Flying is the fastest and most convenient way to travel between London Heathrow and Edinburgh. If you book in advance, it is likely to be the cheapest option too. To check British Airways fares on this route select the plane icon on the menu on the right.
By bus from Heathrow Airport Central bus station it takes roughly 10-13 hours to get to Edinburgh. There are two National Express buses per day, and you have to change in Birmingham. A single journey costs 35.80 GBP and it 45-52 GBP return. After booking online, you will be issued with an e-ticket, which you need to print out and take with you, or an m-ticket, which is sent to your mobile phone. Otherwise you can get at ticket at the bus station.
If you have more time than money or fancy stopping off in London before making your way to Edinburgh you may be interested in looking at Megabus who operate value bus services to Edinburgh. Fares can be as little as 5 GBP for a single if you book far enough in advance.
If you cant find a cheap ticket to Edinburgh try looking for Glasgow which is only 30 minutes away from Edinburgh. From Glasgow you can get to Edinburgh by local bus service or by train so this could work out better value.
By train, it takes 5 ½ - 6 hours to get to Edinburgh Waverley Station. Take the London Underground Piccadilly Line (dark blue) from Heathrow to King’s Cross mainline station. On exiting the underground, follow the signs to King’s Cross mainline station. There is roughly one direct train per hour from King’s Cross (others involve a change in York or Preston). It costs 46.50 GBP for a single ticket, or 116.80 GBP for an off peak return.
The UK train ticketing system is notoriously complicated. It is usually cheaper to buy your tickets up to 6pm on the day before you travel than on the day. And fares are more expensive if you travel before 09:30. You get the best fares by booking up to three months in advance. You can buy your tickets online, at the station ticket counter, or from the ticket machines on the main concourse. If you book online you will need to collect your tickets from the ticket machine using the same credit card you used to book your tickets online.
If you are travelling in a group you may find the most economic way to travel from Heathrow Airport could be by private taxi hire. The serivce is door to door and saves hassle with baggage. A typical car (4 passengers) will cost 559 GBP one way from Heathrow Airport to Edinburgh. If you have a special request or want detailed pricing click the button below to submit your details:
If you have a very early flight from Heathrow Airport or arriving late you may wish to spend the night at a hotel near Heathrow Airport which can work out cheaper than Edinburgh. If you are on a budget you will find the new Easyhotel is one of the cheapest places to stay. Those on a bigger budget might prefer the brand new Sofitel attached to Terminal 5.
You can easily transfer between Heathrow Airport and the local hotels using the Heathrow Hoppa Service. Details of Heathrow hotels that are covered by the service from terminal 1-3 can be found here and from terminals 4-5 here.
To see other hotels in and around Heathrow airport click the following link - Heathrow Hotel Deals.