Edinburgh Rail Day Trip from London including Edinburgh Castle Entry and Hop-On Hop-Off Bus

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Edinburgh Rail Day Trip from London including Edinburgh Castle Entry and Hop-On Hop-Off Bus
from USD $291.30
See the best of the Scottish capital on this independent day trip from London to Edinburgh. Travel by train through England’s countryside and jump aboard your hop-on hop-off city tour in Edinburgh. Wander along the Royal Mile — a UNESCO World Heritage site — and marvel at the Scottish Crown Jewels inside Edinburgh Castle. Gaze up at the Scott Monument and visit the Scotch Whisky Heritage Center. With your rail travel, hop-on hop-off bus tour and entry to Edinburgh Castle all included, you’re free to explore Edinburgh at your leisure.
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In Brief

Greater London, United Kingdom
United Kingdom
16 hours
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday
Rail Tour
Flexibility to customize your itinerary to your own preferences
Important InfoInfo
This is a typical itinerary for this product

Stop At: Edinburgh Castle, Castlehill, Edinburgh EH1 2NG Scotland

Edinburgh Castle is a historic fortress which dominates the skyline of the city of Edinburgh, Scotland, from its position on the Castle Rock. Archaeologists have established human occupation of the rock since at least the Iron Age, although the nature of the early settlement is unclear.

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: St Giles' Cathedral, High Street Historic Royal Mile, Edinburgh EH1 1RE Scotland

St Giles' Cathedral, also known as the High Kirk of Edinburgh, is the principal place of worship of the Church of Scotland in Edinburgh. Its distinctive crown steeple is a prominent feature of the city skyline, at about a third of the way down the Royal Mile which runs from the Castle to Holyrood Palace

Duration: 20 minutes

Stop At: Princes Street Gardens, 54 Princes Street, Edinburgh EH2 4BA Scotland

Princes Street Gardens are two adjacent public parks in the centre of Edinburgh, Scotland, lying in the shadow of Edinburgh Castle. The Gardens were created in two phases in the 1770s and 1820s following the long draining of the Nor Loch and building of the New Town, beginning in the 1760s.

Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: Edinburgh Old Town, Edinburgh EH1 Scotland

Visitors pack the Old Town, a bustling area of centuries-old buildings and narrow alleys. At its heart, perched on an extinct volcano, Edinburgh Castle is home to Scotland’s crown jewels. The Royal Mile, a steep street lined with traditional pubs, casual eateries, souvenir shops and small museums, runs from the castle to the Scottish Parliament and the Palace of Holyroodhouse, the Queen’s Scottish residence.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Royal Mile, Edinburgh EH1 2PB Scotland

The Royal Mile is a succession of streets forming the main thoroughfare of the Old Town of the city of Edinburgh in Scotland. The term was first used descriptively in W M Gilbert's Edinburgh in the Nineteenth Century (1901), "...with its Castle and Palace and the royal mile between", and was further popularised as the title of a guidebook, published in 1920.

Duration: 40 minutes

Stop At: 53 Princes Street, Edinburgh EH2 2DG Scotland

Princes Street is one of the major thoroughfares in central Edinburgh, Scotland, and the main shopping street in the capital. It is the southernmost street of Edinburgh's New Town, stretching around 1 mile (1.6 km) from Lothian Road in the west, to Leith Street in the east. The street has virtually no buildings on the south side, allowing panoramic views of the Old Town, Edinburgh Castle, and the valley between. Most of the street is limited to trams, buses and taxis with only the east end open to all traffic.

Duration: 45 minutes

Pass By: Holyrood Park Education Centre 1 Queen's Drive, Edinburgh EH8 8HG Scotland

The Palace of Holyroodhouse, commonly referred to as Holyrood Palace, is the official residence of the British monarch in Scotland, Queen Elizabeth II.

Pass By: Palace of Holyroodhouse, Canongate, Edinburgh EH8 8DX Scotland

The Palace of Holyroodhouse, commonly referred to as Holyrood Palace, is the official residence of the British monarch in Scotland, Queen Elizabeth II.

Pass By: National Museum of Scotland, Chambers Street, Edinburgh EH1 1JF Scotland

The National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh, Scotland, was formed in 2006 with the merger of the new Museum of Scotland, with collections relating to Scottish antiquities, culture and history, and the adjacent Royal Museum, with collections covering science and technology, natural history, and world cultures.


  • Edinburgh city map and guide
  • Hop on Hop off tour of Edinburgh
  • Entry/Admission - Edinburgh Castle


  • Guide
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup and drop off
  • Food and drinks, unless specified

Departure Time

6:30 AM

Departure Point

King's Cross, Euston Rd, Kings Cross, London N1 9AL, UK

Returns To

Returns to original departure point

Additional Information

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 2 days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability
  • Tour Departs: 6.30am King's Cross Station, information booth to meet an Evan Evans representative Tour Finishes: approx. 10.20pm King's Cross Station Please note - once booked, this tour is non-refundable and non changeable
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level

Booking Information

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

Cancellation Terms

Once booked, this trip is fully non-refundable

Booking Terms and Conditions

When you book this trip, you need to read and accept the terms and conditions for booking our day trips in excursions.

Scoring an average traveller rating of 5 out of 5 based on the last 24 recent reviews

I have done this trip three times, the train ride is wonderful (there are no trains where I live) I love wandering around Edinburgh
• Submitted 14 Nov 2019
The train ride was a little long, but worth it. Beautiful city with great history. Hop on Hop off bus was a wonderful way of seeing a great deal in one day.
• Submitted 14 Oct 2019
Very helpful guide met us at Kings Cross Station and gave us information for when we arrived in Edinburgh.
• Submitted 24 Jul 2018
Great experience - Evan Evans rep was at King's Cross as directed, was very clear with our instructions, and had all materials ready. We did first-class, which was fun but probably not necessary for another go-around - standard would have been fine. Once in Edinburgh we went to the castle first. We ate lunch in the castle tea room and then explored that area of town - lots of fun shops. The hop on/hop off bus was reliable and quick, and the audio commentary was very good. We unfortunately didn't have much time to explore much else of the city given how cold it was and my parents are a bit slow-moving, but this trip was enough to give me a taste of Scotland, and I definitely will go back - this time on my own, knowing how easy it is to travel there from London.
• Submitted 18 May 2018
We met the representative at the coach station after given the package and after that in our own, we had a great time and will recommend it ...it was a taste and wanted more! just an amazing place...if you can advise priority seating. Enjoy and have a poncho handy.
• Submitted 08 Jan 2018
This was a great trip - from getting on the train, to arriving in Edinburgh and back again. Train trip was long each time - just over 4 1/2 hours each way, but Edinburgh is beautiful. Castle was fantastic - plenty of time to see and then the Hop on Hop off bus, was really easy to catch and get on and off as well as walking the royal mile. Would recommend to anyone.
• Submitted 31 Oct 2017
This was a great way to get a taste of Edinburgh
• Submitted 10 Oct 2017
Great tour, Highly recommended.
• Submitted 04 Oct 2017
It's a little bit short timewise, but definitely a trip to take and worthwhile. we had so much fun in Edinburgh!!
• Submitted 10 Jul 2017
Lovely views from train!!!!
• Submitted 12 Jun 2017
Edinburgh is a fantastic place to visit and experience the scottish culture and way of life. The Castle is a beautiful place ,do not miss a Hot Coffee on a good breezy and balmy morning .....
• Submitted 17 Apr 2017
Very good trip. Enjoyed the first class cabin views. Highly recommend it.
• Submitted 07 Apr 2017
Most amazing day in Edinburgh...We actually saw the Queen at the castle.
• Submitted 09 Mar 2017
Exactly what is promised, no more, no less. We had plenty of time to explore the city after the hop-on hop-off bus tour we took and time to see the amazing castle! It was also early enough in the morning that we had the harry potter platform 9 3/4 picture spot to ourselves :
• Submitted 13 Feb 2017
I really enjoyed this tour - everything was well organised, the guide we met at the beginning of the day had plenty of information for us and was able to answer all of our questions : It is important to remember that you really don't have a lot of time in Edinburgh - we had about 5 hours - but you are still able to achieve a lot during that time as long as you plan it. Edinburgh Castle was fantastic and I was so glad that we had included tickets to see it, I went inside the National Museum of Scotland, saw the outside of Holyroodhouse Palace, the supreme court and took a leisurely stroll down the Royal Mile. On top of that, I tried some delicious haggis and a glass of proper scotch! The hop-on-hop off tour was also fantastic, very informative and well organised. Overall, I had a fantastic day and met some wonderful people - I'd definitely recommend it :
• Submitted 10 Feb 2017
Excellent rail accomodations snack trolley provided to and from the city! The castle entry was super easy and let us skip the loooooooong line. The castle itself is quite crowded so we hurried a bit more than necessary. From there, it was down the Royal Mile and over to the bus tour - which was very informative and timed well. We took advantage of the listening guide and just enjoyed the drive.
• Submitted 16 Jan 2017
Love Edinburgh! Great to be able to wander at own speed and return to London when ready rather than being rushed. Poured with rain on the day we went - advice: don't let a little rain spoil your chance to visit any fascinating site. I know some on the tour just turned around and went back to London - I was most disappointed for them -they missed a great city!
• Submitted 29 Dec 2016
this has been awhile but it was good going. Hard to fine a seat coming back because of Prince Williams wedding and everyone celebrating. One person had beer spilled on her. Edinburgh castle was interesting. wish had more time. wish the trip was longer then three hours before got back on train.
• Submitted 10 Dec 2016
• Submitted 15 Oct 2016
Good way to see the country from London to Edinburgh. Easy on and off.
• Submitted 11 Oct 2016
This was a great tour mostly because we were left on our own. The tour rep met us at Kings Cross station, explained our tickets, gave us a map and a guide and told us which train to be in for the return trip and off we went. Edinburgh Was easy to navigate and there was plenty to see and do at our own pace. It was the perfect amount of time to spend there. I highly recommend this trip.
• Submitted 05 Sep 2016
More info or a guided tour in Edinburgh would have been more enjoyable. Overall it was a very good tour and experience. The train ride with Virgin was great too.
• Submitted 21 Aug 2016
We met the travel agent exactly on time and where we were told she would be. She was very helpful in telling us how and when to do things to optimize our time in Edinburgh as it was an unguided tour. The trip was awesome! Our family of 6 is Scottish so we thoroughly enjoyed the history of the city. Take a few minutes to go to the Edinburgh museum in the old city, its free and very informative. The inclusion of skip the line tickets was a lifesaver as the weather was very nice and the castle was very busy.
• Submitted 28 Jul 2016
The tour was through Evan Evans. The contact person at the train station was very helpful, explaining in detail the itinerary and walking us to the train. Traveled coach with assigned seats so I don't think traveling first class is necessary. Used Hop on/Hop off to get to Edinburgh Castle.
• Submitted 12 Jul 2016

In Brief

Greater London, United Kingdom
United Kingdom
16 hours
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday
Rail Tour
Flexibility to customize your itinerary to your own preferences

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