How to travel from Glasgow to Edinburgh

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from Glasgow to Edinburgh

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

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To get from Glasgow to Edinburgh on Dec 06 we recommend taking a bus because it’s the best combination of price and speed.

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Travel Information between Glasgow and Edinburgh

distanceDistance41 miles (66 km)
modeAvailable travel modesBus, ferry, flight or train
priceTicket price range$1 - $20
cheapestCheapest modeBus • $1 (€1) • 52 min
fastestFastest modeTrain • $20 (€18) • 45 min
carriersPopular travel companiesFlixbus or Scotrail

Take a bus, ferry, flight or train to travel 41 miles (66 km) between Glasgow and Edinburgh. If speed is a priority, then a train is the best option with an average duration of 45 min; whereas, if saving money is more important, then a bus is the best option with prices starting as low as $1 (€1). The most popular travel companies which serve this journey are Flixbus or Scotrail among others. Travelers can even take a direct bus or train from Glasgow to Edinburgh.

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

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Travel Time

Cheapest Time to Book

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€6

1:07 h

1 Day Before

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€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

Travel Tips: Travel to Edinburgh 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 Glasgow to Edinburgh.
FAQs

There are 4 ways that you can travel between Glasgow and Edinburgh. You can take a bus, ferry, flight or train.

The cheapest way to get from Glasgow to Edinburgh is by taking a bus. You can find average ticket prices around $1 (€1) compared to other travel options to Edinburgh:

Taking a bus is about $19 (€17) less than taking a train, which costs on average $20 (€18) for this journey.

The fastest way to get to Edinburgh from Glasgow is by train with an average travel time of 45 min.

Other travel options to Edinburgh can usually take longer:

In comparison, taking a bus requires on average 52 min   of travel time.

The Glasgow to Edinburgh distance is around 41 miles (66 km).

The average frequency per day from Glasgow to Edinburgh is:

  • 1 bus per day.
  • 74 trains a day.

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

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

  • Most travelers board their bus from Glasgow, Buchanan Bus Station and arrive in Edinburgh, Elder Street.
  • Most travelers who buy a train ticket from Glasgow to Edinburgh depart from Glasgow Central to Edinburgh Waverley.

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

  • You can take a bus from Glasgow to Edinburgh with Flixbus. Cheap tickets can be found for $1 (€1) with Flixbus from Glasgow to Edinburgh.
  • You can go to Edinburgh from Glasgow by train with Scotrail. You'll see cheap train tickets for $20 (€18) with Scotrail from Glasgow to Edinburgh on Omio.

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

  • You can check for a direct bus to Edinburgh with Flixbus, National Express or Megabus with 1 direct bus per day.
  • You'll find 70 direct trains a day to Edinburgh with Scotrail.

Direct services to Edinburgh 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.

Many of our customers traveling from Glasgow to Edinburgh don't make Edinburgh their final stop. Some of the destinations worth visiting after Edinburgh are London, Manchester or Newcastle upon Tyne, either of which you could add to your trip itinerary. Check Omio for the best and cheapest ways to travel from Edinburgh to any of these top destinations today!

When planning your trip from Glasgow to Edinburgh, it’s good to keep in mind what tickets to buy and their prices in the next 7 days:

  • Bus tickets are costing $1 (€1) one way on average.
  • Train tickets are costing on average $20 (€18) one way.

However, we recommend buying tickets from Glasgow to Edinburgh online a few months in advance to get the best deals and save money on your upcoming journey.

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