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

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Train  •  4h 42m

  1. Take the train from Elgin to Aberdeen
  2. Take the train from Aberdeen to Edinburgh

£17 - £165

3 alternative options

Bus  •  6h 17m

  1. Take the bus from Elgin, Bus Station to Inverness, Bus Station 10 / ...
  2. Take the bus from Inverness, Bus Station to Edinburgh, Bus Station M90 / ...

Night train  •  3h 51m

  1. Take the night train from Elgin to Haymarket

£40 - £130

Drive  •  3h 15m

  1. Drive from Elgin to Edinburgh 161 miles

£24 - £35

Elgin to Edinburgh by train

The train journey time between Elgin and Edinburgh is around 5h 16m and covers a distance of around 199 miles. The fastest train normally takes 3h 52m. Services are operated by First ScotRail Service, LNER, CrossCountry and others. Typically 52 trains run weekly, although weekend and holiday schedules can vary so check in advance.

Train route overview

Average train time:
5h 16m
Fastest train time:
3h 52m
Trains per week:
52
Cheapest price:
£31
Carbon emissions:
16 kg CO2

First and last trains

First train departs at:
06:40
Last train departs at:
22:13

The schedules shown below are for the next available departures.

Elgin to Edinburgh train schedules

Elgin → Edinburgh
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The cheapest way to get from Elgin to Edinburgh is to drive which costs £24 - £35 and takes 3h 15m.

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The fastest way to get from Elgin to Edinburgh is to drive which takes 3h 15m and costs £24 - £35.

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No, there is no direct bus from Elgin station to Edinburgh station. However, there are services departing from Elgin, Bus Station and arriving at Edinburgh, Bus Station via Inverness, Bus Station. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 6h 17m.

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Yes, there is an overnight train departing from Elgin and arriving at Haymarket. This train operates Monday to Saturday. The journey takes approximately 3h 51m.

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The distance between Elgin and Edinburgh is 118 miles. The road distance is 161 miles.

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The best way to get from Elgin to Edinburgh without a car is to train which takes 4h 42m and costs £17 - £170.

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It takes approximately 4h 42m to get from Elgin to Edinburgh, including transfers.

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Elgin to Edinburgh bus services, operated by Stagecoach Bluebird, depart from Elgin, Bus Station.

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

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The best way to get from Elgin to Edinburgh is to train which takes 4h 42m and costs £17 - £170. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs and takes 6h 17m.

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Map of how to get from Elgin to Edinburgh.
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  • Distance: 118.1 miles
  • Duration: 4h 42m

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

You can take a train from Elgin to Edinburgh via Aberdeen in around 4h 42m. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Elgin to Edinburgh via Inverness, Bus Station in around 6h 17m.

Train operators
First ScotRail Service
Phone
+44 344 811 0141
Email
customer.relations@scotrail.co.uk
Website
scotrail.co.uk
Train from Elgin to Aberdeen
Ave. Duration
1h 30m
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
£15 - £45
Website
First ScotRail Service
Anytime Day Single
£15 - £22
Anytime Day Single 1st Class
£35 - £45
Train from Aberdeen to Edinburgh
Ave. Duration
2h 25m
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
£26 - £85
Website
First ScotRail Service
Anytime Day Single
£26 - £40
Anytime Day Single 1st Class
£60 - £85
Night train from Elgin to Haymarket
Ave. Duration
3h 51m
Frequency
6 times a week
Estimated price
£40 - £130
Website
First ScotRail Service
Anytime Day Single
£40 - £60
Anytime Day Single 1st Class
£95 - £130
LNER
Website
lner.co.uk
Train from Aberdeen to Edinburgh
Ave. Duration
2h 32m
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
£16 - £120
Website
lner.co.uk
Advance Single
£16 - £24
Anytime Day Single
£50 - £75
Anytime Day Single 1st Class
£80 - £120
Bus operators
Stagecoach Bluebird
Bus from Elgin, Bus Station to Inverness, Bus Station
Ave. Duration
1h 32m
Frequency
Hourly
Scottish Citylink
Phone
0871 266 33 33
Email
info@citylink.co.uk
Website
citylink.co.uk
Bus from Inverness, Bus Station to Edinburgh, Bus Station
Ave. Duration
3h 45m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
£28 - £40
Website
Scottish Citylink

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

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

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Yes, the driving distance between Elgin to Edinburgh is 161 miles. It takes approximately 3h 15m to drive from Elgin to Edinburgh.

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