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There are 5 ways to get from Edinburgh to Fort William by train, bus, night train or car

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Train, bus  •  4h 29m

  1. Take the train from Edinburgh to Pitlochry
  2. Take the bus from Pitlochry, Fishers Hotel to Fort William, Bus Station 226

£22 - £126

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Bus  •  5h 19m

  1. Take the bus from Edinburgh, Princes Street to Buchanan Bus Station 900
  2. Take the bus from Buchanan Bus Station to Fort William, Bus Station 916 / ...

£27 - £38

Train  •  5h 29m

  1. Take the train from Edinburgh to Crianlarich
  2. Take the train from Crianlarich to Fort William

£33 - £103

Night train  •  5h 5m

  1. Take the night train from Edinburgh to Fort William

£40 - £45

Drive  •  2h 43m

  1. Drive from Edinburgh to Fort William 133.3 miles

£20 - £30

Edinburgh to Fort William by bus

The bus journey time between Edinburgh and Fort William is around 5h 57m and covers a distance of around 148 miles. The fastest bus normally takes 4h 36m. Operated by Scottish Citylink, the Edinburgh to Fort William bus service departs from Edinburgh, Princes Street and arrives in Fort William, Bus Station. Typically 28 buses run weekly, although weekend and holiday schedules can vary so check in advance.

The schedules shown below are for the next available departures.

Edinburgh to Fort William bus schedules

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The cheapest way to get from Edinburgh to Fort William is to drive which costs £20 - £30 and takes 2h 43m.

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The quickest way to get from Edinburgh to Fort William is to drive which costs £20 - £30 and takes 2h 43m.

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No, there is no direct bus from Edinburgh to Fort William station. However, there are services departing from Edinburgh, Princes Street and arriving at Fort William, Bus Station via Buchanan Bus Station. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 5h 19m.

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Yes, there is an overnight train departing from Edinburgh and arriving at Fort William. This train operates Monday to Saturday. The journey takes approximately 5h 5m.

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The distance between Edinburgh and Fort William is 95 miles. The road distance is 133.3 miles.

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The best way to get from Edinburgh to Fort William without a car is to train and bus which takes 4h 29m and costs £22 - £130.

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It takes approximately 4h 29m to get from Edinburgh to Fort William, including transfers.

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Edinburgh to Fort William bus services, operated by Scottish Citylink, depart from Edinburgh, Princes Street station.

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Edinburgh to Fort William train services, operated by ScotRail, depart from Edinburgh station.

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The best way to get from Edinburgh to Fort William is to bus which takes 5h 19m and costs £27 - £40. Alternatively, you can train, which costs £30 - £110 and takes 5h 29m.

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  • Distance: 95.1 miles
  • Duration: 4h 29m

What companies run services between Edinburgh, Scotland and Fort William, Scotland?

You can take a bus from Edinburgh to Fort William via Buchanan Bus Station in around 5h 19m. Alternatively, you can take a train from Edinburgh to Fort William via Crianlarich in around 5h 29m.

Train operators
ScotRail
Phone
+44 344 811 0141
Email
customer.relations@scotrail.co.uk
Website
scotrail.co.uk
Train from Edinburgh to Pitlochry
Ave. Duration
1h 47m
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
£18 - £55
Website
scotrail.co.uk
Anytime Day Single
£18 - £26
Anytime Day Single 1st Class
£40 - £55
Train from Edinburgh to Crianlarich
Ave. Duration
2h 43m
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
£21 - £65
Website
scotrail.co.uk
Anytime Day Single
£21 - £35
Anytime Day Single 1st Class
£50 - £65
Train from Crianlarich to Fort William
Ave. Duration
1h 46m
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
£12 - £40
Website
scotrail.co.uk
Anytime Day Single
£12 - £18
Anytime Day Single 1st Class
£30 - £40
LNER
Website
lner.co.uk
Train from Edinburgh to Pitlochry
Ave. Duration
1h 50m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
£11 - £120
Website
lner.co.uk
Advance Single
£11 - £16
Anytime Day Single
£50 - £70
Anytime Day Single 1st Class
£75 - £120
Bus operators
Fishers Tours of Dundee
Phone
01382 227290
Email
enquiries@fisherstours.co.uk
Website
fisherstours.co.uk
Bus from Pitlochry, Fishers Hotel to Fort William, Bus Station
Ave. Duration
1h 42m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
£11 - £15
Website
Fishers Tours of Dundee
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
Bus from Buchanan Bus Station to Fort William, Bus Station
Ave. Duration
3h 1m
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
£17 - £24
Website
Scottish Citylink

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Edinburgh to Fort William bus services, operated by Scottish Citylink, arrive at Fort William, Bus Station.

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Edinburgh to Fort William train services, operated by ScotRail, arrive at Fort William station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Edinburgh to Fort William is 133 miles. It takes approximately 2h 43m to drive from Edinburgh to Fort William.

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