Borders Railway

The Borders Railway is the longest new domestic railway to be built in the UK for over 100 years.

Train on the Borders RailwayThe 30 miles of track sees passenger trains running from Edinburgh, through Midlothian and into the Scottish Borders for the first time in almost half a century.

It takes passengers between Tweedbank and Edinburgh in less than an hour and trains run half hourly throughout peak times.

The Borders Railway provides a strong and reliable transport connection between the country’s capital and the south east, with benefits for employment, leisure, tourism and business.

It offers great opportunities for days out from Edinburgh. Or why not enjoy a weekend stay in one of the many Borders towns and have a night out in Edinburgh?

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The Borders Railway runs from Edinburgh Waverley to Tweedbank.

Route map from Edinburgh Waverley to Tweedbank on the Borders RailwaySeven new stations have been built along the route. Click on the station names for the facilities available.

For information on the history and construction of the line, visit the Borders Railway website

Ever wondered what it feels like to drive a train?

Get a driver’s eye view of the Borders Railway in this short film.

Fares and travel information.

Discounted rail fares are available for children and railcard holders such as Family and Friends, 16-25 Railcard etc.

Children under five travel for free, and those aged 5-15 will travel for half the adult price.

As with services in the rest of Scotland, our Kids Go Free deal allows up to two children (aged 5-15) to travel for free with a full paying adult on any off-peak journey.

The majority of end-to-end journeys are achieved in 55 minutes or less. On some occasions this is not possible due to timetable and platform restrictions with other services in and around Edinburgh Waverley.

During peak times (before 09:15, and between 16:41-18:15), the train service runs half hourly from both Edinburgh and Tweedbank. Departure times are as below:

  • From Edinburgh – Tweedbank at xx:24 and xx:54
  • From Tweedbank – Edinburgh at xx:28 and xx:58

During the morning peak, four services (06:28, 07:58, 07:28 and 07:58) continue through Edinburgh towards Fife, serving Haymarket and South Gyle. In the evening peak, a similar arrangement is in place with four services from Fife continuing through to Tweedbank (16:50, 17:18, 17:54 and 18:24).

Trains are hourly after 20:00, and on Sundays.

All stations have a half hour service throughout the day with the exception of Stow, which is served half-hourly during the morning and evening peaks, and hourly at all other times.

The first midweek service from Tweedbank is at 05:20 and allows a connection with the 06:25 East Coast service from Edinburgh to London Kings Cross. The overall journey time from Tweedbank to London is around five and a half hours.

On arrival at Edinburgh, the following connection times are available during peaks:

  • To Glasgow services within 20 minutes
  • To Dundee/Aberdeen services within 30 minutes
  • To Inverness/Perth services within 10 minutes
  • To Fife services within 25 minutes
  • To North Berwick services within 15 minutes
  • To Newcastle/York/London services within 30 minutes

ScotRail’s Advance fares are only available on long-distance 'reservable' journeys (e.g. between Edinburgh/Glasgow and Inverness/Aberdeen).

Find out more about trains on the Borders Railway.

Class 158 trains are being used. These trains run in two-carriage formation and have 270 seats available.

They have a mix of bay seats (group of four around a table) and airline seating (with small seatback tables).

Most of our 158 fleet currently have wifi. However, as with all mobile wifi, the available signal strength will depend on the availability of mobile (cellular) networks.

Two dedicated cycle spaces are available per train. Our conductors will also be able to advise if bikes may be stored in other locations on our trains in other ‘ad-hoc’ locations, however this depends on the number of passengers on board, and a common sense approach will be adopted.

No – bike spaces on these trains are non-reservable so it’s first come first served.

Find out more about stations and station facilities.

With the exception of Edinburgh Waverley, all stations are unstaffed. All stations have ticket machines, information screens, help points (telephone points on platforms), and public address systems. The ScotRail app can also help passengers check when the next train is coming. Galashiels is an interchange station (with the bus station nearby), and the bus station shows a train departures board.

Yes. All stations are fully accessible.

All new stations, with the exception of Galashiels, have car parking facilities. Parking is also available at Newcraighall.

All new stations have sheltered storage facilities for bicycles. Cycle shelters currently available at Newcraighall and Brunstane.

'Adopt a Station' involves everyone from businesses and charities, to clubs, schools and dedicated individuals helping to improve the appearance of our stations. You can help by taking part in gardening and other activities so that everyone can enjoy the gardens and, in some cases, even pick herbs and vegetables.

If you are interested in adopting your station and would like some more information, find out more here.

All stations and car parks (where available) are covered by 24 hour CCTV and these screens are monitored from our regional control rooms.

Find out more about the construction and route of the Borders Railway.

Transport Scotland was responsible for delivering the Borders Railway in partnership with Network Rail, ScotRail, and local authorities (Midlothian, Scottish Borders, and Edinburgh City Councils).

BAM Nuttall was the principal contractor for the construction of the line.

Construction work began in April 2013, and the new line opened to the public on 6 September 2015.

Diesel trains are the most practical and cost effective method of providing a passenger link from the Scottish Borders to the national rail network.

The new railway was engineered to allow for electrification to be carried out in years to come if desired.

There are three sections of double track along the route (between Galashiels and Stow, Stow and Gorebridge, and Eskbank and Shawfair), and the remainder is single track.