line tube, two stops to Kings Cross. Onto the train (no security or anything) step off at Edinburgh Waverley (no immigration control yet) and there you are.

Buy your ticket around 12 weeks before your trip on East Coast Trains website and you should get a bargain.

BUT Check your travel date as there could be engineering work on the line that would muck you around.

If you have the choice, travel on the right hand side of the train as the views from York onwards are of the coast and cathedrals.

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2. Re: Fly or train London to Edinburgh?

My preference would be by train - although if you are travelling on a Sunday, you should check the timetable for your date of travel - sometimes trains have extended journey times due to track maintenance work.

Edited: 18 February 2013, 16:14
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3. Re: Fly or train London to Edinburgh?

Sunday is when TFL (the people who run the tube network) do engineering works. If you happen to pick one of the Sundays when the line to Heathrow is affected, then you'd either have to leave painfully early or cough up £20 for the HeathrowExpress.

Presumably you are looking at a BA flight? BA have a 35 minute cut off at Terminal5 - if you have not entered security 35 minutes before your flight you will be not get on. BA are extremely strict about this.

All of this means that if you do choose the Sunday morning flight from LHR, you have to leave Holborn painfully early.

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4. Re: Fly or train London to Edinburgh?

Train is possible preferably. Where are you heading to when you reach Edinburgh? And how many of there are you? Lots of luggage?

These can affect your decision.

Also, there are flights to Edinburgh from all airports. Check out easyjet from Gatwick, Stansted and Luton, as well as BA flights from London City. Some of the prices you get quoted may convince you that flying is better value.

Depending on your flight dates there may even be Virgin flights from LHR.

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5. Re: Fly or train London to Edinburgh?

Frankly if there are engineering works on the tube (or rail links to other airports), you'd be as well of going by train to Edinburgh anyway. At least it's a short hop in cab/or bus to Kings Cross. Just make sure there are no engineering works on the line to Edinburgh - the eastcoast site carries updates.

http://www.eastcoast.co.uk/

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6. Re: Fly or train London to Edinburgh?

Thanks for the replies! We were planning to fly thinking it would be quicker - but that seems like not the best plan!

London City would be convenient, but only Sunday late afternoon flights; Was looking at BA and Virgin Atlantic out of Heathrow (both pretty cheap) since we're already on the Piccadilly line.

To answer mary_g:

4 of us traveling (family; 3 adults, 1 child based on rail site age info), each with mid-size cases (prob. one size up from the roller that fits in overheads since we're on a 2 week trip but not the huge ones).

Leaving London Sunday morning (30 Jun) for Scotland.

Days in Scotland will be split between couple of days in Edinburgh and other days in the Highlands by car (rented from EDI airport). Haven't yet decided if Edinburgh is on front or end of trip.

Will fly back to LHR from Edinburgh on Friday evening 5 Jul to catch Saturday am flight to US.

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7. Re: Fly or train London to Edinburgh?

End to end travel time is very competitive for trains when travelling city centre to city centre - and overall a much nicer experience, a lot less hassle than flying. Just check those engineering works and maybe sign up for alerts/special offers on the eastcoast site which regularly has some very good deals.

http://www.eastcoast.co.uk/

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8. Re: Fly or train London to Edinburgh?

other questions:

What's different between 1st class and standard class? Is it worth the extra cash?

Do they check luggage or can you store it with you? (bigger than fits in airplane overhead, but not huge)

Are engineering works planned 12 weeks in advance so that the posted travel times are accurate?

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9. Re: Fly or train London to Edinburgh?

First Class gives you a bigger reclining, seat, tea and coffee usually served on departure of every station, snacks like cake and sandwiches or crisps, a hot meal at certain times and cold drinks like beer or wine, or something non-alcoholic if you prefer. All complimentary.

Here's the current menu rotations to give an idea of what you'll get: eastcoast.co.uk/on-board-our-trains/…

If you look up the time tables on the East Coast website it will tell you which menu is being served on which train.

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10. Re: Fly or train London to Edinburgh?

There are luggage racks for large items like suitcases, and overhead racks for smaller items. You keep your luggage with you.

Engineering works dates are usually set by 12 weeks in advance, that's why Advance tickets usually become available about that time.