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There are 5 ways to get from Inverness to Edinburgh by train, bus, night train or car

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Train  •  3h 15m

  1. Take the train from Inverness to Edinburgh

£22 - £190

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Bus  •  3h 45m

  1. Take the bus from Inverness, Bus Station to Edinburgh, Bus Station M90 / ...

£28 - £40

Bus via Glenrothes, Bus Station  •  5h 15m

  1. Take the bus from Millburn, Morrisons to Glenrothes, Bus Station 267
  2. Take the bus from Glenrothes, Bus Station Arrival Bay to Edinburgh, Princes Street X59 / ...

£23 - £32

Night train  •  4h 11m

  1. Take the night train from Inverness to Edinburgh

£35 - £120

Drive  •  2h 54m

  1. Drive from Inverness to Edinburgh 156.6 miles

£23 - £35

Inverness to Edinburgh by train

The train journey time between Inverness and Edinburgh is around 3h 40m and covers a distance of around 173 miles. The fastest train normally takes 3h 15m. Services are operated by First ScotRail Service and LNER. Typically 42 trains run weekly, although weekend and holiday schedules can vary so check in advance.

Train route overview

Average train time:
3h 40m
Fastest train time:
3h 15m
Train distance:
173 miles
Trains per week:
42
Cheapest price:
£22
Carbon emissions:
14 kg CO2

First and last trains

First train departs at:
04:56
Last train departs at:
18:52

The schedules shown below are for the next available departures.

Inverness to Edinburgh train schedules

Inverness → Edinburgh
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The cheapest way to get from Inverness to Edinburgh is to bus via Glenrothes, Bus Station which costs £23 - £35 and takes 5h 15m.

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The quickest way to get from Inverness to Edinburgh is to drive which costs £23 - £35 and takes 2h 54m.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Inverness, Bus Station station and arriving at Edinburgh, Bus Station station. Services depart every four hours, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 3h 45m.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Inverness and arriving at Edinburgh. Services depart four times a day, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 3h 15m.

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It is 113 miles from Inverness to Edinburgh. It is approximately 156.6 miles to drive.

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The best way to get from Inverness to Edinburgh without a car is to train which takes 3h 15m and costs £22 - £190.

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The train from Inverness to Edinburgh takes 3h 15m including transfers and departs four times a day.

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Inverness to Edinburgh bus services, operated by Scottish Citylink, depart from Inverness, Bus Station.

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Inverness to Edinburgh train services, operated by First ScotRail Service, depart from Inverness station.

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The best way to get from Inverness to Edinburgh is to train which takes 3h 15m and costs £22 - £190. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs £28 - £40 and takes 3h 45m.

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Map of how to get from Inverness to Edinburgh.
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  • Distance: 113.1 miles
  • Duration: 3h 15m

What companies run services between Inverness, Scotland and Edinburgh, Scotland?

First ScotRail Service operates a train from Inverness to Edinburgh 4 times a day. Tickets cost £35 - £110 and the journey takes 3h 15m. LNER also services this route once daily. Alternatively, Scottish Citylink operates a bus from Inverness, Bus Station to Edinburgh, Bus Station every 4 hours. Tickets cost £28 - £40 and the journey takes 3h 45m.

Train operators
First ScotRail Service
Phone
+44 344 811 0141
Email
customer.relations@scotrail.co.uk
Website
scotrail.co.uk
Train from Inverness to Edinburgh
Ave. Duration
3h 15m
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
£35 - £110
Website
First ScotRail Service
Anytime Day Single
£35 - £55
Anytime Day Single 1st Class
£85 - £110
LNER
Website
lner.co.uk
Train from Inverness to Edinburgh
Ave. Duration
3h 27m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
£22 - £190
Website
lner.co.uk
Advance Single
£22 - £35
Anytime Day Single
£85 - £120
Anytime Day Single 1st Class
£130 - £190
Bus operators
Scottish Citylink
Phone
0871 266 33 33
Email
info@citylink.co.uk
Website
citylink.co.uk
Bus from Inverness, Bus Station to Edinburgh, Bus Station
Ave. Duration
3h 45m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
£28 - £40
Website
Scottish Citylink
Fishers Tours of Dundee
Phone
01382 227290
Email
enquiries@fisherstours.co.uk
Website
fisherstours.co.uk
Bus from Millburn, Morrisons to Glenrothes, Bus Station
Ave. Duration
3h 32m
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
£17 - £24
Website
Fishers Tours of Dundee
Stagecoach East Scotland
Email
customer.services@stagecoachbus.com
Website
stagecoachbus.com
Bus from Glenrothes, Bus Station Arrival Bay to Edinburgh, Princes Street
Ave. Duration
1h 13m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
£6 - £9
Website
Stagecoach East Scotland

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Inverness to Edinburgh bus services, operated by Scottish Citylink, arrive at Edinburgh, Bus Station.

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

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Yes, the driving distance between Inverness to Edinburgh is 157 miles. It takes approximately 2h 54m to drive from Inverness to Edinburgh.

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