Train vs Plane: which is fastest between London and Edinburgh?

It’s the race I actually don’t wish to win. At 10.45am, I’ll wave off the very first passenger practice from the brand new Anglo-Scottish practice operator, Lumo, from London King’s Cross. Simply over four-and-a-half hours later the shiny practice is scheduled to reach at Edinburgh Waverley. And I could also be there to fulfill it, after a journey by rail, bus, air, bus or taxi and rail.

My opponent is the UK’s main rail professional: Mark Smith, the previous British Rail supervisor who based the Seat61.com web site for worldwide practice journey. Whereas he sits again and enjoys the surroundings on the East Coast major line, I shall be stressing about catching the practice to Luton Airport Parkway, the bus up the hill to the Bedfordshire airport, going by means of safety, discovering the appropriate gate and (hopefully) strapping in for my £25 flight to Glasgow.

Sure, I recognize that’s technically the improper metropolis, however given the at the moment sparse flight schedules from London to Edinburgh it’s the solely method I’d feasibly attain the Scottish capital first.

A bus alongside the M8 into Glasgow metropolis centre, and a practice from the newly refurbished Queen Road station to Edinburgh ought to, all being effectively, see me reaching Waverley Station in time for a cup of tea whereas I look forward to Mark. However loads of jeopardy awaits …

Comply with my reside updates as we race to the end line.

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Time delicate: the important thing milestones between London and Edinburgh

Mark Smith will depart from London King’s Cross at 10.45am – first cease, Newcastle, 269 miles north, at 1.47pm.

A pause on the Northumberland city of Morpeth, an extra 16 miles on, is scheduled for two.01pm.

Arrival at Edinburgh is about for 3.17pm, after a journey of 4 hours, 42 minutes.

After seeing off the practice, Simon Calder will dash throughout to St Pancras station and catch the ten.51pm to Luton Airport Parkway, That practice ought to arrive at 11.22am, with an eight-minute look forward to the connecting bus to the airport – which is scheduled for six minutes, arriving at 11.36am.

That leaves 59 minutes to get by means of safety and discover some lunch earlier than the 12.35pm departure to Glasgow.

The 322-mile flight is scheduled to take 75 minutes, arriving on the airport serving Scotland’s largest metropolis at 1.50pm.

That is when issues get tight and/or costly: to be able to attain Edinburgh forward of the Lumo practice, the one doable departure from Glasgow Queen Road station is at 2.15pm. Ought to the flight arrive 5 or 10 minutes early, Simon ought to make the 1.48pm bus, which reaches George Sq. (a couple of minutes from the station) at 2.09pm. In any other case, it’s a taxi.

Even with 5 stops en route, that 2.15pm practice is because of arrive at 3.03pm, comfortably forward of Mark’s practice.

By way of price: the rail/bus ticket from London to Luton airport prices £18.40. Simon booked his easyJet flight two weeks forward for £24.99.

He hopes to pay £8 for the bus into Glasgow nevertheless it might simply be twice as a lot for a taxi. The fare from Queen Road station to Edinburgh is £13.50.

At a minimal, the journey as deliberate by Simon has a complete price of £64.89.

All Lumo tckets are promoting for £19.90 or much less till the top of November.

Simon Calder21 October 2021 08:04

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Money and time: the important thing milestones

Mark Smith will depart from London King’s Cross at 10.45am – first cease, Newcastle, 269 miles north, at 1.47pm.

A pause on the Northumberland city of Morpeth, an extra 16 miles on, is scheduled for two.01pm.

Arrival at Edinburgh is about for 3.17pm, after a journey of 4 hours, 42 minutes.

After seeing off the practice, I’ll dash throughout to St Pancras station and catch the ten.51pm to Luton Airport Parkway, That practice ought to arrive at 11.22am, with an eight-minute look forward to the connecting bus to the airport – which is scheduled for six minutes, arriving at 11.36am.

That leaves 59 minutes to get by means of safety and discover some lunch earlier than the 12.35pm departure to Glasgow.

The 322-mile flight is scheduled to take 75 minutes, arriving on the airport serving Scotland’s largest metropolis at 1.50pm.

That is when issues get tight and/or costly: to be able to attain Edinburgh forward of the Lumo practice, the one doable departure from Glasgow Queen Road station is at 2.15pm. Ought to the flight arrive 5 or 10 minutes early, I ought to make the 1.48pm bus, which reaches George Sq. (a couple of minutes from the station) at 2.09pm. In any other case, it’s a taxi.

Even with 5 stops en route, that 2.15pm practice is because of arrive at 3.03pm, comfortably forward of Mark’s practice.

By way of price: the rail/bus ticket from London to Luton airport prices £18.40. I booked my easyJet flight two weeks forward for £24.99.

I hope to pay £8 for the bus into Glasgow – nevertheless it might simply be twice as a lot for a taxi. The fare from Queen Road station to Edinburgh is £13.50.

At a minimal, the journey as deliberate has a complete price of £64.89.

All Lumo tickets are promoting for £19.90 or much less till the top of November.

Simon Calder21 October 2021 08:07

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