There are 4 ways to get from Edinburgh to Inverness by train, bus, night train or car

Select an option below to see step-by-step directions and to compare ticket prices and travel times in Rome2rio's travel planner.

Recommended option

Train  •  3 h 29 min

  1. Take the train from Edinburgh to Inverness

$30 - $65

Cheapest option

Night train  •  4 h 25 min

  1. Take the night train from Edinburgh to Inverness

$30 - $45

2 alternative options

Bus  •  3 h 32 min

  1. Take the bus from West End, Queensferry Street (after Queensferry Street Lane) to Inverness, Bus Station M90 / ...

$30 - $50

Drive  •  2 h 54 min

  1. Drive from Edinburgh to Inverness 156.5 miles

$30 - $50

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

ScotRail operates a train from Edinburgh to Inverness 5 times a day. Tickets cost $50 - $65 and the journey takes 3 h 29 min. Virgin Trains East Coast also services this route once daily. Alternatively, Scottish Citylink operates a bus from Edinburgh to Inverness hourly. Tickets cost $30 - $50 and the journey takes 3 h 32 min.

Train operators
ScotRail
Phone
+44 344 811 0141
Email
customer.relations@scotrail.co.uk
Website
scotrail.co.uk
Train from Edinburgh to Inverness
Ave. Duration
3 h 29 min
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$50 - $65
Website
scotrail.co.uk
Advanced Single
$29 - $40
Anytime Day Single
$50 - $65
Caledonian Sleeper
Website
sleeper.scot
Night train from Edinburgh to Inverness
Ave. Duration
4 h 25 min
Frequency
6 times a week
Estimated price
$30 - $45
Website
sleeper.scot
Sleeper Berth Twin
$110 - $160
Sleeper Berth Solo
$198
Sleeper Seat
$30 - $45
Bus operators
Scottish Citylink
Phone
0871 266 33 33
Email
info@citylink.co.uk
Website
citylink.co.uk
Bus from West End, Queensferry Street (after Queensferry Street Lane) to Inverness, Bus Station
Ave. Duration
3 h 32 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$30 - $50
Schedules at
citylink.co.uk

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Questions & Answers

The distance between Edinburgh and Inverness is 181 km. The road distance is 250 km.

The cheapest way to get from Edinburgh to Inverness is to night train which costs £24 - £35 and takes 4 h 25 min.

The quickest way to get from Edinburgh to Inverness is to drive which takes 2 h 54 min and costs £25 - £40.

Yes, there is a direct train departing from Edinburgh and arriving at Inverness. Services depart every four hours. The journey takes approximately 3 h 29 min.

Yes, there is a direct bus departing from West End, Queensferry Street (after Queensferry Street Lane) and arriving at Inverness, Bus Station. Services depart hourly, and operate Saturday and Sunday. The journey takes approximately 3 h 32 min.

The train from Edinburgh to Inverness takes 3 h 29 min including transfers and departs every four hours.