Waverley station is used by visitors and locals alike and can be busy and confusing for a newcomer. Use our top tips and information to ensure your transit through the station is as smooth as possible.
The main point of reference for all information about when trains are leaving or arriving is the main departures board on the concourse. This will list the departure platforms, the final destination and all the stations which the train will be calling at along the way. Sometimes the arrival or departure platform won't be listed until shortly before the train is due into the station.
There is no parking within the station itself for customer cars. The nearest car park is in New Street, from where you can walk down stairs into the station. There is bicycle parking in the station and also a taxi rank.
The main ticket office is open from 5am to midnight Monday to Saturday and from 7am to midnight on Saturday. Staff in the ticket office can give advice on routes as well as selling tickets for travel. Machines are also available on the concourse. You will not be able to get through barriers and board at train at Waverley without a ticket.
Edinburgh Waverley Station is located in the city centre. If you're staying in hotels near Waverley, the main Edinburgh attractions will be just a short walk away.
The castle is the city's most famous landmark and is definitely worth the walk up the steep hill from the station. Don't miss the impressive Scottish crown jewels on display in a strongroom at the top of the castle or the equally impressive views from the battlements.
At the other end of the famous Royal Mile from the castle is Holyrood Palace. Apart from a couple of weeks in early summer when the Queen is in residence, visitors can get access to the state rooms and learn about famous figures in Scottish history such as Mary, Queen of Scots.
Leave the station towards Princes Street, and you will find the best shopping in Edinburgh. Choose between upmarket department stores such as Harvey Nichols and Jenners, or browse for all manner of tartan souvenirs in specialist stores.