How to Travel to Scotland From London, England

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How to Travel to Scotland From London, England
It is easy to drive from London to Scotland --- it's mainly motorways. (motorway 10 image by chrisharvey from

It is approximately 400 miles from London to Scotland --- and you can drive, fly or travel by train to get there. If traffic is moving freely, it should take about seven hours to drive from London to Scotland. Train journeys take around 41/2 hours, and direct flights from London to Glasgow are approximately 1 hour. If you take a train or fly, you will need to factor in the trips to and from the train station or airport.

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Things you need

  • Car
  • Computer with Internet access
  • Train ticket
  • Flight ticket and boarding pass
  • Photo identification

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    Take the best route from your departure point to the M1 motorway, which is signposted on all major roads out of London city centre. Follow the M1 for approximately 70 miles.

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    Exit onto M6 motorway at Junction 19 of the M1. Follow M6 for 230 miles, until the motorway ends and joins the A74.

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    Follow the A74, which crosses the border between England and Scotland. Follow maps and signposts to your destination in Scotland.

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    Travel by bus, tube or taxi to the train station. Aim to arrive at least 30 minutes before your train is due to leave. You depart from Euston railway station or Kings Cross station if you are travelling to Scotland by East Coast Rail; if you are travelling by overnight sleeper train service, you will depart from London, Euston station.

    How to Travel to Scotland From London, England
    You can travel to Scotland by train from London. (man in railway/train station standing beside train image by L. Shat from
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    Hand your train ticket to the railway guard and make your way to the correct station platform. Board the train.

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    Find your reserved seat or bed and make yourself comfortable. Drinks and snacks are available from buffet services on the train. Your train stops at a number of stations en route to Scotland. If travelling by sleeper, your train compartment will be uncoupled at Glasgow or Edinburgh stations during the night and you'll need to leave the train by 8 a.m. the following morning.

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    Travel by car, bus, tube or taxi to your departure airport. Flights are available from Heathrow, Gatwick, Luton and Stansted to various Scottish destinations. Arrive at least one hour prior to your flight departure, so you have time to check in.

    How to Travel to Scotland From London, England
    Flights from London to Scotland take around one hour. (aeroplane image by Clarence Alford from
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    Make your way to the checkin desk to check your luggage. You will need your tickets, boarding pass and photo identification.

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    Follow directions to your departure gate and wait for your flight to be called. When the flight is called, join the line for boarding the plane.

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    Hand your boarding card to the Flight attendant and board the plane, making your way to your allocated seat. Once the plane has taken off, your flight to Edinburgh or Glasgow will take at least 80 minutes.

Tips and warnings

  • Motorway service stations are located at frequent intervals along U.K. motorways; you'll find restaurants, cafes and gas pumps at all service stations.
  • You can buy train tickets online or at the stations. If buying a ticket online you will need to allow enough time before your departure to print out your train ticket and boarding pass.
  • You can purchase flight tickets online, from a travel agent or at the airport. It will save time if you check in online, prior to your flight departure.
  • Remember to take frequent breaks when travelling long distances, as driving when tired can cause accidents.

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