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Visitors travelling between the Scottish capital of Edinburgh and the English capital of London have a number of buses, trains and flights to choose from. The fastest option is to fly, which takes just over one hour to complete an average direct journey; while trains offer a more direct route from the centres of both cities, and buses offer a slower but inexpensive alternative.
Daily bus service from Edinburgh are operated by National Express, the main company offering services on this route. The journey of over 500 kilometres from Edinburgh coach station takes around 9 hours to arrive at London Victoria Coach Station. Some journeys require a change to be made at Birmingham, which extends the journey time to around 11 hours. Journeys begin around 6:30 a.m. and continue with at least four journeys per day.
There are a number of options for train travel between these two famous cities, including two trains per hour departing Edinburgh Waverley for London Kings Cross with Virgin East Coast. Services from Virgin East Coast take around 4 hours to complete and begin with commuter trains around 7:30 a.m. each morning. East Coast Trains also offer a service from Edinburgh Waverley to London Kings Cross taking around the same time as the Virgin option.
A number of services operate between Edinburgh and London's various airports, including Flybe services departing three times per day to London City Airport. EasyJet also offers services between Edinburgh and London Stanstead beginning around 6:30 a.m. each morning. In addition, British Airways offer a regular service between Edinburgh and Heathrow taking around 1 hour.