Edinburgh Rail Trip from London with Castle entry, Optional Hop-on Hop-off bus

Duration: 16 hours
Destination: United Kingdom, England, London

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  • 16 hours
  • London
  • E-Voucher
  • Lowest Price
  • Non-Cancellable


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 (if option selected) and entry to Edinburgh Castle all included, you’re free to explore Edinburgh at your leisure.

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 (if option selected)
  • 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
  • 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
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Tour Finishes: approx. 10.10pm King's Cross Station
  • Please note this is an unescorted tour.
  • We offer First class and Standard class rail option and Edinburgh Hop-on Hop-off bus option.
  • 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
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
Departure Point

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

Departure Time

6:30 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point

Voucher info

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


16 hours

Package is not cancellable.

User's Reviews

Ernest N

14 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


14 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.

Laurie S

24 Jul, 2018

Very helpful guide met us at Kings Cross Station and gave us information for when we arrived in Edinburgh.


18 May, 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.


08 Jan, 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.

User's Picture Gallery


St Giles' Cathedral - external

delightful masonry detail from the front of the church



Castle in background.


Leaving Edinburgh Castle at the end of our journey.





view of Scottish country side from train


Edinburgh castle


king's cross at 6am no line for platform 9 3/4!


view of the city from the castle- and the adorable little Christmas market!


Edinburgh Castle


View from Edinburgh Castle

Easily a highlight of the trip was the impressive view of the city.


Edinburgh Castle

Sightseeing in Edinburgh, before we went and toured the Castle.


Edinburgh Castle Lookout

View from Edinburgh Castle


Ancient cannon that was a defensive weapon for the Edinburgh Castle

I (James) standing next to one of the ancient cannons that once defended the castle in Edinburgh Scotland!


In the courtyard at Edinburgh Castle

One of the statues in the courtyard at Edinburghs Castle


Enjoying Edinburgh Castle

At the gates of Edinburgh Castle!!


Scotland Monument

One of Edinburghs coolest monuments!



remember to look for Platform 9 3/4 at Kings Cross station. (Near the information desk in new part of station)









Edinburg castle



Town centre



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