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With the buzz of city life soaked in the rich atmosphere of Scottish culture, it's no surprise why thousands flock to enjoy all that this magnificent city has to offer every year.

Although Edinburgh is known as the business and financial hub of Scotland, the city is also known for its breath-taking countryside. Whether you are looking for a short weekend break, day trip or a holiday away Edinburgh definitely has something to offer everyone.

Edinburgh has three main railway stations;

Cheap train tickets are available for direct trains to Edinburgh throughout Britain when booking in advance online.

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Cheap train tickets to Edinburgh

If you know that you are travelling to Edinburgh ahead of time you have a great chance of securing a cheap ticket because you can plan and book in advance. This type of ticket is called an Advance ticket. You can book cheap train tickets up to 12 weeks in advance of departure.

We understand however, that you don't always know exactly which train you want so now you can also buy our great value range of Advance tickets and reserve your seat up to 15 minutes before you board a CrossCountry service, via our website or our Train Ticket app, subject to availability.

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Things to do in Edinburgh

Edinburgh is famous for its heritage, culture, entertainment, events and outstanding landscapes. This is a place that definitely has something for everyone. Enjoy Edinburgh for the modernism of city life juxtaposed alongside scenic countryside that will leave you feeling energised and relaxed. We have compiled a list of the top attractions definitely worth visiting:

Edinburgh Castle

The peak of Edinburgh's heritage, Edinburgh Castle is one of the greatest architectural sites which best demonstrates the history of Scotland. Visiting the castle is perfect for those seeking an enchanting fun filled day packed full of activities, shows, costume performances, talks and tours taking you back into time. Edinburgh is easily accessible and takes approximately 10 minutes to walk from Edinburgh Waverley train station.

Princes Street

Edinburgh's famous retail street is a perfect place to shop till you drop. Widely stretched, Princes Street has a wide range of shops, restaurants and cafes to keep you on your feet all day. Ideally situated off Princes Street, Princes garden is the life-saving place to relax your feet and is approximately a 15 minute walk from Edinburgh Waverley train station.

The Royal Yacht Britannia

Visit the UK's no.1 attraction (TripAdvisor). The Royal Yacht Britannia was home to Her Majesty The Queen and the Royal Family for over 40 years, sailing over 1,000,000 miles around the world. Now berthed in Edinburgh, you can follow in the footsteps of Royalty to discover the heart and soul of this most special of Royal residences.

The Scotch Whisky Experience

Take a barrel ride through the replication of a fine distillery as you experience the process of making fine whisky. Sip along the way, as you familiarise yourself with the different flavours tantalising your taste buds throughout the journey. Tours are available daily. The experience also run courses and is a perfect place to host an event. The Scotch Whisky Experience is approximately a ten minute walk from Edinburgh Waverley train station.

Edinburgh Zoo

Situated on 82 acres of parkland, Edinburgh Zoo is the largest animal conservation centre in Scotland. Everything here from loveable Sun bears, Koala's, Monkeys, Penguin Parade and Hilltop Safari's, this is sure to keep you captivated and a must-see exciting attraction for all the family. Edinburgh Zoo is a short bus journey from Edinburgh Waverley train station.

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