You can get from Edinburgh to Inverness by train, bus or flight.
To get from Edinburgh to Inverness on Sep 20 we recommend 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 or train|
|Ticket price range||$21 - $75|
|Cheapest mode||Bus • $21 (€17) • 3 h 45 min|
|Fastest mode||Train • $75 (€60) • 3 h 34 min|
|Popular travel companies||Megabus or Scotrail|
Travel 112 miles (180 km) by bus or train between Edinburgh and Inverness. If speed is a priority, then a train is the best option with an average duration of 3 h 34 min; whereas, if saving money is more important, then a bus is the best option with prices starting as low as $21 (€17). The most popular travel companies which serve this trip are Megabus or Scotrail among others. 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.
There are 2 ways to get from Edinburgh to Inverness: bus or train.
The cheapest way to travel to Inverness from Edinburgh is by taking a bus with an average price of $21 (€17).
This is compared to other travel options to Inverness:
Taking a bus is usually $54 (€43) less than taking a train to Inverness, which costs on average $75 (€60) for the same trip.
The fastest way to get to Inverness from Edinburgh is by train with an average travel time of 3 h 34 min.
Other travel options to Inverness can usually take longer:
In comparison, getting to Inverness by bus can take on average 3 h 45 min.
The distance is approximately 112 miles (180 km) from Edinburgh to Inverness.
The average frequency per day from Edinburgh to Inverness is:
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.
These are the most popular departure and arrival points when traveling from Edinburgh 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:
Yes, there are direct routes from Edinburgh to Inverness with the following travel companies:
Direct services to Inverness 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 trip.
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:
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.
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