London to Edinburgh via York by train in 3 days

Travel Tips
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If you are looking to see as much of the UK as you can whilst you are visiting, or you're based in London and looking for some British travel inspiration we highly recommend York and Edinburgh for you to see, as they are both so rich in history and culture and you can travel to them quite easily from Kings Cross Station in central London. (London Underground lines – Circle, Piccadilly, Hammersmith & City, Northern, Metropolitan and Victoria). 

York is only around a 2-2.5 hour train journey from London and try to get a window seat if you can, as the English countryside views on a nice day take some serious beating! You can go from central London to Central York easily (2-2.5 hrs travel time) and there are taxis or Uber's outside the train station and it is quite a small city to navigate by foot, because of this we would recommend an overnight stay in the city before heading up to Edinburgh the next day (2-2.5 hrs travel time York-Edinburgh). York is a historic city in North Yorkshire, and is known for its well-preserved medieval buildings and rich history. The city's most famous landmark is the York Minster, a Gothic cathedral that dates back to the 7th century. Other popular attractions include the Jorvik Viking Centre, which showcases the city's Viking history, the York Castle Museum, which features exhibits on the city's social and cultural history, and the Museum Gardens, which is a beautiful park with several historic buildings and a botanical garden.


Edinburgh is well worth seeing if you have the time and again the train station is very central with taxis and Uber's outside. The station is right in the middle of the old and new town and we would recommend staying in the old town to get a better feel for the history and there is always a big buzz about the ‘Royal Mile'. There is quite a steep walk to get to the Old Town from the station and we would advise taking a taxi or Uber to get there if you have luggage. The other things you can see whilst you are there are, Edinburgh Castle, the Grass Market, Princes Street Gardens, Holyrood Palace, Dean Village, Greyfriars Kirkyard and a lot more depending on what else may interest you. Also, make sure you bring comfortable footwear, as Edinburgh is renowned for being quite a hilly city. A 2-3 night stay should be enough to see most points of interest and you can get a return train to London in around 4.5 hours, or fly from Edinburgh airport in around 1.5 hrs. If you have the time we would advise taking the train, as you go directly from central Edinburgh back to central London, without the commutes of getting to and from the airports. 

Train info - www.thetrainline.com

Flight info - www.skyscanner.net

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