How to get from Edinburgh to Inverness by train, bus or flight.
The best way to travel from Edinburgh to Inverness is by taking a bus because it’s the best combination of price and speed.
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|Distance||112 miles (180 km)|
|Available travel modes||Bus|
|Fastest mode||Bus • $26 (€23) • 3 h 40 min|
|Popular travel companies||Megabus|
Travel 112 miles (180 km) by bus from Edinburgh to Inverness. Megabus is the main travel company operating this route. Travelers can even take a direct bus from Edinburgh to Inverness.
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.
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.
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.
You can travel by bus for as low as $17 (€15). When you search for schedules and tickets, Omio will show you the best journey.
Scotrail is a train operating company in Scotland, providing rail services throughout the country. It operates a wide range of services, from commuter trains to long-distance intercity services. The company operates a variety of train types, including the Class 380, Class 385, Class 156, Class 158 and Class 170. These trains offer a range of onboard facilities, such as free Wi-Fi, power sockets, and comfortable seating. Scotrail also offers a range of ticket types, including Advance, Off-Peak, and Anytime tickets. The most popular routes for Scotrail include Glasgow to Edinburgh, Glasgow to Inverness, and Edinburgh to Aberdeen.
Travel Edinburgh to Inverness by bus.
The fastest way to travel from Edinburgh to Inverness is by bus with an average journey time of 3 h 40 min.
Inverness is approximately 112 miles (180 km) away from Edinburgh.
The average frequency per day from Edinburgh to Inverness is:
However, we recommend checking specific travel dates for your journey from Edinburgh to Inverness as scheduled services by bus can vary by season or day of the week.
These are the most popular departure and arrival points when traveling from Edinburgh to Inverness:
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Yes, there is a direct route available from Edinburgh to Inverness:
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 between Edinburgh and Inverness.
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