Everything you need to know about Lumo, the discount train service between London and Edinburgh

Sep 19, 2021

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Lumo, backed by First Group, is a brand new, low-cost and eco-friendly service train service committed to using 100% electric high-speed trains as well as a menu that is, “…at least 50% plant-based to make our waste easier to recycle.”

You can get rid of the paper ticket too with Lumo, as they are 100% digital in an effort to reduce their carbon impact.

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Taking aim at many of the U.K.’s budget airlines, Lumo provides a cost-effective option for people travelling the incredibly popular route between London and Edinburgh, with a much lower carbon footprint than flying.

“According to the BEIS UK Government Reporting Emission Factors 2021,” Railway News reported, “flying generates six times more carbon emissions than rail and with fully electric services, Lumo hopes to exceed this ratio.”

Further, passengers will experience the ease of travel as train stations serviced are located directly in the city centres, making the end-to-end journey more time efficient and convenient compared to flying in and out of airports often located on the outskirts of the city.

Service will debut in October 2021, with trains running between London’s King Cross station and Edinburgh Waverly. Here’s everything we know so far.

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How to book

Lumo’s London to Edinburgh service will debut on 25 October. Tickets are available to book now with an introductory discount on fares booked for travel between 25 October 2021 up to and including 1 December 2021.

At launch, Lumo will operate four trains per day until 11 December 2021. In early 2022, service will go up to 10 trains per day. Travel between London and Edinburgh on a Lumo train is a journey of approximately 4 hours and 30 minutes.


A ticket on a Lumo train, making stops at Newcastle, Morpeth and Stevenage,  will start at £19.90 (about $27.50) on a journey from London to Edinburgh during their introductory period if booked directly on Lumo’s website. The best fares are found when booking at least 12 weeks in advance.

At the time of this writing, however, it seemed that most, if not all, Lumo services were already sold out for November. So, booking as soon as tickets are available is highly recommended. Keep an eye on Lumo’s website for details on when tickets become available.

Onboard experience

Lumo aims to make low-cost travel a comfortable experience with economically designed seats, complimentary Wi-Fi on board and three catering options.

Travellers can choose between preordering food from a variety of cafes and restaurants, including M&S, using LumoEats and having it delivered to their seat once on board. Travellers can also preorder food from the trolley for at-seat delivery or simply purchase food on board from the trolley as it makes its way through the train.

Bottom line

An exciting eco-friendly and convenient option for those looking to travel this route without the associated hassles of flying, and with a much lower carbon footprint. Low-cost tickets sell quickly, so be sure to book far in advance.

Featured photo courtesy of First Group.

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