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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 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.
FAQs
How do I reach Inverness from Edinburgh?

There are 2 ways to get from Edinburgh to Inverness: bus or train.

How far is Inverness from Edinburgh?

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

What are the departure and arrival points in Edinburgh and in Inverness?

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

  • Buses most often depart from Edinburgh at Edinburgh, Elder Street and arrive in Inverness at Bus Station, Farraline Park, Inverness.
  • Trains mostly leave from Edinburgh Waverley and tend to arrive in Inverness.
Which travel operators can get me to Inverness from Edinburgh?

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:

  • Megabus can get you to Inverness by bus. You can find a good deal for bus tickets with Megabus from Edinburgh to Inverness for $16 (€12) on Omio.
  • Scotrail can get you to Inverness by train. You can find a good deal for train tickets with Scotrail from Edinburgh to Inverness for $77 (€59) on Omio.
Is it possible to travel directly to Inverness from Edinburgh?

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

  • You can buy a direct bus with Megabus.

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.

Where should I go next after I travel to Inverness from Edinburgh?
Your trip from Edinburgh to Inverness doesn't have to end in Inverness. Many of our customers like to extend their vacation to explore other popular destinations like London, Glasgow or Aberdeen. If you’d like to add London, Glasgow or Aberdeen to your Edinburgh to Inverness tour, check Omio for the best and cheapest ways to travel to any of these top destinations from Inverness today!
How early should I purchase Edinburgh to Inverness tickets online to score the best deals?

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

  • A bus ticket is costing on average $16 (€12) one way for this journey.
  • A train ticket for this journey costs on average $77 (€59) 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.

What is the cheapest way to go from Edinburgh to Inverness?

The cheapest way to get from Edinburgh to Inverness is by taking a bus. You can find average ticket prices around $16 (€12) compared to other travel options to Inverness:

A bus is $61 (€47) less than a train for this trip with tickets for a train from Edinburgh to Inverness costing on average $77 (€59).

What is the quickest way to get from Edinburgh to Inverness?

The quickest way to travel between Edinburgh and Inverness is by train, which takes on average 3 h 34 min  compared to other travel options that may take you longer to get to your destination:

In comparison, taking a bus requires on average 3 h 50 min  of travel time.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Where is the bus station and what is the best way to get there?
This station is within walking distance of the city centre and is connected to other parts of the city by public transport.
Edinburgh Waverley
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Frequently Asked Questions

Where is the train station and what is the best way to get there?
This station is within walking distance of the city centre and is connected to other parts of the city by public transport.