Edinburgh Rail Trip From London With Castle Entry And Hop-on Hop-off Bus

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  • Duration: 16 Hrs
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  • Departure Time :
    06:30 AM
  • Departure Details :
    King’s Cross, Euston Rd, London N1 9AL, UK
  • Return Details :
    Returns to original departure point
  • Cancellation Policy :
    This activity is non-refundable Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.


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 Monument" target="_blank">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 in the price, you are free to explore Edinburgh at your leisure.


  • Rail Tour
  • Covers famous attractions in Edinburgh 
  • Flexibility to customize your itinerary to your own preferences

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This is a typical itinerary for Edinburgh Rail Day Trip From London -

Stop At: Edinburgh Castle, Edinburgh, Scotland

Edinburgh Castle is a historic fortress which dominates the skyline of the city of Edinburgh, Scotland, from its position on The castle Rock. One of the must-visit attractions in Edinburgh, your entry ticket for the castle is included in the tour price. Do not miss a chance to explore this historic point of interest. 

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: St Giles' Cathedral, Edinburgh, 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, Edinburgh, Scotland

Princes Street Gardens are two adjacent public parks in the center 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, Scotland

The area of Old Town is always bustling with visitors and is dotted with centuries-old buildings and narrow alleys. At its heart, perched on an extinct volcano, Edinburgh Castle is home to Scotlands 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 Queens Scottish residence.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Royal Mile, Edinburgh, Scotland

The Royal Mile is a succession of streets forming the main thoroughfare of the Old Town of the city of Edinburgh in Scotland. Taking a stroll here will introduce you to the flavor of the city. 

Duration: 40 minutes

Stop At: Princes Street, Edinburgh, Scotland

Princes Street is one of the major thoroughfares in central Edinburgh, Scotland, and the main shopping street in the capital. 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, Edinburgh, Scotland

Pass By: Palace of Holyroodhouse, Edinburgh, Scotland

Pass By: National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh, Scotland


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

Entry/Admission - Edinburgh Castle


Guide (Unescorted tour)

Hotel pickup and drop off

Food and drinks, unless specified

Additional Info

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

Outbound: Train departs London Kings Cross: 07:00 / train arrives in Edinburgh: 11:20 (11:28 on Saturday) approx.

Not wheelchair accessible

Stroller accessible

Near public transportation

Infants must sit on laps

Return: Train departs Edinburgh: 17:30 / train arrives at London Kings Cross: 22:10 approx.

Your electronic tickets and vouchers will be sent to you one week prior to your scheduled departure date via email (or, if booked within one week then within 24 hours of booking). We would recommend arriving at Kings Cross Station 30 minutes before your scheduled train departure time

This tour is unescorted

Child age: 3-11 yrs

We will make every effort to fulfil any train seating requests, however, this cannot be guaranteed

Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level

This tour/activity will have a maximum of 9 travelers

Face masks required for travelers in public areas

Face masks required for guides in public areas

Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas

Gear/equipment sanitized between use

Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized

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  • 25-Oct-2022

    Easy and fast to book this tour. Very organized with full, complete and easy instructions since the beginning until the end.

  • 14-Oct-2022

    The Edinburgh Castle was amazing! Hop on and Hop off tour was great. We saw the North Sea from the train.

  • 06-Oct-2022

    PLEASE DO NOT BOOK THIS EXCURSION! This was the single worse excursion Because of the tour operator. They failed to provide the trip, then refused to issue a refund! There is no communication! I received an e-mail days before we left the US to go to London stating that the train could may not have tickets. I emailed twice and called once trying to find out if I needed to book on my own, but got no return call or replies ti my email. On my own, I book train tickets as a back-up. 3 days before the excursion that we were fine and they were able to secure train tickets. I canceled the tickets we purchased. The night before our excursion, I received a text from Viator with a link to download. That link provided instructions on our to secure our tickets. It instructed us to arrive at Kings across for 630 for a 703am train departure, and that tickets would be available at the redemption center. We checked the departure board and there were no departures scheduled for this time. Only a 730 and an 830- red flag#1. We arrived at the train depot at 620 and could not find a redemption center or a tour operator. We went to the ticket counter and they could not help us and instructed at typically this tour company gathered around the information center. He suggested that we wait in that area. We waited until 640, still no one! We called the number on our downloaded voucher (Viator). The representative attempted to help, but he finally said he couldn’t help us and gave us another number to call, but they didn’t open until 7. I explained our trip was scheduled to leave at 703, but he was still unable to assist. At this point a train station employee arrived at the information center, but she was unable to assist because she had never heard of a redemption center. At 700 we called the 2nd number provided. That representative could not help us, she just kept telling us to report to the redemption center at kings cross. I even gave the phone to the train station information desk to figure out where she was talking about., but no success because there is no redemption center, not was there a representative from the tour company. The Viator rep agreed at this point we should request a refund. She put in a request for a refund. At 725, We decided to spend another $700 for tickets on our own rather than miss out on the Scotland trip all together. Once on the train, I submitted a refund request. This request was denied, so I called the explain what happened. Again, the rep agreed that we should be issued a refund so she submitted another request to refund from the tour company. This morning I received a second denial. The tour company claims they sent the tickets via email 1 week before the trip. This is not true. I have searched my emails, junk files, etc - nothing from them at all. Only communication was from described above. We have now paid for this trip 3 times. It’s a lovely trip and worth doing, but please book directly through LNER. Download the app and buy your own tickets, the hop on hop off station is very near to the train depot when you depart. Again….PLEASE DO NOT BOOK THIS TRIP! YOU WILL REGRET IT! Viator should remove it from their offerings, it is not up to par with their other excursions!

  • 02-Oct-2022

    For the most part the trip was good value, but the HOHO Bus experience was terrible. The HOHO Bus industry as a whole needs to get back to Pre-COVID standards and remember the Traveler is the only reason they are still in business

  • 15-Sep-2022

    The hop on hop off bus company was not operating that day so we had to purchase tickets ourselves with another bus company

  • 20-Jul-2022

    This was surprisingly a very pleasant day trip, we highly recommend it, hope the rail is brought up to current technology where it doesnt buckle under extreme heat.

  • 12-Jul-2022

    Edinburgh and the castle was great, but all trains returning to London were canceled or delayed. We had members of our party who had prescription medicine back in London so it was critical that we return and we had to push our way on to the last train. We never received any messages to let us know what was happening or what we should do. The kindness of a couple station workers is the only reason we made it back to London 5 hours later than scheduled.

  • 02-Jun-2022

    We loved the train ride to Edinburgh seeing all the beautiful countryside. The food was good and the attendants took good care of us.

  • 14-May-2022

    The train being late and the Hop On Hop Off bus not going to the Royal Mile and other stops. Really a lot of money for only getting to go to the castle.

  • 14-Mar-2022

    The description, the overview and the email confirmation all list as train ride, castle tour and hop on/off bus EXCEPT for this price it actually doesn’t include the bus portion. They tell you later you have to buy that extra. I priced out the train and castle separate and this tour is at a huge profit for them to not include what it shows in three places. I tried to communicate with the tour company and they argue they are right and won’t issue a credit back for the bus. They won’t change the destruction, overview and confirmation email either. Do yourself a favor and take the train without this company and get your castle tickets online. You’ll save money and a huge disappointment.

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