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Trains to Edinburgh Waverley Station

Edinburgh Waverley Station is one of two mainline stations in the city, along with Edinburgh Haymarket. It is located between Edinburgh Old Town and Edinburgh New Town, next to Princes Street. There are several landmarks on the doorstep of Edinburgh Waverley Station, including Edinburgh Castle, the Royal Mile, and the National Museum of Scotland.

Edinburgh Waverley Station is the 30th busiest station in the UK and the 2nd busiest Station in Scotland, after Glasgow Central. In 2019-20, Edinburgh Waverley Station served 23.09 million passengers with 1.79 million interchanges.

Edinburgh Waverley Station was built in 1868 when the North British Railway acquired the stations of its rivals and demolished all three; they then built the present station on the site.

Station Area Map

Edinburgh Waverley Station is situated in the centre of Edinburgh, to the south of Princes Street and the North of the Royal Mile. The Scottish National Gallery, Calton Hill, and the Museum of Edinburgh are within walking distance of the station.

Network Rail owns Edinburgh Waverley Station, which has 20 platforms. London North Eastern Railway operate trains to Edinburgh on the East Coast Mainline, with Edinburgh Waverley being the Northern Terminus.

Hotels Near Edinburgh Waverley Station

Station Details and Facilities


Edinburgh station, Princes Street, Edinburgh, Lothian EH1 1BB

General Information

Opening Hours

  • Monday to Saturday: 04:00 – 00:45
  • Sunday: 06:00 – 00:45

Ticket Buying and Collection

You can book tickets with Split My Fare. You will have the option to receive e-Tickets via email or collect your tickets from the self-service ticket machines or ticket office at Edinburgh Waverley Railway Station.

Station Facilities


Located on the concourse.

Located by the ticket office.

Baby Changing Facilities

Located near the ticket office.

Monday to Saturday 04:00 – 23:45

Sunday 06:00 – 23:45

Car hire

Europcar has an office by platform 2.

Enterprise has an office in New Street Car Park.

The vehicles are in the New Street car park.

First Class Lounge

Opening Hours

London North Eastern Railway

  • Mon-Fri 06:30-21:00
  • Sat 09:00-17:30
  • Sun 09:45-19:00

London North Eastern lounge is opposite platform 4

Tickets Accepted in London North Eastern Railway First Class Lounge

  • Fully inter-available First Class Season Ticket (i.e. tickets not specific to one train company)
  • Any First Class Anytime ticket valid for travel on the London North Eastern Railway route
  • First Advance (routed LNER & connections)
  • LNER First Class Reader Offer (routed LNER & connections)
  • LNER First Class Flat Fare (routed LNER & connections)
  • LNER Rewards First Class Leisure Single (routed LNER & connections)
  • LNER Self-Print First Class Upgrade voucher (routed LNER & connections)
  • Inclusive Tour Tickets (e.g. Superbreak)
  • Weekend First
  • Caledonian Sleeper First Class

Restricted tickets

All First Class tickets valid only on other train operators.

Assistance dogs and other well behaved dogs on leads will be permitted in all London North Eastern Railway First Class Lounges.


Toilets, Meeting rooms, TV, newspapers, screens with updated train information, telephone.


Complimentary: tea/coffee/hot chocolate/orange juice/water/ biscuits.


Accessible showers are currently unavailable due to refurbishment.

Left Luggage

Baggage Storage Lockers are located on Platform 2 near the Calton Road entrance.

Monday - Sunday 07:00 - 23:00.

Lost Property

Located on Platform 2 near the Calton Road entrance.

Monday - Friday 09:00 - 17:30


On the main concourse.


On the main concourse.


Coffee Shop


Food Outlets


Wide range of shops available.

Water Fountains

Next to the War Memorial.

At the entrance to the toilets.


Accessible Toilets

In the entrance to the toilet block, off the main concourse.

Monday to Saturday 04:00 – 23:45

Sunday 06:00 – 23:45

Radar key required.


Assistance is available from welcome hosts, the travel centre, the mobility assistance office, and the customer information point in the main concourse.

The Mobility Assistance Room is located opposite platform 4.

Monday - Friday 04:00 - 00:45

Saturday 04:00 - 00:45

Sunday 06:00 - 00:45

Christmas Day Closed

Boxing Day Closed

Induction Loop

The ticket office has an induction loop.

Ramp for train access


Step-free Access

All entrances have step-free access. Lifts connect the concourse to the footbridge and platforms 1, 8, 9, 10, 11 and 20.

Ticket Office

The Ticket Office is run by London North Eastern Railway.

Tickets for all destinations and train companies are available.

Tickets for today:

Monday to Saturday 05:00 – 00:00

Sunday 07:00 – 00:00

Advance tickets:

Monday to Sunday 09:30 – 18:30

ScotRail ticket office

On platform 14.

Monday to Sunday 06:30 – 23:30


Free public WiFi available.


617 spaces with 16 accessible spaces available.

Monday - Friday 04:00 - 00:45

Saturday - Sunday 06:00 - 00:45

Bicycle Facilities

By the lift on platform 2 (38 spaces), platform 3 (68 spaces), next to platform 19 (44 spaces) and in the New Street car park (32 spaces).

Please do not leave panniers, bags or trailers attached to bicycles or racks. Panniers, bags or trailers attached to bikes will be removed and deposited in lost property; a fee may be charged for their return.

Toilets and Baby Changing

Men's and women's toilets and baby changing facilities are near the ticket office.

Monday to Saturday 04:00 – 23:45

Sunday 06:00 – 23:45

Wheelchairs and mobility vehicles

Wheelchairs are available for passengers’ use from the assistance team. A mobility vehicle is also available.

Popular Routes

From Edinburgh Waverley there are many popular routes across the UK with destinations including Glasgow, Newcastle, and London. Many operators run regular services from Edinburgh Waverley including LNER, Lumo, and ScotRail. Further information on popular routes to and from Edinburgh can be found on the links below.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is Edinburgh Waverley the same as Edinburgh?

Edinburgh Waverley is also known as Edinburgh because it is the main station in Edinburgh.

Why is Edinburgh called Waverley?

Edinburgh is also called Edinburgh Waverley Station because it is named after the Sir Walter Scott Waverly Novels.

Why is Edinburgh Waverley closed?

During Storm Ciara Edinburgh Waverley Station closed its doors to London North Eastern Railway passengers with no trains running south from the station.

Is Edinburgh Waverley station open 24 hours?

Edinburgh Waverley Station is not open 24 hours a day, it is open from Monday to Saturday: 04:00 – 00:45 and Sunday: 06:00 – 00:45.

How far is Edinburgh Waverley station from the city centre?

Edinburgh Waverley Station is in the city centre, between Edinburgh Old Town and Edinburgh New Town.

What is there to do near Edinburgh Waverley station?

Near Edinburgh Waverly Station there are many places to visit, including the Royal Mile, Princes Street, and Calton Hill.

Are dogs allowed in Edinburgh Waverley station?

Dogs are allowed at Edinburgh Waverley station but should be kept on a lead or comfortable in a pet carrier at all times.

Can I leave luggage at Edinburgh Waverley station?

You can leave luggage at Edinburgh Waverley Station. Baggage Storage Lockers are located on Platform 2 near the Calton Road entrance and are open Mon - Sun 07:00 - 23:00.