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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 Sep 20 we recommend taking a bus because it’s the best combination of price and speed.

08:00AMEdinburgh, Elder Street3h50 11:50AMInverness, Bus Station
0 changes
$261One-way
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02:50PMEdinburgh, Elder Street4h05 06:55PMInverness, Bus Station
1 changes
$251One-way
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04:00PMEdinburgh, Elder Street3h50 07:50PMInverness, Bus Station
0 changes
$261One-way
04:50PMEdinburgh, Elder Street4h05 08:55PMInverness, Bus Station
1 changes
$251One-way
10:50AMEdinburgh, Elder Street4h05 02:55PMInverness, Bus Station
1 changes
$251One-way

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Sun
Sep 19
$59London North Eastern Railway
$22Megabus
Mon
Sep 20
$74Scotrail
$22Megabus
Tue
Sep 21
$37Scotrail
$21Megabus
Wed
Sep 22
$74Scotrail
$21Megabus
Thu
Sep 23
$74Scotrail
$19Megabus
Fri
Sep 24
$74Scotrail
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Sat
Sep 25
$37Scotrail
$16Megabus
Sun
Sep 26
$56London North Eastern Railway
$19Megabus
Mon
Sep 27
$74Scotrail
$16Megabus
Tue
Sep 28
$27Scotrail
$16Megabus
Wed
Sep 29
$27Scotrail
$16Megabus
Thu
Sep 30
$27Scotrail
$16Megabus
Fri
Oct 1
$37Scotrail
$16Megabus
Sat
Oct 2
$37Scotrail
$16Megabus
Sun
Oct 3
$43London North Eastern Railway
$16Megabus
Mon
Oct 4
$37Scotrail
$16Megabus
Tue
Oct 5
$19Scotrail
$16Megabus
Wed
Oct 6
$19Scotrail
$16Megabus
Thu
Oct 7
$19Scotrail
$16Megabus
Fri
Oct 8
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$16Megabus
Sat
Oct 9
$37Scotrail
$16Megabus

Travel Information from Edinburgh to Inverness

distanceDistance112 miles (180 km)
modeAvailable travel modesBus or train
priceTicket price range$21 - $75
cheapestCheapest modeBus • $21 (€17) • 3 h 45 min
fastestFastest modeTrain • $75 (€60) • 3 h 34 min
carriersPopular travel companiesMegabus 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.

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 travel from Edinburgh to Inverness?

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

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

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.

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

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.

What is the distance from Edinburgh to Inverness?

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

How many services a day are there to Inverness from Edinburgh?

The average frequency per day from Edinburgh to Inverness is:

  • 10 trains a 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 board their bus from Edinburgh, Elder Street and arrive in Bus Station, Farraline Park, Inverness.
  • Most travelers who purchase a train ticket from Edinburgh to Inverness depart from Edinburgh Waverley to Inverness.
Which travel companies can take me 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:

  • Travel with Megabus for buses to Inverness. If you’re looking for a good deal on tickets, check for Megabus Edinburgh to Inverness tickets on Omio for $21 (€17).
  • Travel with Scotrail for trains to Inverness. If you’re looking for a good deal on tickets, check for Scotrail Edinburgh to Inverness tickets on Omio for $75 (€60).
Can I travel directly to Inverness from Edinburgh?

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

  • You can book a direct bus with Megabus.

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.

What other destinations are worth visiting after traveling from Edinburgh to Inverness?
Omio customers who travel from Edinburgh to Inverness often also extend their vacation to go to London, Glasgow or Aberdeen. Omio can help you plan your trip by finding the best connections between Inverness and these popular destinations at a great price.
How early should I book tickets between Edinburgh and Inverness online for 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 for this route is costing $21 (€17) one way on average.
  • A train ticket costs $75 (€60) one way on average for this journey.

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.

Stations

Important Stations and Airports for this Journey

Edinburgh
Inverness
Edinburgh
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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
Amenities
Refreshments
WC

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.