Rail Links

Scotland's capital city has two major train stations, Waverley and Haymarket, both of which are in the city centre.

Waverley Station is constructing new platforms to help cope with doubling of passenger numbers and larger trains.

Edinburgh Waverley

Edinburgh Waverley is Britain's largest train station outside London, with 22.6 million users per year and climbing (2017).

The station is a principal station on the East Coast Main Line between London and Aberdeen. London North Eastern Railway (LNER) operates around 20 trains a day to London, with a 4.5-hour journey time. 

The West Coast main line, operated by Virgin Trains from Glasgow, connects central Scotland to London Euston via other UK financial centres such as Manchester and Birmingham. 

The station operates as both a terminal station and a through station, in contrast to the major London stations.

Edinburgh Haymarket

Haymarket railway station is the second largest railway station in Edinburgh, with 2.8 million users per year (2017). It is a major commuter and long-distance destination, located to the west of the city centre. Trains from the station serve much of Scotland, including Fife and Glasgow, as well as suburban lines to the east, and the East Coast Main Line through to London.

As part of the Edinburgh to Glasgow Improvement Programme, investment has seen the station transformed into an intermodal transport interchange, where passengers can connect to Edinburgh Trams, Lothian Buses, National Rail and taxi services.

Rail network investment

A major investment programme in recent years has seen the transformation of both Edinburgh Waverley and Haymarket rail stations, improving accessibility, public realm and retail offerings, while further investment is seeing rail links across the region and Scotland expanded and improved.  

Recent national rail infrastructure projects in and around Edinburgh include:

  • The £1bn Edinburgh-Glasgow (Rail) Improvements Programme, an extensive programme of rail improvements including the construction of a £300m electric railway that will reduce journey times and emissions.
  • The redevelopment of Haymarket Station to deliver a contemporary, multi-modal transport 'hub' within Edinburgh. Network Rail has completed a £24m upgrade including the installation of passenger lifts to ensure all platforms are now fully accessible to those with reduced mobility.
  • Hundreds of millions of pounds are being invested in new and improved rail links across the city region including the reopening of the Airdrie-Bathgate Rail Link, the Stirling-Alloa-Kincardine line and the popular Borders Rail link.

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