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There are 5 ways to get from Glasgow/Prestwick Airport (PIK) to Edinburgh by train, bus, car or towncar

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Train via Glasgow

  1. Take the train from Prestwick Intl Airport to Glasgow Central
  2. Take the train from Glasgow Queen Street to Edinburgh

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Train

  1. Take the train from Prestwick Intl Airport to Glasgow Central
  2. Take the train from Glasgow Central to Edinburgh

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Bus

  1. Take the bus from Prestwick Airport to Buchanan Bus Station
  2. Take the bus from Buchanan Bus Station to Edinburgh, Princes Street

Drive

  1. Drive from Glasgow/Prestwick Airport (PIK) to Edinburgh

Towncar

  1. Take a town car from Glasgow/Prestwick Airport to Edinburgh

Glasgow/Prestwick Airport (PIK) to Edinburgh by train, walk and tram

The journey time between Glasgow/Prestwick Airport (PIK) and Edinburgh is around 2h 3m and covers a distance of around 85 miles. This includes an average layover time of around 12 min. Operated by First ScotRail Service, SPT Subway and Caledonian Sleeper, the Glasgow/Prestwick Airport (PIK) to Edinburgh service departs from Prestwick Intl Airport and arrives in Edinburgh. Typically 276 services run weekly, although weekend and holiday schedules can vary so check in advance.

276 Weekly Services
2h 3m Average Duration
£20 Cheapest Price
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Glasgow/Prestwick Airport (PIK) → Edinburgh
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The cheapest way to get from Glasgow/Prestwick Airport (PIK) to Edinburgh is to drive which costs £13 - £20 and takes 1h 25m.

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The quickest way to get from Glasgow/Prestwick Airport (PIK) to Edinburgh is to drive which costs £13 - £20 and takes 1h 25m.

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No, there is no direct bus from Glasgow/Prestwick Airport (PIK) to Edinburgh. However, there are services departing from Prestwick Airport and arriving at Edinburgh, Princes Street via Buchanan Bus Station. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 3h 17m.

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No, there is no direct train from Glasgow/Prestwick Airport (PIK) to Edinburgh. However, there are services departing from Prestwick Intl Airport and arriving at Edinburgh via St Enoch SPT Subway Station and Glasgow Queen Street. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 2h 3m.

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The distance between Glasgow/Prestwick Airport (PIK) and Edinburgh is 63 miles. The road distance is 75.6 miles.

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The best way to get from Glasgow/Prestwick Airport (PIK) to Edinburgh without a car is to train via Glasgow which takes 2h 3m and costs £20 - £75.

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It takes approximately 2h 3m to get from Glasgow/Prestwick Airport (PIK) to Edinburgh, including transfers.

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Glasgow/Prestwick Airport (PIK) to Edinburgh bus services, operated by Stagecoach West Scotland, depart from Prestwick Airport station.

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Glasgow/Prestwick Airport (PIK) to Edinburgh train services, operated by First ScotRail Service, depart from Prestwick Intl Airport station.

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The best way to get from Glasgow/Prestwick Airport (PIK) to Edinburgh is to train via Glasgow which takes 2h 3m and costs £20 - £75. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs £16 - £24 and takes 3h 17m.

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Map of how to get from Glasgow/Prestwick Airport (PIK) to Edinburgh.
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  • Distance: 63.4 miles
  • Duration: 2h 3m

What companies run services between Glasgow/Prestwick Airport (PIK), Scotland and Edinburgh, Scotland?

You can take a train from Glasgow/Prestwick Airport (PIK) to Edinburgh via Glasgow Central, St Enoch SPT Subway Station, Buchanan Street SPT Subway Station, and Glasgow Queen Street in around 2h 3m. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Glasgow/Prestwick Airport (PIK) to Edinburgh via Buchanan Bus Station in around 3h 17m.

Train operators
First ScotRail Service
Phone
+44 344 811 0141
Email
customer.relations@scotrail.co.uk
Website
scotrail.co.uk
Train from Prestwick Intl Airport to Glasgow Central
Ave. Duration
54 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
£8 - £24
Website
First ScotRail Service
Anytime Day Single
£8 - £12
Anytime Day Single 1st Class
£18 - £24
Train from Glasgow Queen Street to Edinburgh
Ave. Duration
49 min
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
Estimated price
£10 - £30
Website
First ScotRail Service
Anytime Day Single
£10 - £15
Anytime Day Single 1st Class
£23 - £30
Train from Glasgow Central to Edinburgh
Ave. Duration
1h 30m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
£10 - £30
Website
First ScotRail Service
Anytime Day Single
£10 - £15
Anytime Day Single 1st Class
£23 - £30
LNER
Website
lner.co.uk
Train from Glasgow Central to Edinburgh
Ave. Duration
1h 4m
Frequency
6 times a week
Estimated price
£6 - £80
Website
lner.co.uk
Advance Single
£6 - £9
Anytime Day Single
£35 - £50
Anytime Day Single 1st Class
£55 - £80
Bus operators
Stagecoach West Scotland
Email
customer.services@stagecoachbus.com
Website
stagecoachbus.com
Bus from Prestwick Airport to Buchanan Bus Station
Ave. Duration
1h 46m
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
£6 - £9
Website
Stagecoach West Scotland
Scottish Citylink
Phone
0871 266 33 33
Email
info@citylink.co.uk
Website
citylink.co.uk
Bus from Buchanan Bus Station to Edinburgh, Princes Street
Ave. Duration
1h 16m
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
£10 - £15
Website
Scottish Citylink
Other operators
Jayride
Ave. Duration
1h 25m
Frequency
On demand
Towncar from Glasgow/Prestwick Airport to Edinburgh
Estimated price
£30 - £120

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Glasgow/Prestwick Airport (PIK) to Edinburgh bus services, operated by Scottish Citylink, arrive at Edinburgh, Princes Street station.

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Glasgow/Prestwick Airport (PIK) to Edinburgh train services, operated by First ScotRail Service, arrive at Edinburgh station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Glasgow/Prestwick Airport (PIK) to Edinburgh is 76 miles. It takes approximately 1h 25m to drive from Glasgow/Prestwick Airport (PIK) to Edinburgh.

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