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There are 5 ways to get from Edinburgh to Inverness Castle by train, bus, night train or car

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Train  •  3h 45m

  1. Take the train from Edinburgh to Inverness

£22 - £190

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Bus  •  3h 52m

  1. Take the bus from Edinburgh, Bus Station to Inverness, Bus Station M90 / ...

£28 - £40

Bus via Glenrothes, Bus Station  •  5h 50m

  1. Take the bus from Edinburgh, Princes Street to Glenrothes, Bus Station Arrival Bay X59 / ...
  2. Take the bus from Glenrothes, Bus Station to Millburn, Morrisons 267

£23 - £33

Night train  •  4h 24m

  1. Take the night train from Edinburgh to Inverness

£41 - £45

Drive  •  2h 55m

  1. Drive from Edinburgh to Inverness Castle 156.3 miles

£23 - £35

Edinburgh to Inverness Castle by train and walk

The journey time between Edinburgh and Inverness Castle is around 3h 31m and covers a distance of around 174 miles. The fastest journey normally takes 3h 19m. Services are operated by First ScotRail Service and LNER. Typically 34 services run weekly, although weekend and holiday schedules can vary so check in advance.

Route overview

Average journey time:
3h 31m
Fastest journey time:
3h 19m
Services per week:
34
Cheapest price:
£22
Carbon emissions:
14 kg CO2

First and last service

First service departs at:
08:32
Last service departs at:
19:41

The schedules shown below are for the next available departures.

Edinburgh to Inverness Castle train and walk schedules

Edinburgh → Inverness Castle
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The cost-effective way to get from Edinburgh to Inverness Castle is to bus via Glenrothes, Bus Station, which costs £23 - £35 and takes 5h 50m.

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The quickest way to get from Edinburgh to Inverness Castle is to drive which costs £23 - £35 and takes 2h 55m.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Edinburgh, Bus Station station and arriving at Inverness, Bus Station station. Services depart every four hours, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 3h 45m.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Edinburgh and arriving at Inverness. Services depart five times a day, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 3h 35m.

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The distance between Edinburgh and Inverness Castle is 113 miles. The road distance is 156.3 miles.

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The best way to get from Edinburgh to Inverness Castle without a car is to train which takes 3h 45m and costs £22 - £190.

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The train from Edinburgh to Inverness takes 3h 35m including transfers and departs five times a day.

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Edinburgh to Inverness Castle bus services, operated by Scottish Citylink, depart from Edinburgh, Bus Station.

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

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The best way to get from Edinburgh to Inverness Castle is to train which takes 3h 45m and costs £22 - £190. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs £28 - £40 and takes 3h 52m.

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Map of how to get from Edinburgh to Inverness Castle.
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  • Distance: 113 miles
  • Duration: 3h 45m

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

First ScotRail Service operates a train from Edinburgh to Inverness 4 times a day. Tickets cost £35 - £110 and the journey takes 3h 35m. LNER also services this route once daily. Alternatively, Scottish Citylink operates a bus from Edinburgh, Bus Station to Inverness, Bus Station every 4 hours. Tickets cost £28 - £40 and the journey takes 3h 45m.

Train operators
First ScotRail Service
Phone
+44 344 811 0141
Email
customer.relations@scotrail.co.uk
Website
scotrail.co.uk
Train from Edinburgh to Inverness
Ave. Duration
3h 35m
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
£35 - £110
Website
First ScotRail Service
Anytime Day Single
£35 - £55
Anytime Day Single 1st Class
£85 - £110
LNER
Website
lner.co.uk
Train from Edinburgh to Inverness
Ave. Duration
3h 32m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
£22 - £190
Website
lner.co.uk
Advance Single
£22 - £35
Anytime Day Single
£85 - £120
Anytime Day Single 1st Class
£130 - £190
Bus operators
Scottish Citylink
Phone
0871 266 33 33
Email
info@citylink.co.uk
Website
citylink.co.uk
Bus from Edinburgh, Bus Station to Inverness, Bus Station
Ave. Duration
3h 45m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
£28 - £40
Website
Scottish Citylink
Stagecoach East Scotland
Email
customer.services@stagecoachbus.com
Website
stagecoachbus.com
Bus from Edinburgh, Princes Street to Glenrothes, Bus Station Arrival Bay
Ave. Duration
1h 6m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
£6 - £9
Website
Stagecoach East Scotland
Fishers Tours of Dundee
Phone
01382 227290
Email
enquiries@fisherstours.co.uk
Website
fisherstours.co.uk
Bus from Glenrothes, Bus Station to Millburn, Morrisons
Ave. Duration
3h 31m
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
£17 - £24
Website
Fishers Tours of Dundee

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Edinburgh to Inverness Castle bus services, operated by Scottish Citylink, arrive at Inverness, Bus Station.

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

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Yes, the driving distance between Edinburgh to Inverness Castle is 156 miles. It takes approximately 2h 55m to drive from Edinburgh to Inverness Castle.

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There are 243+ hotels available in Inverness Castle. Prices start at £75 per night.

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