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Bus to Edinburgh, fly, train  •  6h 57m

  1. Take the bus from Buchanan Bus Station to Edinburgh Airport, Airport
  2. Fly from Edinburgh (EDI) to Bordeaux (BOD) EDI - BOD
  3. Take the train from Pessac Alouette to Arcachon

€47 - €328

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Fly from Glasgow, train  •  6h 54m

  1. Fly from Glasgow (GLA) to Bordeaux (BOD) GLA - BOD
  2. Take the train from Pessac Alouette to Arcachon

€36 - €142

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Train via Paris  •  13h 24m

  1. Take the train from Glasgow Central to London Euston
  2. Take the train from London St Pancras Eurostar to Paris Nord Eil
  3. Take the train from Paris Montparnasse 1 Et 2 to Arcachon Tgv

€380 - €1075

Train  •  14h 29m

  1. Take the train from Glasgow Central to London Euston
  2. Take the train from London St Pancras Eurostar to Lille Europe Eil
  3. Take the train from Lille Europe to Bordeaux St Jean Tgv
  4. Take the train from Bordeaux St Jean to Arcachon Ter / ...

€391 - €1138

Bus, bus and ferry  •  27h 1m

  1. Take the bus from Glasgow to Heathrow Airport London T2,3
  2. Take the bus and ferry from London to Lille
  3. Take the bus from Lille to Bordeaux Saint-Jean
  4. Take the bus from Bordeaux City Centre to Arcachon

€72 - €101

Drive, car ferry  •  19h 33m

  1. Drive from Glasgow to Poole
  2. Take the car ferry from Poole to Cherbourg
  3. Drive from Cherbourg to Arcachon

€183 - €311

Drive, Eurotunnel  •  16h 50m

  1. Drive from Glasgow to Folkestone
  2. Take the Eurotunnel from Folkestone to Calais-Fréthun
  3. Drive from Calais-Fréthun to Arcachon

€335 - €421

Glasgow to Arcachon by train and bus

The journey time between Glasgow and Arcachon is around 20h and covers a distance of around 1709 km. The fastest journey normally takes 13h 50m. Operated by Avanti West Coast, London Buses, Eurostar and others, the Glasgow to Arcachon service departs from Glasgow Central and arrives in Arcachon. Typically 12 services run weekly, although weekend and holiday schedules can vary so check in advance.

Route overview

Average journey time:
20h
Fastest journey time:
13h 50m
Journey distance:
1709 km
Services per week:
12
Cheapest price:
€380
Carbon emissions:
91 kg CO2

First and last service

First service departs at:
06:30
Last service departs at:
17:34

The schedules shown below are for the next available departures.

Glasgow to Arcachon train and bus schedules

Train services typically run at the following times each day These schedules are estimated
Estimated schedules: These schedules are estimated and based on typical services on an average day. Please check times and availability with the operator before travelling.
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The national COVID-19 helpline number in Arcachon is 800 130 000.

Wearing a face mask on public transport in Arcachon is mandatory.

The social distance requirement in Arcachon is 1 metre.

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The cheapest way to get from Glasgow to Arcachon is to fly and train which costs £30 - £130 and takes 6h 54m.

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The quickest way to get from Glasgow to Arcachon is to fly and train which costs £30 - £130 and takes 6h 54m.

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No, there is no direct bus from Glasgow to Arcachon. However, there are services departing from Glasgow and arriving at Arcachon via Heathrow Airport London T2,3, London, Lille and Bordeaux City Centre. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 27h 1m.

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No, there is no direct train from Glasgow to Arcachon. However, there are services departing from Glasgow Central and arriving at Arcachon via Euston station, London St Pancras Eurostar, Lille Europe and Bordeaux St Jean. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 14h 29m.

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The distance between Glasgow and Arcachon is 1265 km.

The best way to get from Glasgow to Arcachon without a car is to train via Paris which takes 13h 24m and costs £320 - £950.

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It takes approximately 6h 57m to get from Glasgow to Arcachon, including transfers.

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Glasgow to Arcachon bus services, operated by National Express, depart from Glasgow station.

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Glasgow to Arcachon train services, operated by Avanti West Coast, depart from Glasgow Central station.

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The quickest flight from Edinburgh Airport to Bordeaux Airport is the direct flight which takes 2h 10m.

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Map of how to get from Glasgow to Arcachon.
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  • Distance: 1265.4 km
  • Duration: 6h 57m

What companies run services between Glasgow, Scotland and Arcachon, France?

You can take a train from Glasgow to Arcachon via London Euston, Euston Station, St Pancras International, London St Pancras Eurostar, Paris Nord, Gare Du Nord, Montparnasse 2 - Gare Tgv, and Paris Montparnasse 1 Et 2 in around 13h 24m.

Airlines
KLM
Website
klm.com
Flights from Edinburgh to Bordeaux via Amsterdam Schiphol
Ave. Duration
4h 26m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€160 - €240
Flights from Glasgow to Bordeaux via Amsterdam Schiphol
Ave. Duration
4h 45m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€120 - €370
easyJet
Website
easyjet.com
Flights from Edinburgh to Bordeaux via London Gatwick
Ave. Duration
5h 5m
When
Monday
Estimated price
€55 - €210
Flights from Edinburgh to Bordeaux via Belfast (Aldergrove)
Ave. Duration
5h 15m
When
Wednesday
Estimated price
€55 - €220
Flights from Glasgow to Bordeaux
Ave. Duration
2h 15m
When
Monday
Estimated price
€60 - €230
Flights from Glasgow to Bordeaux via London Gatwick
Ave. Duration
4h 50m
When
Saturday
Estimated price
€60 - €230
Ryanair
Website
ryanair.com
Flights from Edinburgh to Bordeaux
Ave. Duration
2h 10m
When
Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday
Estimated price
€19 - €110
Flights from Glasgow to Bordeaux via Dublin
Ave. Duration
3h 50m
When
Saturday
Estimated price
€21 - €110
Air France
Website
airfrance.com
Flights from Edinburgh to Bordeaux via Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
4h 45m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€100 - €310
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Edinburgh to Bordeaux via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
4h 45m
When
Monday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
€110 - €550
Train operators
SNCF

France’s state-owned railway company is a fast and efficient way of travelling around the country, with over 14,000 trains operating daily. SNCF runs the country’s extensive rail network, including the high-speed TGV network, regional TER trains and local Intercités. It also operates international routes including Eurostar and Thalys, as well as the low-cost, long-distance Ouigo services that run on limited routes across France. Book up to 3 months in advance for the cheapest fares. The railway network consists of about 32,000km in total, of which 1800km are high-speed lines and 14,500km are electrified.

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Contact Details
Phone
+33 9 70 60 99 70
Website
sncf.com
Train from Pessac Alouette to Arcachon
Ave. Duration
43 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
€7 - €21
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
€7 - €11
Rail 1st Class
€14 - €21
Train from Bordeaux St Jean to Arcachon
Ave. Duration
53 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
€8 - €23
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
€8 - €13
Rail 1st Class
€15 - €23
Eurostar
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Contact Details
Phone
+44 343 218 6186
Website
eurostar.com
Train from London St Pancras Eurostar to Paris Nord
Ave. Duration
2h 22m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
€110 - €350
Website
Eurostar
Business Premier
€310 - €350
Standard
€110 - €140
Standard Premier
€160 - €210
Train from London St Pancras Eurostar to Lille Europe
Ave. Duration
1h 22m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
€85 - €340
Website
Eurostar
Business Premier
€300 - €340
Standard
€85 - €110
Standard Premier
€130 - €170
TGV inOui

France’s high-speed TGV train network runs at speeds of up to 320km/h connecting major cities across France and into neighbouring countries. All TGV tickets include a seat reservation; seating is 1+2 in 1st class, 2+2 in 2nd class. Popular routes include Paris to Marseille and Paris to Strasbourg. Most TGVs have a cafe area, power points at each seat and WiFi.

Contact Details
Phone
0033 892 353535
Website
en.oui.sncf
Train from Paris Montparnasse 1 Et 2 to Arcachon
Ave. Duration
3h 19m
Frequency
6 times a week
Estimated price
€90 - €130
Website
Oui.SNCF
2nd Class
€90 - €110
1st Class
€100 - €130
Train from Lille Europe to Bordeaux St Jean
Ave. Duration
5h 1m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
€120 - €170
Website
Oui.SNCF
2nd Class
€120 - €140
1st Class
€140 - €170
Train from Bordeaux St Jean to Arcachon
Ave. Duration
51 min
Frequency
6 times a week
Estimated price
€20 - €35
Website
Oui.SNCF
2nd Class
€26 - €31
1st Class
€20 - €24
Eurotunnel
Phone
+44 (0) 8443 35 35 35
Website
eurotunnel.com
Car train from Folkestone to Calais-Fréthun
Ave. Duration
35 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
€153
Website
Eurotunnel
Bus operators
Scottish Citylink
Phone
0871 266 33 33
Email
info@citylink.co.uk
Website
citylink.co.uk
Bus from Buchanan Bus Station to Edinburgh Airport, Airport
Ave. Duration
57 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
€11 - €16
Website
Scottish Citylink
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 Heathrow Airport London T2,3
Ave. Duration
7h 30m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
€16 - €21
Website
National Express
Union Ivkoni
Phone
02/989 0000
Website
union-ivkoni.com
Bus and ferry from London to Lille
Ave. Duration
4h 19m
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
€9 - €13
Schedules at
union-ivkoni.com
FlixBus

One of Europe’s leading bus companies, Flixbus serves 2000+ destinations in 29 countries, including Germany, France, Italy, Austria, the Netherlands and Croatia and into Scandinavia and eastern Europe, as well as some US cities. Coaches have toilets, free WiFi and power outlets, plus snacks and drinks for purchase on board. Flixbus is a good choice for the budget-conscious traveller; purchase tickets in advance for the cheapest fares (note: there is no option to reserve a seat in advance).

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Contact Details
Phone
+49 1807 123 99 123
Email
info@flixbus.de
Website
flixbus.de
Bus from Lille to Bordeaux Saint-Jean
Ave. Duration
10h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
€35 - €45
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Blablabus

As the bus subsidiary of French railway SNCF, Ouibus offers eco-friendly coaches serving 35 French cities and 10 European cities at affordable fares. Ouibus journeys are safe and comfortable, with the four-star coaches offering power outlets, restrooms and WiFi. All Ouibus stations are located close to town centres for easy access to public transport. Getting on one of the 130 daily journeys is easy - electronic travel documents include your ticket and a personalised mini-guide with handy information.

Contact Details
Phone
0890715298
Website
ouibus.com
Bus from Bordeaux City Centre to Arcachon
Ave. Duration
1h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
€7 - €10
Website
Blablabus
Ferry operators
Brittany Ferries
Phone
0330 159 7000
Email
reservations@brittanyferries.com
Website
brittany-ferries.co.uk
Car ferry from Poole to Cherbourg
Ave. Duration
4h 30m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
€26 - €70
Schedules at
brittany-ferries.co.uk
Adult
€26 - €35
Car
€50 - €70

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Glasgow to Arcachon bus services, operated by Blablabus, arrive at Arcachon station.

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Arcachon is 1h ahead of Glasgow. It is currently 1:53 PM in Glasgow and 2:53 PM in Arcachon.

Glasgow to Arcachon train services, operated by SNCF, arrive at Arcachon station.

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Ryanair, Air France, Lufthansa and two other airlines offer flights from Edinburgh Airport to Bordeaux Airport.

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There are 93+ hotels available in Arcachon. Prices start at €75 per night.

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