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There are 4 ways to get from Edinburgh to West Lothian by train, bus, taxi or car

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Train  •  18 min

  1. Take the train from Edinburgh to Uphall

£3 - £9

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Bus  •  41 min

  1. Take the bus from Edinburgh, Princes Street to Broxburn, Kirkhill Road 18 / ...

£1 - £6

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Taxi  •  23 min

  1. Take a taxi from Edinburgh to West Lothian 16.7 miles

£35 - £50

Drive  •  23 min

  1. Drive from Edinburgh to West Lothian 16.7 miles

£2 - £4

Edinburgh to West Lothian by train

The train journey time between Edinburgh and West Lothian is around 17 min and covers a distance of around 13 miles. The fastest train normally takes 16 min. Operated by First ScotRail Service, the Edinburgh to West Lothian train service departs from Edinburgh and arrives in Uphall. Typically 345 trains run weekly, although weekend and holiday schedules can vary so check in advance.

Train route overview

Average train time:
17 min
Fastest train time:
16 min
Trains per week:
345
Cheapest price:
£3
Carbon emissions:
1 kg CO2

First and last trains

First train departs at:
06:07
Last train departs at:
23:56

The schedules shown below are for the next available departures.

Edinburgh to West Lothian train schedules

Edinburgh → West Lothian
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The most affordable way to get from Edinburgh to West Lothian is to drive, which costs £2 - £4 and takes 23 min.

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The quickest way to get from Edinburgh to West Lothian is to train which costs £3 - £9 and takes 18 min.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Edinburgh, Princes Street and arriving at Broxburn, Kirkhill Road. Services depart every 30 minutes, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 41 min.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Edinburgh and arriving at Uphall. Services depart every 30 minutes, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 18 min.

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The distance between Edinburgh and West Lothian is 12 miles. The road distance is 16.7 miles.

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The best way to get from Edinburgh to West Lothian without a car is to train which takes 18 min and costs £3 - £9.

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The train from Edinburgh to Uphall takes 18 min including transfers and departs every 30 minutes.

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Edinburgh to West Lothian bus services, operated by First, depart from Edinburgh, Princes Street station.

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Edinburgh to West Lothian train services, operated by First ScotRail Service, depart from Edinburgh station.

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The best way to get from Edinburgh to West Lothian is to train which takes 18 min and costs £3 - £9. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs £1 - £6 and takes 41 min.

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  • Distance: 12.1 miles
  • Duration: 18 min

What companies run services between Edinburgh, Scotland and West Lothian, Scotland?

First ScotRail Service operates a train from Edinburgh to Uphall every 30 minutes. Tickets cost £3 - £9 and the journey takes 18 min. Alternatively, First operates a bus from Edinburgh, Princes Street to Broxburn, Kirkhill Road every 30 minutes. Tickets cost £2 - £4 and the journey takes 41 min. Three other operators also service this route.

Train operators
First ScotRail Service
Phone
+44 344 811 0141
Email
customer.relations@scotrail.co.uk
Website
scotrail.co.uk
Train from Edinburgh to Uphall
Ave. Duration
18 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
£3 - £9
Website
First ScotRail Service
Anytime Day Single
£3 - £5
Anytime Day Single 1st Class
£6 - £9
Bus operators
Lothian Country Buses
Phone
0131 554 4494
Email
mail@lothianbuses.com
Website
lothianbuses.com
Bus from Edinburgh, Princes Street to Broxburn, Kirkhill Road
Ave. Duration
38 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
£2
Website
Lothian Country Buses
SD Travel
Phone
0114 22 11 282
Website
traveline.info
Bus from Craigleith, Western General Hospital to Broxburn, Cardross Road
Ave. Duration
32 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Schedules at
traveline.info
Scottish Citylink
Phone
0871 266 33 33
Email
info@citylink.co.uk
Website
citylink.co.uk
Bus from Edinburgh, Princes Street to Knightsridge, Deer Park
Ave. Duration
30 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
£4 - £6
Website
Scottish Citylink
Other operators
Taxi from Edinburgh to West Lothian
Ave. Duration
23 min
Estimated price
£35 - £50
Persevere Cabs
Phone
+44 131 555 2323
Website
perseverecabs.com
Dunedin Taxis
Phone
+44 131 669 2323
City Cabs Ltd
Phone
+44 131 228 1211
Website
citycabs.co.uk
Central Taxis Ltd
Phone
+44 131 229 2468
Website
taxis-edinburgh.co.uk
Capital Cars
Phone
+44 131 777 7777
Website
capitalcarsscotland.co.uk

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Edinburgh to West Lothian bus services, operated by First, arrive at Broxburn, Kirkhill Road station.

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Edinburgh to West Lothian train services, operated by First ScotRail Service, arrive at Uphall station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Edinburgh to West Lothian is 17 miles. It takes approximately 23 min to drive from Edinburgh to West Lothian.

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