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  1. Take the train from Glasgow Queen Street to Edinburgh

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Rideshare

  1. Take the rideshare from Glasgow to Edinburgh

Bus

  1. Take the bus from Buchanan Bus Station to West End, Shandwick Place

Taxi

  1. Take a taxi from Glasgow to Leith

Drive

  1. Drive from Glasgow to Leith
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The cheapest way to get from Glasgow to Leith is to rideshare which costs £3 - £7 and takes 1h 16m.

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The quickest way to get from Glasgow to Leith is to train which costs £10 - £45 and takes 49 min.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Buchanan Bus Station station and arriving at West End, Shandwick Place. Services depart every 30 minutes, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 1h 13m.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Glasgow Queen Street and arriving at Edinburgh. Services depart every 20 minutes, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 49 min.

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The distance between Glasgow and Leith is 43 miles. The road distance is 49.2 miles.

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The best way to get from Glasgow to Leith without a car is to train which takes 49 min and costs £10 - £45.

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The train from Glasgow Queen Street to Edinburgh takes 49 min including transfers and departs every 20 minutes.

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

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Glasgow to Leith 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 Leith is to train which takes 49 min and costs £10 - £45. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs £5 - £7 and takes 1h 13m.

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  • Distance: 43 miles
  • Duration: 49 min

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

First ScotRail Service operates a train from Glasgow Queen Street to Edinburgh every 20 minutes. Tickets cost £10 - £30 and the journey takes 49 min. Caledonian Sleeper also services this route 6 times a week. Alternatively, Scottish Citylink operates a bus from Buchanan Bus Station to West End, Shandwick Place every 30 minutes. Tickets cost £10 - £15 and the journey takes 1h 13m. Three other operators also service this route.

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 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
Bus operators
Scottish Citylink
Phone
0871 266 33 33
Email
info@citylink.co.uk
Website
citylink.co.uk
Bus from Buchanan Bus Station to West End, Shandwick Place
Ave. Duration
1h 13m
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
£10 - £15
Website
Scottish Citylink
Megabus UK
Phone
0871 266 3333
Email
enquiries@megabus.com
Website
uk.megabus.com
Bus from Glasgow Buchanan Bus Station to Edinburgh Bus Station
Ave. Duration
1h 21m
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
£7 - £13
Website
Megabus 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 Edinburgh
Ave. Duration
1h 10m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
£5 - £7
Website
National Express
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 30 300 137 300
Email
service@flixbus.com
Website
flixbus.de
Bus from Glasgow to Edinburgh Bus Station
Ave. Duration
1h 15m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
£5 - £7
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Frequently asked questions
Is there Wi-Fi on FlixBus?
Yes - FlixBus offers free Wi-Fi
Are there power outlets on FlixBus?
Yes
Does FlixBus offer meals or snacks?
Yes - snacks and drinks may be purchased from the driver. Please note, this is not available on all services.
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Other operators
BlaBlaCar

Blablacar is a popular ridesharing platform with 70 million users over 22 (mostly European) countries. The basic idea is that you carpool with locals who are already planning to drive your route and have space in their car. With some flexibility, you’ll get to your destination often faster and cheaper than other means. On the website or app, enter your departure and arrival points and your date of travel, sift through the profiles of drivers who’ve posted pre-planned drives and find one whose timing and preferences match yours. Request to join the ride, wait to be accepted, and pay your share of the set price.

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Contact Details
Website
blablacar.com
Rideshare from Glasgow to Edinburgh
Ave. Duration
1h 16m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
£3 - £7
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Taxi from Glasgow to Leith
Ave. Duration
58 min
Estimated price
£110 - £140
Southside Radio Cars
Phone
+44 141 883 3333
Website
southsideradiocars.co.uk
Hampden Cabs Ltd
Phone
+44 141 332 5050
Website
hampdencars.co.uk
Glasgow Taxis
Phone
+44 141 429 7070
Website
glasgowtaxis.co.uk
Cross Cabs
Phone
+44 141 772 0000
City Cars Private Hire
Phone
+44 141 959 1212
Website
citycarsprivatehire.com
Caledonian Cabs
Phone
+44 7467 133 388
Website
caledoniancabs.co.uk

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Glasgow to Leith bus services, operated by Scottish Citylink, arrive at West End, Shandwick Place station.

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

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Yes, the driving distance between Glasgow to Leith is 49 miles. It takes approximately 58 min to drive from Glasgow to Leith.

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Check out Blablacar's carpooling service for rideshare options between Glasgow and Leith. A great option if you don't have a driver's licence or want to avoid public transport.

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