There are 4 ways to get from Kilmarnock to Edinburgh by bus, train or car

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Bus  •  2h 21m

  1. Take the bus from Kilmarnock, Bus Station to Buchanan Bus Station X77
  2. Take the bus from Buchanan Bus Station to Edinburgh, North St David Street 900 / ...

£9 - £19

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Train  •  2h 27m

  1. Take the train from Kilmarnock to Glasgow Central
  2. Take the train from Glasgow Central to Edinburgh

£12 - £60

Line 4 bus, train  •  2h 44m

  1. Take the line 4 bus from Kilmarnock, Church Street to Glasgow, Central Station 4 / ...
  2. Take the train from Glasgow Central to Edinburgh

£10 - £126

Drive  •  1h 16m

  1. Drive from Kilmarnock to Edinburgh 66.1 miles

£11 - £17

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The cheapest way to get from Kilmarnock to Edinburgh is to bus which costs £9 - £19 and takes 2h 21m.

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The quickest way to get from Kilmarnock to Edinburgh is to drive which costs £11 - £17 and takes 1h 16m.

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No, there is no direct bus from Kilmarnock station to Edinburgh. However, there are services departing from Kilmarnock, Bus Station and arriving at Edinburgh, North St David Street via Buchanan Bus Station. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 2h 21m.

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No, there is no direct train from Kilmarnock to Edinburgh. However, there are services departing from Kilmarnock and arriving at Edinburgh via Glasgow Central. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 2h 27m.

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The distance between Kilmarnock and Edinburgh is 56 miles. The road distance is 66.1 miles.

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The best way to get from Kilmarnock to Edinburgh without a car is to bus which takes 2h 21m and costs £9 - £19.

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It takes approximately 2h 21m to get from Kilmarnock to Edinburgh, including transfers.

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Kilmarnock to Edinburgh bus services, operated by Stagecoach West Scotland, depart from Kilmarnock, Bus Station.

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Kilmarnock to Edinburgh train services, operated by ScotRail, depart from Kilmarnock station.

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The best way to get from Kilmarnock to Edinburgh is to bus which takes 2h 21m and costs £9 - £19. Alternatively, you can train, which costs £11 - £60 and takes 2h 27m.

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  • Distance: 56 miles
  • Duration: 2h 21m

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

You can take a bus from Kilmarnock to Edinburgh via Buchanan Bus Station in around 2h 21m. Alternatively, you can take a train from Kilmarnock to Edinburgh via Glasgow Central in around 2h 27m.

Train operators
ScotRail
Phone
+44 344 811 0141
Email
customer.relations@scotrail.co.uk
Website
scotrail.co.uk
Train from Kilmarnock to Glasgow Central
Ave. Duration
38 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
£5 - £16
Website
scotrail.co.uk
Anytime Day Single
£5 - £8
Anytime Day Single 1st Class
£12 - £16
Train from Glasgow Central to Edinburgh
Ave. Duration
1h 32m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
£9 - £30
Website
scotrail.co.uk
Anytime Day Single
£9 - £14
Anytime Day Single 1st Class
£23 - £30
LNER
Website
lner.co.uk
Train from Glasgow Central to Edinburgh
Ave. Duration
1h 4m
Frequency
6 times a week
Estimated price
£6 - £45
Website
lner.co.uk
Advance Single
£6 - £9
Anytime Day Single
£18 - £26
Anytime Day Single 1st Class
£29 - £45
Bus operators
Stagecoach West Scotland
Email
customer.services@stagecoachbus.com
Website
stagecoachbus.com
Bus from Kilmarnock, Bus Station to Buchanan Bus Station
Ave. Duration
38 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
£4 - £6
Website
Stagecoach West Scotland
Bus from Kilmarnock, Church Street to Glasgow, Central Station
Ave. Duration
55 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
£4 - £6
Website
Stagecoach West Scotland
Scottish Citylink
Phone
0871 266 33 33
Email
info@citylink.co.uk
Website
citylink.co.uk
Bus from Buchanan Bus Station to Edinburgh, North St David Street
Ave. Duration
1h 20m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
£9 - £13
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 Buchanan to Edinburgh
Ave. Duration
1h
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
£5 - £7
Website
National Express
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 Glasgow to Edinburgh
Ave. Duration
1h 15m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
£6 - £9
Website
Blablabus

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Kilmarnock to Edinburgh bus services, operated by Scottish Citylink, arrive at Edinburgh, North St David Street station.

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Kilmarnock to Edinburgh train services, operated by ScotRail, arrive at Edinburgh station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Kilmarnock to Edinburgh is 66 miles. It takes approximately 1h 16m to drive from Kilmarnock to Edinburgh.

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