There are 5 ways to get from Lake District to Fort William by train, bus, night train or car

Select an option below to see step-by-step directions and to compare ticket prices and travel times in Rome2rio's travel planner.

Recommended option

Train  •  7 h 46 min

  1. Take the train from Penrith North Lakes to Glasgow Central
  2. Take the train from Glasgow Queen Street to Crianlarich
  3. Take the train from Crianlarich to Fort William

$187 - $286

Cheapest option

Bus  •  9 h 29 min

  1. Take the bus from Penrith to Glasgow National Express
  2. Take the bus from Buchanan Bus Station to Fort William, Bus Station 916 / ...

$46 - $67

3 alternative options

Train, bus  •  8 h 19 min

  1. Take the train from Penrith North Lakes to Glasgow Central
  2. Take the bus from Buchanan Bus Station to Fort William, Bus Station 916 / ...

$83 - $169

Train, night train  •  9 h 23 min

  1. Take the train from Penrith North Lakes to Glasgow Central
  2. Take the night train from Glasgow Queen Street Low Level to Fort William

$86 - $174

Drive  •  4 h 30 min

  1. Drive from Lake District to Fort William 240.3 miles

$50 - $75

What companies run services between Lake District, England and Fort William, Scotland?

You can take a train from Lake District to Fort William via Penrith North Lakes, Glasgow Central, Glasgow Queen Street, and Crianlarich in around 7 h 46 min. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Lake District to Fort William via Keswick, Bus Station (K) (Booths Supermarket), Penrith, Rail Station (Penrith Railway Station main entrance), Penrith, Glasgow, and Buchanan Bus Station in around 9 h 29 min.

Train operators
Virgin West Coast Trains
TransPennine Express
Phone
+44 345 600 1671
Email
tpecustomer.relations@firstgroup.com
Website
tpexpress.co.uk
Train from Penrith North Lakes to Glasgow Central
Ave. Duration
1 h 40 min
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$50 - $75
Website
tpexpress.co.uk
Advance Single
$22 - $35
Off-Peak Day Single
$35 - $55
Anytime Day Single
$50 - $75
ScotRail
Phone
+44 344 811 0141
Email
customer.relations@scotrail.co.uk
Website
scotrail.co.uk
Train from Glasgow Queen Street to Crianlarich
Ave. Duration
1 h 46 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$18 - $23
Website
scotrail.co.uk
Advanced Single
$11 - $17
Anytime Day Single
$18 - $23
Train from Crianlarich to Fort William
Ave. Duration
1 h 46 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$17 - $22
Website
scotrail.co.uk
Advanced Single
$9 - $13
Anytime Day Single
$17 - $22
Caledonian Sleeper
Website
sleeper.scot
Night train from Glasgow Queen Street Low Level to Fort William
Ave. Duration
4 h 7 min
Frequency
6 times a week
Estimated price
$26 - $40
Website
sleeper.scot
Sleeper Berth Twin
$120 - $170
Sleeper Berth Solo
$205
Sleeper Seat
$26 - $40
Bus operators

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Questions & Answers

How far is it from Lake District to Fort William?

The distance between Lake District and Fort William is 285 km. The road distance is 384 km.

What is the cheapest way to get from Lake District to Fort William?

The cheapest way to get from Lake District to Fort William is to bus which costs £30 - £50 and takes 9 h 29 min.

What is the fastest way to get from Lake District to Fort William?

The quickest way to get from Lake District to Fort William is to drive which takes 4 h 30 min and costs £35 - £55.

Is there a direct bus between Lake District and Fort William?

No, there is no direct bus from Lake District to Fort William. However, there are services departing from Seatoller, National Trust car park (entrance to Seatoller National Trust car park) and arriving at Fort William, Bus Station via Keswick, Bus Station (K) (Booths Supermarket), Penrith and Buchanan Bus Station. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 9 h 29 min.

How long does it take to get from Lake District to Fort William?

It takes approximately 7 h 46 min to get from Lake District to Fort William, including transfers.