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Getting Here: Rail Travel

Glasgow and Edinburgh are both served by frequent direct train services from London, and are easily reached from other main English towns and cities, though you may have to change trains en route. 

Train services from London

East Coast trains depart from London King's Cross and run up the east coast via Peterborough, York and Newcastle to Edinburgh, with some continuing on to Glasgow, Aberdeen or Inverness.

Virgin Trains run up the west coast from London Euston via Crewe, Preston and Carlisle to Glasgow.

The Caledonian Sleeper Service from London Euston also operates to over 40 Scottish cities and towns.

Train services from other areas

There are a number of long-distance direct services to Scotland that begin from outside London.

Virgin Trains runs services from Brimingham to Edinburgh or Glasgow while the CrossCountry service links Cardiff, Paignton, Penzance, Bournemouth and Brighton with Glasgow, Edinburgh and Aberdeen via Birmingham.

First TransPennine Express operate direct services to Edinburgh and Glasgow from Manchester Airport via Manchester, Preston, Lancaster, Oxenholme, Lake District and Carlisle.

Journey times to Scotland 

Journey times from London can be as little as 4½ hours to Edinburgh and 5 hours to Glasgow. From Manchester or York, travelling time is 2 hours while from Bristol it is approximately 7 hours.

Beyond Edinburgh or Glasgow, allow another 2½ hours to reach Aberdeen, or 3½ hours to Inverness.

Rail Companies

The following rail companies provide transport to Scotland and have daily trains travelling from major English towns and cities to the Scottish hub stations.

East Coast - (previously GNER - The Great North Eastern Railway) has trains running every hour between Edinburgh and London, as well as offering services up to Aberdeen and Inverness.
East Coast Group Travel
Tel: +44 (0) 8457 225 225
Open Monday to Friday 08:00 - 20:00

National Rail Enquiries 
Tel: +44 (0) 8457 484 950
 
Virgin Trains - run between London and Glasgow, Edinburgh and Aberdeen
Tel: +44 (0) 8457 222 333

First Scotrail - While travelling within Scotland, you are likely to be travelling with Scotrail, including travel to rural destinations in the Scottish Highlands and, the Edinburgh to Glasgow route, which has trains operating every 15 minutes.
Tel: +44 (0) 845 601 5929

First ScotRail’s Caledonian Sleepers - The Caledonian Sleeper leaves central London for Edinburgh, Glasgow, Inverness, Aberdeen, Fort William, Perth, Dundee, Stirling, Gleneagles, Pitlochry, Carnoustie, Aveimore, Leuchars and many other towns across Scotland.

Scotland's Hub Train Stations
Many of the national trains will arrive in one of the hub train stations where you might be required to change train.  The hub train stations are in the centre of the main cities and will be in travelling distance from the Conference Centres or Venues.

Train Station Information

Aberdeen Train Station
Guild Street
Aberdeen
AB11 6LX
Tel: +44 (0) 845 601 5929
Situated: City Centre
Closest Conference Centre: Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre (AECC)
Distance: 3.7 miles 

Dundee Train Station

South Union Street
Dundee
DD1 4BY
Tel: +44 (0) 845 601 5929
Situated: City Centre
Closest Conference Centre: West Park Conference Centre
Distance: 1.8 miles

Edinburgh Train Station
Room 255, North Block.
Edinburgh
City of Edinburgh
EH1 1BB
Tel: +44 (0) 845 601 5929
Situated: City Centre
Closest Conference Centre: Edinburgh International Conference Centre (EICC)
Distance: 1.4 miles

Glasgow Central Station
Gordon Street
Glasgow
G1 3SL
Tel: +44 (0) 141 335 4352
Situated: City Centre
Closest Conference Centre: Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre (SECC)
Distance: 1.5 miles

Glasgow Queen Street Station

North Hanover Street
Glasgow
Glasgow City
G1 2AF
Tel: +44 (0) 845 601 5929
Situated: City Centre
Closest Conference Centre: Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre (SECC)
Distance: 2.2 miles 

Inverness Train Station

Station Square
Academy Street, Inverness,
Highland,
IV2 3PY
Tel: +44 (0) 845 601 5929
Situated: City Centre 
Closest Conference Centre: Eden Court 
Distance: 30.4 miles

For additional information on rail travel including rail operators serving Scotland, please visit Traveline Scotland.