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There are 6 ways to get from Motherwell to Edinburgh by train, bus, rideshare, taxi or car

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Train  •  52 min

  1. Take the train from Motherwell to Edinburgh Glasgow Central - Edinburgh / ...

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Bus  •  1h 53m

  1. Take the bus from Motherwell, Hamilton Road to Buchanan Bus Station 240X / ...
  2. Take the bus from Buchanan Bus Station to Edinburgh, Princes Street 900 / ...

Line 56 bus, bus  •  3h 17m

  1. Take the line 56 bus from Motherwell, Watson Street to Torbothie, Brown Street 56
  2. Take the bus from Torbothie, Brown Street to Edinburgh, Princes Street X22

Rideshare  •  1h 5m

  1. Take the rideshare from Motherwell to Edinburgh 37.3 miles

Taxi  •  45 min

  1. Take a taxi from Motherwell to Edinburgh 37.2 miles

Drive  •  45 min

  1. Drive from Motherwell to Edinburgh 37.2 miles

Motherwell to Edinburgh by train

The train journey time between Motherwell and Edinburgh is around 52 min and covers a distance of around 44 miles. Services are operated by First ScotRail Service, CrossCountry and LNER. Typically 49 trains run weekly, although weekend and holiday schedules can vary so check in advance.

49 Weekly Trains
52 min Average Duration
£5 Cheapest Price
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The cheapest way to get from Motherwell to Edinburgh is to rideshare which costs £7 and takes 1h 5m.

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The quickest way to get from Motherwell to Edinburgh is to taxi which costs £80 - £100 and takes 45 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from Motherwell to Edinburgh. However, there are services departing from Motherwell, Hamilton Road and arriving at Edinburgh, Princes Street via Buchanan Bus Station. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 1h 53m.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Motherwell and arriving at Edinburgh. Services depart every four hours, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 52 min.

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The distance between Motherwell and Edinburgh is 33 miles. The road distance is 37.2 miles.

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The best way to get from Motherwell to Edinburgh without a car is to train which takes 52 min and costs £5 - £120.

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The train from Motherwell to Edinburgh takes 52 min including transfers and departs every four hours.

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Motherwell to Edinburgh bus services, operated by Stuarts Coaches UK, depart from Motherwell, Hamilton Road station.

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

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The best way to get from Motherwell to Edinburgh is to train which takes 52 min and costs £5 - £120. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs and takes 1h 53m.

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Map of how to get from Motherwell to Edinburgh.
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  • Distance: 33 miles
  • Duration: 52 min

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

First ScotRail Service operates a train from Motherwell to Edinburgh 3 times a day. Tickets cost £9 - £28 and the journey takes 52 min. Two other operators also service this route. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Motherwell to Edinburgh via Buchanan Bus Station in around 1h 53m.

Train operators
First ScotRail Service
Phone
+44 344 811 0141
Email
customer.relations@scotrail.co.uk
Website
scotrail.co.uk
Train from Motherwell to Edinburgh
Ave. Duration
52 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
£9 - £28
Website
First ScotRail Service
Anytime Day Single
£9 - £14
Anytime Day Single 1st Class
£22 - £28
LNER
Website
lner.co.uk
Train from Motherwell to Edinburgh
Ave. Duration
48 min
Frequency
6 times a week
Estimated price
£5 - £80
Website
lner.co.uk
Advance Single
£5 - £8
Anytime Day Single
£30 - £50
Anytime Day Single 1st Class
£50 - £80
Bus operators
Stuarts Coaches UK
Phone
+44 141 332 6811
Email
enquiry@spt.co.uk
Website
spt.co.uk
Bus from Motherwell, Hamilton Road to Buchanan Bus Station
Ave. Duration
22 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Website
Stuarts Coaches UK
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
JMB Travel
Phone
01698 386 030
Email
mail@jmbtravel.co.uk
Website
jmbtravel.co.uk
Bus from Motherwell, Watson Street to Torbothie, Brown Street
Ave. Duration
37 min
Frequency
Hourly
Website
JMB Travel
Eastern Scottish
Bus from Torbothie, Brown Street to Edinburgh, Princes Street
Ave. Duration
2h 6m
Frequency
Hourly
Other operators
Blablacar
Website
blablacar.com
Rideshare from Motherwell to Edinburgh
Ave. Duration
1h 5m
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
£7
Schedules at
blablacar.com
Taxi from Motherwell to Edinburgh
Ave. Duration
45 min
Estimated price
£80 - £100
Redline Cabs
Phone
+44 1698 266 633
Website
redline-cabs.co.uk
North Lanarkshire Private Hire
Phone
+44 1698 253 000

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

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

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Yes, the driving distance between Motherwell to Edinburgh is 37 miles. It takes approximately 45 min to drive from Motherwell to Edinburgh.

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Check out Blablacar's carpooling service for rideshare options between Motherwell and Edinburgh. A great option if you don't have a driver's licence or want to avoid public transport.

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