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There are 3 ways to get from Edinburgh to Ballater by train, taxi, night train, bus or car

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Train, taxi

  1. Take the train from Edinburgh to Montrose
  2. Take a taxi from Montrose to Ballater

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Night train, line 201 bus

  1. Take the night train from Edinburgh to Aberdeen
  2. Take the line 201 bus from Union Square Bus Station to Banchory, Mount Street

Drive

  1. Drive from Edinburgh to Ballater

Edinburgh to Ballater by night train and bus

The journey time between Edinburgh and Ballater is around 5h 53m and covers a distance of around 173 miles. This includes an average layover time of around 1h 8m. Operated by Caledonian Sleeper and Stagecoach North Scotland, the Edinburgh to Ballater service departs from Edinburgh and arrives in Ballater, Golf Road. Typically nine services run weekly, although weekend and holiday schedules can vary so check in advance.

9 Weekly Services
5h 53m Average Duration
£51 Cheapest Price
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Edinburgh → Ballater
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The cheapest way to get from Edinburgh to Ballater is to drive which costs £29 - £45 and takes 2h 12m.

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The quickest way to get from Edinburgh to Ballater is to drive which costs £29 - £45 and takes 2h 12m.

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The distance between Edinburgh and Ballater is 77 miles. The road distance is 109.8 miles.

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The best way to get from Edinburgh to Ballater without a car is to train and taxi which takes 2h 42m and costs £120 - £250.

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It takes approximately 2h 42m to get from Edinburgh to Ballater, including transfers.

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Yes, the driving distance between Edinburgh to Ballater is 110 miles. It takes approximately 2h 12m to drive from Edinburgh to Ballater.

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  • Distance: 76.5 miles
  • Duration: 2h 42m

What companies run services between Edinburgh, Scotland and Ballater, Scotland?

There is no direct connection from Edinburgh to Ballater. However, you can take the train to Montrose then take the taxi to Ballater. Alternatively, you can take a vehicle from Edinburgh to Ballater via Aberdeen, Union Square Bus Station, and Banchory, Mount Street in around 5h 53m.

Train operators
First ScotRail Service
Phone
+44 344 811 0141
Email
customer.relations@scotrail.co.uk
Website
scotrail.co.uk
Train from Edinburgh to Montrose
Ave. Duration
1h 42m
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
£19 - £60
Website
First ScotRail Service
Anytime Day Single
£19 - £27
Anytime Day Single 1st Class
£40 - £60
LNER
Website
lner.co.uk
Train from Edinburgh to Montrose
Ave. Duration
1h 52m
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
£11 - £120
Website
lner.co.uk
Advance Single
£11 - £17
Anytime Day Single
£50 - £75
Anytime Day Single 1st Class
£80 - £120
Bus operators
Stagecoach North Scotland
Phone
01224591381
Email
bluebird.enquiries@stagecoachbus.com
Website
stagecoachbus.com
Bus from Union Square Bus Station to Banchory, Mount Street
Ave. Duration
1h 7m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
£5 - £8
Website
Stagecoach North Scotland
Other operators
Taxi from Montrose to Ballater
Ave. Duration
1h
Estimated price
£110 - £130
PJ's First Class Taxis
Phone
+44 1674 674 747
Website
pjsfirstclasstaxis.co.uk
Jeeny's Taxi
Phone
+44 1674 671 671
D B Taxis
Phone
+44 1674 676 656

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