How to travel from Edinburgh to Glasgow

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from Edinburgh to Glasgow

You can get from Edinburgh to Glasgow by train, bus or flight.

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To get from Edinburgh to Glasgow on Dec 06 we recommend taking a bus because it’s the best combination of price and speed.

08:10AMEdinburgh1h10 09:20AMGlasgow, Buchanan
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07:30PMEdinburgh, Elder Street1h14 08:44PMGlasgow, Buchanan
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06:45PMEdinburgh, Elder Street1h14 07:59PMGlasgow, Buchanan
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Travel Information between Edinburgh and Glasgow

distanceDistance41 miles (66 km)
modeAvailable travel modesBus, ferry, flight or train
priceTicket price range$1 - $22
cheapestCheapest modeBus • $1 (€1) • 50 min
fastestFastest modeTrain • $22 (€20) • 45 min
carriersPopular travel companiesFlixbus or Scotrail

Travel 41 miles (66 km) by bus, ferry, flight or train between Edinburgh and Glasgow. If speed is a priority, then a train is the best option with an average duration of 45 min; whereas, if saving money is more important, then a bus is the best option with prices starting as low as $1 (€1). The most popular travel companies which serve this trip are Flixbus or Scotrail among others. Travelers can even take a direct bus or train from Edinburgh to Glasgow.

How to Travel from Edinburgh to Glasgow

Located just 50 miles apart, it's convenient for travelers in the UK to take either the train or bus from Edinburgh to Glasgow. The fastest direct method of travel is by train with journeys taking less than an hour with ScotRail trains. Bus journeys between the two cities take between 1 hour and 1:40 h depending upon route and transportation company.

Trains from Edinburgh to Glasgow | Buses from Edinburgh to Glasgow | Return trips from Glasgow to Edinburgh

Edinburgh to Glasgow Travel Comparison

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Travel Time

Cheapest Time to Book

buses

€6

1:10 h

1 Day Before

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€16

0:49 h

1 Day Before


What is the best way to travel from Edinburgh to Glasgow?

Cheapest way to travel from Edinburgh to Glasgow


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Taking a bus is the cheapest way to travel from Edinburgh to Glasgow. Buses traveling from Edinburgh to Glasgow depart from Edinburgh's Elder Street bus station and take at least 1:10 h to arrive at Glasgow's Buchanan bus station. All buses that travel from Edinburgh to Glasgow are operated by National Express with the first bus departing Edinburgh at 5:15 a.m. Approximately 36 buses travel from Edinburgh to Glasgow per day.


Fastest way to travel from Edinburgh to Glasgow


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Taking a train is the fastest way to fastest way to travel from Edinburgh to Glasgow. Trains traveling from Edinburgh to Glasgow depart from Edinburgh's Waverley train station and take approximately 50 minutes to arrive at Glasgow's Queen Street train station. All trains traveling from Edinburgh to Glasgow are operated by ScotRail with the first train departing Edinburgh at 8:00 a.m. Approximately 10 trains travel from Edinburgh to Glasgow per day.


Most popular way to travel from Edinburgh to Glasgow


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Taking the bus is the most popular way to travel from Edinburgh to Glasgow. Taking a bus is €10 cheaper on average when compared with taking a train, while only taking 20 minutes longer to arrive in Glasgow. Buses travel from Edinburgh to Glasgow 36 times per day, while trains travel from Edinburgh to Glasgow 10 times per day. Both trains and buses travel from Edinbiurgh to Glasgow directly.


How to get from Edinburgh to Glasgow

The Best Way According to our Users

If you want to travel from Edinburgh to Glasgow there are several options available to you. For this route, however, 58,28% of our customers choose the bus as their preferred method of transportation. Nowadays, traveling by bus is a relaxing and entertaining experience. Most bus companies offer different on-board services; ranging from "welcome drinks" to free wi-fi or personal entertainment. For this reason, the bus is often chosen as the best way to get from Edinburgh to Glasgow. Bus companies normally offer comfortable journeys for reasonable prices, and if you choose to travel on a night bus you can even save the money of one night in a hotel. For that reason, the bus is most likely the cheapest way to get to your destination.

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FAQs

There are 4 ways to travel to Glasgow from Edinburgh including taking a bus, ferry, flight or train.

The cheapest way to go to Glasgow from Edinburgh is by taking a bus, which costs on average $1 (€1).

This is compared to other ways of getting to Glasgow:

A bus is generally $21 (€19) less than a train for the same journey. Taking a train costs on average $22 (€20) from Edinburgh to Glasgow.

The fastest way to get to Glasgow from Edinburgh is by train with an average travel time of 45 min.

Other travel options to Glasgow can usually take longer:

In comparison, taking a bus requires on average 50 min   of travel time.

The Edinburgh to Glasgow distance is around 41 miles (66 km).

The average frequency per day from Edinburgh to Glasgow is:

  • Around 28 buses per day.
  • 92 trains a day.

However, we recommend checking specific travel dates for your journey to Glasgow from Edinburgh as scheduled services by bus, ferry, flight or train can vary by season or day of the week.

These are the most popular departure and arrival points when traveling from Edinburgh to Glasgow:

  • Most travelers board their bus from Edinburgh, Elder Street and arrive in Glasgow, Buchanan Bus Station.
  • Most travelers who book a train ticket from Edinburgh to Glasgow depart from Edinburgh Waverley to Glasgow Central.

Omio works with many trusted partners that can help you travel the best way from Edinburgh to Glasgow:

  • You can take a bus from Edinburgh to Glasgow with Flixbus. Cheap tickets can be found for $1 (€1) with Flixbus from Edinburgh to Glasgow.
  • You can travel by train to Glasgow from Edinburgh with Scotrail, and you can find Scotrail Edinburgh to Glasgow tickets for $22 (€20) on Omio.

Yes, there are direct routes from Edinburgh to Glasgow with the following travel companies:

  • You can check for a direct bus to Glasgow with Flixbus, National Express or Megabus with 2 direct buses per day.
  • You can find 69 direct trains per day to take to Glasgow with Scotrail.

Direct services to Glasgow tend to save you time and add more convenience as you won't need to transfer at another stop in between, so it's worth paying attention to before booking tickets for your journey.

Looking to extend your trip from Edinburgh to Glasgow? Many Omio customers who go from Edinburgh to Glasgow usually extend their vacation to explore other popular destinations like London, Manchester or Birmingham. If you're looking to explore London, Manchester or Birmingham from Glasgow, let Omio find you the best connections available at an affordable price.

When planning your trip from Edinburgh to Glasgow, it’s good to keep in mind what tickets to book and their prices in the next 7 days:

  • Bus tickets are costing $1 (€1) one way on average.
  • Train tickets are costing on average $22 (€20) one way.

However, we recommend buying tickets from Edinburgh to Glasgow online a few months in advance to get the best deals and save money on your upcoming journey.

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