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There are 3 ways to get from Glasgow to Elgin by train, bus or car

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Train  •  4h 10m

  1. Take the train from Glasgow Queen Street to Elgin

£45 - £150

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Bus  •  5h 35m

  1. Take the bus from Buchanan Bus Station to Inverness, Bus Station M10
  2. Take the bus from Inverness, Bus Station to Elgin, Bus Station 10 / ...

£41 - £55

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Drive  •  3h 25m

  1. Drive from Glasgow to Elgin 176.2 miles

£27 - £40

Glasgow to Elgin by train

The train journey time between Glasgow and Elgin is around 4h 10m and covers a distance of around 224 miles. The fastest train normally takes 4h 1m. Operated by First ScotRail Service, the Glasgow to Elgin train service departs from Glasgow Queen Street and arrives in Elgin. Typically eight trains run weekly, although weekend and holiday schedules can vary so check in advance.

Train route overview

Average train time:
4h 10m
Fastest train time:
4h 1m
Train distance:
224 miles
Trains per week:
8
Cheapest price:
£45
Carbon emissions:
18 kg CO2

First and last trains

First train departs at:
14:38
Last train departs at:
18:03

The schedules shown below are for the next available departures.

Glasgow to Elgin train schedules

Glasgow → Elgin
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The cheapest way to get from Glasgow to Elgin is to drive which costs £27 - £40 and takes 3h 25m.

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The quickest way to get from Glasgow to Elgin is to drive which costs £27 - £40 and takes 3h 25m.

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No, there is no direct bus from Glasgow station to Elgin station. However, there are services departing from Buchanan Bus Station and arriving at Elgin, Bus Station via Inverness, Bus Station. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 5h 35m.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Glasgow Queen Street and arriving at Elgin. Services depart once daily, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 4h 10m.

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The distance between Glasgow and Elgin is 129 miles. The road distance is 176.2 miles.

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The best way to get from Glasgow to Elgin without a car is to train which takes 4h 10m and costs £45 - £150.

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The train from Glasgow Queen Street to Elgin takes 4h 10m including transfers and departs once daily.

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Glasgow to Elgin bus services, operated by Scottish Citylink, depart from Buchanan Bus Station.

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Glasgow to Elgin train services, operated by First ScotRail Service, depart from Glasgow Queen Street station.

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The best way to get from Glasgow to Elgin is to train which takes 4h 10m and costs £45 - £150. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs £40 - £60 and takes 5h 35m.

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Map of how to get from Glasgow to Elgin.
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  • Distance: 129.1 miles
  • Duration: 4h 10m

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

First ScotRail Service operates a train from Glasgow Queen Street to Elgin once daily. Tickets cost £45 - £150 and the journey takes 4h 10m. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Glasgow to Elgin via Inverness, Bus Station in around 5h 35m.

Train operators
First ScotRail Service
Phone
+44 344 811 0141
Email
customer.relations@scotrail.co.uk
Website
scotrail.co.uk
Train from Glasgow Queen Street to Elgin
Ave. Duration
4h 10m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
£45 - £150
Website
First ScotRail Service
Anytime Day Single
£45 - £70
Anytime Day Single 1st Class
£110 - £150
Bus operators
Scottish Citylink
Phone
0871 266 33 33
Email
info@citylink.co.uk
Website
citylink.co.uk
Bus from Buchanan Bus Station to Inverness, Bus Station
Ave. Duration
3h 35m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
£30 - £45
Website
Scottish Citylink
Stagecoach North Scotland
Email
customer.services@stagecoachbus.com
Website
stagecoachbus.com
Bus from Inverness, Bus Station to Elgin, Bus Station
Ave. Duration
1h 30m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
£10 - £13
Website
Stagecoach North Scotland

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Glasgow to Elgin bus services, operated by Stagecoach North Scotland, arrive at Elgin, Bus Station.

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Glasgow to Elgin train services, operated by First ScotRail Service, arrive at Elgin station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Glasgow to Elgin is 176 miles. It takes approximately 3h 25m to drive from Glasgow to Elgin.

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