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There are 4 ways to get from Edinburgh Castle to Waterfoot by train, bus, taxi or car

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Recommended option

Train  •  2h 16m

  1. Take the train from Haymarket to Glasgow Queen Street
  2. Take the train from Glasgow Central to Thorntonhall

£12 - £34

Cheapest option

Bus, train  •  2h 34m

  1. Take the bus from Edinburgh, Princes Street to Buchanan Bus Station 900 / ...
  2. Take the train from Glasgow Central to Thorntonhall

£12 - £19

2 alternative options

Taxi  •  58 min

  1. Take a taxi from Edinburgh Castle to Waterfoot 49.8 miles

£110 - £140

Drive  •  58 min

  1. Drive from Edinburgh Castle to Waterfoot 49.8 miles

£7 - £11

Edinburgh Castle to Waterfoot by walk, bus and train

The journey time between Edinburgh Castle and Waterfoot is around 2h 10m and covers a distance of around 54 miles. The fastest journey normally takes 1h 51m. Operated by Scottish Citylink and First ScotRail Service, the Edinburgh Castle to Waterfoot service departs from Edinburgh Castle and arrives in Thorntonhall. Typically 134 services run weekly, although weekend and holiday schedules can vary so check in advance.

Route overview

Average journey time:
2h 10m
Fastest journey time:
1h 51m
Journey distance:
54 miles
Services per week:
134
Cheapest price:
£12
Carbon emissions:
9 kg CO2

First and last service

First service departs at:
00:03
Last service departs at:
21:34

The schedules shown below are for the next available departures.

Edinburgh Castle to Waterfoot walk, bus and train schedules

Edinburgh Castle → Waterfoot
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The cheapest way to get from Edinburgh Castle to Waterfoot is to drive which costs £7 - £11 and takes 58 min.

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The quickest way to get from Edinburgh Castle to Waterfoot is to taxi which costs £110 - £140 and takes 58 min.

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No, there is no direct train from Edinburgh Castle to Waterfoot. However, there are services departing from Haymarket and arriving at Thorntonhall via Glasgow Central. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 2h 16m.

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The distance between Edinburgh Castle and Waterfoot is 44 miles. The road distance is 49.8 miles.

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The best way to get from Edinburgh Castle to Waterfoot without a car is to train which takes 2h 16m and costs £12 - £35.

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It takes approximately 2h 16m to get from Edinburgh Castle to Waterfoot, including transfers.

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Edinburgh Castle to Waterfoot train services, operated by First ScotRail Service, depart from Haymarket station.

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Edinburgh Castle to Waterfoot train services, operated by First ScotRail Service, arrive at Thorntonhall station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Edinburgh Castle to Waterfoot is 50 miles. It takes approximately 58 min to drive from Edinburgh Castle to Waterfoot.

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Map of how to get from Edinburgh Castle to Waterfoot.
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  • Distance: 44.1 miles
  • Duration: 2h 16m

What companies run services between Edinburgh Castle, Scotland and Waterfoot, Scotland?

You can take a train from Edinburgh Castle to Waterfoot via Haymarket, Glasgow Queen Street, and Glasgow Central in around 2h 16m.

Train operators
First ScotRail Service
Phone
+44 344 811 0141
Email
customer.relations@scotrail.co.uk
Website
scotrail.co.uk
Train from Haymarket to Glasgow Queen Street
Ave. Duration
44 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
£10 - £29
Website
First ScotRail Service
Anytime Day Single
£10 - £15
Anytime Day Single 1st Class
£23 - £29
Train from Glasgow Central to Thorntonhall
Ave. Duration
25 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
£2 - £5
Website
First ScotRail Service
Anytime Day Single
£2 - £4
Anytime Day Single 1st Class
£4 - £5
Bus operators
Scottish Citylink
Phone
0871 266 33 33
Email
info@citylink.co.uk
Website
citylink.co.uk
Bus from Edinburgh, Princes Street to Buchanan Bus Station
Ave. Duration
1h 18m
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
Estimated price
£10 - £14
Website
Scottish Citylink
Other operators
Taxi from Edinburgh Castle to Waterfoot
Ave. Duration
58 min
Estimated price
£110 - £140
Persevere Cabs
Phone
+44 131 555 2323
Website
perseverecabs.com
Dunedin Taxis
Phone
+44 131 669 2323
City Cabs Ltd
Phone
+44 131 228 1211
Website
citycabs.co.uk
Central Taxis Ltd
Phone
+44 131 229 2468
Website
taxis-edinburgh.co.uk
Capital Cars
Phone
+44 131 777 7777
Website
capitalcarsscotland.co.uk

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