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There are 6 ways to get from Kilmarnock to Edinburgh by bus, train or car

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Bus, train

  1. Take the bus from Kilmarnock, Bus Station to Glasgow, Bath Street
  2. Take the train from Glasgow Queen Street to Edinburgh

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Train

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

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Train via Glasgow

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

Bus

  1. Take the bus from Kilmarnock, Bus Station to Buchanan Bus Station
  2. Take the bus from Buchanan Bus Station to Edinburgh, Princes Street

Line 4 bus, bus

  1. Take the line 4 bus from Kilmarnock, Church Street to Buchanan Bus Station
  2. Take the bus from Buchanan Bus Station to Edinburgh, Princes Street

Drive

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

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

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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, Princes Street via Buchanan Bus Station. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 2h 11m.

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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 St Enoch SPT Subway Station and Glasgow Queen Street. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 1h 59m.

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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 and train which takes 1h 40m and costs £13 - £50.

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It takes approximately 1h 40m 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 First ScotRail Service, depart from Kilmarnock station.

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The best way to get from Kilmarnock to Edinburgh is to train via Glasgow which takes 1h 59m and costs £17 - £65. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs £13 - £20 and takes 2h 11m.

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Map of how to get from Kilmarnock to Edinburgh.
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  • Distance: 56 miles
  • Duration: 1h 40m

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

You can take a train from Kilmarnock to Edinburgh via Glasgow Central, St Enoch SPT Subway Station, Buchanan Street SPT Subway Station, and Glasgow Queen Street in around 1h 59m. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Kilmarnock to Edinburgh via Buchanan Bus Station in around 2h 11m.

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
Train from Kilmarnock to Glasgow Central
Ave. Duration
50 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
£5 - £16
Website
First ScotRail Service
Anytime Day Single
£5 - £8
Anytime Day Single 1st Class
£12 - £16
Train from Glasgow Central to Edinburgh
Ave. Duration
1h 30m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
£9 - £30
Website
First ScotRail Service
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 Glasgow, Bath Street
Ave. Duration
33 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
£3 - £5
Website
Stagecoach West Scotland
Bus from Kilmarnock, Bus Station to Buchanan Bus Station
Ave. Duration
40 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
£3 - £5
Website
Stagecoach West Scotland
Bus from Kilmarnock, Church Street to Buchanan Bus Station
Ave. Duration
1h 13m
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
£3 - £5
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, Princes Street
Ave. Duration
1h 16m
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
£10 - £15
Website
Scottish Citylink

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Kilmarnock to Edinburgh bus services, operated by Scottish Citylink, arrive at Edinburgh, Princes Street station.

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Kilmarnock to Edinburgh train services, operated by First ScotRail Service, 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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