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Edinburgh, Scotland’s showcase capital and rail hub, is an easy and frequent ride from London.

Scottish rails operate much like their UK counterparts, and are easy to navigate. The language—accented by pure Scottish charm—is the same, and trains are frequent, comfortable, and unhampered by mandatory add-ons or reservations. Of course, If you’re traveling with a pass at peak times, it’s always sound advice to book your seat in advance. Just do so through Rail Europe or locally, depending on when you’re ready to make your plans. If you’re traveling with a ticket, it’s nice to know that all tickets sold by Rail Europe include a pre-assigned seat whenever the carrier offers it.

Edinburgh, Scotland’s showcase capital and rail hub, is an easy and frequent ride from London (about 4 ½ hours). Glasgow—just a short 45 minutes away—is also well worth a visit. But above it all (literally), Scotland is best known for its scenically rugged and mountainous Highlands and hundreds of freshwater inland lochs. Inverness, nestled in the north and the capital of the Highlands, is accessible by train from Glasgow or Edinburgh in about four hours. The train line continues towards seafaring Wick, almost at the north end of Scotland, and home to the “world’s shortest street” (a scant two-plus yards). Other popular destinations like Aberdeen, Perth, or Kyle of Lochalsh are also easily reached by train.

If you’re considering traveling with a pass, review the BritRail Pass options, which have a variety of money-saving geographical choices. So you can shed as few (British) pounds as you’d like.

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  • good |
    "It was alright and on time. I just wish there would have been a direct train to my destination. "

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    Nice view |
    "This's my first time to take the train from London to Glasgow, and I did enjoy the scenery in the way. It's too beautiful to sleep.I "

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    Bristol to paddington direct |
    "This has historically been a painless journey and this one was no different. Continues to be a pretty punctual route, with just about enough seats to accommodate demand. Only concern would be if you were joining after Bristol, seat reservations weren't marked and it wasn't clear that the operator was honoring them at all. As the service starts in Bristol that was not an issue for me. "

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    My experince with Rail Europe |
    "I believe my rating on all three categories sums it all.I certainly will continue to look out for Rail Europe as my first rail traveling ooption whenever relevant. "

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    vocation  |
    "comlimentary WI FI could be provided for no fee , the train was on time clean and quiet although quite full both ways . "

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    wonderful trip |
    "It was our first time to take rail in England. very enjoyable. "

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    Very comfort. |
    "Seats were comfortable. Staff was kind. The meal and beverages were nice. "

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    London to Edinbrugh Express |
    "The trip was fast and comfortable. The workers on the train were polite and nice. The only issue was the fact that there were only a couple of times that the cart came and it was kinda expensive. Overall it was a quick ride and a pleasant one. "

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    great journey |
    "we are really enjoying traveling with Virgin train, the service is excellent but unfortunately on the way back to London we missed the train and we can not utilize the tickets for the next schedule and we have to buy new ones only for lower class with special rate - being helped by the ticketing officer "

  • Carlisle to Euston |
    "Good trip, train was on time and good value for money. Easy to book and print tickets at station. Used to Swiss trains that are more spacious than the British ones, but no complaints. "

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