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

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Train, bus  •  7 h 42 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 914 / ...

$81 - $160

Cheapest option

Bus  •  8 h 57 min

  1. Take the bus from Penrith to Glasgow National Express
  2. Take the bus from Buchanan Bus Station to Fort William, Bus Station 914 / ...

$46 - $64

3 alternative options

Train  •  7 h 55 min

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

$172 - $266

Train, night train  •  9 h 10 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

$83 - $160

Drive  •  4 h 30 min

  1. Drive from Lake District to Fort William 240.3 miles

$50 - $75

Questions & Answers

No, there is no direct bus from Lake District to Fort William station. 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 8 h 57 min.

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The distance between Lake District and Fort William is 178 miles. The road distance is 240.3 miles.

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The best way to get from Lake District to Fort William without a car is to train and bus which takes 7 h 42 min and costs .

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It takes approximately 7 h 42 min to get from Lake District to Fort William, including transfers.

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Lake District to Fort William bus services, operated by National Express, depart from Penrith station.

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The best way to get from Lake District to Fort William is to train which takes 7 h 55 min and costs . Alternatively, you can bus, which costs and takes 8 h 57 min.

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Lake District to Fort William bus services, operated by Scottish Citylink, arrive at Fort William, Bus Station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Lake District to Fort William is 240 miles. It takes approximately 4 h 30 min to drive from Lake District to Fort William.

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There are 273+ hotels available in Fort William. Prices start at $98 USD per night.

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Map of how to get from Lake District to Fort William.
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  • Distance: 178.2 miles
  • Duration: 7 h 42 min

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 Central Low Level, Dalmuir, and Crianlarich in around 7 h 55 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 8 h 57 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
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$45 - $70
Website
tpexpress.co.uk
Advance Single
$20 - $29
Off-Peak Day Single
$30 - $50
Anytime Day Single
$45 - $70
ScotRail
Phone
+44 344 811 0141
Email
customer.relations@scotrail.co.uk
Website
scotrail.co.uk
Train from Dalmuir to Crianlarich
Ave. Duration
1 h 26 min
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$12 - $16
Website
scotrail.co.uk
Advanced Single
$6 - $10
Anytime Day Single
$12 - $16
Train from Crianlarich to Fort William
Ave. Duration
1 h 47 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$16 - $21
Website
scotrail.co.uk
Advanced Single
$8 - $13
Anytime Day Single
$16 - $21
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
$24 - $35
Website
sleeper.scot
Sleeper Berth Twin
$110 - $160
Sleeper Berth Solo
$192
Sleeper Seat
$24 - $35
Bus operators
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 Penrith to Glasgow
Ave. Duration
2 h 30 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$12 - $17
Website
nationalexpress.com

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