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from Edinburgh to Inverness

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

Our recommendation

To get from Edinburgh to Inverness on Jan 29 we recommend taking a bus because it’s the best combination of price and speed.

04:00PMEdinburgh, Elder Street3h50 07:50PMInverness, Bus Station
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$231One-way
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04:50PMEdinburgh, Elder Street4h05 08:55PMInverness, Bus Station
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$221One-way
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02:50PMEdinburgh, Elder Street4h05 06:55PMInverness, Bus Station
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$221One-way
10:50AMEdinburgh, Elder Street4h05 02:55PMInverness, Bus Station
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$221One-way
01:50PMEdinburgh, Elder Street4h05 05:55PMInverness, Bus Station
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$221One-way

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Sat
Jan 29
$75Scotrail
$22Megabus
Sun
Jan 30
$31London North Eastern Railway
$22Megabus
Mon
Jan 31
$75Scotrail
$20Megabus
Tue
Feb 1
$75Scotrail
$16Megabus
Wed
Feb 2
$75Scotrail
$16Megabus
Thu
Feb 3
$75Scotrail
$20Megabus
Fri
Feb 4
$75Scotrail
$16Megabus
Sat
Feb 5
$75Scotrail
$19Megabus
Sun
Feb 6
$25London North Eastern Railway
$19Megabus
Mon
Feb 7
$75Scotrail
$16Megabus
Tue
Feb 8
$72Scotrail
$16Megabus
Wed
Feb 9
$72Scotrail
$16Megabus
Thu
Feb 10
$75Scotrail
$16Megabus
Fri
Feb 11
$75Scotrail
$16Megabus
Sat
Feb 12
$75Scotrail
$16Megabus
Sun
Feb 13
$20London North Eastern Railway
$16Megabus
Mon
Feb 14
$75Scotrail
$16Megabus
Tue
Feb 15
$72Scotrail
$16Megabus
Wed
Feb 16
$72Scotrail
$16Megabus
Thu
Feb 17
$75Scotrail
$15Megabus

Travel Information between Edinburgh and Inverness

distanceDistance112 miles (180 km)
modeAvailable travel modesBus or train
priceTicket price range$16 - $19
cheapestCheapest modeBus • $16 (€13) • 3 h 45 min
fastestFastest modeTrain • $19 (€16) • 3 h 21 min
carriersPopular travel companiesMegabus or London North Eastern Railway

Travel 112 miles (180 km) by bus or train to Inverness from Edinburgh. If speed is a priority, then a train is the best option with an average duration of 3 h 21 min; whereas, if saving money is more important, then a bus is the best option with prices starting as low as $16 (€13). The most popular travel companies which serve this trip are Megabus or London North Eastern Railway among others. Travelers can even take a direct 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

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FAQs

How do I reach Inverness from Edinburgh?

You can travel between Edinburgh and Inverness 2 different ways: bus or train.

How do I get from Edinburgh to Inverness the cheapest way?

The cheapest way to get from Edinburgh to Inverness is by taking a bus. You can find average ticket prices around $16 (€13) compared to other travel options to Inverness:

Taking a bus is usually $3 (€2) less than taking a train to Inverness, which costs on average $19 (€16) for the same trip.

What is the quickest way from Edinburgh to Inverness?

The fastest way from Edinburgh to Inverness is by train with an average journey time of 3 h 21 min.

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

In comparison, getting to Inverness by bus can take on average 3 h 45 min.

What is the distance from Edinburgh to Inverness?

The Edinburgh to Inverness distance is around 112 miles (180 km).

How many scheduled departures are there a day from Edinburgh to Inverness?

The average frequency per day from Edinburgh to Inverness is:

  • 10 trains per day.

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

Where do people depart from and arrive in when traveling from Edinburgh to Inverness?

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

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

Which travel companies can get me from Edinburgh to Inverness?

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

  • You can travel by bus between Edinburgh and Inverness with Megabus, and you can find Megabus Edinburgh to Inverness tickets for $16 (€13) on Omio.
  • You can travel to Inverness from Edinburgh by train with London North Eastern Railway. You can find cheap tickets on Omio for $19 (€16) with London North Eastern Railway from Edinburgh to Inverness.

What is another destination I should add to my tour from Edinburgh to Inverness?

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!

How far in advance should I book my Edinburgh to Inverness one way ticket online to get the best deals?

Before traveling from Edinburgh to Inverness, it’s good to know what ticket you can purchase and how much it will cost in the next 7 days:

  • A bus ticket is costing on average $16 (€13) one way for this journey.
  • A train ticket for this journey costs on average $19 (€16) one way.

But we recommend booking Edinburgh to Inverness tickets online a few months before your planned travel date to score the best deals and save money on your trip.