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

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icon16 hours  (Approx.)
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Keeping you safe during COVID-19
What you can expect during your visit
Face masks required for travelers in public areas
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Gear/equipment sanitized between use
Guides required to regularly wash hands
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Overview

See the sights you want to see in Edinburgh on this independent day trip from London. Travel to the Scottish capital by train, and then make use of an included Edinburgh hop-on hop-off bus tour to set your own sightseeing schedule. Visit Edinburgh Old Town; wander along the UNESCO World Heritage–listed Royal Mile; and choose to visit the St. Giles Cathedral, the National Museum of Scotland, and a whole host of other top attractions. An entrance ticket for Edinburgh Castle is also included.
  • Travel by train through England’s green countryside
  • Enjoy a hop-on hop-off open-top sightseeing tour of Edinburgh
  • Explore Edinburgh’s beautiful Old Town and the Royal Mile, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Enjoy complete freedom on this independent tour to explore Edinburgh at your own pace
Edinburgh city map and guide
Hop on Hop off tour of Edinburgh
Return train journey with reserved seats
Entrance to Edinburgh Castle
Information pack with a souvenir map of Edinburgh
Guide (Unescorted tour)
Hotel pickup and drop off
Food and drinks, unless specified

Departure Point

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

Departure Time

6:30 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Depart from central London in the early morning and travel by train to Edinburgh. Travel through the pretty English countryside, passing the canals and waterways of the Midlands and old mill towns built in the Industrial Revolution. Should you wish, enhance your experience by booking first-class train tickets for wider seats, complimentary Wi-Fi and snacks, and quieter coaches.

Begin your exploration of the Scottish capital with a hop-on hop-off bus tour. With your included ticket, board the double-decker bus at the station and take in the sights from the open-air upper deck, hopping on and off at the sights that interest you the most.

Choose to jump off in Edinburgh Old Town, where you can walk along the UNESCO-listed Royal Mile and visit St. Giles’ Cathedral, the National Museum of Scotland and other nearby landmarks and attractions. Perhaps uncover the country’s royal history at Edinburgh Castle (ticket included). Alternatively, hop back on the bus to the Palace of Holyroodhouse, where the Queen holds official state ceremonies when she is in Scotland.

You’ll enjoy complete freedom to explore Edinburgh at your own pace on this unescorted tour. When the time comes, return to London by train.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Edinburgh Castle
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 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
St Giles' Cathedral
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
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Princes Street Gardens
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
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Edinburgh Old Town
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
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Royal Mile
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
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Princes Street
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
Admission Ticket Free
Pass By:  
Holyrood Park
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
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
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.
  • 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
  • Meet at 6.30am King's Cross Train Station, information booth to meet an Evan Evans representative to receive your Welcome pack
  • 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
  • Tour Finishes: approx. 10.20pm King's Cross Station
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 9 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Evan Evans Tours

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Edinburgh Rail Day Trip from London including Edinburgh Castle Entry and Hop-On Hop-Off Bus?
A:
The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
See all safety measures taken by Edinburgh Rail Day Trip from London including Edinburgh Castle Entry and Hop-On Hop-Off Bus.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Edinburgh Rail Day Trip from London including Edinburgh Castle Entry and Hop-On Hop-Off Bus?
A:
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
See all safety measures taken by Edinburgh Rail Day Trip from London including Edinburgh Castle Entry and Hop-On Hop-Off Bus.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Edinburgh Rail Day Trip from London including Edinburgh Castle Entry and Hop-On Hop-Off Bus?
A:
The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Edinburgh Rail Day Trip from London including Edinburgh Castle Entry and Hop-On Hop-Off Bus.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Edinburgh Rail Day Trip from London including Edinburgh Castle Entry and Hop-On Hop-Off Bus?
A:
The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
See all safety measures taken by Edinburgh Rail Day Trip from London including Edinburgh Castle Entry and Hop-On Hop-Off Bus.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Edinburgh Rail Day Trip from London including Edinburgh Castle Entry and Hop-On Hop-Off Bus?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 9 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Edinburgh Rail Day Trip from London including Edinburgh Castle Entry and Hop-On Hop-Off Bus.

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Traveler Tips


  • "The train ride was a little long, but worth it." See review
  • "The visit at Edinburgh itself was fantastic, with the visit to Edinburg Castle making the trip worthwhile.Be prepared to walk uphill a very long way!" See review

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173 Reviews
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star-5
Gtreat trip.
ernien579
, Nov 2019
I have done this trip three times, the train ride is wonderful (there are no trains where I live) I love wandering around Edinburgh
star-5
Great way to see a beautiful city
Road548060
, Oct 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.
star-5
Edinburgh Day Trip a Must
ctv658
, Oct 2019
This was such a great trip. The train was good and Scotland was wonderful. I opted for the live tour guide icon the hop on hop off bus, it was much better than a recorded tour. The stops where at good points in the city. I had an excellent trip to Edinburgh!
star-4
Edinburgh Day Trip
Explore01211125891
, Sep 2019
Interesting city. Liked hop on hop off bus. Great old buildings for photos. Edinburgh castle was interesting. Lots of walking though. Long train ride for a few hours in Edinburgh.
star-4
Great way to spend a day.
Jerry S
, Sep 2019
First, the train trip was outstanding. BUT with that said, I found it would have been cheaper and better to have booked everything individually. I would have gotten better seats on the train and the information I got from the tour was wrong in a number of places. I suggestion would be to take the three items (train, bus and castle) and book each on the web. The castle is amazing. BUT if you have problem with uneven streets and steep hills. The castles handicap service are extremely unreliable.
star-1
Tour at your own risk
OldBelAiran
, Jul 2019
Did not know this was really do it yourself tour. No clue where to meet EE rep. When she showed up almost late, and gave everyone their envelope, it was obvious you were on your own. Train was pleasant. When we arrived in Edinburgh, had to hoof it to the bus. Bus was stuck in traffic but finally got off at castle. No directions to get to castle, rumor we missed our appointment, rushed from castle and took taxi to train station, got on wrong train. What a horrible experience. Evan Evans should be ashamed.
star-4
Edinburg Day Trip from London
Doug E
, Sep 2018
The visit at Edinburgh itself was fantastic, with the visit to Edinburg Castle making the trip worthwhile.Be prepared to walk uphill a very long way! The train ride was the only difficult part of the trip. It was 4 1/2 hours up and 4 1/2 hours back. Bring a book if, like me, you can't sleep sitting up.
star-4
A quick visit to Edinburgh by rail
Mari S
, Aug 2018
Our visit to Edinburgh was a one-day excursion, since our main focus was London. It was a nice introduction to Edinburgh which made us realize that we needed to return for more than one day to city the town and get a better feel of the culture. We went in August and we later found out that August is a popular month for visitors. This explains the massive crowds in the streets and everywhere. The tour representative was at the specified train station with the necessary documents for us to take this excursion. The train was clean and on time. There was food for purchase if desired. The hop-on-hop off was a great way to see the town and get off when we wanted to. The historical information provided by the hop-on-hop-off (HOHO) guide was interesting and informative. I will be returning to Edinburg for a longer stay and will definitely use the HOHO option again.
star-5
Very helpful guide met us at Kings...
Laurie S
, Jul 2018
Very helpful guide met us at Kings Cross Station and gave us information for when we arrived in Edinburgh.
star-3
Long day, great old city
70jtd
, Jul 2018
The coordination at the rail station in London was somewhat haphazard, but everyone got on. Edinburgh was fun to explore - everything close in, and with HO/HO, riding and walking was easy. Return train was crowded, many commuters, making for a long, long day.

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