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There are 6 ways to get from East Kilbride to Edinburgh by train, bus, taxi or car

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Train via Glasgow, Cathedral Street  •  1h 56m

  1. Take the train from East Kilbride to Glasgow Central
  2. Take the train from Glasgow Queen Street to Edinburgh

£15 - £55

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Train  •  2h 34m

  1. Take the train from East Kilbride to Glasgow Central
  2. Take the train from Glasgow Central to Edinburgh

£9 - £52

4 alternative options

Bus  •  3h 14m

  1. Take the bus from East Kilbride, Bus Station to Hamilton, Bus Station 250 / ...
  2. Take the bus from Hamilton, Bus Station to Buchanan Bus Station X74
  3. Take the bus from Buchanan Bus Station to Edinburgh, Princes Street 900 / ...

Line 56 bus, bus  •  4h 20m

  1. Take the line 56 bus from Motherwell, Watson Street to Shotts Station 56
  2. Take the bus from Shotts Station to Edinburgh, Princes Street X22

Taxi  •  53 min

  1. Take a taxi from East Kilbride to Edinburgh 45.9 miles

£100 - £130

Drive  •  53 min

  1. Drive from East Kilbride to Edinburgh 45.9 miles

£7 - £10

East Kilbride to Edinburgh by train

The train journey time between East Kilbride and Edinburgh is around 2h 27m and covers a distance of around 57 miles. The fastest train normally takes 1h 33m. Services are operated by First ScotRail Service, CrossCountry and LNER. Typically 156 trains run weekly, although weekend and holiday schedules can vary so check in advance.

Train route overview

Average train time:
2h 27m
Fastest train time:
1h 33m
Trains per week:
156
Cheapest price:
£12
Carbon emissions:
4 kg CO2

First and last trains

First train departs at:
06:20
Last train departs at:
23:57

The schedules shown below are for the next available departures.

East Kilbride to Edinburgh train schedules

East Kilbride → Edinburgh
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The cheapest way to get from East Kilbride to Edinburgh is to drive which costs £7 - £10 and takes 53 min.

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The quickest way to get from East Kilbride to Edinburgh is to taxi which costs £100 - £130 and takes 53 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from East Kilbride station to Edinburgh. However, there are services departing from East Kilbride, Bus Station and arriving at Edinburgh, Princes Street via Hamilton, Bus Station and Buchanan Bus Station. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 3h 14m.

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No, there is no direct train from East Kilbride to Edinburgh. However, there are services departing from East Kilbride and arriving at Edinburgh via Glasgow Central. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 2h 34m.

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The distance between East Kilbride and Edinburgh is 40 miles. The road distance is 45.9 miles.

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The best way to get from East Kilbride to Edinburgh without a car is to train via Glasgow, Cathedral Street which takes 1h 56m and costs £15 - £55.

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It takes approximately 1h 56m to get from East Kilbride to Edinburgh, including transfers.

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East Kilbride to Edinburgh bus services, operated by Whitelaws Coaches, depart from East Kilbride, Bus Station.

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East Kilbride to Edinburgh train services, operated by First ScotRail Service, depart from East Kilbride station.

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The best way to get from East Kilbride to Edinburgh is to train via Glasgow, Cathedral Street which takes 1h 56m and costs £15 - £55. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs and takes 3h 14m.

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Map of how to get from East Kilbride to Edinburgh.
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  • Distance: 40.4 miles
  • Duration: 1h 56m

What companies run services between East Kilbride, Scotland and Edinburgh, Scotland?

You can take a train from East Kilbride to Edinburgh via Glasgow Central, Glasgow, Waterloo Lane, Glasgow, Cathedral Street, and Glasgow Queen Street in around 1h 56m. Alternatively, you can take a bus from East Kilbride to Edinburgh via Hamilton, Bus Station and Buchanan Bus Station in around 3h 14m.

Train operators
First ScotRail Service
Phone
+44 344 811 0141
Email
customer.relations@scotrail.co.uk
Website
scotrail.co.uk
Train from East Kilbride to Glasgow Central
Ave. Duration
32 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
£3 - £7
Website
First ScotRail Service
Anytime Day Single
£3 - £5
Anytime Day Single 1st Class
£5 - £7
Train from Glasgow Queen Street to Edinburgh
Ave. Duration
49 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
£10 - £30
Website
First ScotRail Service
Anytime Day Single
£10 - £15
Anytime Day Single 1st Class
£23 - £30
Train from Glasgow Central to Edinburgh
Ave. Duration
1h 31m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
£9 - £30
Website
First ScotRail Service
Anytime Day Single
£9 - £14
Anytime Day Single 1st Class
£23 - £30
LNER
Website
lner.co.uk
Train from Glasgow Central to Edinburgh
Ave. Duration
1h 4m
Frequency
6 times a week
Estimated price
£6 - £45
Website
lner.co.uk
Advance Single
£6 - £9
Anytime Day Single
£18 - £26
Anytime Day Single 1st Class
£29 - £45
Bus operators
Whitelaws Coaches
Phone
+44 1698 792800
Website
traveline.info
Bus from East Kilbride, Bus Station to Hamilton, Bus Station
Ave. Duration
23 min
Frequency
Hourly
Schedules at
Whitelaws Coaches
JMB Travel
Phone
01698 386 030
Email
mail@jmbtravel.co.uk
Website
jmbtravel.co.uk
Bus from East Kilbride, Bus Station to Hamilton, Bus Station
Ave. Duration
52 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Website
JMB Travel
Bus from Motherwell, Watson Street to Shotts Station
Ave. Duration
42 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Website
JMB Travel
Stagecoach West Scotland
Email
customer.services@stagecoachbus.com
Website
stagecoachbus.com
Bus from Hamilton, Bus Station to Buchanan Bus Station
Ave. Duration
25 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
£2 - £4
Website
Stagecoach West Scotland
Scottish Citylink
Phone
0871 266 33 33
Email
info@citylink.co.uk
Website
citylink.co.uk
Bus from Buchanan Bus Station to Edinburgh, Princes Street
Ave. Duration
1h 16m
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
Estimated price
£10 - £15
Website
Scottish Citylink
Other operators
Taxi from East Kilbride to Edinburgh
Ave. Duration
53 min
Estimated price
£100 - £130
Kelvin Kabs
Phone
+44 1355 241 212
Website
kelvinkabs.com
EKCO Taxis
Phone
+44 1355 23 33 33
Website
ekcotaxis.co.uk
East Kilbride Taxis
Phone
+44 1355 222 324
Website
ektaxis.co.uk

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East Kilbride to Edinburgh bus services, operated by Scottish Citylink, arrive at Edinburgh, Princes Street station.

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East Kilbride to Edinburgh train services, operated by First ScotRail Service, arrive at Edinburgh station.

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Yes, the driving distance between East Kilbride to Edinburgh is 46 miles. It takes approximately 53 min to drive from East Kilbride to Edinburgh.

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