There are 4 ways to get from Glasgow to Ballater by train, bus or car

Select an option below to see step-by-step directions and to compare ticket prices and travel times in Rome2rio's travel planner.

Recommended option

Train  •  5 h

  1. Take the train from Glasgow Queen Street to Stonehaven

$48 - $62

Cheapest option

Bus  •  7 h 14 min

  1. Take the bus from Buchanan Bus Station to Halbeath, Park & Ride X27
  2. Take the bus from Halbeath, Park & Ride to Union Square Bus Station M92 / ...

$36 - $55

2 alternative options

Bus, line 201 bus  •  6 h 29 min

  1. Take the bus from Buchanan Bus Station to Broxden, Park and Ride M9 / ...
  2. Take the bus from Broxden, Park and Ride to Union Square Bus Station M9
  3. Take the line 201 bus from Union Square Bus Station to Banchory, Mount Street 201 / ...

$38 - $61

Drive  •  2 h 20 min

  1. Drive from Glasgow to Ballater 125.8 miles

$27 - $40

What companies run services between Glasgow, Scotland and Ballater, Scotland?

ScotRail operates a train from Glasgow to Ballater every 3 hours. Tickets cost $40 - $55 and the journey takes 2 h 13 min. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Glasgow to Ballater via Broxden, Park and Ride, Union Square Bus Station, and Banchory, Mount Street in around 6 h 29 min.

Train operators
ScotRail
Phone
+44 344 811 0141
Email
customer.relations@scotrail.co.uk
Website
scotrail.co.uk
Train from Glasgow Queen Street to Stonehaven
Ave. Duration
2 h 13 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$40 - $55
Website
scotrail.co.uk
Advanced Single
$24 - $35
Anytime Day Single
$40 - $55
Bus operators
Scottish Citylink
Phone
0871 266 33 33
Email
info@citylink.co.uk
Website
citylink.co.uk
Bus from Buchanan Bus Station to Broxden, Park and Ride
Ave. Duration
1 h 5 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$14 - $20
Schedules at
citylink.co.uk
Bus from Broxden, Park and Ride to Union Square Bus Station
Ave. Duration
1 h 55 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$18 - $25
Schedules at
citylink.co.uk
Megabus UK
Phone
0871 266 3333
Email
enquiries@megabus.com
Website
uk.megabus.com
Bus from Buchanan Bus Station to Broxden, Park and Ride
Ave. Duration
1 h 5 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$19 - $26
Book at
uk.megabus.com
Bus from Halbeath, Park & Ride to Union Square Bus Station
Ave. Duration
2 h 17 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$23 - $35
Book at
uk.megabus.com
Stagecoach UK
Email
customer.services@stagecoachbus.com
Website
stagecoachbus.com
Bus from Union Square Bus Station to Banchory, Mount Street
Ave. Duration
1 h 5 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$4 - $6
Schedules at
stagecoachbus.com
Bus from Buchanan Bus Station to Halbeath, Park & Ride
Ave. Duration
1 h 22 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$7 - $10
Schedules at
stagecoachbus.com

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Questions & Answers

How far is it from Glasgow to Ballater?

The distance between Glasgow and Ballater is 151 km. The road distance is 201 km.

What is the cheapest way to get from Glasgow to Ballater?

The cheapest way to get from Glasgow to Ballater is to drive which costs £19 - £28 and takes 2 h 20 min.

What is the fastest way to get from Glasgow to Ballater?

The quickest way to get from Glasgow to Ballater is to drive which takes 2 h 20 min and costs £19 - £28.

Is there a direct bus between Glasgow and Ballater?

No, there is no direct bus from Glasgow to Ballater. However, there are services departing from Buchanan Bus Station and arriving at Ballater, Golf Road via Broxden, Park and Ride, Union Square Bus Station and Banchory, Mount Street. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 6 h 29 min.

How long does it take to get from Glasgow to Ballater?

It takes approximately 5 h to get from Glasgow to Ballater, including transfers.