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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  •  5h 9m

  1. Take the train from Edinburgh to Glasgow Queen Street Edinburgh - Glasgow Queen Street / ...
  2. Take the bus from Buchanan Bus Station to Bus Station 914 / ...

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Bus  •  5h 29m

  1. Take the bus from Princes Street to Buchanan Bus Station 900
  2. Take the bus from Buchanan Bus Station to Bus Station 914 / ...

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Train  •  6h 30m

  1. Take the train from Edinburgh to Glasgow Queen Street
  2. Take the train from Glasgow Queen Street to Crianlarich
  3. Take the train from Crianlarich to Fort William

Night train  •  5h 5m

  1. Take the night train from Edinburgh to Fort William Edinburgh - Fort William

Drive  •  2h 43m

  1. Drive from Edinburgh to Fort William 133.3 miles

Edinburgh to Fort William by train, walk and bus

The journey time between Edinburgh and Fort William is around 5h 9m and covers a distance of around 150 miles. This includes an average layover time of around 1h. Operated by First ScotRail Service and Scottish Citylink, the Edinburgh to Fort William service departs from Edinburgh and arrives in Bus Station. Typically 35 services run weekly, although weekend and holiday schedules can vary so check in advance.

35 Weekly Services
5h 9m Average Duration
£35 Cheapest Price
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The cheapest way to get from Edinburgh to Fort William is to bus which costs £30 - £45 and takes 5h 29m.

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The fastest way to get from Edinburgh to Fort William is to drive which takes 2h 43m and costs £30 - £50.

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No, there is no direct bus from Edinburgh to Fort William station. However, there are services departing from Princes Street and arriving at Bus Station via Buchanan Bus Station. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 5h 29m.

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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 5h 9m and costs £35 - £55.

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It takes approximately 5h 9m 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 Princes Street station.

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

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The best way to get from Edinburgh to Fort William is to bus which takes 5h 29m and costs £30 - £45. Alternatively, you can train, which costs £35 - £60 and takes 6h 30m.

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Map of how to get from Edinburgh to Fort William.
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  • Distance: 95.1 miles
  • Duration: 5h 9m

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 29m. Alternatively, you can take a train from Edinburgh to Fort William via Glasgow Queen Street and Crianlarich in around 6h 30m.

Train operators
First ScotRail Service
Phone
+44 344 811 0141
Email
customer.relations@scotrail.co.uk
Website
scotrail.co.uk
Train from Edinburgh to Glasgow Queen Street
Ave. Duration
51 min
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
Estimated price
£12 - £17
Website
https://www.scotrail.co.uk/
Standard
£12 - £17
Train from Glasgow Queen Street to Crianlarich
Ave. Duration
1h 50m
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
£13 - £19
Website
https://www.scotrail.co.uk/
Standard
£13 - £19
Train from Crianlarich to Fort William
Ave. Duration
1h 49m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
£14 - £21
Website
https://www.scotrail.co.uk/
Standard
£14 - £21
Bus operators
Scottish Citylink
Phone
0141 352 4444
Email
info@citylink.co.uk
Website
citylink.co.uk
Bus from Buchanan Bus Station to Bus Station
Ave. Duration
3h 10m
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
£23 - £35
Website
https://www.citylink.co.uk/
Schedules at
https://www.citylink.co.uk/timetables-service-updates/
Bus from Princes Street to Buchanan Bus Station
Ave. Duration
1h 19m
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
Estimated price
£11 - £16
Website
https://www.citylink.co.uk/
Schedules at
https://www.citylink.co.uk/timetables-service-updates/

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

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Edinburgh to Fort William train services, operated by First ScotRail Service, 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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