How to travel from Edinburgh to Inverness

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from Edinburgh to Inverness

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

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To get from Edinburgh to Inverness on Dec 07 we recommend taking a bus because it’s the best combination of price and speed.

08:00AMEdinburgh, Elder Street3h50 11:50AMInverness, Bus Station
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08:00AMEdinburgh, Elder Street3h50 11:50AMInverness, Bus Station
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04:00PMEdinburgh, Elder Street3h50 07:50PMInverness, Bus Station
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11:00AMEdinburgh, Elder Street3h50 02:50PMInverness, Bus Station
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03:00PMEdinburgh, Elder Street3h50 06:50PMInverness, Bus Station
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Travel Information between Edinburgh and Inverness

distanceDistance112 miles (180 km)
modeAvailable travel modesBus, ferry, flight or train
priceTicket price range$25 - $25
cheapestCheapest modeBus • $25 (€22) • 3 h 41 min
fastestFastest modeBus • $25 (€22) • 3 h 41 min
carriersPopular travel companiesMegabus

Take a bus, ferry, flight or train to travel 112 miles (180 km) to Inverness from Edinburgh. If speed is a priority, then a bus is the best option with an average duration of 3 h 41 min; whereas, if saving money is more important, then a bus is the best option with prices starting as low as $25 (€22). The most popular travel companies which serve this trip are Megabus among others. Travelers can even take a direct bus or train from Edinburgh to Inverness.

Travel from Edinburgh to Inverness: Journey Details

Inverness, the transport hub of the Highlands, is around 250 kilometers north of the Scottish capital Edinburgh. Trains and buses are the easiest way for travelers in the UK to make the journey. Train travel is usually the faster option, although some express buses can offer similar journey times. ScotRail and London North Eastern Railway (LNER) provide rail services between the two cities, with most journeys taking around 3 hours and 30 minutes. Scottish Citylink buses offer regular connections from Edinburgh to Inverness with travel times ranging from 3.5 to 4.5 hours.

Return trips from Inverness to Edinburgh are also available.

How to get from Edinburgh to Inverness

The Best Way According to our Users

Whether it is for business or leisure, in order to travel from Edinburgh to Inverness, 95,74% of our customers choose the train as their preferred mode of transportation. By traveling by train on this route, you can enjoy the comfort of spacious seats, spectacular views—and in some cases free Wi-Fi—in both second and first class. Our customers have decided that the train is the best way to get from Edinburgh to Inverness and have chosen to enjoy this fast, safe and efficient way to arrive at their destination. Taking the train also avoids long lines or potential expenses for transfers to/from the station—especially since most main railway stations are located in the city center. Train companies in Europe vary from country to country, but most of them offer high-speed train routes, therefore when you add up at the end-to-end journey time, the train is often also the fastest way to get to your destination.

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Buses from Edinburgh to Inverness

Scottish Citylink buses depart from the St. Andrews bus station in central Edinburgh, terminating at Inverness Bus Station, close to the city's rail station in the center. There are 10 daily services, beginning with an early morning departure and continuing at roughly 90 minute intervals until the final bus from Edinburgh in late evening. Journey times range from 3 hours and 30 minutes for motorway express services to an hour longer for local stopping routes. Megabus and Park's operate a similar timetable for bus connections between Edinburgh and Inverness.

Trains from Edinburgh to Inverness

ScotRail and London North Eastern Railway (LNER) operate trains from Edinburgh to Inverness. The weekday daily timetable begins with an early morning departure requiring a change at Perth and continues at roughly hourly intervals with 7 direct services and 3 indirect connections. The last train departs Edinburgh in mid-evening. Most journey times are between 3 hours and 20 minutes and 3 hours and 50 minutes, although one evening stopping train takes 4 hours and 45 minutes to reach Inverness. The Sunday schedule is slightly reduced.

Travel Tips: Travel from Edinburgh to Inverness

Travel Tips: Travel to Inverness easily. Whether you want fast, cheap or something entirely different, our travel experts have collected everything you need to know so you can find the best option from Edinburgh to Inverness.

There are 4 ways to get from Edinburgh to Inverness: bus, ferry, flight or train.

The cheapest way to get from Edinburgh to Inverness is by taking a bus. You can find average ticket prices around $25 (€22) compared to other travel options to Inverness:

Taking a bus is usually $1 (€1) less than taking a train to Inverness, which costs on average $25 (€22) for the same trip.

The fastest way from Edinburgh to Inverness is by bus with an average journey time of 3 h 41 min.

There are alternative travel options to Inverness that can usually take longer:

In comparison, taking a train requires on average 4 h 16 min   of travel time.

Inverness is approximately 112 miles (180 km) away from Edinburgh.

The average frequency per day from Edinburgh to Inverness is:

  • 8 buses a day.
  • 6 trains per day.

However, we recommend checking specific travel dates for your trip between Edinburgh and Inverness 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 Inverness:

  • Most travelers take a bus from Edinburgh, Elder Street to Inverness.
  • Most travelers who book a train ticket from Edinburgh to Inverness depart from Edinburgh Waverley to Inverness.

If finding a good deal is your main consideration for your trip from Edinburgh to Inverness, then we'll help you find the best value travel companies for you:

  • Travel with Megabus to go to Inverness by bus. For a good deal on tickets, you can find Megabus Edinburgh to Inverness tickets on Omio for $25 (€22).

Yes, there are direct services available from Edinburgh to Inverness with the following travel companies:

  • You can take a direct bus with Megabus with 8 direct buses per day.
  • You can find around 6 direct trains per day and travel with Scotrail.

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

Many of our customers traveling from Edinburgh to Inverness don't make Inverness their final stop. Some of the destinations worth visiting after Inverness are London, Glasgow or Aberdeen, either of which you could add to your trip itinerary. Check Omio for the best and cheapest ways to travel from Inverness to any of these top destinations today!

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

  • Bus tickets are costing on average $25 (€22) one way.
  • Train tickets cost on average $25 (€22) one way.

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

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