Driving from London to Edinburgh gives you the unique opportunity to explore the whole length of Britain, stopping wherever you choose and taking as much time as you need - or have! As the respective capitals of England and Scotland, the drive between these two stunning cities showcases the diversity of the counties in between. With hundreds of miles of scenic countryside, innumerable sites of historic interest and a host of culturally and socially important cities to stop at, there is no shortage of things to do along the way. The distance between these two animated capital cities is just over 400 miles and the journey can be made in under 7 hours (when the roads are clear), but its a much better idea to take your time and split the journey up. With our one-way car rental you don't even have to worry about making the return journey, so don't hesitate to start your trip from London to Edinburgh with Sixt!
For those in a hurry, its best advised to take the M1 and M6 route. There are no tolls on this route and it takes you directly north. If you were hoping to catch a little break from the road, you can use the opportunity to explore Birmingham, England's second city, and just a short detour from the route will take you to Manchester.
If you are hoping to make the most of your car hire and explore Great Britain to the fullest, then consider making your journey to London from Edinburgh by car along the northeastern coast. Witness the famous beaches that stretch down from the Scottish border, passing major cities such as Newcastle upon Tyne and Middlesbrough. You can take the M1 the whole route north but make sure to stop off at York to see its famous Minster, which is the largest of its kind in Northern Europe.