How to travel from Glasgow to Edinburgh

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Travel Information between Glasgow and Edinburgh

distanceDistance41 miles (66 km)
modeAvailable travel modesTrain or bus
priceTicket price range$11 - $5
cheapestCheapest modeBus • $5 (€4) • 1 h 10 min
fastestFastest modeTrain • $11 (€9) • 45 min
carriersPopular travel companiesMegabus or ScotRail

Take a train or bus to travel 41 miles (66 km) to Edinburgh from Glasgow. The most popular travel companies which serve this journey are Megabus or ScotRail among others. Travelers can even take a direct bus, ferry, flight or train from Glasgow to Edinburgh.

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from Glasgow to Edinburgh

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

Our recommendation
bus

The best way to travel from Glasgow to Edinburgh is by taking a bus because it’s the best combination of price and speed.

Megabus
10:45AM1h23
Glasgow, Buchanan Bus Station
12:08PMEdinburgh
$111One-way
0 transfers
Cheapest
FlixBus
04:10PM1h20
Glasgow, Buchanan Bus Station
05:30PMEdinburgh
$61One-way
0 transfers
Fastest
Scotrail
08:15AM0h49
Glasgow Queen Street (GLQ)
09:04AMEdinburgh Waverley (EDB)
$231One-way
0 transfers
Other options
Scotrail
08:30AM0h54
Glasgow Queen Street (GLQ)
09:24AMEdinburgh Waverley (EDB)
$231One-way
0 transfers
Scotrail
08:07AM1h02
Glasgow Central (GLC)
09:09AMEdinburgh Waverley (EDB)
$231One-way
0 transfers
Scotrail
08:08AM1h22
Glasgow Queen Street (GLQ)
09:30AMEdinburgh Waverley (EDB)
$231One-way
0 transfers
Megabus
10:00AM1h23
Glasgow, Buchanan Bus Station
11:23AMEdinburgh
$111One-way
0 transfers
Megabus
10:30AM1h23
Glasgow, Buchanan Bus Station
11:53AMEdinburgh
$111One-way
0 transfers
Megabus
09:45AM1h23
Glasgow, Buchanan Bus Station
11:08AMEdinburgh
$111One-way
0 transfers

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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

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buses

€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.

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All travel companies: Train and Bus from Glasgow to Edinburgh

Find the best journey to Edinburgh from Glasgow with Omio's travel partners National Express, ScotRail and CrossCountry! You'll find the best deals, schedules and tickets when comparing and booking the most popular journey for you.

Cross Country trains are a UK-based train operator that provides services across the country including trains between Glasgow and Edinburgh. They offer a range of services, from express services to local services, and have a variety of ticket types to suit different needs. Their express services, such as the CrossCountry Voyager and CrossCountry XC Trains, offer a fast and comfortable journey, with onboard facilities such as free Wi-Fi, power sockets, and a selection of snacks and drinks. Their local services, such as the CrossCountry Regional and CrossCountry Regional Express, provide a more leisurely journey, with stops at smaller stations along the way. They also offer a range of ticket types, such as Advance, Anytime, and Off-Peak tickets, to suit different budgets and travel needs. The most popular routes for Cross Country trains include London to Birmingham, Manchester to Edinburgh, and Bristol to Reading.

    Scotrail is a train operating company in Scotland, providing rail services throughout the country. It operates a wide range of services, from commuter trains to long-distance intercity services. The company operates a variety of train types, including the Class 380, Class 385, Class 156, Class 158 and Class 170. These trains offer a range of onboard facilities, such as free Wi-Fi, power sockets, and comfortable seating. Scotrail also offers a range of ticket types, including Advance, Off-Peak, and Anytime tickets. The most popular routes for Scotrail include Glasgow to Edinburgh, Glasgow to Inverness, and Edinburgh to Aberdeen.

      FAQs: Travel from Glasgow to Edinburgh

      FAQs: 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 2 travel options between Glasgow and Edinburgh. You can take a train or bus.

      The cheapest way to travel to Edinburgh from Glasgow is a bus with an average price of $5 (€4).

      This is compared to other travel options from Glasgow to Edinburgh:

      A bus is () less than a ferry with an average ticket price of () from Glasgow to Edinburgh.

      Taking a bus costs () less than taking a flight, which costs on average () for the same trip.

      A bus is $6 (€6) less than a train with an average ticket price of $11 (€9) from Glasgow to Edinburgh.

      The quickest way to travel from Glasgow to Edinburgh is by train, which takes on average 45 min   compared to other travel options that take longer:

      Bus takes on average 1 h 10 min.

      Edinburgh is approximately 41 miles (66 km) away from Glasgow.

      The average frequency per day from Glasgow to Edinburgh is:

      • 50 trains per day.

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

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

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

      The following travel companies offer services from Glasgow to Edinburgh:

      • Travel with Megabus, National Express, FlixBus or TransPennine Express to go to Edinburgh by bus. For a good deal on tickets, you can find FlixBus Glasgow to Edinburgh tickets on Omio for $5 (€4).
      • Travel with ScotRail, CrossCountry, East Coast or Caledonian Sleeper to go to Edinburgh by train. For a good deal on tickets, you can find CrossCountry Glasgow to Edinburgh tickets on Omio for $11 (€9).

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

      • You can check for a direct train to Edinburgh with ScotRail or Caledonian Sleeper with 36 direct trains per day.

      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.

      Your trip from Glasgow to Edinburgh doesn't have to end in Edinburgh. Many of our customers like to extend their vacation to explore other popular destinations like London, Inverness, Manchester or Aberdeen. If you’d like to add London, Inverness, Manchester or Aberdeen to your Glasgow to Edinburgh tour, check Omio for the best and cheapest ways to travel to any of these top destinations from Edinburgh today!
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