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from Glasgow to Edinburgh

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

Our recommendation

To get from Glasgow to Edinburgh on Jan 30 we recommend taking a bus because it’s the best combination of price and speed.

08:00PMGlasgow, Buchanan1h05 09:05PMEdinburgh
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$81One-way
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09:00PMGlasgow, Buchanan1h13 10:13PMEdinburgh, Elder Street
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$31One-way
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06:30PMGlasgow, Buchanan1h14 07:44PMEdinburgh, Elder Street
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$71One-way
07:00PMGlasgow, Buchanan1h14 08:14PMEdinburgh, Elder Street
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$71One-way
07:30PMGlasgow, Buchanan1h14 08:44PMEdinburgh, Elder Street
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$71One-way

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Sun
Jan 30
$21Scotrail
$3Megabus
Mon
Jan 31
$24Scotrail
$7Megabus
Tue
Feb 1
$24Scotrail
$7Megabus
Wed
Feb 2
$24Scotrail
$2Flixbus
Thu
Feb 3
$24Scotrail
$2Flixbus
Fri
Feb 4
$24Scotrail
$2Flixbus
Sat
Feb 5
$21Scotrail
$2Flixbus
Sun
Feb 6
$21Scotrail
$2Flixbus
Mon
Feb 7
$24Scotrail
$7Megabus
Tue
Feb 8
$24Scotrail
$7Megabus
Wed
Feb 9
$24Scotrail
$3Megabus
Thu
Feb 10
$24Scotrail
$3Megabus
Fri
Feb 11
$24Scotrail
$3Megabus
Sat
Feb 12
$21Scotrail
$2Flixbus
Sun
Feb 13
$20Scotrail
$2Flixbus
Mon
Feb 14
$24Scotrail
$7Megabus
Tue
Feb 15
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$7Megabus
Wed
Feb 16
$24Scotrail
$3Megabus
Thu
Feb 17
$24Scotrail
$3Megabus
Fri
Feb 18
$24Scotrail
$2Flixbus

Travel Information between Glasgow and Edinburgh

distanceDistance41 miles (66 km)
modeAvailable travel modesBus or train
priceTicket price range$4 - $20
cheapestCheapest modeBus • $4 (€4) • 1 h 5 min
fastestFastest modeTrain • $20 (€17) • 48 min
carriersPopular travel companiesFlixbus or Scotrail

Take a bus or train to travel 41 miles (66 km) from Glasgow to Edinburgh. If speed is a priority, then a train is the best option with an average duration of 48 min; whereas, if saving money is more important, then a bus is the best option with prices starting as low as $4 (€4). The most popular travel companies which serve this trip are Flixbus or Scotrail among others. Travelers can even take a direct bus from Glasgow to Edinburgh.

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How to Travel from Glasgow to Edinburgh

Located just under 70 kilometers apart, the journey from Glasgow to Edinburgh is a popular one for travelers in the United Kingdom. Train is often the fastest method for this journey, with a direct service from Glasgow Queen Street to Edinburgh Waverley taking just under an hour.

Trains from Glasgow to Edinburgh | Buses from Glasgow to Edinburgh | Return trips from Edinburgh to Glasgow

Glasgow to Edinburgh Travel Comparison

Average Price

Travel Time

Cheapest Time to Book

buses

€6

1:07 h

1 Day Before

trains

€16

0:51 h

1 Day Before


What is the best way to travel from Glasgow to Edinburgh?

Cheapest way to travel from Glasgow to Edinburgh


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Taking a bus is the cheapest way to travel from Glasgow to Edinburgh. Buses traveling from Glasgow to Edinburgh depart from Glasgow's Buchanan bus station and take at least 1:07 h to arrive at Edinburgh's Elder Street bus station. All buses that travel from Glasgow to Edinburgh are operated by National Express with the first bus departing Glasgow at 4:00 a.m. Approximately 34 buses travel from Glasgow to Edinburgh per day.


Fastest way to travel from Glasgow to Edinburgh


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Taking a train is the fastest way to fastest way to travel from Glasgow to Edinburgh. Trains traveling from Glasgow to Edinburgh depart from either Glasgow Central or Queen Street train station and take approximately 50 minutes to arrive at Edinburgh's Waverley train station. All trains traveling from Glasgow to Edinburgh are operated by ScotRail with the first train departing Glasgow at 8:00 a.m. Approximately 10 trains travel from Glasgow to Edinburgh per day.


Most popular way to travel from Glasgow to Edinburgh


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Taking the bus is the most popular way to travel from Glasgow to Edinburgh. Taking a bus is €10 cheaper on average when compared with taking a train, while only taking 20 minutes longer to arrive in Edinburgh. Buses travel from Glasgow to Edinburgh 34 times per day, while trains travel from Glasgow to Edinburgh 10 times per day. Both trains and buses travel from Glasgow to Edinburgh directly.


How to get from Glasgow to Edinburgh

The Best Way According to our Users

If you want to travel from Glasgow to Edinburgh there are several options available to you. For this route, however, 55,03% of our customers choose the bus as their preferred method of transportation. Nowadays, traveling by bus is a relaxing and entertaining experience. Most bus companies offer different on-board services; ranging from "welcome drinks" to free wi-fi or personal entertainment. For this reason, the bus is often chosen as the best way to get from Glasgow to Edinburgh. Bus companies normally offer comfortable journeys for reasonable prices, and if you choose to travel on a night bus you can even save the money of one night in a hotel. For that reason, the bus is most likely the cheapest way to get to your destination.

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Buses from Glasgow to Edinburgh

National Express offers buses from Glasgow to Edinburgh once an hour from 6:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Buses depart from Glasgow's Buchanan bus station and arrive at Edinburgh bus station after a hour and a half travel time.

Trains from Glasgow to Edinburgh

Direct trains from Glasgow to Edinburgh depart every 5-10 minutes throughout the day. The journey from Glasgow Queen Street to Edinburgh Waverley, the city center stop, takes between 50 minutes and 1 hour, with four stops along the line. Trains also serve Edinburgh Haymarket, approximately a 40 minute journey from Glasgow Queen Street. Both services are operated by Scotrail. Edinburgh Park is a third popular rail station in Edinburgh, also served by Scotrail trains. The journey takes just under an hour from Glasgow Queen Street, with one change at Edinburgh Haymarket. The first Edinburgh bound trains leave Glasgow at about 6:00 a.m.; the last at 11:00 p.m. daily.

Travel Tips: Travel from Glasgow to Edinburgh

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FAQs

How do I travel from Glasgow to Edinburgh?

There are 2 ways that you can travel between Glasgow and Edinburgh. You can take a bus or train.

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

The cheapest way to travel to Edinburgh from Glasgow is by taking a bus with an average price of $4 (€4).

This is compared to other travel options to Edinburgh:

Taking a bus is usually $16 (€13) less than taking a train to Edinburgh, which costs on average $20 (€17) for the same trip.

What is the quickest way from Glasgow to Edinburgh?

The fastest way from Glasgow to Edinburgh is by train with an average journey time of 48 min.

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

In comparison, traveling by bus can take you on average 1 h 5 min.

What is the distance from Glasgow to Edinburgh?

You should expect to travel around 41 miles (66 km) between Glasgow and Edinburgh.

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

The average frequency per day from Glasgow to Edinburgh is:

  • 25 trains a day.

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

When traveling from Glasgow to Edinburgh, what are the departure and arrival points in Glasgow and Edinburgh?

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

  • Buses mostly leave from Glasgow, Buchanan Bus Station and tend to arrive in Edinburgh, Elder Street.
  • Trains most often depart from Glasgow at Glasgow Central and arrive in Edinburgh at Edinburgh Waverley.

Which travel operators can get me to Edinburgh from Glasgow?

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

  • You can travel by bus from Glasgow to Edinburgh with Flixbus, and you can find Flixbus Glasgow to Edinburgh tickets for $4 (€4) on Omio.
  • You can go to Edinburgh from Glasgow by train with Scotrail. You'll see cheap train tickets for $20 (€17) with Scotrail from Glasgow to Edinburgh on Omio.

Can I travel directly from Glasgow to Edinburgh?

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

  • You can take a direct bus with National Express or Megabus.

Direct services tend to save you time and add more convenience in getting you to Edinburgh as you won't need to transfer at another stop in between, so it's worth paying attention to before booking your tickets between Glasgow and Edinburgh.

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

Looking to extend your trip from Glasgow to Edinburgh? Many Omio customers who go from Glasgow to Edinburgh usually extend their vacation to explore other popular destinations like London, Manchester or Newcastle upon Tyne. If you're looking to explore London, Manchester or Newcastle upon Tyne from Edinburgh, let Omio find you the best connections available at an affordable price.

When should I book a ticket from Glasgow to Edinburgh online to score the best deals?

Before traveling from Glasgow to Edinburgh, 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 $4 (€4) one way for this route.
  • A train ticket for this trip costs on average $20 (€17) one way.

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