How to travel from Inverness to Edinburgh

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Travel Information between Inverness and Edinburgh

distanceDistance112 miles (180 km)
modeAvailable travel modesTrain or bus
priceTicket price range$18 - $30
cheapestCheapest modeBus • $18 (€15) • 3 h 35 min
fastestFastest modeTrain • $30 (€26) • 3 h 15 min
carriersPopular travel companiesMegabus or ScotRail

Travel 112 miles (180 km) by train or bus to Edinburgh from Inverness. The most popular travel companies which serve this journey are Megabus or ScotRail among others. Travelers can even take a direct bus or train from Inverness to Edinburgh.

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from Inverness to Edinburgh

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

Our recommendation
bus

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

FlixBus
09:20AM4h05
Inverness, Bus Station
01:25PMEdinburgh
$211One-way
0 transfers
Cheapest
FlixBus
12:50PM4h10
Inverness, Bus Station
05:00PMEdinburgh
$191One-way
1 transfer
Fastest
Megabus
08:00PM3h35
Inverness, Bus Station
11:35PMEdinburgh
$271One-way
0 transfers
Other options
Scotrail
10:50AM3h38
Inverness station (INV)
02:28PMEdinburgh Waverley (EDB)
$841One-way
0 transfers
Scotrail
08:41AM4h07
Inverness station (INV)
12:48PMEdinburgh Waverley (EDB)
$841One-way
1 transfer
Scotrail
09:42AM4h12
Inverness station (INV)
01:54PMEdinburgh Waverley (EDB)
$841One-way
1 transfer
Megabus
09:35AM3h49
Inverness, Bus Station
01:24PMEdinburgh
$251One-way
0 transfers
Megabus
08:35AM3h57
Inverness, Bus Station
12:32PMEdinburgh
$251One-way
0 transfers
Megabus
10:35AM3h57
Inverness, Bus Station
02:32PMEdinburgh
$251One-way
0 transfers

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Travel from Inverness to Edinburgh: Journey Details

The main city of the Highlands, Inverness is around 200 kilometers from the Scottish capital Edinburgh. Trains are usually the quickest transportation option for travelers in the UK, with the fastest direct routes taking around 3 hours and 15 minutes. However, some ride share services may be a faster option.

Return trips from Edinburgh to Inverness are also available.

How to get from Inverness to Edinburgh

The Best Way According to our Users

Whether it is for business or leisure, in order to travel from Inverness to Edinburgh, 100,00% 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 Inverness to Edinburgh 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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Trains from Inverness to Edinburgh

ScotRail and London North Eastern Railway (LNER) operate direct trains from Inverness to Edinburgh Waverley station. There are 8 direct connections daily with the first service departing Inverness very early in the morning. There are departures roughly every 2 hours during the day, until the final connection from Inverness to Edinburgh in early evening. Journey times range from 3 hours and 15 minutes to more than 4 hours. Additional connections are available by making a change at Perth. The Sunday schedule offers a reduced service, with just 5 direct and 2 indirect trains.

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You can travel by travel to Edinburgh from Inverness with ScotRail. When you search Omio for times and tickets, we’ll show you the best deals available.

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 Inverness 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 Inverness to Edinburgh.
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    There are 2 options to travel from Inverness to Edinburgh including taking a train or bus.

    The cheapest way to travel from Inverness to Edinburgh is a bus with an average price of $18 (€15).

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

    A bus is $12 (€11) less than a train with an average ticket price of $30 (€26) from Inverness to Edinburgh.

    The fastest way from Inverness to Edinburgh is by train with an average journey time of 3 h 15 min.

    There are alternative travel options to Edinburgh that take longer:

    Taking a bus requires on average 3 h 35 min of travel time.

    You should expect to travel around 112 miles (180 km) between Inverness and Edinburgh.

    The average frequency per day from Inverness to Edinburgh is:

    • Around 1 bus per day.
    • 7 trains per day.

    However, we recommend checking specific travel dates for your trip to Edinburgh from Inverness 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 when traveling from Inverness to Edinburgh:

    • Most travelers who buy a bus ticket from Inverness to Edinburgh depart from Inverness, Bus Station to Edinburgh, Bus Station.
    • Most travelers board their train from Inverness and arrive in Edinburgh Waverley.

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

    • You can take a bus from Inverness to Edinburgh with Megabus or Bus. Cheap tickets can be found for $18 (€15) with Megabus from Inverness to Edinburgh.
    • You can travel from Inverness to Edinburgh by train with ScotRail, East Coast, CrossCountry or Caledonian Sleeper. You can find cheap tickets on Omio for $30 (€26) with ScotRail from Inverness to Edinburgh.

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

    • Direct bus available with Megabus 1 direct bus per day.
    • Direct train available with ScotRail, East Coast or Caledonian Sleeper 6 direct trains per day.

    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 to Edinburgh from Inverness.

    Your trip from Inverness 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, Glasgow, Manchester or Aberdeen. If you’d like to add London, Glasgow, Manchester or Aberdeen to your Inverness 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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