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There are 5 ways to get from Edinburgh to Island of Skye by bus, train, night train or car

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Bus  •  4h 31m

  1. Take the bus from Edinburgh, Bus Station to Fort William, Bus Station 913

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Train, bus  •  4h 32m

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

3 alternative options

Train  •  5h 28m

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

Night train  •  5h 5m

  1. Take the night train from Edinburgh to Fort William

Drive  •  2h 43m

  1. Drive from Edinburgh to Fort William 133.3 miles

Edinburgh to Island of Skye by bus

The bus journey time between Edinburgh and Island of Skye is around 4h 31m and covers a distance of around 152 miles. Operated by Scottish Citylink, the Edinburgh to Island of Skye bus service departs from Edinburgh, Bus Station and arrives in Fort William, Bus Station. Typically seven buses run weekly, although weekend and holiday schedules can vary so check in advance.

7 Weekly Buses
4h 31m Average Duration
£27 Cheapest Price
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Edinburgh → Island of Skye
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The cheapest way to get from Edinburgh to Island of Skye is to drive which costs £22 - £35 and takes 2h 43m.

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The quickest way to get from Edinburgh to Island of Skye is to drive which costs £22 - £35 and takes 2h 43m.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Edinburgh, Bus Station station and arriving at Fort William, Bus Station station. Services depart once daily, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 4h 31m.

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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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It is 150 miles from Edinburgh to Island of Skye. It is approximately 133.3 miles to drive.

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The best way to get from Edinburgh to Island of Skye without a car is to bus which takes 4h 31m and costs £27 - £40.

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The bus from Edinburgh, Bus Station to Fort William, Bus Station takes 4h 31m including transfers and departs once daily.

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Edinburgh to Island of Skye bus services, operated by Scottish Citylink, depart from Edinburgh, Bus Station.

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Edinburgh to Island of Skye train services, operated by First ScotRail Service, depart from Edinburgh station.

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The best way to get from Edinburgh to Island of Skye is to bus which takes 4h 31m and costs £27 - £40. Alternatively, you can train, which costs £30 - £110 and takes 5h 28m.

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Map of how to get from Edinburgh to Island of Skye.
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  • Distance: 149.7 miles
  • Duration: 4h 31m

What companies run services between Edinburgh, Scotland and Island of Skye, Scotland?

Scottish Citylink operates a bus from Edinburgh, Bus Station to Fort William, Bus Station once daily. Tickets cost £27 - £40 and the journey takes 4h 31m. Alternatively, you can take a train from Edinburgh to Fort William via Crianlarich in around 5h 28m.

Train operators
First ScotRail Service
Phone
+44 344 811 0141
Email
customer.relations@scotrail.co.uk
Website
scotrail.co.uk
Train from Edinburgh to Pitlochry
Ave. Duration
1h 50m
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
£21 - £65
Website
First ScotRail Service
Anytime Day Single
£21 - £30
Anytime Day Single 1st Class
£45 - £65
Train from Edinburgh to Crianlarich
Ave. Duration
2h 43m
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
£21 - £65
Website
First ScotRail Service
Anytime Day Single
£21 - £35
Anytime Day Single 1st Class
£50 - £65
Train from Crianlarich to Fort William
Ave. Duration
1h 45m
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
£12 - £40
Website
First ScotRail Service
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 52m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
£12 - £130
Website
lner.co.uk
Advance Single
£12 - £18
Anytime Day Single
£55 - £80
Anytime Day Single 1st Class
£85 - £130
Bus operators
Scottish Citylink
Phone
0871 266 33 33
Email
info@citylink.co.uk
Website
citylink.co.uk
Bus from Edinburgh, Bus Station to Fort William, Bus Station
Ave. Duration
4h 31m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
£27 - £40
Website
Scottish Citylink
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 a week
Estimated price
£11 - £15
Website
Fishers Tours of Dundee

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

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Edinburgh to Island of Skye train services, operated by First ScotRail Service, arrive at Fort William station.

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

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