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

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Train  •  6 h 34 min

  1. Take the train from Fort William to Glasgow Queen Street
  2. Take the train from Glasgow Central to Penrith North Lakes

$162 - $275

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Bus  •  9 h 10 min

  1. Take the bus from Fort William, Bus Station to Buchanan Bus Station 914 / ...
  2. Take the bus from Glasgow to Penrith National Express

$48 - $61

2 alternative options

Bus, train  •  8 h 20 min

  1. Take the bus from Fort William, Bus Station to Anniesland Cross (Herschell Street) 914 / ...
  2. Take the train from Glasgow Central to Penrith North Lakes

$82 - $167

Drive  •  4 h 31 min

  1. Drive from Fort William to Lake District 240.6 miles

$50 - $75

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The cheapest way to get from Fort William to Lake District is to bus which costs £35 - £50 and takes 9 h 10 min.

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The quickest way to get from Fort William to Lake District is to drive which costs £35 - £60 and takes 4 h 31 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from Fort William station to Lake District. However, there are services departing from Fort William, Bus Station and arriving at Seatoller, National Trust car park (entrance to Seatoller National Trust car park) via Glasgow, Penrith, Rail Station (Penrith Railway Station main entrance) and Keswick, Bus Station (K) (Booths Supermarket). The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 9 h 10 min.

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The distance between Fort William and Lake District is 178 miles. The road distance is 240.6 miles.

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The best way to get from Fort William to Lake District without a car is to train which takes 6 h 34 min and costs £120 - £210.

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It takes approximately 6 h 34 min to get from Fort William to Lake District, including transfers.

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Fort William to Lake District bus services, operated by Scottish Citylink, arrive at Fort William, Bus Station.

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The best way to get from Fort William to Lake District is to train which takes 6 h 34 min and costs £120 - £210. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs £35 - £50 and takes 9 h 10 min.

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Fort William to Lake District bus services, operated by National Express, arrive at Penrith station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Fort William to Lake District is 241 miles. It takes approximately 4 h 31 min to drive from Fort William to Lake District.

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  • Distance: 178.2 miles
  • Duration: 6 h 34 min

What companies run services between Fort William, Scotland and Lake District, England?

You can take a train from Fort William to Lake District via Glasgow Queen Street, Glasgow, Cathedral Street (Queen St Station), Glasgow, Renfield Street (No 105), Glasgow Central, and Penrith North Lakes in around 6 h 34 min. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Fort William to Lake District via Buchanan Bus Station, Glasgow, Penrith, Penrith, Rail Station (Penrith Railway Station main entrance), and Keswick, Bus Station (K) (Booths Supermarket) in around 9 h 10 min.

Train operators
ScotRail
Phone
+44 344 811 0141
Email
customer.relations@scotrail.co.uk
Website
scotrail.co.uk
Train from Fort William to Glasgow Queen Street
Ave. Duration
3 h 42 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$30 - $45
Website
scotrail.co.uk
Advanced Single
$20 - $28
Anytime Day Single
$30 - $45
Caledonian Sleeper
Website
sleeper.scot
Train from Fort William to Glasgow Queen Street Low Level
Ave. Duration
4 h 23 min
Frequency
6 times a week
Estimated price
$24 - $35
Website
sleeper.scot
Sleeper Berth Twin
$110 - $160
Sleeper Berth Solo
$194
Sleeper Seat
$24 - $35
Virgin West Coast Trains
TransPennine Express
Phone
+44 345 600 1671
Email
tpecustomer.relations@firstgroup.com
Website
tpexpress.co.uk
Train from Glasgow Central to Penrith North Lakes
Ave. Duration
1 h 36 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$45 - $70
Website
tpexpress.co.uk
Advance Single
$20 - $29
Off-Peak Day Single
$30 - $50
Anytime Day Single
$45 - $70
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 Anniesland Cross (Herschell Street)
Ave. Duration
2 h 51 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$21 - $30
Schedules at
citylink.co.uk
Bus from Fort William, Bus Station to Buchanan Bus Station
Ave. Duration
3 h 10 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$22 - $35
Schedules at
citylink.co.uk
National Express

National Express Coaches are a quick and convenient way of travelling around the UK. Over 550 National Express coaches run on Britain's roads every day, serving over 900 destinations across the UK. National Express Coaches carry around 19 million passenger journeys every year. For added convenience, National Express operate coach services to all major UK airports 24 hours per day, and is on its way to being 100% wheelchair accessible. The company also has a 24-hour control centre that receives a GPS signal to update on location, speed and the temperature inside coaches, ensuring the smoothest journey possible.

Contact Details
Phone
+44 08717 818178
Website
nationalexpress.com
Bus from Glasgow to Penrith
Ave. Duration
2 h 5 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$12 - $17
Website
nationalexpress.com

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