Colchester to Edinburgh by train

  • First train
    04:43
  • Last train
    23:35
  • Avg changes
    1
  • Fastest journey
    5hr 37m
  • Distance
    526 kilometres
  • Trains per day
    42
  • Avg. journey time
    7hr 12m
  • Train operators

Travelling from Colchester to Edinburgh by train

Fast trains from Colchester to Edinburgh take around 5 hours and 37 minutes, covering a distance of approximately 526 kilometres. There are frequent services on the rail route between Colchester and Edinburgh.

1. Are there direct trains from Colchester to Edinburgh?

Journeys between Colchester and Edinburgh usually involve one change of train.

We usually find around 39 departures on the route from Colchester to Edinburgh every weekday that leave enough time to change trains without waiting around for longer than necessary.

Trains are typically more frequent on weekends, when we found around 52 departures.

2. How long is the train journey from Colchester to Edinburgh?

The Colchester to Edinburgh train travel time is normally about 5 hours and 37 minutes, whatever time you make the journey.

3. What are the Colchester to Edinburgh train times and schedule?

On weekdays the earliest train to Edinburgh is usually scheduled to depart Colchester around 05:40 and the last train is around 23:35. At weekends the first train of the day leaves Colchester around 04:43, and the last at 00:23.

When to book Colchester to Edinburgh train tickets?

Trains in the UK usually open for booking around 3 months in advance. If booking is not yet open for your dates then you can set a booking alert to receive an email on the day that the cheapest tickets are released for your journey from Colchester to Edinburgh by train.

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Which train companies operate between Colchester and Edinburgh?

More than one train company operates on the route from Colchester to Edinburgh, so you’ll be travelling with one or more of the following rail operators:

  • Abellio Greater Anglia
  • Caledonian Sleeper
  • East Coast
  • Greater Anglia
  • London North Eastern Railway
  • London Underground
  • Serco Caledonian Sleeper
  • UK Rail Connections
  • Virgin Trains

You can check which train you’ll be travelling on by looking for the train name in search results.

Edinburgh to Colchester by train

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Child and youth passengers

The definition of "Child" and "Youth" varies by country and operator. This is why we ask for the age of young passengers.

Sometimes children below a certain age can travel without a seat for free. If you want to guarantee a seat for child passengers, enter '6' as the age of the child.

Read more about child and youth passenger ages. See also youth discounts and railcards.