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Train from Gatwick to Edinburgh

We have plane tickets (2 adults and 2 children) into Gatwick from the US. The flight is scheduled to land early morning. Do I buy train tickets in advance or roll the dice? Any advice or help would be greatly appreciated! Thanks.


  • VisitScotlandSarahWVisitScotlandSarahW Member, Moderator, VisitScotland Staff
    Hi @ AliBe. Yes, I would advise buying your train tickets in advance; this also means cheaper fares! B) You can book on the Train line website.

    I hope this helps!  :)
  • AliBeAliBe Member

  • HorizonsHorizons Member, VisitScotland Ambassador ✭✭✭✭
    @AliBe just a word of caution, there are no direct trains from Gatwick to Edinburgh and the train journey (Gatwick - Victoria - Kings Cross - Edinburgh) will take 6 hours atleast.

    Have you checked EasyJet flights from LGW to EDI? The fares are quite reasonable on that route (£35.99 pp) and there are many flights a day.

    If you will buy train tickets do not buy a ticket end to end from Gatwick to Edinburgh, you'll most likely see a ridiculously high fare (£100+ pp). Do not buy the ticket on the train either to avoid paying the said fare. Use the train line app as mentioned above to buy tickets for a comfortable time after arrival as the cheapest tickets are non-refundable and only valid for a fixed train. More details here.
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