Traveling between London and Edinburgh is about to get easier, and cheaper, than ever. A new rail link, slated to open in fall 2021, will bring passengers between the two major cities in just four hours for an average of 25 British pounds, or about $33. (Some fares may be even lower.) Right now, the average journey time between Edinburgh and London is five hours and 30 minutes, and tickets can cost up to $200.
The service will be operated by FirstGroup, which has ordered five new electric trains that run at 125 MPH and will be equipped with free WiFi and onboard catering. Inspired by the ultra-fast Japanese bullet trains, the London-Edinburgh trains have been purchased from Japanese firm Hitachi. And since the trains are electric, they will be quieter and more environmentally friendly than the current trains used for the journey.
Steve Montgomery, First Rail’s managing director, said in a statement, “There’s a real gap in the market for truly affordable rail travel between the two capitals — our plans show we are serious about competing with low-cost airlines and opening up rail travel on this key route to thousands of new passengers.”
Five trains are scheduled to run each day, from King’s Cross in London to Edinburgh station, passing through Stevenage, Newcastle, and Morpeth.