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There are 4 ways to get from Fort William to Edinburgh by bus, train or car

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Bus  •  4h 19m

  1. Take the bus from Fort William, Bus Station to West End, Queensferry Street 913

£27 - £40

Cheapest option

Bus via Glasgow  •  4h 37m

  1. Take the bus from Fort William, Bus Station to Buchanan Bus Station 914 / ...
  2. Take the bus from Buchanan Bus Station to Edinburgh, Princes Street 900 / ...

£27 - £38

2 alternative options

Train  •  5h 21m

  1. Take the train from Fort William to Edinburgh

£40 - £45

Drive  •  2h 43m

  1. Drive from Fort William to Edinburgh 133.8 miles

£20 - £30

Fort William to Edinburgh by bus

The bus journey time between Fort William and Edinburgh is around 4h 19m and covers a distance of around 150 miles. The fastest bus normally takes 4h 19m. Operated by Scottish Citylink, the Fort William to Edinburgh bus service departs from Fort William, Bus Station and arrives in West End, Queensferry Street. Typically five buses run weekly, although weekend and holiday schedules can vary so check in advance.

Bus route overview

Average bus time:
4h 19m
Fastest bus time:
4h 19m
Buses per week:
5
Cheapest price:
£27
Carbon emissions:
29 kg CO2

First and last buses

First bus departs at:
16:00
Last bus departs at:
16:00

The schedules shown below are for the next available departures.

Fort William to Edinburgh bus schedules

Fort William → Edinburgh
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The cheapest way to get from Fort William to Edinburgh is to drive which costs £20 - £30 and takes 2h 43m.

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The quickest way to get from Fort William to Edinburgh is to drive which costs £20 - £30 and takes 2h 43m.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Fort William, Bus Station station and arriving at West End, Queensferry Street. Services depart five times a week, and operate Monday to Friday. The journey takes approximately 4h 19m.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Fort William and arriving at Edinburgh. Services depart six times a week, and operate Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday. The journey takes approximately 5h 21m.

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The distance between Fort William and Edinburgh is 95 miles. The road distance is 133.8 miles.

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The best way to get from Fort William to Edinburgh without a car is to bus which takes 4h 19m and costs £27 - £40.

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The bus from Fort William, Bus Station to West End, Queensferry Street takes 4h 19m including transfers and departs five times a week.

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Fort William to Edinburgh bus services, operated by Scottish Citylink, depart from Fort William, Bus Station.

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Fort William to Edinburgh train services, operated by Caledonian Sleeper, depart from Fort William station.

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The best way to get from Fort William to Edinburgh is to bus which takes 4h 19m and costs £27 - £40. Alternatively, you can train, which costs £40 - £45 and takes 5h 21m.

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Map of how to get from Fort William to Edinburgh.
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  • Distance: 95.1 miles
  • Duration: 4h 19m

What companies run services between Fort William, Scotland and Edinburgh, Scotland?

Scottish Citylink operates a bus from Fort William, Bus Station to West End, Queensferry Street 5 times a week. Tickets cost £27 - £40 and the journey takes 4h 19m. Alternatively, Caledonian Sleeper operates a train from Fort William to Edinburgh 6 times a week. Tickets cost £40 - £45 and the journey takes 5h 21m.

Train operators
Bus operators
Scottish Citylink
Phone
0871 266 33 33
Email
info@citylink.co.uk
Website
citylink.co.uk
Bus from Fort William, Bus Station to West End, Queensferry Street
Ave. Duration
4h 19m
Frequency
5 times a week
Estimated price
£27 - £40
Website
Scottish Citylink
Bus from Fort William, Bus Station to Buchanan Bus Station
Ave. Duration
3h 11m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
£19 - £27
Website
Scottish Citylink
Bus from Buchanan Bus Station to Edinburgh, Princes Street
Ave. Duration
1h 16m
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
Estimated price
£7 - £11
Website
Scottish Citylink

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Fort William to Edinburgh bus services, operated by Scottish Citylink, arrive at West End, Queensferry Street station.

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Fort William to Edinburgh train services, operated by Caledonian Sleeper, arrive at Edinburgh station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Fort William to Edinburgh is 134 miles. It takes approximately 2h 43m to drive from Fort William to Edinburgh.

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